The countdown to the holidays and subsequent end of 2018 is officially upon us! Literally, Thanksgiving is in two days. 2018 FLEW by.
This morning I sat down with my morning coffee and read through my 2018 goal list. A lot of things were checked off, and some weren’t (I never quite finished organizing the basement…) Does your list look similar? Well, look at it this way. We’ve got a month and a half left of the year to slay the rest of our goals. And I think with a little extra motivation and grit, it can happen. Or at least get closer.
Think critically about the goals you have left for this year. What can you do to get closer to achieving them?
For me, I’m taking advantage of my holiday breaks from graduate school and devoting that time to catch up on my goal list. One of my goals this year was to wash the walls in the house (I know, it’s kind of a weird goal but it makes a HUGE difference when you’re a clean-freak). I knew I would procrastinate doing this, so now is the time to force myself to accomplish it. Sitting on my kitchen floor is an empty bucket with a rag and a bottle of Murphy Oil Soap just begging to be used. I hate clutter, so every time I walk into the kitchen, I will see it on the floor and be annoyed. This is when I pull out the big tricks in order to get my goals accomplished!
Think of ways that you can “force” yourself into achieving your goals. Think about how you’ll feel once you’ve completed that task. Sometimes, I feel the same way about running or going to the gym. I know I need to go, but I make excuses as to why I don’t want to. And then I remember that I’ll feel much more accomplished if I lace up and get it done. I’ve never once regretted it! It’s also a good habit to form–that is, to stop making excuses and just do the dang thing.
Outside of planning to slay your remaining goals for 2018, you should reflect on what you have accomplished. For instance, a goal I (well, my husband and I) achieved this year was the creation of a very productive garden. We worked hard to plant it, water it, weed it and cultivate it. It was a very satisfying experience, to say the least.
It doesn’t matter how big or small your goals are, because accomplishing things you’ve set out to do is fulfilling.
I’m the type of person that puts a LOT on my plate all at once. I thrive this way (not sure why?) Many ask how I’m able to be productive and keep myself propelling forward and accomplishing things. My answer is always to have a goal-oriented mindset and keep checking things off your list. Keep revising, revisiting and reflecting. Small goals lead to bigger goals. Bigger goals lead to greater goals…and well, you get the idea 😉
Circling the wagons around my goal list towards the end of the year is one way I can check myself. Where have I been? Where am I going? Come January, when the year is fresh and you’re ready for new goals to be set into motion, you’ll be in the right mindset. Trust me.
What goals are you slaying?!