The summer has come and gone, we are now entering a new fall season, and I'm sure many of us are looking forward to ending the year finishing what we started. Today is the first day of Q4 2014, and it's time to create your road map to finishing strong.
With back to school, and back to work in full swing, what better time than now to put yourself back into the driver's seat? I've always looked at October 1st as a great time to revisit those goals set back in January, and do something TODAY that I know my future self will thank me for.
First, take a look at what you did complete, and then put your theme song on, play it loud, and get your very best HAPPY DANCE on! Don't hold out on yourself now, shake it out! I'll give you a few minutes...........Ok, how fun was that? Now imagine yourself on 12/31, having completed your 2014 goals, enjoying the celebration with the whole nation. Let's do this!
When it comes to goal setting, there are a few ACTIONS I invite my clients to stick to, in order to make this "unofficial second half" of the year even better than the first. It's "Fourth Quarter Finale" time, so let's revisit the Three R's to Success:
Your Action Steps:
Get Real - getting real means staying realistic with your thinking. There's no better way to discourage yourself than to make a goal that you cannot achieve. And in getting REAL, reflect on why you wanted that goal in the first place and why it is important to you? This way you can move to reassessing with clarity.
Reassess - let's think about this as halftime in the big game of the year. What goals did you set in the beginning of the year, or earlier in life that haven't worked for you? Why haven't they worked? What did work? And, why did they work? Reassess doesn't necessarily mean to throw that goal out the window. It means to see what needs to be tweaked so it can be achieved. Remember that though a challenge is important for growth, we also want to always set ourselves up for success to stay motivated.
Write it down, RIGHT now - a goal that is unwritten is like a lost song that no one will ever hear. It's important to write things down and place it in a place where you will constantly see it. For some reason, it's like making a contract with ourselves and works as a constant reminder of what you are trying to achieve. This also helps if you live with others, because surprisingly enough they will also keep you on your toes by asking you about your goals routinely. This serves as a constant reminder to get off your rear and get into gear.
Fall is an excellent time to get up and into a routine dedicated to creating that change you want. Let's go, what's on your list? Your future self will thank you...Happy Fall!