As we enter the last quarter of the year, it seems like a good time to pause, consider what we've accomplished so far this year, re-evaluate what we want to do in the time that's left, and set ourselves up for success in the remaining months of this year. We can do that by spending a little time walking through these simple steps:
- Even if you've let yourself get off track in pursuing your goals, rest assured it's not too late to make this a great year. Lots of things can be accomplished in 3 months.
- What have you accomplished so far this year? Give yourself credit for the things you've done, and celebrate the successes–both large and small!
- Re-evaluate the goals you set earlier in the year. Are they still valid? Do they still call to your heart?
- What's left to be done in the fourth quarter?
- It there are things left unfinished (or even unpursued), what's stopping you? External hindrances? Internal resistance? Structural impediments? What can be done to overcome them? Check out some great insights in Time Management from the Inside Out by Julie Morgenstern.
- What will you commit yourself to pursuing as the year winds down?
- What do you need in order to wholeheartedly pursue those things for this 3-month period?
- How will you celebrate your success? Plan for it now–and remember that effort is a success!
- Get accountable.
Your turn: When will you take a few minutes to set yourself up to end the year on a high note? What one or two goals will you commit yourself to in this next three months? Please share your thoughts in the comments.
Some great resources to look at:
- I'm looking forward to reading The Best Yes, by Lysa TerKeurst, a faith-based guide to “Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands.”
- Also planning to read Addicted to Busy by Brady Boyd. Subtitled “Recovery for the Rushed Soul,” it sounds like something I need to read.
- My writer friend Jill Kemerer just published a helpful blog post called “How to Get a Lot Done This October.” Well worth a read.
- Want a more in-depth process for evaluating your life and changing your thinking? Consider trying the 21-day “program” described in “Reboot Your Life in 21 Days,” by Robert V. Taylor on Huffingtonpost.com.
- If you like worksheets and planning templates, check out the “Smart Goals Life Assessment Sheet” and several other forms and templates for goal-setting at smart-goals-guide.com.
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