The holiday season is just around the corner.
And that means everything is about to get a little busier… a little more hectic… and a little more demanding.
Plus, if you’ve set yearly goals, you have three months left to make as much progress on those as you can.
Really, I’m not trying to stress you out. The only reason I write this is because I view September as the perfect time to sit down and plan your homestretch for the year. (And won’t it be nice to put 2020 behind us?)
During September, before the holiday season kicks into full swing, I like to do an assessment.
If I set goals for the year, I compare each goal with my accomplishments so far. If it looks like I’m not going to hit my goal, I give some thought as to why. There are lots of legitimate no-need-to-feel-guilty reasons for coming up shy on a goal.
For example, a global pandemic might throw you off your game.
This is all about being honest with yourself while also being kind to yourself.
First, celebrate what you have achieved. Every step forward is a win.
Second, think about the things that came up that were simply more important than your goals. Family obligations. Unexpected opportunities. Life changes. Recognize that if you put off progress toward your goals to deal with these things, that’s a sign you’ve got your priorities straight.
Third, think about the moments where you could have been working on your goals — where you intended to work on your goals — and didn’t. What happened in those moments?
You might uncover some resistance or fear or doubt. Try to figure out the root of those feelings. Sometimes just knowing why you have doubts is enough to make moving forward a little easier.
Once you’ve looked at where you are and where you’ve been, think about what you can reasonably accomplish in the next three months. And then think about how you can stretch to accomplish a little more.
This might mean blocking time specifically meant for working on your goal. It might mean letting someone you care about (and who cares about you) know about your progress each week. It might mean doing one small thing each day.
However you go about it, you can still do a lot between now and the end of the year, even with the holiday season going full swing. But the time to think about how that gets done is now.
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