Review Your Goals and End 2017 STRONG!

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Four weeks.  We have less than four weeks until the end of 2017!  Where in the world could the year possibly have gone?  The next few weeks will be busy with parties and preparations for Christmas. Many still have shopping to complete, baking to do, and all of the wrapping of the gifts!  This week I am asking for you to step away from all of the holiday preparations and pull out your 2017 goals, both business and personal. It’s time to review your goals and begin to think about your goals for 2018.

Hopefully, you have come close to meeting your 2017 goals. I know that I did much better with my professional goals this year than I did with my personal goals. Anyone who knows me very well knows that I put the needs of everyone else before my own, so that will come as no surprise. How many of your goals did you meet or succeed? Pat yourself on the back. How many can you still meet before the end of the year?  Just because the holidays are upon us doesn’t mean that the year is over. There is still time to work on your goals.

“The real value of setting goals is not the recognition or reward, it’s the person we become by finding the discipline, courage, and commitment to achieve them.”

This is also a good time to look at your vision board. Are there things you need to add for next year? Are there items that you’ve completed that can be removed? I make a new vision board every year. Looking at visual reminders of what I plan to accomplish helps me work a little harder towards reaching them.  Is it time to have some friends over for a vision board class along with a cookie exchange, the sharing of your favorite wine and hors-d’oeuvres?

“The tragedy of life doesn’t lie in NOT reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having NO GOALS to reach.” Benjamin Mays

I have talked about the reasons for setting goals in several blogs. To review, having clear goals helps you take control of your life, keeps you accountable, they motivate you to grow to be the best that you can be, and they help you stay focused towards meeting them.  Take a moment to imagine two different scenarios. In the first scenario, you start the year with clear, concise goals.  You know where you’re headed and what you need to do to meet your goals.  In the second scenario, 2018 begins and you haven’t set goals for the year. You wake up every day wondering what you need to accomplish during the day. You go through the motions of living without a plan. You accomplish what you need to do to get by, but you do not grow personally or professionally because you haven’t taken the time to set goals for yourself. Remember what Benjamin Franklin was quoted as saying, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.”  Don’t let that be you!

My challenge to you this week is the following:

Block your schedule for a couple of hours.  Review your 2017 goals. Celebrate the goals you’ve met. Determine if you’ve got time to reach any others.  Of the unmet goals, what goals will you carry over to 2018?  Start drafting your goals for 2018. Be realistic when assigning completion dates, but make sure each goal has an end date.  Remember, a goal without a date is just a dream! Throughout 2018, you can extend completion dates if necessary.  Don’t panic. There are still several weeks to make things happen.

“DREAMING is wonderful, GOAL SETTING is crucial, but ACTION IS SUPREME.  To make something great happen, take that action step today that you will put you on your path to ACHIEVEMENT.” Greg Werner

Have a great week!


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