How are you doing with your goals this year? As we head into the last quarter of the year, it is a great time to pause and evaluate your goals. While celebrating your wins, you will likely discover some goals you have not yet met. The good news is that there is still time to meet those goals and finish the year off with a bang! Pretend to start fresh and give yourself a motivational boost.
When it comes to meeting your year-end goals, there are a few steps to take. Let’s have a look at those now…
Assess Your Goals And Their RelevancyMaybe you have not yet met the goals left on your list because they are no longer relevant. The goals you set at the beginning of the year may no longer apply. The year rarely goes exactly as we expect it to and we sometimes need to be flexible.
If you haven’t met a goal because it no longer serves you or your business, it’s not a failure. It just means that you need to take a moment to reassess the situation. Could you alter the goal to make it more reachable and current? Are there goals that you just need to eliminate altogether? Are there new goals that you need to add?
As you are preparing to finish off the year, take some time to clarify what goals need to be eliminated, changed, and/or added.
Be SMART With The Goals You Have Left
When you know what goals you have left for the year, that are still relevant, you need to consider the wording. The acronym SMART is used to create an optimal goal setting strategy. It stands for: Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-bound. This strategy of goal setting helps us fully commit to and achieve our goals with passion and gusto.
- Specific – make sure your goals are specific and clear. Ask yourself the five “W” questions: Who, What, Where, When, Why?
- Measurable – how will you know your goal has been met? Your goal needs a potential outcome that can be measured.
- Attainable – this one requires a balance between stretching yourself and having a knowing that you can achieve what you set forth.
- Relevant – We covered this one when we talked about accessing your goals to make sure they are still a good fit for you.
- Timely – if you are shooting for the end of the year to meet your goals, that can be your timeline. But, make sure you have one.
Like Robert Herjavec of Shark Tank says,
“A goal without a timeline is just a dream.”
Put Your Goals In Writing
You can track your goals in a variety of ways, but there is something powerful about actually writing your goals down by hand. Writing down your goals in a notepad may sound like a super simple task, but it is the first step in achieving them. Seeing your goals, whether business or personal, in your own handwriting helps you visualize their achievement.
In her book Write It Down Make It Happen, Dr. Henriette Anne Klauser says,
Writing about the outcome helps you to stay focused, even when you’re not focused – or think you’re not. The written word keeps the image steady, unwavering, like a lighthouse beam, steady on. It keeps the goal, the intended consequence in mind.
When you focus on the outcome, write in the present tense, as though you were describing something that is already happening.
Writing your goals as if they are already happening primes your brain to find the best ways for reaching those goals.
Set Yourself Up For SuccessOne aspect of setting yourself up for success is to write down your goals, but you may also need to refresh your environment. This could mean making some changes to your physical space or making a change with the people that surround you. Is your home and office supportive of your goals? What changes could you make to make them more so?
Set up your environment in such a way that it fuels your creativity and productivity. This could mean anything from going through that excessive pile of papers on your desk and eliminating clutter to a fresh coat of paint on the walls.
When it comes to the tribe you surround yourself with, are they supportive of you and your goals? Do you have someone that is always putting your dreams down? You may want to consider spending less time with that person and finding a mastermind group that will help your rock your dreams.
We have covered a lot of ground in this post, but if you take these tips to heart I bet you will find yourself finishing this year with a big, fabulous bang! How are you going to apply this motivation to your own end of the year goals?