There are less than two months left in 2012, and I want to ask you: Are the goals you set at the beginning of the year on track for success?
Have you given up on them after a week or two? Have you resigned and told yourself it’s not worth the effort and the life you’ve lived so far is not that bad after all? Have you gone full speed and your goals for the entire year have already been achieved?
You still have a few weeks left in order to work towards your goals and make this year the one that you’ll forever be proud of, and remember as the one that made all the difference.
But how do we reconnect to what seems to have already been long gone? How do we motivate ourselves when we’ve already left our hopes and goals behind?
It’s not that hard, really. It takes a few simple steps:
Remember your goals
What goals did you set yourself at the beginning of the year? Were they the usual ones like losing weight, quitting smoking, going to the gym more often, working less, finding a new job or finally learning that new language you’ve been wanting to do for ages?
Whatever it is, write all your resolutions down in order to have them visually present.
Be honest with yourself
Now, be honest with yourself and try to measure how much progress you’ve made with those goals before you dropped the ball.
Did you start looking for a job, but you gave up after a few unsuccessful interviews? Did you go a week without smoking and then couldn’t take it anymore?
Reevaluate those forward movements and ask yourself, very honest, what happened that you suddenly stood still or even went backwards.
Don’t judge yourself and try to be objective. We all hit and miss. We all stumble. After all, we’re not perfect.
If your goals are still valuable to you, if they serve a purpose and you’d still love to achieve them in the next few weeks, then you have to commit to them once again. Pick 1 or 2 goals that you’d really like to make progress on before Christmas.
Envision them to the last minute detail. How will you feel once you secure a new great job? How will you look once you’ve started to go to the gym 3 to 5 times a week? How proud will you be once you walk out of your boss’s office with your new contract?
What difference will make achieving your commitments make in your life and how will it affect your relationship with yourself and others?
Write all of it down and I mean all of it. Then commit yourself to doing whatever it takes to achieve these goals before the year is over.
Don’t let your mind tell you why you can’t do all of these things, but tell your mind why you can, will and must.
You still have a few weeks to keep the promise that you have given yourself a few months ago.
Don’t ever give up on yourself!