finish the year strong

Gain leverage over your competition to complete the year powerfully.

Don’t make the same mistake as your competitors. You still have five weeks!

Around this time of year, everyone has stopped thinking about 2017 and has began to pack up their business for the year. A lot of people and a lot of your competitors have chopped this year up to finished and enter “coast mode”, as in they aren’t really working on anything specific and have just crossed off the rest of the year.

There are still FIVE weeks left in the year and, although it might not sound like a lot of time, you can really make some headway by taking decisive action each day from now until the end of the year.

If you think back to the begin of 2017, did you set some goals for this year? I hope the answer is yes. I also hope that you wrote your goals down somewhere and that you know where you are on that track. The key to accomplishing big goals is to make a commitment to them. It helps if you write it down and put them in a place where you can see them everyday. However, the reality is that we start the year with great intentions, but somewhere along the line those goals kind of start to collect dust. Before you know it, it’s now the holidays and the year is almost over, so you just tell yourself that you’ll try better next time.

It’s time to change this mindset.

If you are a dedicated goal writer and know exactly where you are in accomplishing your goals, great! That’s the type of person that I am too. If you are not this type of person, that’s ok. Think back to the goals you set for yourself at the beginning of this year and ask yourself how you did. Did you accomplish them? Is there still room for improvement?

I always write my goals down. In fact, I have them written on a card taped to my laptop. This year I set four big goals: I’ve already accomplished two of them and two are still on there for me to work on. The two I accomplished, I actually scratched out twice. I did this because not only did I meet those goals, but I also set a new target for that goal once I achieved.

The truth of the matter is that you can probably not only meet your goals, but also surpass them. Let’s say that one of your goals is to make an extra $1,000 in sales revenue. If you already met this goal before December, you can probably push these last five weeks of the year to make $500 or $1,000 more than you initially hoped for. If you are a competitive person, like myself, this can easily turn into a game of “how much more can I do” and you can use it to drive and motivate yourself.

Start where you are today.

Today, get real about where you are and what daily consistent actions can you take to achieve those goals within the next five weeks. Don’t limit yourself by saying “Oh no, I’m too far from this goal that there is really no point in starting now.” The reality is that you will give yourself as much time as you allot yourself. Achieving a goal will only take as long as how much time you give it.  If you regroup and start working towards those big goals you started this year with, you can still make a dent in accomplishing them during these five weeks.

The key is consistently taking action.  

Take these remaining five weeks as a strategic advantage over your competitors who are taking vacations and planning holiday parties. Most likely, they are also waiting until January 1st to plan out how their 2018 will look like. If this is the case, you will already be ahead if you follow this plan.

To ending the year strong,

Cheryl

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