Let’s cut to the chase…we have four months left in the year and I’m guessing most of us have forgotten about those New Year Resolutions we had planned on accomplishing this year. Life happened and those Resolutions or Goals got set aside til 2018.STOP! This is a broken record that is heard every year, over and over again. How do you hit the play button on your goals without letting life come in and hit the pause button?
The first thing you do is write down whatever it is you want to accomplish. Do this right now! If you write it down, you are 42% more likely to do it…period!
Second, forget about the year long goals…way too long! This brings me to reason #1…
1) 13 Weeks is Your Sweet Spot - 3 months til the end of the year is not too long and not too short (excluding 2 weeks at the end of the year and 1 week for thanksgiving, oh and another just because)…it’s just right to set and achieve goals.
Goals are like staircases, you don’t take one step and you are at the top, you must take as many steps as needed to reach your goal. A 13 week staircase is a perfect size, because you can see the top clearly and each step you take is a sizable step towards your goal.
2) End of Summer - Summer is winding down, school is starting up and people are getting back to their routines. Transitions are the best time to establish routines and habits.
During transitions your brain is trying to figure out where to settle on its routines so it can “chill.” You see the brain wants to do as little as possible (settle into habits), so by establishing the right routines during a transition you are helping the brain go into “automatic” mode (establish habits).
If you establish the right ones now, you will be rewarded later by accomplishing the things you want, your goals, without having to try as hard.
3) Motivation - Holidays and the New Year will be hear before you know it. Why not finish up the year by crushing the goals you had set for 2017 while setting yourself up for an amazing first quarter of 2018. It’s a win, win!
Do yourself a favor and write down what it is you want for the remainder of this year, and life for that matter. Start taking action steps and before you know it, you will have accomplished a lot more than you thought you could.
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