End the Year Well - 3 Tips to Make the Most of the Last Quarter
Contributed by Ms. Tomilola
For those of us in the UK, once September begins we start to think about the changing of seasons. From summer to autumn, when the leaves start falling and we get to wear our chunky knit jumpers. Whether you believe in New Year’s resolutions or regular goal setting, we all have our intentions for 2017. With just four months remaining, it’s perfect timing to look back and be purposeful about the remainder of the year.
1. Reflection: Be deliberate in your decision making
Don’t to be too hung up on what you have not achieved yet, reflection is an integral part of moving forward. Find a quiet place and evaluate the year thus far, month by month.
What were your obstacles to meeting those goals? Be realistic, life can be unpredictable and therefore with the best intentions not every goal can always be met.
Were your goals SMART? Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-Based? If they weren’t then revise those goals, to make them more attainable. Sometimes it takes us longer to meet certain goals because we must be realistic and not set ourselves up for failure.
2. Gratitude: Comparison is the thief of Joy
We all know how to complain about all things that we don’t have or don’t like about our lives but I’m a firm believer in developing an attitude of gratitude for the things we do have.
Those of you that are familiar with Pinterest will have seen that you can create a gratitude jar with just a simple glass jar and pieces of paper. I was gifted with a gratitude jar by one of my closest friends as a graduation gift when I completed by masters. It was a beautiful moment to see the little things that I had achieved through the eyes of a loved one. Our imperfections make us who we are, there is always beauty to found in those. Being able to find the beauty in your life without being told is an art form that makes better rounded individuals.
3. Vision: Write the vision, make it plain and run with it
Vision: Write the vision, make it plain and run with it.
How do you want the year to end? I suspect, on a high, with your head held proudly knowing that you have tried your best? Visualise the end result and be realistic about how you get there. Vision boards are a perfect tool to help you visualise, why not try and make one for the last few months of the year. It could include pictures of you in a particular emotional state reminding you how you wish to end the year emotionally and mentally.
If you’ve become complacent, then give yourself a well needed pep talk and upgrade your mindset to meet your goals. You have 4 months which is more than enough time to get your affairs in order. Remember, the aim is Progress Not Perfection.
In order to make progress in life, you have to keep moving. Even if you’re crawling, some movement is better than no movement. Don’t become a prisoner to the concept of time, you have more than enough to accomplish your dreams. It’s all about how you perceive time, don’t let your emotions and the thought of keeping up with the Jones’ sway you.