5 Questions to Ask to Make Sure you Finish the Year Strong
We’ve officially hit the halfway point in 2019! This is always a great time to reflect back on the past six months. Even if you’ve been dedicated to your New Year’s resolutions since January 1st, the thought of staying on track for an entire year can feel overwhelming. Where did the time go? How can I achieve what I set out to do six months ago? No matter where you are, what goals you set, or how well you stuck to them, there’s always an opportunity for you to finish the year strong. Ask yourself these five questions to check in on your progress and get a game plan for the rest of 2019.
What were your original goals?
Go back to the beginning. What New Year’s resolutions did you set? What did you hope to accomplish before the end of the year? Write all of those goals down to help give you an idea of where you can start to finish the year strong. Remembering what you wanted and why you wanted it is a great way to become action-minded as you think about next steps.
Where are you now?
Now that you’ve written down all of your original plans, take a look at where you are now. Have you made any progress? If not, that’s ok! Everyone has to start where they are with that they have. Taking the time to evaluate where you are now will help you make the best plan for the next six months.
Where do you want to be?
Now that you’ve evaluated where you are, think about where you want to be. When the countdown to 2020 begins, where do you see yourself? What kind of progress have you made? Not only will visualizing the end result motivate you to work hard for it, you’ll also have a clear idea of what steps to take to get there.
What can you do right now?
Don’t race ahead of where you are. Look at where you are, compare it to where you want to be, and take the steps that are necessary right now. It’s easy to want to do everything at once and skip ahead, but that’s the easiest way to burn out and feel discouraged. Simply doing what is possible at the present moment will prevent that feeling of overwhelm. As you continue to take the steps that are right for you now, you’ll slowly but surely end up where you wanted to be. Finishing the year strong only takes small, consistent steps in the right direction.
How can you stay consistent?
Now that you’ve identified where you want to be and what steps to take, it’s time to think about consistency. How will you continue to motivate yourself to finish the year strong? This will look different for everybody. You could find an accountability partner to team up with and help each other work toward goals. You could write down the steps you have to take and break it up into small chunks over the next six months so you always have a visual of what needs to get done. No matter what this looks like for you, it’s important to find a way to stay consistent. This doesn’t mean you have to be perfect to finish the year strong. Consistency isn’t always hitting the mark all the time; sometimes it looks like trying again even after you’ve missed something. The important part to remember is to not give up and keep moving forward, even if the progress is slower than you’d hoped.
There’s nothing magical about January 1st. It doesn’t hit the reset button on all your progress. Even if you don’t achieve everything you had in mind, you’ll still be much closer to reaching your goals than if you’d given up. We hope these questions put you in the right mindset to work hard and, no matter what, end the year finishing strong.