As we near quarter four of 2023, I started wondering if the business owners out there have truly been dreaming and scheming about their goals or if they’re just going about their daily activities with no actual strategy or thought. This time of year, it’s important to figure out how you’ll finish strong and evaluate where you are regarding the goals you set, and what you can to do get as close as possible to reaching them or surpassing them by December. When I used to run races, anywhere from 5Ks to half marathons, I always had a training plan to help me get in shape and to run the best time possible. Now, as I am competing in tennis, I am not necessarily training for one match, but I do have performance goals as I go into every match, and I am working on specific skills in between those matches. While I was thinking about business goals, all these things I’ve done to prepare for competition came to mind. And then I asked, is business so different?
At this point in the year, you have a little over 100 days to make things happen and finish the year feeling accomplished and excited. Things you put into place NOW will serve you through the end of the year and into January of next year. Even if you’re feeling behind or haven’t looked at your goals for a while, it’s important to not give up. There is still time to get closer to your desired outcomes through the next four months.
Here are some things that you can do to get yourself on track to finish strong. Let’s do this!
1. Rediscover and reposition your goals.
Where are you as far as number of clients, revenue brought in, and other actionable goals you set? Do you need to reassess what to do before the end of the year? Write down where you are and where you want to be by the end of the year so that you are not just wishing for and hoping that things will happen. You are still in charge!
2. Identify and declare what actions you will take.
By figuring out WHAT you can do, you are once again taking control. If you’re just hitting the ground running each day and not identifying what actions are required to meet your goals, you’re wasting a lot of time and energy with no direction.
3. Create mini goals.
If you look at only the big picture of what you’d like to do by December, you are very possibly letting your brain tell you it’s too hard, or you might feel overwhelmed. Rather, if you can break down the goal into monthly pieces, you’re putting strategy in motion for your actions. Strategy helps create a path of little resistance to your goals and get laser focused.
4. Prioritize your self-care.
Too many people start rushing toward the finish line and think if they just work harder, work longer hours, and just grind it out, they will reach that goal. If you don’t take care of yourself, you could end up sick, burned out, and exhausted. So, identify what fills up your cup and schedule time in your calendar to do those things.
Here’s a little article that will give you more food for thought.
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