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Giving up your goals? Coasting into the new year?

goals motivation Nov 06, 2020

I plan my year in rolling quarters, which means I always have 3 desktop size calendar pages up on my wall. I just changed them to Nov, Dec, Jan. Looking at the calendar, I realized:

There’s still plenty of time left in the year to work on your goals!

Yes, it’s true. There are 8 weeks left in the year, which is actually a pretty long time. So if you’ve had those goals on the back burner for a week or a month or more, it’s time to bring them back into focus.

If you’ve been falling short with your goals, try this:

Set a related (but much smaller) goal. If your goal has been to go for a 30-minute walk every day, but you’ve not been terribly successful at that, it’s time to make a new (smaller) goal.

Instead of going for a 30-minute walk every day, make it a 5-minute walk. If you’re able to do more, awesome! If not, you’ll still meet your goal and can give yourself a big ole’ pat on the back.

If you’ve been wondering what the point is, try this:

Get out your journal or some scrap paper and start freewriting about your goal… that one that doesn’t seem to matter any more. Write about what you stand to lose if you never work on it. Write about who will benefit if you achieve that goal. Write about how you will feel when you achieve it.

See if you can’t dig around and find a strong why again. Dig deep. Don’t stop with, “because I want it.” Knowing WHY something matters to you is hella motivating.

If you’re thinking maybe you’ll just wait for the new year, remember this:

January 1 is just a date on the calendar. Do you really want to get to January 1 and start over? Or do you want to say “November 9th is the start of my new year! I’m ready to go!” And then go so that when we get to the end of 2020, you know you made progress.

If you’ve been feeling depressed and overwhelmed and emotionally exhausted, try this:

Turn. Off. The. News.

Take. A. Break. From. Social. Media.

Your mood is highly affected by input. If your mood is in the dumpster, you can start by changing the input.


Examine your goals, whether you set them 10 months or 10 days ago, and work on one of them. Now is the time to reclaim your ability to make progress.

You’ve got this!



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