The end of the year is fast approaching. This is always an exciting time to be gauging the progress you’ve made and preparing to enter the new fresh year ahead.
As we approach the end of 2019, how have you done?
Have you achieved the goals you set for yourself at the beginning of the year?
Are you where you thought you would be? Where you want to be?
What can you still accomplish before the end of the year? Is there anything that just requires a little more focus and effort that you could achieve?
How are you approaching 2020?
Don’t wait until January 1 to get started.
Start planning now.
Set your goals now.
Start taking action on your plans and goals, now.
Get started and build momentum to hit the new year going full speed. Give yourself the unfair advantage of starting now and get a head start on 2020.
As we look back on the past year and start to prepare for the new year, it’s a great time to take a step back and look at where you are.
Where are your relationships at?
What are your personal circumstances?
What are your professional circumstances?
In each of these areas are you a giver or are you a taker?
What changes do you need to make?
Eric Thomas said, “If you are broke in any area of your life, it’s because you’re not adding enough value in that area.”
I want to focus on the topic of relationships. What value are you adding to your most important relationships?
How are you adding value?
When talking about the value added to a relationship, Eric Thomas suggests thinking about your five closest friends. Out of that group of five, you have to get rid of one, which one would it be? This question can usually be answered fairly fast. You know who it would be. It’s the one that is not adding as much value to the relationship as the others are.
There are people in your life that you can cut loose and it won’t change your life
If this is the case for you, it’s the same for everybody else too?
So, when you are looking at your relationships, ask yourself who you are in other people’s lives.
Who are you adding enough value to that they need you to be there?
Are you adding enough value to the relationships that you consider to be important?
If someone is willing to end their relationship with you, it’s not because you are adding a lot of value to the relationship.
The more value you can add to others, the more that will come back to you.
As you are setting your goals and planning for 2020, take a look at all of your important relationships.
Are you currently adding enough value?
What could you do to add more value?
Include this as part of the goal-setting process.
As you continually look to add value with no expectation of anything in return, you’ll have an opportunity to see an abundance of value being added to your life.
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Take a moment and look at your life. The year 2020 is 125 days away. Let that sink in. Is this where you thought you would be in 2020?
When you were a little kid, what did 2020 look like in your mind?
When you were a young adult, what were you going to do with your life by 2020?
What about January 1, 2019? What were you going to accomplish this year?
Many people take a good, hard look at their lives at the end of each year and set their big hairy audacious goals for the coming year, and then they forget about them for eleven and a half months.
Let’s stop right now and take a look at this. If you have been focused and taking massive actions on your 2019 goals, congratulations. Keep it up. I hope you achieve everything you desire.
For everyone else, I want you to look back on the past eight months. What were those goals and desires? What’s held you back from achieving them? Are you even trying to achieve them still?
Now reset. Get your butt back in gear.
Do you realize what is possible in 125 days? Yea, it would be nice if you could just continue off the momentum of the past 240 days, but if they haven’t been as productive as they should have been, don’t give up on the year.
Why do people give up on their goals?
Why is it that someone can get so excited about the goals they want to achieve and then just give up on them?
If you’ve ever been one who set some goals but eventually gave up on them, maybe by recognizing some of these reasons that people quit on their goals will help you the next time to follow all the way thought.
This is by no means the full list of why people give up on their goals, but these are the most common reasons that I’ve seen.
They Care Too Much About What Other People Think
Have you ever been so excited about something that you just can’t wait to tell someone about it? You think it’s an awesome idea and you just can’t wait to share it because you know everyone else will feel the same way as you do. Then with all of your excitement you tell someone and they respond with something like:
“That’s a stupid idea… You could never do that… Yea right, quit dreaming…”
That’s tough. It hurts, it’s deflating. But you can’t let the thoughts or comments from others defeat you. If you believe in something and you really desire it, you have to be ready to deal with negative feedback in a way that won’t throw you off course of discourage you.
If you set your goals and you’re working hard to achieve them, does that make you immune to failure? Of course not. When you are working hard towards your goals but you fail, it’s tough. Maybe you’re discouraged. Maybe even embarrassed.
At this point many people tell themselves they gave it their best and it just wasn’t good enough. It’s over.
But it’s not over. All that you did was figured out a way that it wasn’t going to work. Keep your head high and get back to work.
It’s Too Hard
Some people get discouraged when they start to work on their goal and realize that it’s going to be a lot harder than they thought it would be. It’s going to take some work. When it gets hard some people give up just because they lack the discipline to see it through. Some just don’t want it bad enough.
Focus on your goal and create that burning desire that will help you get through every obstacle and keep you excited when things get tough.
Mindset is everything.
If you want to achieve your goals, you have to have a belief in yourself that you can do it.
You have to be able to kick the self-doubt thoughts out of your mind.
You will be amazed at what you can accomplish if you just believe in yourself.
“In order for the transformation of ideas into things to work, a certain amount of belief is required; a certain mindset that lets you know in your heart that you can, and will, achieve what you set out to do.”
– Napoleon Hill
For the next 125 days, get control over these four things that can stop you or make you give up on your goals.
Maybe you’re starting from scratch. Who cares. Just start.
In 125 days the year 2020 is going to be here whether you get back on track with your goals or not. On that day are you going to wish you had continued working on your goals or are you going to be proud because you worked so hard on your goals whether you achieved them or not?
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