Getting to the end of the year is kind of like crossing a finish line. You know the end is in sight, so you push yourself to run a little faster. That's why people go full speed ahead this time of year with their holiday shopping, their work responsibilities, and anything else that will make the year seem "complete". After all, how can you wrap up the last 12 months and head into a new year if you haven't wrapped up all your responsibilities!
While going full speed ahead may be tiring now, it's a great way to start strong in the new year. In fact, the entire thing could be a valuable lesson. After all, if you get through everything to end the year, you'll be able to take stock of where you're at (both personally and professionally) and promise yourself you're going to move forward next year.
So, how can you finish strong? What do you need to do over the next week so you don't have to drag a wagon full of unfinished business into the new year?
- Make a list of all your accomplishments.
Think back on the past 12 months and write down everything you've accomplished. Pat yourself on the back and then use the motivation to keep working towards new accomplishments!
- Make a list of "hopes".
Think about all the things you wanted to accomplish this year - but didn't. Then, ask yourself if all of these "hopes" are still worth pursuing. (Just don't be too hard on yourself! This is designed to motivate you, not make you feel like a failure!)
- Make a list of everyone you're grateful for.
Then, pick half a dozen or so to contact and personally thank for making your life better.
- Make a list of "load lighters".
Anytime you have a strained relationship with a loved one, it makes your emotional load heavier. So, lighten your load by making amends with people, forgiving them for their mistakes, and letting go of negative feelings that are nothing but a burden.
- Enjoy today.
Being motivated for the future is great, but don't lose sight of today. You only get one chance to make today great, so take it! Do one thing every day that allows you to enjoy where you're at right now. Think of it like giving yourself a gift every day. After all, isn't that why they call it "the present"?!
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