Have you performed a 2011 review? Did you achieve your goals and finish strong? Have you taken the time to measure your success?
Or…are you still in the same position at the end of this year as you were last year despite the fact you had huge plans to make significant life changes?
How DID you do?
Naturally it is my hope that 2011 was ridiculously successful for you! I will say that mine was “to a degree”… but there are still things I plan to do…((quickly!))
If you’re in the same boat … even if you are feeling slightly disappointed with your accomplishments, I’d like to remind you that there’s still time right now to succeed or at very least get a few of your goals checked off you list… or even started so you’re on your way for the bright new year ahead.
There’s still just over two beautiful weeks left as we all know, and while I realize we’re all busy gearing up for the Holiday season, but there may be a few small tasks you can complete to feel a little more satisfied with the results of your 2011 performance review.
It might just mean you have to put the pedal to the metal a little heavier than you might have say last Spring or so.
For instance: Are there things around the house you had ‘said’ you’d do but never got around to them? If so, list them (with pen and paper). For example: There’s still time to clean your closet and donate to goodwill or the local thrift shop.
There may be unpainted trim you could take an hour to slap that coat of paint on you said you’d do? (like me!)
Perhaps you haven’t fully winterized the yard and pulled those last few weeds or trimmed the hedge in preparation of the colder season? (Maybe you haven’t shampooed the throw rugs in time for Christmas …as I haven’t (yet)
Had you planned to start an online business to learn to earn extra income? (Or even an offline business for that matter)… but put it on the back burner because felt stuck and overwhelmed or gave in to the fear of failure … and did nothing instead?
No matter what your disappointment “may be”, there are still small steps you can take to prevent your from feeling the year was wasted. Furthermore, you’ll be amazed to find that even doing a couple of extra small tasks will raise your self esteem tremendously and do wonders for your morale.
Oh, I know, I know,…often when it gets to this time of year we think to ourselves “oh well, there goes another year…((sigh)) … I guess I’ll wait till after the New Year”…. But to be honest that’s nothing more than making excuses or giving in to procrastination.
The best thing to do is make use of the time TODAY. In other words the “here and now” and live in the moment a little with your goal list in tact and plastered firmly in front of your nose!! Then set your intentions to make things happen!
Get started right now: Get clear on your goals and WRITE down every single one of those outstanding tasks. I’m not suggesting you set yourself up for failure or further disappointment by trying to bite off more than you can chew, but once you have written an extensive list, simply choose 3-5 smaller tasks and get them done.(NOW).
Again, I know the clock is ticking but even if it means getting up at 4am to knock a couple off your list you’ll have a couple less to face in the new year and you’ll feel a lot better about your accomplishments..
So… be quick and clean that closet, rake the leaves, finish painting the trim, clean the gutters, and shampoo the rugs (like me )….
If you’ve always wanted to start a business but spent the year being a ‘yabut’… because you felt overwhelmed or didn’t know where or how to start… get clear on the reasons “why” you stayed stuck and find the help you need.
If necessary, consider getting help by seeking out a coach or finding a mentor so you have a way of getting past the things that have held you back. After all, things are never as difficult or as ‘bad’ as you ‘think’ they might be once you muster up some determination and get the wheels in motion. Just knowing how to move ahead will be a great comfort and serve you well from this point forward.
So again, there’s still time to feel satisfied with your personal accomplishments and elevate your excellence.
You will feel satisfied with life and better prepared to get a jump on the fresh new year of 2012 with a few extra things ticked off your list and perhaps the get the groundwork in place for a new successful year filled with personal satisfaction!