Throughout the year, I routinely take a moment to look at the calendar and survey the time we have left in that quarter and the year. I use this time to review and reassess our goals and get reenergized and refocused on the biggest things we need to do to reach those goals.
So after a good, long summer, where many people (including myself) take vacations, this week is an ideal time to do this too as we hit the home stretch of 2016.
To help you do just that, we’ve put together a quick exercise called Finish 2016 Strong.
Here’s how to use it:
1. Take An Inventory of Time
Knowing what you have left can help gauge what you can get done.
I love a good deadline, too. Deadlines help us focus on the essentials that need to get done.
As of today, August 17, 2016, you have 137 days left until the end of the year. That translates to about 19 weeks to get things done.
In the downloadable PDF worksheet included in this post, the number of days and weeks you have left is right at the top of the page to help you see the time budget you have to accomplish key things.
2. Get Clarity on What You Want To Accomplish
Knowing the time you have left, you need to be clear on what your biggest, essential and impactful goals are.
This is also about prioritization. You know you can’t do everything. So it’s gotta be the most impactful achievements and progress that can be finished before the end of the year.
To help hone in on that … imagine it is Sunday, January, 1, 2017.When you wake up on New Year’s day, what do you want to be true and real in your life and business?
What progress do you want to have made by then? What do you want to be true about what you did with the time you had in 2016?
Think realistically. Put yourself in the future for a moment and find what will give you the most fulfillment for having done. And feel the energy that comes from it.
3. Identify Obstacles To Blow Up
Now, with your goals in mind, what are the biggest obstacles in the way of you achieving those goals?
How could you fail to achieve those goals?
“The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.” ? Marcus Aurelius
Obstacles are really opportunities.
Dan Sullivan puts it this way:
“All those things that seem to oppose our goals are actually the raw material for achieving them.”
Maybe your financial goals require getting more clients. Maybe some of the services you’re doing now don’t make you any money, but consume all your time. Maybe you need more help.
List all of those obstacles, because in the next step you’re going to block them up.
4. Pinpoint The Key Steps To Make Next
Now we’re getting to the heart of progress — forward movement. All the steps to make to get closer and reach your goals.
List all the steps you need to make to crush those obstacles in front of you so you can achieve your goals in 2016.
Spend enough time here to get clarity and focus of what you need to do.
Then get to work.
And Finish 2016 Strong.