You started 2020 with exciting goals to achieve. But the aspirations of New Year’s Day probably feel like a lifetime ago. Whether you set goals specifically for 2020, or goals to achieve in your lifetime, you began the year with something important you wanted to accomplish. If the wild ride that is 2020 has caused goal amnesia, take a moment now to remember your goals for the year. (cue the Jeopardy music…)
It’s go time.
Today is December 1st, and you are down to your last month of 2020. The next 31 days are what you have left to work with to make personal and professional progress this year. Don’t let the remaining time slip away. These are the days to remember. Cause they will not last forever.
Remember, self-imposed deadlines are the key drivers of accomplishment and self-improvement. And as Buddy knows, elf-imposed deadlines are the key drivers of elf-improvement.
Don’t worry if you can’t complete everything in 31 days. A good start is plenty valuable. In fact, the more you can accomplish in the next month, the better you will be positioned for a great 2021.
Things You Can Still Do In December
- Lose weight
- Start exercising
- Read a book
- Start writing a book
- Begin a business
- Create a meetup group
- Expand your network
- Look for a new job
- Give Blood (A life goal I accomplished in November.)
- Learn a new skill ( I just subscribed to Master Class)
- Develop a new product or service
- Take a class
- Learn to ski, skate, scat or ska
- Improve your business development efforts.
- Begin to learn a new language
- Create a plan for your financial security
- Spend quality time with your family. (Over Thanksgiving my family focused on family game nights again.)
- Reconnect with an old friend or family member
- Quit smoking, drinking or drugging (It only takes one day as I wrote about here.)
Break the goal or project you want to make the most progress on into 31 smaller pieces. Do a little each day. Or break the goal into fewer chunks, depending on what day you first read this post. However, if you are reading this on December 31st I suggest you skip the last 2 paragraphs and get straight to work.
Remember, the best way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time. (I recommend starting with elephant ears covered in powdered sugar and cinnamon.) And the best way to complete your 2020 goals in December is 1/31st at a time.
Get going. The rest of the world may use the excuse that the end is near and give up, but the positive procrastinators say It’s Go Time! Don’t let these 31 days slip away. They are your opportunity for progress, change, new beginnings, or completion. It’s not too late to salvage 2020. Let the progress you make over the next 31 days be your holiday gift to yourself.
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