It’s late June.
We are nearly to the halfway mark of the year.
So, how are those New Year’s resolutions coming along?
If you’re like most people, you’re either rolling your eyes at me in disbelief, wondering why the hell I’d be asking about January goals in June, or you’re laughing at me, silently calling me stupid under your breath, because you’re not one of “those” types of people who make resolutions.This probably resonates with you on at least some level, if you’re like ~99.9% of the general population.
The fact of the matter is that for the most part, resolutions stink. People set them on December 31, thinking that this is going to be the year that they will finally go forth and kick ass in their personal endeavors, and by about January 10, more often than not, they’ve lost steam. In reality, you don’t have to “turn over a new leaf” or “start anew” on January 1. You can start a new habit, play a new game, or try out a new hobby– or whatever — any damn day of the week, at any point in the year that you’d like, anytime you’d like during the daytime or nighttime.
Even if your 2018 resolutions have come and gone by now, that doesn’t mean that your entire 2018 has gone to pot, as my late grandmother would say (bless her soul). You can still do a LOT with the rest of your 2018, whether you’re working on accomplishing some great career goals, are looking to extend your fitness, or something else entirely.
The rest of 2018 is your oyster. Here’s how you can get the most out of the rest of this year:
Start each day with a plan
Starting each day with a to-do list of sorts can be really helpful. Keep it short, keep it simple, and keep it in line with your priorities. I understand that sh-t happens every day that’s out of our control that may preclude you from accomplishing your daily goals. That said, think about what’s most important for you for that day. Commit your darndest to doing that one thing. Over time, that momentum will add up.
Work with a buddy
Work is always more fun and enjoyable with a buddy, whether you’re meeting a friend for a workout or you’re meeting a colleague at a shared workspace for a few hours. Committing to working with someone else on your goals for the rest of the year will help to make the process more enjoyable and give you a sense of accountability, too: a win-win solution.
Go after the “BHAG”
When you’re thinking about what you’d like to accomplish for the rest of your 2018, go after the BHAG: the big, hairy, audacious goal. What really gets your wheels turning? From there, break-up your BHAG into smaller, more manageable goals that you can further delineate into consumable action steps each month, day, and week. Dream big because no one else will do it for you.
Commit to doing at least a little something every day
Finally, when you’re committing to going after your BHAG, work it into your daily schedule that you do at least something — a little something, if anything — every day that will help you to realize that goal. If you’re planning to write your first book this year, for example, commit to writing at least 1,000 words every single day, without fail. The act and process of routine will do wonders in helping you to realize your goals over the short-term and long-term future.
Just because you may not have accomplished much in the front half of 2018 doesn’t dictate that the rest of your 2018 will be a bust, too. With a little planning and forethought, you can still completely rock the rest of the year.
Dream big and live large, and go get those goals!