Happy September, friends!
We are 4 months away from 2019.One third of 12 months left. Wow - that went by quickly.
I had a conversation with a friend a few days ago about things that have happened this year, what has worked and what hasn't, as well as the lessons we learnt. She said she can't wait for a new start, a new year and get excited about new and life-changing goals. Due to a mix of a few different circumstances - goals becoming irrelevant, facing challenges, setting too many unrealistic goals, etc. - she hasn't accomplished what she planned for herself and she wants to open a new page and start fresh.
And it made me think about this quote (which I'm sure you've heard before, but it seems very appropriate):
In this particular case - stop waiting for a new year. We shouldn't be waiting for some kind of “outside” inspiration and motivation. It's within us. Our actions are the best motivator. Happiness and fulfilment comes from making the most of the moment you are in now. Whether it's a big or small step towards what you want to achieve, it's still a step in the right direction. Before you know it, you will be looking back at a pretty epic and eventful few months, tapping yourself on a shoulder for a job well done.
I don't think this is only the case for my friend, I believe a lot of people feel that way and they just want to start making new plans, get excited and think that the new year is that golden ticket for a fresh start. If you are struggling with this and need a little encouragement to make the most of what's left of 2018, I have put together a short step-by-steps guide that will help you reflect on where you are at this point and what you still want to achieve in these 4 months as well as create a little action plan that will help you chase those goals you set for yourself at the beginning of this year. Get your life together before a new year starts and you set new goals and intentions for the next year.
Imagine that you can start 2019 feeling much more in control, with a sense of accomplishment, knowing that you've done your best. Let the previous months be a map that helps you see what you've accomplished so far and what you still can work on and improve in the next 4 months before the 2019 is here. Once you've reflected on your progress be intentional about moving forward to make sure you accomplish all the goals you set for yourself at the beginning of this year.
Here is a step-by-step practice for reviewing your progress so far. Reflect by writing down answers to these questions and make notes for the plan that you will stick to over the next 4 months:
1. PART ONE - REFLECT
What are some of your best achievements from January 2018 until now that you are proud of?
Take a moment to appreciate your hard work and celebrate these wins. Perhaps there are new goals that were added on your agenda later on in the year that were more important to you?
When planning my goals for the year ahead, I usually leave some blank space for goals that will be added throughout the year. There might be goals that I start working on, but it turns out that in reality they are not relevant to me or they are just not right for me at that particular point. Always leave free space to welcome new goals and new dreams. They can change depending on our circumstances, new experiences or people that come into our lives. If you have been working on something new that you hadn't planned at the beginning of the year, be sure to celebrate the wins and be grateful for the new idea that came to you.
2. PART TWO - WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE?
What is the progress of the projects/goals you've started working on?
Are there goals that you haven't started working on yet? Ask yourself are they still relevant/important to you? If they are, how can you make time for working on them?
My personal goals have been harder to accomplish this year. There are certain habits that I really wanted to implement (and still do) but somehow I've managed to put them aside and find excuses not to do them. Because I devoted more time to work related goals. This is because I think that my personal life can be put on hold for a little and I just need to finish that one work related thing. But these work related things never get less. Only more. The more you do, the more to-do's seem to appear on your list. But I come to the same realisation every time - work will always be there. But your health, wellbeing and mindfulness really need attention, care and daily practice. Because a healthy mind and body is what gives us the energy and inspiration to do everything else. If all other things don't work out - always, always work on yourself. It's the best investment.
As for habits -
What do you need to change in your daily routine to make sure that you implement actions that are important and beneficial to you?
3. PART THREE - MOTIVATION
Now do a little visualisation exercise.
Why is it important for you to achieve the goals you've set for yourself? What positive change it will bring to your life? How it will make you feel?
Giving yourself an honest answer to these questions will bring you all the motivation and inspiration you need to make sure that you've done your best to achieve your goals and stick to your habits. Be your own inspiration :)
Undated DEAR DIARY - make the most of every day
I believe goals and habits need to be re-visited at least 3 times per year (every 4 months) to make sure that they are still important to you and relevant for that particular circumstances/situation that you are in at that point.
When I know that I need to gain that extra motivation and put in the work to actually accomplish everything I planned for myself, I turn to our Undated Dear Diary. It is designed to help you make the absolute most of your day and plan your priorities, so that you can tick off tasks from your to-do list daily. Step-by-step. We designed it for those who are serious about how they spend their time and want to focus on things that truly matter to them and track the progress along the way.
Here is what it will help you do:
Thank you so much for being here. I really hope this helps and inspires you to make the most of your 2018.
Zane & the DD team