As the summer comes to an end and the tans fade, this is a good time of year to revisit your 2018 professional goals you set for yourself. I hope you remembered to put in milestones throughout the year to measure your success as discussed in my goal setting blog at the beginning of the year. If you didn’t, now is the time to see how you are doing.
Are you ahead of target? Great! It is clear you are very determined to accomplish the goal. Your planning and hard work is paying off, fantastic! Or was it the professional goal you set was too low? In either case, why not push yourself and set the bar higher and reach for a more challenging goal? You will continue to grow, learn and benefit!
How about if you are behind or have completely gone off track? Now is the time to take action to ensure you accomplish your goals. In the event you are behind, the first and most important step is to truly answer the question as to why. Be honest with yourself. Were you lazy? Did you have other important priorities come up? Whatever the reason, there are still four months left in the year. Just like in a marathon, even though you are behind the leaders, the race continues.
Please take the time to rewrite all of your 2018 professional goals, reasons why you are not on target to accomplish them and write down activities you must do and when. Once you have your complete list, add timelines (deadlines) to each activity and put them in your schedule, with the appropriate reminders set along the way. You are going to have to dig deep for the strength to do what is necessary and if you are serious, I know you will succeed. Take action and as I always say, action drags emotion. Or if you prefer, just do it! So what you are behind – most important is how you finish.
Pick up your pace until you see the leading group and work hard to reach the finish line a winner!