Here is one thing we know for sure: Games are NEVER won in the first quarter. They’re won in the last, at the last minute and ONLY when the clock has stopped ticking. This is why a strong finish to anything is more important than its start.
There are still a few weeks left before 2019 is over. You may have had a productive, lightning fast beginning to the new year, then later got distracted, too comfortable or (let’s be honest) flat out lazy. And in the process, time seemingly slipped by you like sands through the hourglass (there was a daytime soap with that phrase in it back in the day).
Don’t panic and don’t get sucked into thinking you have to do something big! Oftentimes, we become so enamored with “big” dreams, “big” ideas or “big” audacious goals that we paralyze ourselves into thinking if it’s not big, it’s not movement and that’s not true.
Here is your game plan: For the remainder of 2019, regardless of your position, be methodical and measured. Three examples:
- Instead of trying to lose 10 pounds in a month, think about how you might be able to lose two pounds in a week.
- Instead of setting your sights on saving $1,000 in three months, think about packing lunch from home and saving that money—especially if you are guilty (as many of us are) of ordering lunch via a food delivery service. Have you seen the amount of money you pay in fees for food delivery? SMH!!! If you opted to take that same money and put it in an interest-bearing savings account, you’d have your $1000 in no time.
- Instead of trying to write a 120,000-word bestselling novel in six months, focus on writing 200-300 words a day until you get there!
You get the picture, right? Going after “big” sounds amazing at the start, but it can often be deflating when you feel you haven’t made much progress. Managing the practical opportunities right in front of you is more attainable and within your control. Small wins are still wins, and they also lead to the big wins on which you have ultimately set your sights.
So remember, be methodical and measured for the remainder of 2019:
- Focus on what you can control. Maximize the opportunities right in front of you.
- Take one step at a time. Do a little bit each day, eventually you’ll reach your goal.
- Celebrate your small victories. Motivation increases momentum!
Finally, be encouraged! The game is not over for you. However, in order to win, you must clock in!
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