If you started the year with a New Year’s Resolution that you haven’t come close to meeting, you aren’t alone. Plenty of people haven’t achieved what they set out to do this year. But you can’t let that get you down. It is important to re-evaluate your goals mid-year and, if necessary, determine which are still achievable and which aren’t. This allows you to sharpen your focus and stay motivated. The worst thing that you could do is to give up on all of your goals for the year because you didn’t meet one or two. You can still meet your goals and set yourself up for the future, as long as you don’t let a single setback rob you of your motivation.
Don’t Mail It In
Giving up on your goals and going through the motions for the rest of the year might sound appealing, especially if you haven’t accomplished all your yearly goals yet. But this isn’t what you want to do. Going through the motions will leave a poor impression on your boss and coworkers, and it could rob you of future opportunities. Which brings us to our next point.
You Never Know Who Sees You Putting Effort Into Your Work
You never know who has been keeping an eye on your effort at work. If you aren’t giving your all, it is entirely possible that your boss might not offer you new opportunities, like a promotion, or the ability to work on a new team. And if you ever decided to change careers or go back to school, you wouldn’t want to have to ask for a letter of recommendation from someone who saw you give poor effort.
Build Momentum For Next Year
Putting in the effort at the end of the year helps you to build momentum and motivation for next year. It is much harder to get excited about reaching your goals next year when you gave in and mailed it in this year. It is easier to do when you are still motivated and energized. You can get yourself off to a good start next year by continuing to work hard right now.
Finishing the year strong takes dedication and belief in yourself. It takes the ability to get hit with a setback and to keep going. It takes mental strength and fortitude. It is easy to mail it in and to give up. It is easy to think that you’ll forget your goals now and simply work on them again in the future. But that attitude is a slippery slope that takes you closer to complacency and mediocrity. Make sure that you put in the effort at the end of the year, because you never know who is watching… and more importantly… your inner critique is watching and keeping record of how easily you give in or how strongly you reboot! Any effort on your part is totally worth it because you owe it to yourself!
Regina Fasold is a seasoned Executive Coach and Leadership Expert. Her extensive professional background and her 10+ years of experience as a Global Executive Coach have allowed her to assist over 300 senior executives in corporations throughout the United States and in over 25 countries around the world.
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