As we close in on the end of the year, many people begin to give up, slow down, or cruise on through knowing that at the beginning of the New Year they get a “fresh start.” However, I want to challenge you to think differently. I want to challenge you to finish strong—to attack the last few weeks of this year with the same power and hustle that you started the year with. Now is not the time to throw in the towel. Now is the time to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and get after it.
1. Revisit your original resolutions or goals. Chances are pretty high that earlier in the year you made either a list of resolutions or goals that you wanted to accomplish this year. Take those out and look at them. How many have you stuck to or accomplished? Are there any that you abandoned that you could recommit to right away?
2. Write out a few end of the year goals. In addition to revisiting your goals from earlier in the year, could you write some fresh new goals that you would like to accomplish before the new year begins? Make these goals realistic and attainable with the time left in the year. This will help you keep motivated to move forward and not let anything slow you down.
3. You don’t need a date to start. Jan. 1 is just another day like any other. Yes, it’s an awesome time to remind us that we can set new goals and achieve new things, but there is no reason that day is any more special or purposeful in setting and achieving goals. You literally can set goals any day of the year. That same mindset is the one that is going to keep you focused to end the year strong.
4. How you end the year is how you start the year. The stronger you finish this year, the stronger you will start the new one. Want to put your best foot forward next year? Then really end this year as positive as possible! The more momentum you have now, the further it will take you later.
5. Get involved in a group. Nervous you won’t be able to finish the year strong with the holidays staring you down? Find others to keep you accountable. Join my DietBet challenge with friends and stay committed to ending the year fitter and stronger—both mentally and physically—than you started. It’s never too late.