Finish The Year Strong
Finishing strong is just as important as starting strong.
There is a lot of talk right now about getting geared up for the brand new year, setting goals and all the such. I, myself, am a self proclaimed goal setting junky. So much that I just completed a free interactive ebook to help people set goals that matter to them for the new year.
So, yea! Setting goals is my jam. For the purpose of this blog post however, I'm going to assume that you are gearing up for some awesome goal setting sessions here at the end of the year or the beginning of the new year. If you don't already have a plan for that, download my free interactive eBook to help you get started.
As an entrepreneur, starting the new year right is very important to the momentum we set for the next 12 months. But ending the year strong is just as important.
Sometimes, we can get so focused on the new year that we forget to make the most of what's left of this year. Don't rush these last couple of weeks and miss all you could have gotten out of them.
Before you know it, Christmas will have come and gone. The week before Christmas and New Years is a great time to spend time tying up loose ends and doing some things to show yourself love. Not to mention, it's the best time to set intentions and goals for the upcoming year. Make the most of these next 10 days or so.
Here are five things you can do to end the year strong...
#1 SELF CARE
Self care is definitely at the top of my list. With the craziness of the holidays, running our businesses, kids being home from school and all the obligations that come with such things, it's easy to forget to take care of ourselves.
So...get a massage, take a yoga class, read a new book from cover to cover while lounging in your pjs all day or even join a steps challenge with your health minded friends. Make it a point to do a few things for yourself while the new year approaches. Not only is this good for your health but it's also a great way to prepare your mind and spirit for the hustle and bustle of the new year.
Entrepreneurs are the hardest on themselves. We are our own bosses, focused on growing a thriving business and at times we are our worst critics. Negative self talk can quickly sabotage an entrepreneur if not squashed quickly.
Journaling is one of my favorite ways to extinguish self doubt when it rears its ugly head. Take some time to journal and reflect on the positive things that have happened in your business this year. Also, what has went well in your personal life. Focus on how you have grown both professionally and personally.
We can sometimes get to the end of the year and realize that because of work and family, we have let some of our other relationships go to the wayside. Choose a few people that you haven't connected with this year as much as you would have liked and reconnect with them before the end of the year. Invite them to coffee, send them a message on Facebook, give them a call. Whatever feels right.
Don't let the new year roll around and get crazy without reconnecting with those people that you will be sad if distance and a crazy life pulls you apart from one another.
#4 DECLUTTER YOUR WORKSPACE
Your workspace is affecting your attitude and performance, positive or negative. Look around your office, studio or work area. Is it cluttered and disorganized or does everything have its place? Does the decor inspire you or depress you? Is your workspace a place you enjoy spending time or do you dread going in there?
Spend some much needed time before the new year organizing, adding a live plant and choosing a nice rug and throw pillows to set the tone of the space where you spend so much time. Create a space that inspires you!
#5 COMPLETE THAT ONE PROJECT THAT IS LOOMING
As entrepreneurs, we all have those projects that can loom over us. Make time to complete at least one pressing project before the end of the year.
Consider these questions when trying to decide which project to focus on:
- What projects have you been procrastinating lately? This year?
- What area of your business or life do you want to improve on?
- What would make 2016 feel like an absolute success?
After reflecting on these three questions, choose one looming project and make a point to get it done before the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve. You will feel accomplished and will go into the new year feeling inspired to beat procrastination and be a women of action.
Will you be implementing any of the above over the next 10 days? Let's get the most out of the end of this year and finish strong!
Here's to your success!