It's Not Too Early For Next Year's Goals

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It's Not Too Early For Next Year's Goals

Encourager-In-Chief: September 4th, 2019

It's actually the perfect time to think about them.

You’re probably wondering why I am already on your back about setting your goals for next year when it’s only the beginning of September. Having written out a goal list for the last 19 years, I have learned that now is the perfect time to get started on next year’s goal list.

Hopefully, you already have a goal list for this year and are well on your way to completing the last 25% of your goals for 2019. By now, you should be looking at the goals that might be in jeopardy of not being completed before the end of this year. Those should be the first ones you put on next year’s goal list, provided you still feel they’re worthwhile pursuing.

There’s nothing like momentum to get you enthusiastic about accomplishing your goals. I’ve seen firsthand evidence of this: as I was preparing this year’s goal list, I noticed that at least 20 of them were already completed when they went on my goal list. Why did I put them on my goal list if I already completed them before the year started? Because I completed them! I take pride in my accomplishments and they encourage me to complete the other goals. (If you think that I’m not completing 300 goals in one year, have no fear. I always complete more goals than I put on my goal list.)

Another reason is to make sure that you don’t procrastinate. I can still remember one of my best coaching clients calling me a year after we completed her results coaching. She said, “I did so great on my goals when I was working with you but when the new year started, I never made a new goal list and so I went an entire year without writing down any goals.”

I would have never known this unless she told me but I have since learned that she was not my only client who fell into the same trap. If you get an early jump on your goals and work diligently on them, no one and nothing can stop you from checking them off.

I’ve always found that Labor Day weekend was the perfect time to get my goal list for the following year started. If you have an electronic copy of your goal lists for each year, you can just clean off an existing one and start plugging in your goals for next year. If you are like me, 70% of the goals that I set for this year will go on next year’s list. After all, I want to treat my wife like a queen on her birthday every year. So before you delete all of your goals, highlight the ones you want to keep on your list and you’ll have next year’s list ready to go in no time.

If you don’t have a plan for your life, you’re destined to fit into somebody else’s plan for your life.
- Brian Tracy

This excerpt is taken from my Designing Your Destiny II: Goalsetting Gold Workshop seminar.

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