How to Finish Strong in 2020

With less than two months to go, it’s time to make sure you have the best year possible (yes, we’re talking about 2020). We know it’s been a challenging time, but even if your goals feel a long way off, there are still opportunities at your fingertips. Try these ideas to give you and your team the push needed to finish the year strong.

Tip 1: Start Every Day Fresh

No need to wait until January 1, 2021—every day is a new beginning! Commit to the idea that today is a fresh start. You’re more energetic already, right? Now, take a deep breath, and move ahead to tip 2.

Tip 2: Find Your “Why”

Figure out what you want to accomplish before the end of 2020 and why those things are important. Be as specific as possible. Finding the “why” behind your goals will keep you focused. Even when motivation starts to dip, you can turn back to your “why” and refocus. This step makes it easier to identify opportunities, prioritize your time, determine what it takes to reach your goals, and optimize the remaining weeks of 2020.

Tip 3: Write Your Goals Down

With a fresh start and your “why” in place, it’s time to revisit any previously set 2020 goals and determine what still matters and what is still attainable. Recommit to these objectives, set new targets, and write all your old and new goals down. Use a fresh sheet of paper or a new note on your phone for this. Having a physical or digital note can boost your motivation. It’s so satisfying to add that checkmark or cross off each item once it’s complete!

Tip 4: Create Specific Action Steps

Every good goal has a solid plan behind it. To avoid feeling overwhelmed or tempted to give up, create specific action steps to reach your goal. Think about where you are, where you want to be, and what it will take to get there. You can only direct your daily activities if you know what actions you need to take.

Tip 5: Avoid Distractions and Excuses

It’s all too easy for there to never be “enough time” to do anything. Be proactive about fighting this excuse. Set specific times to complete action items and make progress. Turn off your phone, step away from the TV, and use your time wisely and without distraction. Don’t let excuses and poor planning stand in the way of your goals.

Use these tips to stay motivated and on track for the rest of 2020. The new year may be only a few weeks away, but you can still achieve your goals and Finish Strong with hard work and focus.

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