By Chris North

It seems we all say the same thing every year around this time. “I can’t believe it’s already December”. I don’t know about you but whenever I say that I’m not really saying I can’t believe it. Sure I can. What I’m really saying most often is more something like “how am I another year older and still having so many of the same problems I don’t want in my life”? Or “I really was hoping this year would be different”. Or some version of “oh $#@+ I’m running out of time to be awesome”. So if/when that happens this December remember this post. I rarely do this but here are two simple steps to maximizing the rest of your year.

  1. Get acquainted with reality. Fine, you’re right. You still have the same problems and are not awesome yet. There I said it. Part of the reason we don’t change is because we tend to live in a fantasy that time, not choices will net the result we say we want. Getting acquainted with reality of the choices we’ve made (or avoided making) will help us renew our ownership, responsibility and hope for a new outcome. Also it should be noted that, although you are not awesome yet in the way you thought you’d be by now, you are in fact ridiculously amazing and there is evidence for that all over your life too. So chill out; but also, get to work. “The first step in solving a problem is to recognize that it does exist” – Zig Ziglar
  2. When you want to quit, re-commit. Once we see that the year is almost over and we have not accomplished everything we wanted to the easiest choice is to give up or postpone until next year. If this temptation creeps in remind yourself of this mantra “when I want to quit, I’ll re-commit”. Re-committing gives new life to your vision, goals, passions, and once fierce ambitions. The hardest parts of most projects is starting and finishing. Even if you have not started the thing you wanted to work on this year and know you won’t finish, re-commit and start now. It will be better to carry momentum into the New Year than to let it hang over your head throughout the holidays. “Doing just a little bit during the time we have available puts you that much further ahead than if you took no action at all.” – Byron Pulsifer