Although New Year’s resolutions may feel pretty far back in the rearview mirror for a lot of us by now, the great news is that 2012 is still new enough for each and every one of us to hit the goals we set for ourselves. There are still well over 250 days left before we have to turn to a new calendar, which is plenty of time to reach a dream, get something done, or change your life.
It is time to pull out your list of hopes (you did write them down, didn’t you?) and check on your progress. With the quarter of the year mark coming up, how are you doing on your 2012 goals? Depending on the answer to that question, you might want to do one of three things:
1. Celebrate your accomplishments and reassess your goals. If you are ahead of where you hoped or expected to be at this point, then give yourself a little bit of a victory lap – you have earned it! Maybe take a day off, buy yourself a special treat, or make sure you get some kind of other reward. As you do, think ahead to the coming eight or nine months. Is it possible you could achieve even more than you had set out to this year?
2. Figure out how to get back on track. On the other hand, if you are falling behind on your 2012 goals, then now is the absolute perfect time to get them back on track. You still have a big chunk of the year ahead of you, and maybe all it will take is an extra bit of motivation or a little better time management. If you need to, trim down your list of two or three goals that are most important, and then review some of our past articles to find time-tested ways to achieve them. The year may be a quarter of the way over, but you still have plenty of time.
3. Make new goals. If you can’t even remember what your goals were, or if they feel completely unrealistic now, then do not simply write off 2012. Instead, focus on making some new goals that are more meaningful to you, or that fit more realistically into your life right now. Remember, everything worth doing takes time, so do not be discouraged.
The more focused you are on what you’re trying to accomplish in life, the better every year is going to be. So, make the most of the coming months and achieve everything you can for 2012.