7 KEYS TO A STRONG FINISH IN 2018

7 KEYS TO A STRONG FINISH IN 2018

Can you feel it? The end of 2018 is fast approaching, and things are revving up. Are you ready to end the year on the highest of highs?  Here are the keys to get there:

CLARIFY YOUR GOALS

Take a look at exactly where you are now and where you want to be by December 31st. Know in detail what you still want to accomplish.

Write down your goals – clearly define them. Do they stretch you? Are you pushing for ALL you can achieve this year? Are your goals measurable and actionable. Do you have someone (a coach, colleague, team member) to help hold you accountable?

BE INTENTIONAL

This should be your world for the remainder of the year – and long after the year ends. Focus on the critical items and activities you need to do each day to accomplish (or surpass) your goals. You’ve got two full months left to get there. Prioritize the most essential tasks that must be completed, pick the ones you are responsible for, and delegate the rest to your team.

Have a clear discussion around they key focuses for the remainder of the year to ensure everyone is in alignment. Lay out an action plan for each team member, and leave the execution to THEM (you’ve no time to micromanage).

MAXIMIZE YOUR TIME

Say yes only to the things, and the people, that energize you or bring you closer to your goals. Say no to everything else. While two months sounds like a long time, it will fly right by. Use your time wisely and focus your habits.

Laziness, complacency, inefficient processes, and lack of focus have no place in the year-end push (or at any time of year). Know what you are going for, and when and how you are going to get it done. There’s no time to waste.

FOCUS ON EXECUTION

Planning is critically important in any goal setting endeavor. Yet, planning alone will not get you far. You must execute. You have likely been executing on your goals all year, and now….it’s crunch time. After clearly mapping out what it takes to get there – your days, weeks and months must now be focused on DOING.

ASK FOR WHAT YOU WANT

You know what it’s going to take to end the year strong. Further, you have most likely already thought through precisely the clients you need to land, products you need to sell, and deals you need to close to surpass your goals. So, where’s the hang up?

Quit wishing – start asking!

TAKE TIME TO UNPLUG

With year-end comes a multitude of things that stretch us – and stress us – to the max: tight deadlines, revenue and business goals, holiday shopping, family time, and a significant increase in party invites. During this time of year in particular, it is critical you make time for self care. You can’t be good for others if you don’t first take care of yourself.

Take a day, an evening or a weekend to unplug and recharge. The work will be there when you get back, and you will feel refreshed and ready to tackle it!

SHOW GRATITUDE & KINDNESS

None of us reach our goals alone. During the craziness of year-end, take time to express your appreciation for those in your network and in your life who have helped you get to where you are. The standard company holiday card it fine, but remember….nothing beats a phone call or a good old fashioned visit!

Support, encourage and strive to grow your relationships. This is one key that keeps on giving long after the year has passed!

Wishing you a fantastic year-end and the happiest of holidays!

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