October brings the last quarter of the year, and some entrepreneurs, if you’re an intelligent planner, haven’t waited until now to start thinking of the upcoming year (and beyond). But one must not forget that goals were set this time last year that may not have been fulfilled…and there’s still time.
I saw a guy in my gym wearing the shirt in the image attached and immediately asked if I could take a quick shot of it. My initial reaction to seeing it was to show it to my sons, in an effort to keep them focused and motivated to complete their short and long-term tasks. However, I soon realized that professionally and personally, we must maintain the desire to run the entire course and seek to achieve completion in every mission we set out to conquer in the beginning.
At the end of each year, I always write about how to get a head start on your goals. Among my early start posts from last year, I wrote 5 Best Practices to Get Ahead…Before You’re Left Behind in 2011. But I decided not to wait this time, due to the ailing economy and lack of motivation that I continue to see in colleagues, professionals and young people. No matter how tough things may appear, one should press toward the mark, without fainting.
Here are a few strategies I use to re-energize, empower and motivate myself:
- Re-visit the original plan. My first business manager told me that whenever things seemed to be shifting from the original goals, always refer back to the business plan. He said it was my road map to a successful business. Of course, this was prior to the economic recession we’re now challenged with, but it still became a blue print for how I chose to run my company. Entering the last quarter of the year, going back to the goals you set in January (or prior) is key. Even if projections were slightly off, there is still time to push for the results.
- Attract the best results. Don’t entertain thoughts of failure or falling short of optimal results. It’s time to dig in your heels, and as my brother always tells me, make it happen!
- Reach out to your mentors. If you have chosen wisely, they’ve been there, and done it. Whether it’s business or family, not much is new under the sun with your challenges, so gain knowledge on how to finish strong, and not give up.
- Continue in your giving. Even in tough economic times, there are creative ways to give of your time and resources. Given that we are connected as a global community, there are always opportunities to reach out and help others. Not that it should ever be a deciding factor in your social responsibility, in my opinion, but it has never failed that when I stayed committed to my philanthropic initiatives, great relationships and new clientele always followed.
I could add much more to this topic, but I merely wanted to take a moment to encourage those who are just ready for the holidays to come and go, then make a fresh start in 2012, that you shouldn’t stop pressing forward with 2011 goals. Finish the mission…