Year-End Goals: It’s Not Too Late to Create Something Remarkable!

Written by on September 11, 2017 in Self-Awareness, Sense of Purpose

Year-End Goals


We all love stories about overcoming, especially the everyday hero, who rises above their challenges to come from behind, arms stretched to the sky with joy as they cross the finish line.

How would it feel if YOU could end this year on that kind of a high note?

If you are not the hero of your own story, then you are missing the whole point of your humanity. ~Dr. Steve Maraboli

Regardless of whether you began the year with goals, a one-word resolution or a theme, this post is for you if you haven’t (yet) accomplished everything you wanted to this year.

The good news is there is still time, but September is your crossroads and you have a choice to make.

You can either decide to write off the next few months and wait until January 1st to start over, telling yourself that next year will be different, or you can accept that you still have time to create something remarkable.

But if you decide to go for it, you must start now. The clock is ticking and before you know it, you’ll find yourself preoccupied with the annual year-end rush leading into the holidays.

Strategies to Achieve Year-End Goals

When you’re working with a limited time frame you need to get highly focused. Let go of trying to do it all and aim for one or two meaningful goals that you can feel really proud about accomplishing.

Learn From the Past (Then Let it Go)

Take some time to honestly evaluate how you’ve done with goals in the past to try and identify any patterns that could use your attention. For example, do you usually finish what you start, or have a tendency to get bored easily and quit?

The point here is not to beat yourself up; it’s to identify and remove potential stumbling blocks on the path to achieving your goal(s).

Create a Roadmap

Any significant goal is really just a sequence of steps that can be used to create a roadmap that represents how to get from where you are to where you want to be.

Start with the end in mind and try to visualize each step of the way working backward to where you are now. This will help you establish a realistic time frame, and give you a much better sense of what actually needs to be done.

Pursue Small Wins

Breaking goals down into manageable steps is standard advice when you’re striving to accomplish pretty much anything. But this alone won’t keep you motivated and moving forward.

Rather than just one more thing to check off your list, try treating each step you complete on the path to your ultimate goal as a small win to build on. Small wins work by building momentum, energy, and resources, and foster learning that will enhance your ability to take on bigger, more ambitious goals later.

Clear the Way

A common mistake many people make is to put a lot of time and effort into creating a great plan to achieve a goal, but never clear the way to make room for the actions that need to be taken.

If your goal is to begin meditating for half an hour after first rising, but you haven’t adjusted your usual busy morning routine to set that time aside, then it’s going to be tough to stick to your plan.

Do yourself a favor and review your commitments and adjust priorities as necessary to make room to work on your goal.

People who succeed have momentum. The more they succeed, the more they want to succeed, and the more they find a way to succeed. Similarly, when someone is failing, the tendency is to get on a downward spiral that can even become a self-fulfilling prophecy. ~Anthony Robbins
Focus on Building Momentum

Momentum is one of those rare, self-perpetuating marvels that we don’t talk about nearly enough.

A good example of momentum is the domino effect. Tip over the first domino and not only do subsequent pieces topple, the effect grows and picks up speed along the way.

Consistency is the best way to build momentum. The more you do a thing the easier it becomes and the less time and effort it requires.

The best part is that you’ll begin to enjoy the process of working toward achieving your goal because you’ll feel more empowered and confident.

What the New Year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the New Year. ~Vern McLellan

Final Thoughts

I know many people who have had a rough year, and if that’s the case for you no one could blame you for passing on any year-end goals. But here’s one I’d like to suggest you at least consider.

How about setting a goal to get serious about self-care? Take the time to work through any residual emotional clutter from your experiences, ditch the “coulda, woulda, shoulda” mental reruns, and really work to cultivate inner peace.

Instead of continuing to rely on short term fixes for stress, take some time to create a stress prevention plan.

This simple goal would go a long way toward healing and setting you up for a great start to the New Year.

What you do from here is entirely up to you. You can embrace the power you have to create your own life experience, or you can sit back and wait to see what fate has in store for you.

Your Turn: Do you have a special goal you intend to accomplish by the end of the year? We’d love to hear about it in the comment section below!

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About Marquita Herald

Marquita Herald

Marquita is a successful author, resilience coach, founder and chief evangelist at Emotionally Resilient Living.

Her mission is to challenge you to refuse to be defined by circumstances, and to believe, really BELIEVE in your ability to create the quality and course of your own life.

She is also an unapologetic workaholic who loves red wine, rock n’ roll, road trips (and car dancing!), peanut butter cookies and (especially) a dog named Lucy.

To learn more about Marquita and the mission of Emotionally Resilient Living click here.

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  1. Laverne Brown

    Determining which fire to put out first has been very challenging in my new role but I have to make a decision and move forward. Also emails with typos are a pet peeve of mine, but I have noticed I’m becoming a culprit of this and I don’t like it.
    I plan to close out 2017 with better organizational skills and accuracy in my emails.

  2. ikechi

    Hi Marquita

    Yes you are right. It is time to be super focused. Thanks for the post and take care
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  3. Joyce Hansen

    Oh! what a timely post. The end of the year is approaching fast. Even though I’ve been making progress, there’s going to be a push to meet the deadline. So, thanks for your wise words of encouragement.

  4. Vatsala Shukla

    Is it really a coincidence that you’ve written a post about something that I was looking at yesterday for the mid-month year in review check, Marquita?

    Interestingly I had made a half year plan way back in June this year and then events came rolling in one by one with the latest being my own health concern and 3 medical opinions!

    Am I on track to finish 2017 on a high note? I believe it is possible because I review each month and adjust my goals and actions to match my situation. Cutting myself some slack and self-care are a priority and knowing that taking action is better than no action and blaming life.

    Thank you for the inspiring tips.
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  5. Suzie Cheel

    Yes Marty I have a special goal to have my turned upside down book project complete with a set of self love cards too.
    You post reminds me I need a more detailed roadmap thank you xxx
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  6. Robin Khokhar

    Hi Marquita,
    It’s really an inspirational post. I wanted to read this after reading the title of the post. You have crafted a fantastic post.
    Thanks for the share.

  7. William Rusho

    It is so important to have a goal, and to have steps to accomplish. Sometimes you can get so overwhelmed looking how far away the end result is, you need to focus on the small steps in front. Accomplishing these, give you confidence to make it to the finish line. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Sonal Talwar

    Hi Marquita
    Yet another wonderful post! you are very right about the fact that we should set small targets. Usually we set high goals and in trying to achieve them we neglect the small achievements. also we should learn from our past mistakes.
    Thanks for sharing!
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  9. Thank you for you’re reply to Chery, Marquita. “Learning to accept and embrace our detours” is something I have to live with. My husband’s health has taken priority over my work this year.
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    • I have never had the experiencing of being a caretaker for a loved one, but by any standard, it is a tremendous responsibility, so I hope you’re managing to fit some gentle self-care on your priority list, Doreen! Thanks for taking the time to stop by, always appreciated. 🙂

  10. Good advice about self-care–especially for a person who has had a crazy year for any overwhelming reason.
    I am pretty good at hitting my goals, but I think I’d like to get excellent at them.
    A friend and I are working on a workshop for women. It’s intended to be fun and casual. We have such a difficult time getting together due to all the other life things. Ah, but winter is coming and that slows things down a bit. Got to be some benefit for snow!
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    • Glad you enjoyed the article RoseMary. Self-care is going to be a recurring theme for awhile because this has been a very stressful year for many people. And, I certainly agree with you about winter! Now that I have experienced my first winter in my new home (especially that crippling ice storm!) I’ll be far better prepared. 🙂

  11. Most of the time, taking that small initiative itself becomes a daunting task. If we can avoid procrastination and take small steps towards our goals, then path towards success becomes smooth and relaxing.

    • Welcome Moumita! While I agree with you, the truth is if someone is going to find an excuse to keep from taking action they will do it no matter what the circumstances. I’ve worked with and known people who have overcome tremendous odds and for those who really want to create change, there is always a way. Thanks for contributing to the conversation. 🙂

  12. Jeri

    The goal I need to accomplish by the end of the year is to get back on track with my freelancing. I was at a good spot last January, and I’d worked really hard to get there. Dealing with cancer slowed all of my momentum down, but I just remind myself getting back up and running won’t be as hard as the years I spent building my business because experience is on my side now.

    • Ah, those pesky detours! You’ve had a doozie, and I know several other people who have had a challenging year as well. As resilient as you are, I have no doubt you’ve come through your experience this year stronger than ever and I wouldn’t be surprised if that doesn’t work in your favor with your freelancing efforts. Thanks for stopping by!

  13. Phoenicia

    Encouraging post Marquita.

    I agree that goals should be broken down into small bite size chunks. Too unrealistic and there will no motivation to take action.

    Goals can be brought into play at any time of year, in fact once the desire to achieve comes upon you, start today.

    I have several goals I would like to achieve by the end of this year;

    1. Read the whole bible – almost halfway through
    2. Increase my blog readership
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  14. Mark

    Excellent and extremely practical advice as usual M!

    But can you believe, just how fast this year has gone?

    It seems like just a few months ago, we were trying to set bite sized, realistic goals! Again!LOL!

    So I love your advice, about visualizing your end goals, and systematically working backwards, toward them.

    And like you pointed out, never, ever underestimate, the power of constant forward momentum.

    Thanks for sharing an extremely sound road map!

  15. I love this time of year. I feel like it is a great time to push ahead and accomplish your goals before the holidays, you gave us some useful tips.
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  16. Chery Schmidt

    Hey Marty! I have to admit 2017 has been a hard year for me. I did set some pretty hefty goals in January, but I did indeed put them on the back burner after the death of my mom, helping my dad cope, other family matters, as well as having to deal with a horrific renter…

    Your post did get my mind a ticking though, do I buckle down and get to work or just call it a loss and wait until 2008? Hum? I guess I need to do some soul searching here..

    Thank you so much for sharing.. Chery :))
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    • You know Chery, after what you’ve been through this year no one would blame you for taking time for yourself to just rest and get recentered. In fact, a good goal might be doing the work to clear any mental clutter remaining from your experiences and give yourself the time to really think about where you want to go next year. Learning to embrace our detours (and you’ve had some doozies!) is such an important element of emotional resilience! Take care, my friend.

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