There are 20 weeks left until 2017. Don’t give up on your goals just yet! There is still time to start and reach your goals. Don’t wait until the New Year to Start.
Here are five goals you can still accomplish this year.
Losing weight or getting healthy is usually the number one resolution people make in the beginning of the year. Why wait? Fall is just around the corner, which makes it tempting to put off health goals until after the holidays. You will regret this decision.
My weight loss goal for the year was to lose 40 pounds. I procrastinated on this goal until two weeks ago. Baby steps were all I needed, rather than trying to eat like a fitness model out of the gates. So far, I have lost six pounds, just by making the small commitment to track my calories and work out three times a week. More importantly, I have not binged or eaten out of stress these two weeks, which is a huge accomplishment for me.
Even if I only lose a pound a week for the rest of the year, I will have lost 26 pounds total and only be 13 pounds away from my goal. Even better, I am going into the holiday season with an eating action plan. You may not fully reach your goals for weight loss, but you will put a big dent in them and feel so much better.
Pay Off Debt
Did you set big, audacious goals for getting rid of debt this year. Don’t give up. You can reach your goals for debt repayment by dividing your debt by 20. Is that number doable? Then try cutting it in half.
Say you have $5,000 in debt, you can eliminate that amount by paying $250 a week. If that is not a doable number for you, perhaps look at your budget to see what you can cut out temporarily. You might not be willing to shave $100 off your grocery budget for the rest of your life, but are you willing to do it for a few months?
Read 15 Books
Many people do not set a reading goal, but it is very important. Read books that will change your life. You can easily read one book a week, you just need to implement these daily habits:
- Read 40 pages a day. You can break this up as 20 pages in the morning, and 20 before bed.
- Listen to an audiobook while you get ready, commute, workout and clean.
- Download the Kindle app on your phone, and read 1% of the book every time you are waiting. You might be waiting in line at the grocery store, waiting for a friend to show up, or just waiting for children to get their shoes on.
- Always have access to a book.
Saving money is important. Determine how much money you can reasonably save and put away each week. If you can put $100 in your savings account each week, you will have $2,000 by the end of the year. Read my tips for how to save $10,000 in a year.
This is one of those goals that are simple to work on, yet can get thrown to the wayside when life gets busy. Here are a few easy actions steps to take each week to reach your goals in this area:
- Write and send and encouraging note to a loved one or friend
- Call out of the blue to say hi
- Send a text message or email to let them know you are thinking of them
- Arrange a coffee date – your treat
- Invite them for dinner
- For spouses, devote 20-30 minutes each day to holding hands/cuddling and chatting
Reach Your Goals by Taking Baby Steps
Don’t count this year as over yet. It is about to get busy as the holiday season approaches. I encourage you to list out five to seven goals you want to accomplish in 2017. Set goals in the important areas of your life, like finances, health, relationships, career, personal development, and more.
Now use the next 20 weeks to make considerable progress on your goals. No one is going to scoff at your plan to lose 50 pounds or pay off $20,000 of debt if you already have a successful plan and method in place.
What goals can you accomplish in 20 weeks? Share your thoughts and action plan below.