Finish the Year Strong – Goal Setting 2018 Tip #5

We are entering the last 90 day span before the end of the calendar year.  For some people in the midst of planning and achievement, that makes no difference.  However, for a lot of us the calendar year is the time block that we use to measure our progress towards our goals.  So we look to see what we have achieved throughout the year or how our situation now compares to where we were at this time last year, etc.  So my question to you is, are you where you hoped you would be by now?

If the answer is yes. Hurray for you! I was lucky that so many things lined up for me and I am beyond where I expected to be. Not in financial terms. That was not one of my goals for this year.  But in terms of my mindset, paradigm shift and personal growth, I have moved leaps and bounds.  I now have greater clarity about what I want my next steps to be and the path that I am going to have to take.  It is true that most of what I see before me is hard work, but that is half the fun.

If you have not been able to reach your goals, ask yourself why not? Was the goal too big given the time available? Was your approach to achieving it flawed in some way? Is there some skill or knowledge that you lack? The importance of asking these questions does not dwell in assigning blame or beating up on yourself. Rather it is to identify some solution you could take to address the problem.

So for the last quarter of the year:

  1. Set a new goal for yourself.  What is one thing that you really, really would like to accomplish before you move into the new year.
  2. Make sure that your new goal taps into your most important values so that you have a greater push to make it happen.
  3. Make sure also that your goal is one that stretches you. It needs to be a challenge or you will lose interest in striving to make it a reality. Also, make sure that it is not too unrealistic because it should not seem like something that you would never be able to achieve.
  4. Be honest with yourself about your own capability. If there is something that you need to learn or something that you need to get someone to help you with, acknowledge it and do what you have to so that this absence does not limit your achievement potential.
  5. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.  This is not a sign of weakness but instead an acknowledgement of the power of collaborative effort.


Marjorie Wharton is a trainer, facilitator and coach who works with individuals and organizations to help them improve their performance.  She is based at the Sagicor Cave Hill School of Business in Barbados. Follow her on twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.  For more of her writing visit



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