October is here! Can you believe we are down to the last quarter of 2019? Although the holiday season is my favorite, these last three months seem long, and for many, it’s the three months that can make or break a successful year. But what is a successful year? How can we make sure that this last quarter meets our standards?
If you’re worried about whether or not this year will go down as one of your best or worst ones yet, then I’m pretty sure you wrote down some goals at the beginning of the year. Now is the time to look back at them and reflect on how well you’ve been doing. Ask yourself if you’re satisfied with your life thus far, and if not, what is something you’d like to change? I find that picturing myself on December 31st helps me answer these questions. How do you imagine your life to be on December 31st? What can you do now to make sure you get there by the end of the year? By answering these questions, you can think of daily habits or monthly goals that will get you to where you want to be.
If life brought you some unexpected twists and turns as it tends to do, and it seems like you are so far from where you thought you would be, don’t be harsh on yourself. After all, it was likely out of your control. And if it wasn’t, so what? We are all human, and we all mess up at one point or another. Let go of any anger or disappointment you may be feeling; it will not be useful for the remaining of the year. Or you can channel all your negative feelings and turn them into positive outcomes. For the last three months of the year, be more intentional with your time and actions. Do what you want and need to be doing, not what you feel obligated to do.
As you’re reflecting on the past nine months, take note of the wonderful things that have happened for you. Be grateful. Even if you have had the worst nine months of your life yet, I am sure you can find at least three things that make you thankful.