This year isn’t over. In fact, we’ve only seen a third of it so far.
So do not throw in the towel just yet.
I’ve been here before. I’ve had years where at the beginning of the year, I thought this is my year and then something happens…
It’s so easy to start believing the lies that it’s over and done, and you might as well start waving the white flag right now.
But here’s what I know…because I’ve been around the planet for 58 years now and I’ve built two businesses and I’ve been through a lot of adversity and loss…
Don’t discount 2020 just yet. There’s still a lot of time to make this an incredible year.
Here are 5 steps to take TODAY that will help you make 2020 the best year yet:
1. Get A Handle On Your Mindset
If you already believe that this year is over and there’s no hope to turn it around, then you know what? You’re right.
There’s a famous quote from Henry Ford: “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.” That’s why you need to change your mindset now.
We’re only a third of the way into this year, so there is still plenty of time to make 2020 work for you.
Having built two businesses, I have a lot of experience with goal-setting.
The goals that I set at the beginning of the year, every year, are pretty big.
And because I’m super consistent every day, doing what I need to do, no matter what, most of my goals come to fruition in the second half of the year.
You can’t give up now because we still have a long way to go.
2. Know That What You Do Or Don’t Do Every Single Day Matters In The Long Run
What you do and don’t do right now sets the tone for how it’s going to end up at the end of the year for Q3 and Q4.
Throughout the pandemic, I’ve heard many people say, “Right now I’m going to take a little breather, and I’ll just catch up when the dust settles.”
Well here’s what happens when you take a break…
When you take time off and you pause from your life goals and your business goals, it takes you 90 days to ramp back up.
Even if you decided right now to get your head back in the game and you’ve taken the past two months off, it’s going to take you 60-90 days to get back up to speed.
So don’t take another day. Get back in the game and know it’s’ going to take some time to get back to where you were.
But rest assured that the time frame is totally normal.
3. Readjust Your Goals
You likely have to readjust the goals that you set at the beginning of the year but do not give up.
You can still go beyond wherever you left off last year.
I speak from experience. Sometimes I start out the year with a really audacious, out-there goal, and then something happens in my life that forces me to take a break.
When that happens, I readjust the goal from big hairy audacious goal to still really excellent goal, which is still a little bit beyond where I left off the year before.
So you don’t give up completely, you readjust and keep going.
If you haven’t visited your goals in a while, it’s time to dust them off. But always set the bar a little bit higher than what you think is realistic (which is a word I do not like, by the way.)
Most people do not set a realistic goal. Instead, they set a goal that is super comfortable or just below that.
Make sure that the new goal you set is still reaching beyond where you left off last year. If you have to change the number, change the number, but still make it a stretch.
4.Seek Council From The Right People
My dear friend and mentor Rita Davenport says, “Don’t take advice from people more messed up than you.”
It sounds funny, but it’s true.
Seek counsel from the right people, not from the ones giving you advice because it makes them feel good.
Misery loves company. We call people and commiserate, and we let each other off the hook.
Think about it this way, you’re taking advice from people who are not staying in the game. They’re not intentional about what they’re going to do.
So instead of taking advice, seek wise counsel, as my mentor and friend Sharon Lechter advises.
Seeking wise counsel means going to those people who know what they’re doing. They’re crushing it. They’re doing it every day no matter what.
5. Make A Decision If You’re In The Game Because Your Children Are Watching Your Every Move.
It’s so easy when things get hard to say,
This was too hard.
I didn’t really want it anyway.
I didn’t really deserve it.
With all the outside circumstances we have going on now, it’s easy to put a lot of validation into why it’s okay for you to decide not to play and to just shrink.
But I’m encouraging you now to NOT to do that.
Not only will you be giving up on yourself – and you’re going to regret that every day for the rest of your life – but also, all the people who are watching you right now will see.
Your children, no matter how old they are, are watching to see how you’re going to handle it.
They are looking to you to show them how to bust through this, to show them how to step up, how to be strong, and how to keep going after their dreams each day.
That’s what keeps me going every day.
Those times when I’m feeling like life is just really tough, I look at my daughter. I don’t give up because of her. And now I want to be strong from my grandson too.
Make the rest of 2020 really count by following these tips. And let me know how it goes in the comments below!
Vision is Victory,