Ways to Achieve Your Career Goals Before the End of the Year

It was nearly one year ago that we were toasting the ball drop in New York City, bright-eyed and with a glass of champagne, looking forward to 2016. New Year’s resolutions are easy to dream up through January, but often tend to wane throughout the year. If you’re finding yourself realizing that (gulp) none of your resolutions made it to December, we have good news:

The year isn’t over yet. There’s still time to work through your goals--or at least make headway on them--before the ball drops in 2017. Here’s how to get started according to Forbes:

1. Spread the word
The number one best way to make yourself achieve something is to tell people you’re going to do it. It helps to keep you accountable. Yes, it might be uncomfortable when you experience setbacks, or have to tell them that you kind of forgot about it...but that should also fuel your fire to double-down.

2. Consider breaking it into pieces
When you have a massive goal, it can be intimidating. It’s easy to just let it go, especially when you don’t know where to start. Take some time to examine your goal to see if it can be broken down into smaller, more perceivably-achievable type things. Depending on the goal, set a deadline of every few days or once a week. Whatever it will take to get it done before the end of the year (or at least make decent headway).

3. Set a date
Building off the previous tip, literally write your goal or milestones on the calendar with a deadline. And, if there’s something that can really force you to do it (like, if you want to run a marathon, purchase your entry before new running shoes) because it helps to create an engaged mindset.

4. Be realistic
Having a goal to be president of the USA probably isn’t going to be achievable by the end of the year.  But you can get involved in a political organization, or volunteer for a cause that means something to you. Maybe even get involved in politics at some other level. The point is that your goals need to be realistic in order to be achievable before the end of the year. Or, you need to set a longer timeline to work toward it.

5. Commit
Ready to make this goal happen? Commit to it, and commit to yourself. You’re the one who has to put in more hours at the office, the one who has to push yourself to be more active/attentive/whatever it takes to achieve these things. And when you experience a setback? You have to re-commit. Over and over until it’s done.

We’re almost finished with 2016, and it might feel like the year has flown by. Are you satisfied with what you accomplished? They say that, whatever your goal is, a year from now you’ll wish you started today.