Unfinished Business: The Come-Back Plan

Well hey there!

It's that time of the year when everyone's busy planning for Thanksgiving, Christmas, shopping, and the likes. Before we know it, we'll be saying our farewells to 2017 and embracing the challenges and successes of 2018.

Although this sounds exciting for some, the truth is many are quite afraid of beginning 2018 as they consider 2017 to have been a tough year. But how could this be when there was a new year's resolution, the inclusion of journaling as part of everyday planning and the eagerness for change?

Despite the relentless planning, we regrettably must admit that there is still unfinished business.

And what exactly is unfinished business, you may ask. Well, let's just say for some of us it looks like this:

2017 New Year's Resolution

  1. Lose weight

  2. Exercise/Go to the gym

  3. Stop procrastinating

  4. Budget (practice financial management)

  5. Start saving

  6. Complete CPA

  7. Complete ACCA

  8. Complete Degree

  9. Eat less fast food

  10. Spend less money "eating out"

  11. Start "my dream business" (whatever your dream business is)

  12. Eat healthier

  13. Go to church more

  14. Practice more personal care

  15. Practice personal development

  16. Spend more time with hubby

I could go on and on but I am certain that you've not only gotten the point, but you're either smiling or nodding your head in agreement to the obvious truth that the aforementioned list items do resemble your 2017 New Year's Resolution. So, the question is...where did we go wrong?

As I sometimes sailed, ran, walked, crawled, rolled, jogged and stood during 2017, I observed that having a plan was a big deal. It was such a big deal that each time I constructed a plan I felt energized; I found new strength. However, I often had to remind myself that a plan is only a guide which complements our willingness to "step out" and start making moves.

...And let's just all admit, it's easier said than done.

So what's the current situation? The answer for many of us:

1. 2017 is almost over; and

2. There are many things on our 2017 new year's resolution list that we have not even managed to start as yet.

Honey, I'll be the first to tell you, it is not the end of the road. Although procrastination and indiscipline may have been your best buddies throughout the year, there are other reasons why your list is still untouched and I'd love to share them with you:

1. We often want change - I mean, who doesn't? The problem we encounter is the timeliness of the change (the difference between the time-frame in which we anticipate for it to occur and the one in which it actually occurs). For many of us we fail to realize that change is a process and it takes time. We must always remember that rushed and/or premature change may not always be able to withstand the test of life's strong winds and turbulence. Consideration must also be given to the need for change acceptance, change implementation and change maintenance.

2. Secondly, a significant percentage of the changes we would like to experience or the goals we set out to accomplish are unrealistic. One of the most unrealistic goals I've seen all year is the desire to save an increased percentage of one's income when their expenditures remained constant or increased. This often resulted in persons feeling unaccomplished and frustrated. Here, we have to realize that the goal set out to accomplish was a good one if looking from a financial management perspective. However, the timing of the goal set was not feasible in accordance with their financial positions.

3. We do a poor job in managing our time effectively. If we can manage our time effectively, we can purposefully and strategically manage our dreams and ambitions. It is a truth and the quicker we accept it, the faster we will be able to plan appropriately and experience increased effectiveness and efficiency in our tasks, responsibilities and goals.

4. The last, but by no means the least is one which many of us can be found guilty of doing - we stop at the planning stage. When planning, associate a deadline with each goal or resolution you would like to accomplish. Always remember this, if what you planned does not require you to take action then you have not planned properly.

So my darlings, I do believe that it's not too late to make a come-back with the insurmountable unfinished businesses.

Where is the New Year's Resolution you wrote earlier this year? Can you locate it? If no, do you remember some of the things you wrote? Get a pen and paper and let's start getting some work done.

Remember, your list must be attainable, time specific, compatible with your current schedule (or be able to fit into your revised schedule) and most importantly, require you to take action.

Don't wait on 2018!

Let's make a come-back now!



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