Can you believe how quickly this year has flown by? It seems like just yesterday we rang in the New Year! Now here we are, with barely two months left in 2015!

We talked a lot about setting goals back in January, but let’s pick that conversation back up again today. I hope you took the time to write down everything you wanted to accomplish this year. If not, don’t worry! It’s NOT too late!

You may think it’s a little odd to be talking about goals and New Year’s Resolutions at the end of October. But I’ve seen so many people get off track and then never reach their goals, and I don’t want that to be you! That’s why today I’m asking you to refresh your vision, refocus and even take a second (or third or fourth) swing at your 2015 goals… while you still have time.

These 4 keys will keep –  or get you back – on track:

  1. Evaluate where you are right now. Take a look at the list of goals you made in January and honestly figure out what you have accomplished so far… and what still needs to be done. It’s also important to celebrate your accomplishments along the way! If your goal was to cut your Starbucks budget in half, going from $20/week to $10/week, then celebrate that accomplishment! Did you reach your goal of increasing your income by 50%? Great job! Celebrate that! Say you have a goal to lose 50 pounds this year, and you have lost 20. You are well on your way! (HINT: Even if you have not reached your ultimate goal yet, celebrate your progress! This will spur you on to complete your list!)
  2. Prioritize your list. What is still on your list to accomplish before 2015 ends? If you had a list of 10 big goals you thought would take all year to accomplish, it’s unrealistic to think you will accomplish all 10 of them in less than a year. In fact, if you set out to do all 10 of them, you set yourself up for failure. That’s why it’s so important to prioritize your goals.
  3. Take action! You can hope, plan, and prioritize all you want, but unless you take action, you will not accomplish anything. 
However, when you make a solid decision – such as setting a goal – and take action, you will succeed!
  4. Keep your eyes on the prize. What is your vision? Let your vision push you forward! Remember WHY you’re doing what you’re doing. When the going gets tough or you don’t feel like sticking to your goals, keep your vision in the forefront of your mind. Set reminders for yourself. Put a sticky note in your car or on the refrigerator, write it on your bathroom mirror, put a picture on your phone to remind you of your goals. This will encourage and motivate you to continue taking action.

Whether this message comes as encouragement to stay on the right track, a reminder to get back on track, or a much needed wake-up call, I hope these tips help you move toward your goals!

I believe in you, and I can’t wait to hear your recap at the end of the year, when you successfully accomplished everything you set out to do in 2015! Please let me know where you HAVE made progress this year in the comments below. You might be surprised at the encouraging feedback others will give you!

Can you think of five people who could benefit from an extra nudge back onto the right track? It could be your friends, family, church members or even coworkers. Go ahead and forward this message to them! (You can send via email, or even just post this link on Facebook and Twitter!)

And don’t forget to join me today for The Dani Johnson Show to gain more insights, inspiration and vision for your life! Tune in on your TV and radio and please remember you can always stream today’s show right here on our website.

In great faith,

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