How to End the Year: Finishing Strong

It’s the end of the year and if you are anything like me, you probably think it flew by. We at VeracityColab wanted to make sure that when 2017 comes you are ready for it. So here are 4 ways you can end your year right and be ready for the next one.

Be optimistic

Take a few minutes to look back on this year at all the good that happened and all you have accomplished. Did you get a new job? Hit that weight you were aiming for? Finish an entire bundt cake in one sitting? High five Unfortunately it’s easy to get bogged down by all of the bad things that happened this year, making it difficult to recognize the immense amount of good that also happened. Whether that is a small thing in your life that you did, or something that took place on a global scale, remember that 2016 had its good moments. Here are some great things that happened in 2016. The Juno spacecraft reached JupiterLeonardo Dicaprio won an oscarFinding Dorythe 5-year survival for pancreatic cancer increased from 16% to 27%we found the gene that is linked to ALSVR is a realitythe Cubs broke the curse, and really so much more.

Fire yourself, then rehire yourself

If you were working for yourself, would you fire yourself? Honestly. Would you pay yourself for the job you currently do? If the answer is no, then… You’re fired.

Great, now rehire yourself.

The point of this is to admit you can do a better job in the new year by examining what you could be doing better at work. Maybe 2017 is the year that you are on time, everyday! Maybe you see areas in your teamwork or communication that would make you a better employee. Now that you know what you can improve, let your boss know what you are going to be working on this year. What would happen if you told your boss “Hey, I think I can be better at this and this”, and then you actually did it? You would show him or her that you’re a go-getter, serious about the well-being of the company, honest and a hard worker. Cha Ching!

Extra: If you want more on “firing yourself”, check out Donald Miller’s blog on it!

Make a plan

Take some time to sit down and plan out 2017. If you don’t plan it, it won’t happen. If you can’t find time in December, that’s okay. Just do it in January. Each year my wife and I plan out our upcoming year. We talk together about what we want to accomplish, what we expect for the year, and what we can do better. This January we are talking about some things like: visiting grandma, getting a dog, and her graduating college If we don’t take time to plan these things out and what our goals are for the year, then there is a good chance we won’t hit them. Grandma gets a dog, and Emily has to do another year of school! Is there something you hope to do in 2017 that you should plan for?

Give thanks

You didn’t do 2016 on your own. Michael Phelps didn’t even do 2016 on his own. Remember the first point? Be optimistic? All those good things that happened, give thanks for them. Take a moment to tell the people in your life who made a difference this year, “thanks”. Whether that is you giving thanks to God, or it’s you calling up your mother-in-law, it is important to say verbally that you are grateful for the people in your life and how they’ve helped you this past year.

Conclusion

Alright, now it’s time to say goodbye to 2016. Hit delete! Be present in 2017, not stuck (mentally) in 2016. That opportunity you missed is now something you can plan for in 2017. The rough patch you were going through is an chance to tell someone thanks for helping you through it. Be optimistic and grateful as you head into 2017, and plan it out so you can make it the best year yet!

Casey Williams