End of year can bring about depression when you reflect on the goals you did not achieve. Here is what you can do to help yourself move forward.

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  1. Don’t be too hard on yourself. How you react will determine whether you move forward or not. Change what you can and accept or let go of what you cannot.
  2. Maintain a positive mindset and use failure as a spring board for success, don’t let it bury you. Find out what lessons you can carry into the New Year and what you can do differently. Remember we live in a competitive world and learning never stops.
  3. Do a self-assessment to ascertain why you did not achieve the goals, be honest and kind with yourself, sometimes it’s the changing environment that is no longer conducive, sometimes it’s the idea that isn’t in line with our core values especially if you just never seem to find the time and make an effort to do it and sometimes it’s you, perhaps you need to put a little more effort in future.
  4. Cultivate self-belief and self-discipline. You need you by your side if you are to do anything meaningful in life.
  5. Don’t take your eyes off your goal, use vision boards and paste images of your goals where you can see them every morning and every evening.
  6. Slice your goals thinly and start off with the easiest and most exciting bits. Trying to achieve everything at one go will overwhelm and demotivate you.
  7. Focus on what went right and draw your strength from that. It is not all doom and gloom.
  8. Remember to reward yourself for every achievement no matter how tiny. This way, you stay motivated even if just eating ice-cream or buying yourself a new T-Shirt.
  9. Remove any distractions that are keeping you from achieving your goals such as too much time spent on social media or friends who don’t share your vision.
  10. Ensure a strong support system and get help where you need it, for example a mentor or accountability partner to help you stay on track.
  11. Change your strategy and think outside the box, ask yourself how else it be done, when else you can do it and widen your methods and avenues. Hard work and resilience pays off.
  12. Try new things, be flexible and open minded. Don’t focus on only one thing.

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