What is it about the last 2 minutes of a football game? Why can’t I walk away? Even if it’s Thanksgiving night. Even if it’s after 11pm and I’ve been up since 6am, cooking, setting up, entertaining and cleaning up. Even if I’m beyond exhausted?
Oh but those last 2 minutes of the Ravens/Steelers game were so exciting. The Steelers almost tied it up in the final seconds, but missed the 2-point conversion, and the Ravens won by 2. So exciting. So fun to watch.
Anything could happen in those final moments.
And that’s how it is with December. It’s the last month of the year. It’s our chance to think about all the things we wanted for ourselves back in January. Our chance to remember our goals. And even if we fumbled throughout the year, we can still finish strong.
Most people won’t. They’ll be swept up in the frenzy of the holidays, with shopping, socializing, sending cards and presents, and trying to make everyone happy.
By the time the new year rolls around, they will be physically tired, emotionally and financially depleted, and disappointed with some of the major areas of their lives.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. If you take just a few minutes today and think about finishing strong, remembering what’s really important to you, I bet you can make this December your most successful (in ways that matter to you) month of the year.
For instance, you could decide to:
- Give gifts of experience. No craziness at the mall. Just order some gift certificates to movie theaters, restaurants, spas and book stores.
- Take all that time you saved by not shopping and spend it with people you adore. Yes, even during the busyness of December, you can consciously choose how and with whom you spend your free time.
- Or spend some of that time alone with that book you’ve been longing to read.
- Keep up (or re-up) your exercise routine. Imagine how good it will feel to not be “starting from square one” (or more accurately, minus one) in January, and to feel energetic and fit throughout the festivities this month.
- Create some new holiday traditions with your family and friends. Who says that sitting down to a formal dinner is the best way to celebrate? Do it your own way.
- Ease the “holiday blues” (very common – many of us have moments of loneliness and sadness this time of year) by finding a way to be of service and help others.
- Give yourself a gift that will improve your life, like a personal or professional retreat, a couples workshop, an adventure, an interesting class, or working with a professional in a key area that needs improvement.
- Take 2-3 baby steps every week this month on some of your New Year’s resolutions. They’ll add up. You’ll be proud of yourself. And you’ll be further ahead in 30 days than you are right now. 30 days is still a significant amount of time to make some progress.
Maybe you’ll score a touchdown, or a field goal, or just leave the game of 2013 knowing that you left it all on the field. Finish strong. You can do this!
And of course, enjoy the treats of the season. From beautiful decorations, to snow covered sights, to special moments with cherished people, and delicious food and drinks in moderation, enjoy… really enjoy.
Wishing you a December that is filled with celebration, meaning and new memories… especially the ones you’ll create when you’re finishing strong.