How To Reach One Smart Goal In 100 Days

Did you know that on September 22, there will be only 100 days left in 2013?

It's hard to believe the year is coming to a close. Autumn is in the air, Thanksgiving is around the corner, then the holiday season, and poof — the year is gone.

Think back to January 1 — what were your plans and dreams for this year? What did you want to achieve? Have you reached those smart goals you so carefully planned on day one?

The truth is most of us abandon our goals before Spring arrives. We lose our momentum and motivation, we lose interest, we get pulled away by life distractions and demands. And then we reach this point in the year and feel frustrated with ourselves. “Why haven't I done anything toward my goals? Why have I let so much time slip by without achieving something important this year?”

Yes, there are only 100 days left in the year, but 100 days is plenty of time to finish the year strong with a really smart goal. Truthfully, you can accomplish just about anything you set your mind to — just read my previous post about running.

Instead of focusing now on what you want to achieve next year, why not make the next 100 days your training ground for achieving any goal, any time you want! Don't allow your mind to slip into the limiting belief that, “There are only a few months left in the year so I might as well give up on 2013.”

Ask any athlete, any writer, any public speaker — you have to finish strong so you can walk away with that amazing sense of pride, self-confidence, and achievement.

Yes, I know the next few months are busy, the holidays are distracting, you're not sure if you want to focus on a smart goal when there's so much else to do. I know you are already feeling resistance in the pit of your stomach.

But truthfully, lack of time, knowledge, or ability are not what's holding you back from making the next 100 days the most productive in the year. There are only two obstacles holding you back . . .

Lack of focus.

Lack of motivation.

We lack focus and motivation for one main reason: we allow distractions and busywork to overwhelm our most important goals. Rather than focusing on achieving what we really, truly want for our lives and harnessing the motivation to stay on task, we allow less important “stuff” to take up our time.

Think about all of the truly important and smart goals you have in a holding pattern right now. Think about who you could be if you weren't too distracted or tired from all of the “time sucks” and actually made it happen.

How to get motivated

One of the great things about motivation is that it attracts focus. When you are really motivated to achieve something, you become highly-engaged and determined. I'm sure you've noticed that.

So how can you get motivated in these last 100 days to end the year with a bang?

Here are some thoughts:

1. Pick one goal

Don't overwhelm yourself with a laundry list of things you want to accomplish. Most important life goals involved many smaller goals anyway. So choose one that will be your focus for the next few months.

2. Make it fun

Pick a goal you can feel excited about — one that you know will give you a sense of joy and fulfillment even as you work toward achieving it if you choose to view the next 100 days with a positive outlook.

3. Focus on the deadline

Having a specific deadline, 100 days, harnesses your energy and forces you to remain motivated and focused. You know you have a specific amount of time to get it done — so you do!

4. List the benefits

Think about who you will be and how your life will improve when you accomplish this goal. Write it down, visualize it, talk to people about it and let the excitement and energy seep into your psyche.

5. Set an intention

Rather than thinking, “I'll give it a try,” change your mindset and think, “I intend to achieve my goal.” Intention implies total commitment and the belief that nothing will get in your way.

6. Create accountability

When you announce your intention to accomplish your goal, you've just added rocket fuel to your motivation. No one wants to fall flat in the eyes of other people. Serious goal-setters know that accountability is a key to success. So let the world know about your 100 day goal challenge. Tell your family and friends, announce it on Facebook, write a public promise.

Take the challenge

Would you like to use the next 100 days to accomplish one amazing goal and to learn the life-long skills of setting smart goals and attaining them without the distractions, the negative mindset, and the resistance that you usually feel as your New Year enthusiasm begins to wane?

Whenever I seek to learn a new skill (and goal achievement is a skill to be learned), I try to find experts who have extensive knowledge and experience and who have repeatedly and successfully done what I want to do. I read what they have to say, follow their advice and actions, and use them as regular resources for inspiration and motivation.

There is no one I know who has more expertise and knowledge about setting and achieving goals than Gary Ryan Blair. Gary is a goals expert, plain and simple. Gary is a nationally recognized authority on goal setting and personal strategic planning. He is the president of GoalsGuy Learning Systems, a highly specialized training and consulting firm that teaches people of all ages the art of goal setting. He's worked with major organizations such as IBM, Xerox, General Electric, Federal Express, Kodak and many others.

If you want to use the next 100 days to accomplish something amazing, something that will make your life better, as well as afford you the permanent skills to accomplish all of your goals, then you'll be interested in Gary's method to achieve every goal you set, to enforce ultimate accountability into your life, and show you how you can make monumental performance gains.

Gary's 100 Day Challenge is the fastest, easiest, and most thorough way I know of to accomplish your goals with an expert who really knows what he's doing. Maybe you want to lose some weight before the end of the year, or complete a big project, or learn a new skill. Wouldn't it be great to have someone who knows exactly how to make it happen there by your side as you work toward your goal?

Even if you don't decide to follow the 100 Day Challenge, check out Gary's free video series and report — which is full of great information to help you finish the year off with a bang.

Don't write off 2013 as already over and done. Don't waste a wonderful opportunity to remember 2013 as the year you made it happen. Finish strong! Make this the year you take control of your destiny by learning the skills that can make every year amazing!

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Kelly @Try New Things

Barrie, I like this reminder. Sometimes by this time of year, I just coast and think that perhaps I will set new goals for next New Years.

But what a great way to look at the next 100 days. Rather than a winding down of this year, it is 100 days to set and reach a goal that would make my life even better! Thank you!

    Barrie Davenport

    Hi Kelly,
    Yes, and think about how it will impact you for setting your goals for 2014. You will feel so empowered and accomplished. What will you work on?


really great post. Am challenged to set a goal and try to achieve. I thought the year was almost over but this is a nice awakening. Kudos!

    Barrie Davenport

    I’m so glad you liked it! Go for it — use these last 100 days to accomplish something you really want, something exciting.

Larry Hochman

Great stuff, Barrie. And I’d just add one thing…get a sense of what it will FEEL like when you achieve it. In spite of the money, the pounds lost, the outward manifestation of hitting the goal, we work toward the feeling state it will create in us. Magnifying that makes us that much more hungry for it. 🙂

    Barrie Davenport

    Great point Larry! I totally agree. Feelings are what drive us. And the feeling of success and accomplishment is far more powerful than the feeling of discomfort that comes with working on your goals. 🙂

steve werner

Nice post.

But I’d have to say, most of us abandon our goals Jan 2nd.

I’m so guilty of looking toward next yr. – forgetting there is plenty of time left.

Thanks for the reminder.


    Barrie Davenport

    You are so welcome Steve. And yes, many people do give up before they every get started. And some never set any intentions for the year. I hope you make great use of these last 100 days!

Coach Sean

In addition to Focus on the deadline I’d suggest Focus on each step, each day. Start each day thinking about the outcome you are going to create today! Great suggestions here.

In our program we include many of these same suggestions and go more thoroughly into application of these. This list here is great to get you started.


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