If you still can, finish the year.

The year is not over!

The Purple Writer
3 min readDec 19, 2023

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Traditionally, we tend to mentally wrap up the year in the last quarter, carrying unmet goals into the next. I’ve been guilty of this ritual every year, but this time feels different.

If you’ve followed my stories, you know I’ve shared the ups and downs of my journey throughout the year. While I didn’t check off many boxes on my 2023 checklist, there’s no regret. Surprisingly, I achieved numerous unplanned goals. As I reviewed my diary, I found goals that are still within reach before the year’s end.

Typically, my year ends in November, but here we are in December, and I still have a lot going for me. I believe that I can push myself to accomplish what is still within my power.

In my pursuit of these pending goals, I’ve realized that the tendency to postpone stems from exhaustion. In the past few years, I have been mentally and physically drained, hindering significant progress.

Then there’s the blame game. I’d blame myself, downplay my wins, and let unmet goals overshadow the achieved ones. This cycle would lead to carrying over goals to the next year, perpetuating the same mistakes.

Why is this year different for me?

1. I approached my goals with intentionality and meticulous planning. Each goal was defined with specifics—what I wanted, the timeframe, and the activities I needed to do daily to achieve it.

If I wanted to start a new venture, I would write my goal like this:

I want to start customised shirt printing in July 2023. I will save up to 15% every month of all my income to buy shirts wholesale. I will reach out to different vendors 3 months before Launch in July.

2. I held my close friends accountable for my goals. I had friends who would message me abruptly, "Praise, have you gotten your passport or have you registered your business?"

Going into 2024, get a circle of friends that will hold you accountable for your goals and even push you to pass your limits.

3. Lastly, carrying God along on the journey; my goals were simply wishes on horses if not for the vision and help of God. I don't know how to achieve anything on my own, without the help of God.

2023 proved that, truly, my goals outside of God are mere wishes. You are going into 2023 as a child of God; you cannot afford ‘for a second’ to rely on your strength, intellect, skill, connections, etc. to achieve anything.

So, my dear friends, if it is still in your capacity to achieve more in 2023, go for it.

Like a friend shared

“Life doesn’t stop after December 31.

There’s room for growth and improvement in 2024 and the years after.

Let this be your reminder.

Therefore, my beloved brothers and sisters, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord [always doing your best and doing more than is needed], being continually aware that your labor [even to the point of exhaustion] in the Lord is not futile nor wasted [it is never without purpose].

1 Corinthians 15:58 (AMP)

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