Veteran’s Day came and went. I enjoyed a quick weekend trip where I was able to visit a dear friend and his family, rest, eat a ton and reflect. I savored each moment of the long weekend, and then I panicked. It’s already November! I started the year with all of these goals, and as of now, I still have a ton of things left to do. So many that it would be an impossibility at this point in the game to check everything off by the end of 2016.

I started feeling so guilty. “I must be the laziest, undisciplined person in the world.”  I beat myself up pretty badly, and then I paused.  When leaders are expecting greatness from their followers, do they berate them? Or do they encourage and inspire them? Through my reflection, I decided that it would be more productive to practice self-love instead of focusing on all of my faults and imperfections.

If you are in the same boat, here are a few steps to help you maximize the time that you still have in 2016.

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