December is not a "throw-away" month.
While many people value January as the best month of the year, I consider December to be the best month of the year -- not only due to the fact that I was born in December -- but because December presents unique opportunities to connect or reconnect with people. Further, most people are not as active during December, so this is the time when you can get ahead and do what others are not!
Do not give up on the year. Instead, check out Episode 006 of the Drive Your Journey podcast to figure out how to utilize this under-utilized month to get ahead.