It’s now June and I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling like the year has gone by super fast. In January, the year seemed to stretch ahead of us and it seemed like we had so much time, right?
Review Your Goals
What’s the point in having goals? Presumably, we use them to help build our best, most happy and fulfilled selves. Yet, when we create our plans and goals for the year, it can be all too easy to lose sight of our reasoning why the goal was important in the first place. It’s worth using the mid-year milestone to take a step back and remind ourselves why our goals matter in the big picture. You may even want to expand that big picture in your re-assessment!
For example, let’s say your goal for the year is to eat healthier. Instead of cutting straight to strategies on how to achieve healthy eating, first brainstorm all the reasons why you want to eat healthier. This could be because it’ll make you feel better about yourself, you’ll have more energy, it’s setting a good example for your kids, etc. By focusing back on that reasoning and getting to the core of it, we can give ourselves that extra push and motivation.
In reviewing our goals and the reasons behind them, we can also evaluate whether they are really working for us or whether they need to be re-calibrated. Do your goals really align with your values and priorities in life?
As Forbes contributor Tami Forman argues, we too often let external sources – such as the media or family and friends – determine our goals, rather evaluating for ourselves what we truly want. If this is you, it might be time to reassess and find a game plan that truly inspires you.
"Happiness is a habit - cultivate it."
Assess Where You're At
If you’re like most people, you probably set some new year’s resolutions at the beginning of the year. They lasted a little while, but then life set in. Motivation lagged and things started to slip. This is totally normal, but it’s worth taking the time in June to revisit your progress. Ask yourself:
What’s working and what isn’t?
The key to having a good plan is looking back and evaluating what strategies worked for you, as well as where things went off track. In reflecting on your progress, make sure you take note of any accomplishments, as well as any areas of improvement. Remember, often the ultimate achievement of your goal is made up of many small steps.
Are there any bad habits getting in the way?
Bad habits (or limiting beliefs) are often a root cause of us not achieving what we want. If we can identify these roadblocks early on and strategise around them, we have a better chance of overcoming them. But you have to be honest in recognising them first before creating new habits, or new beliefs. No-one's testing you, so be honest with yourself.
What support do I need going forward?
No man is an island and part of assessing where you’re at is considering if you need extra support. Are there any extra resources that you can draw upon to help get you to where you want to be? If so, make use of them!
Will you achieve your goals on time or can they be adjusted?
Life is unpredictable and it’s natural that things will sometimes get in the way of us achieving what we want. That's why goal getting can often be referred to as a journey - it's your journey, and that's totally OK. It’s also better to adjust the time frames for our goals than to abandon them completely. Step by step for that core reason, remember.
"Organise your life around your dreams and watch them come true."
5 Step Game Plan
So, you know what you want for the rest of 2018 and can see what worked (or didn’t) in the first half of the year. The next step is to create a game plan to make it happen. Here are some tips:
Enjoy the journey. Give good game.
And see you at the top (wherever that is)!
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*This post first appeared on samanthaclark,com.au