It’s that time of the year!
July has got to be one of my favourite months. The sun comes out, my most loved wardrobe pieces can finally make an appearance, and it’s the perfect time to check in on how much progress I’ve made with my goals.
For many people, myself included, goal check-ins can be quite daunting, and most often than not because we either haven’t actioned any of them, or we’ve experienced some ‘failure’, and can’t build the courage to try at them again. Well, if that sounds anything like you, then this post has hopefully come right on time.
Here are my top 5 tips on regaining momentum and killing those goals in the second half of the year!
Often times the best way to approach a mid year check-in is to create a new list of goals. That doesn’t mean getting rid of your old goals, that would be cheating! But instead refocusing and reorganising your goals in order of importance. I personally set out five big goals and five mini goals at the start of every year. To set the big goals and mini goals apart I use the following framework:
‘It would be a big deal if I could _____ this year’
Once I have done this and have identified my big goals, I then create a list of mini goals which are not as important, but still things I would like to achieve before the year is out. Here are some more detailed steps in my goal refocus process:
1) Look at your list of goals, how do they make you feel? Which goals are you no longer interested in and why? It’s easy to lose interest in a goal if you feel you’ve failed at it, but it’s more important to determine whether or not this goal would still mean the world to you if you were to achieve it. If it does, it needs to stay, all you need is a different way to go about tackling it. This is also a great time to add new goals to your list, but don’t overdo it, work with what you have and only add items that are of great importance.
2 )Write out a new list, and order your goals in order of importance. In a separate column make note of your progress with the goals you wrote down, e.g. almost there, needs more work, struggling to make progress etc. This will help you determine which goals require more of your time. This leads me to my next top tip…
EXERCISE YOUR WEAKNESS
I don’t know about you but I like to do what I like to do! How silly does that sound right?! Well it’s true, we are more likely to do things that we find easy rather than difficult, time consuming and challenging. That’s why dishwashers, washing machines and just about every other invention was created. To make life easier!
When it boils down to your future though, things work slightly differently. You have to put the work in, and especially for the tasks that you’re not so strong at. If in your list of goals there is a particular goal that you really want to achieve but have not seen a lot of progress with, it’s time to dedicate more time to it. Discipline must be greater than motivation or you’ll never make any progress. My biggest lesson of the year so far, is that everything you need be it information, inspiration, statistics, advice etc is available online, there really are no excuses.
I can deal with disappointing myself, but when it comes to disappointing others that’s just crossing the line. If you don’t already have an accountability partner, now is the time to get one! It’s a lot easier to make promises to yourself but when someone else is aware of your goals and deadlines, they can help give you the extra push when times get tough which they will. Now the truth is not everyone has your best interests at heart, so be wise in your choice and chose someone you trust and know always wants the best for you. Be specific with your goals and set deadlines too. I would even recommend a shared calendar with goal check-in dates. This task takes me right back to school and makes me think of coursework submission deadlines. I hated them but they kept me on track!
So there it goes for a super quick breakdown of how I do my mid year check in. Many times the process is a lot more time consuming as I like to be thorough and do mind maps, vision boards etc, but this is a great place to start and will have you on track for a strong finish to the year.
Till next time, keep motivated and remember…
‘If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success’