In this journey of fearless living we are growing, changing our mind, letting some stuff go, making new strides, and being present for ourselves every step of the way. Well, the middle of July is here and its “summer cleaning” time. You know the whole “half of a year is gone, what’s going on with my life” reflection. Below is a guide to help you with reflecting over what you’ve accomplished in the first half of the year and what your plan for the remainder of the year will be. Remember every day you wake up is a new day to be a better you than you were the previous day. Don’t beat yourself up about goals that may have fallen to the waist side. Life happens. Pick up where you left off and keep going. It’s not too late. You got this!
Review the goals you set out to complete this year. It doesn’t matter if you made these goals on New Year’s Eve or 3 weeks ago. Just review what you want to accomplish. If you didn’t write these goals down, do that now.
Reflect on Successes
Reflect on the achievements you’ve made towards your goals. If you successfully achieved a goal – acknowledge your success and reward yourself for a job well done. If you’re still working on a goal, but you have had some successes leading up to achieving the goal – celebrate those successes too. Be sure to write down the goals achieved and the objectives achieved (i.e. the successes leading up to the bigger goal).
This is a step we often forget to do, but it’s important to not only reflect on our successes but also reward ourselves. When you reward yourself you make yourself feel good about what you’ve accomplished the first half of the year. Often, we are taught to look outside of ourselves for validation, praise and rewards for good behavior but we can do it ourselves. When I validate, praise and reward myself I have found my “I can do this” attitude magnifies to “I got this” attitude. I get a long lasting burst of positive vibes and good energy to sustain me as I continue to do the work to achieve the remaining goals and objectives.
Reflect on Areas Needing Improvement
After you relish in your successes and reward yourself, now its time to get back to the drawing board and see what areas need improvement or what goals you’re having more challenges with achieving. Once you identify the goals that are more challenging, reflect on the barriers that are causing this goal to be a challenge. I’m big on writing things down and making it plain, and I encourage you to do that. Writing it down helps you connect the dots or link (1) what is happening; (2) how did you respond; and (3) what’s the outcome. Once you have your list of areas needing improvement and the previous barriers to progress then you are ready to create a new plan of action.
Create New Plan of Action
The final step is creating a new plan of action. You have your list of areas needing improvement/unachieved goals and a list of previous barriers. Now, you are to develop a new plan of action, which is essentially creating new responses to the barriers previously experienced. Be sure that your responses encourage you to continue making progress towards your goals. You’re not defeated! There are always multiple solutions to any problem or barrier. It’s ok to be creative and think outside of the box. In fact, I encourage you to get creative in how you problem solve to achieve your goals. These are your goals and at some point you believed that you could achieve these goals and guess what? You can!
Please share your creative out of the box ideas/plans you have to ensure you are making progress towards achieving your goals by commenting below.