OMG! The minute you look at the calendar and realize we are half way through the year? I love my “passion planner“! Each month it helps me to reflect on the past 30 days and plan for the next based on my goals. When I turn the page on Saturday, it is going to have me look at the last 6 months and honestly, I’m not sure what it will reveal.
The year is half over and it is a great time to check in with yourself (and your goals) – a chance to celebrate your accomplishments or get back on track. Here are four questions to ask yourself as you head into the second half of the year, courtesy of Valerie Burton:
1. What accomplishment are you most proud of so far this year?
I usually breeze through my accomplishments without acknowledging what it took to achieve them. I looked back on the las six months and realized, I have done A LOT personally and professionally. It can be as small as a shift in your thinking (slamming the door on Negative Nellie) or reaching a major goal, either way, take a minute and answer this question: What are you most proud of in the last six months?
I’m sure you are all tired of hearing it but for me, the biggest accomplishment was earning the Leadership Incentive Trip from Thirty One. The second accomplishment was earning a spot in the 2K group based on consistent sales. My mantra has been “I am a successful CEO” and I am speaking it into the Universe every day!
2. What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far this year?
It isn’t always the goal you achieve but the journey on the way to the goal which is the most valuable. As we work towards goals, we learn lessons we might not have learned otherwise. The lessons help to shape you for the rest of your journey which helps you to set and reach meaningful goals.
My biggest lesson has been “embrace the season I am in”. Health issues have made for some interesting days and resulted in some days of depression. I am grateful for an amazing upline and friend who gave me permission to “be where I am” without judgement. Yes, I needed permission.
3. What is the most meaningful milestone you could accomplish by the end of this year?
We set lots of goals, but it’s important to understand the goal which will be most meaningful and gratifying to you. Maybe it is about your business: the numbers, or a earning a trip, or growing your team or making a difference in the lives of others. Maybe it is something personal (confidence, declutter, losing weight, etc.). It is not just looking at the resolutions (or goals) you wrote down on New Year’s Day, it is about digging deeper. It is when you ask yourself, ‘if I could accomplish just one thing the remainder of this year, the one which holds the most meaning for me, what would it be’? Understand totally why it matters so much to you. The deeper the meaning, the more likely you are to push through no matter what to reach it. So, why is it so meaningful? What will it mean to accomplish this particular milestone? How will it feel?
Honestly, I’m not sure what it is. I need to do some deep digging but I am leaning towards hitting my goal weight. My weight issues are linked to so many other things for me – personally and professionally.
4. What would make it easier for you to reach this milestone?
You have set a goal – one which matters the most to you, right? The reason most people don’t reach their goals is because they haven’t set themselves up for success. What are the things holding you back from reaching this goal? Did you know your chances will decrease in reaching your goal unless you remove or reduce obstacles which are in your way? So ask yourself: What can I move out of the way? Who can I invite into the process? Or what can I drop from my schedule to free up some space, energy and time.
Can I move ME out of the way? I went back to Weight Watchers because I know I can’t do it on my own – Step 1. The problem is ME! Old habits linked to fear, doubt and lack of confidence keep me in the yo-yo game of reaching goal. OUCH!
So, here is my challenge to you: Do a quick mid-year review of your progress and establish your focus for the second half of the year. Think about the four questions and write the responses down. Be honest with yourself.
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!