We just squeaked by the halfway point of 2015. Trust me, I turn 45 this year, I am not exactly thrilled about the halfway mark! But, time is time, and just like our beloved honey badger, time really doesn’t care what we think.
I believe the actual half-way point was noon on July 2nd; but I did not start doing my goal review until this week. It was interesting to take a look at the goals I had set at the end of 2014. I was able to put a check mark next to some big items, clearly see some goals that would be more appropriate for 2016, and I was able to laugh at myself about the goals that I had conveniently forgotten about.
I actually did not forget about them, I was ignoring them. They were NOT the most difficult goals on my list; but, they were/are the goals that evoke the most fear for me. Oh yes, that fabulous fear of failure or rejection. With the help of one of my peers, I was coached through the process to come up with a strategy to tackle those scary items. This all brings me back to the point, where are you? And how do you move forward?
- Did you make a list of goals for 2015? If not, is there anything you would like to do or begin to do in the next 6 months?
- When making a list it is sometimes helpful to put it into categories, work, personal, fitness, financial, etc.
- If you did make a list, where are you?
- Remember to celebrate what you have accomplished!
Take a good look at what you have remaining. Or, if you are just starting, take a look at what you want to accomplish:
- Are those goals achievable?
- Do they need to be broken down into smaller steps?
- Are your results measurable? Ask yourself, how will I know I have achieved this? (I will have $1000.00 in my bank account; I will have lost 5 pounds; I will be in the habit of meditating for 5 minutes every day; I will run a 5K etc).
- Brainstorm steps you will need to take to reach your goal.
- Set time-frames to accomplish each step.
- Decide if there are any roadblocks or obstacles that might get in the way (or have already gotten in the way).
- Brainstorm ways to remove or work around those obstacles.
- Tell someone your plan. This is a really important step, someone needs to hold you accountable for what you say you are going to do.
Best wishes for great success over the next 6 months!
Sarah Stewart, MSW, CPC