Just over the halfway mark… keep moving forward!

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!

Next Steps:

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.
  • Repeat!

Best wishes for great success over the next 6 months!

Sarah Stewart, MSW, CPC

Author of Broken in the Back Bay


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