We set New Year’s resolutions at the start of the year but often don’t think about them again until the end of the year. Unfortunately, goals don’t attain themselves! They require our mindfulness and deliberate action. As we near the summer solstice, it’s a good time for a mid-year check-in. How are you doing with your goals for 2019?
- Are my goals still relevant or important? Are they aligned with my ideals and passions?
- Did I set SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Timely) goals?
- Are my plans to achieve my goals also SMART? Have I broken down the steps to get there?
- Have I written down my goals and action plan? The act of writing it down strongly reinforces commitment.
- Are my goals visible? Keeping goals in plain sight helps with staying focused.
- Have I told someone about my goals and plans? Like writing down goals, sharing them with a “goal buddy” or accountability person greatly increases our chances for success.
What’s working, what’s not?
Assess your progress to date. Be honest with yourself. What’s working for you so far? What’s not?
- Create rituals to help you stick to your plans – e.g. daily meditation, morning routines, weekly review of goals and achievements
- Visualize achieving your goals – a clear mental image helps you “practice” the desired outcome and aids your mind in creating a pattern or script
- Be aware of your emotions – use emotions to guide you to understanding what you want and don’t want
- Share your wins and setbacks with a “goal buddy” or accountability person – talking about your goals (and supporting others with theirs) greatly enhances motivation and success
- Find a coach or mentor – having a coach or mentor can help to uncover personal blind spots and find new approaches to change (coaches can be a paid professional, your boss, a respected colleague, or someone you respect in the community)
- Be compassionate with yourself – forgive yourself for the days you didn’t take action and express gratitude for your progress (gratitude is a tonic for perseverance)
Best of luck with your goals and carry on!