04 Jul Let’s Do A Mid-Year Goals and Vision Check-In
We are officially in the second half of the year! We’ve gone through a lot globally and locally this year. One of the things that stands out the most is seeing that the pandemic isn’t gone yet and we may still have a long way to go.
With that said, if you’re like me you probably made a list of goals or a vision board at the beginning of the year. In the past, I’ve made the mistake of checking in at the end of the year but it’s really important to a mid-year (even quarterly) check in on your goals. Why? Well, you put in all that thought and work to develop your goals and vision that it would be an injustice not to make sure that you’re sticking to them.
Doing a mid-year check-in is important because
- Things change – there are so many environmental/external factors that are out of your control and that you may have never predicted that can impact your goals. It may be time to adjust some of them.
- You need to hold yourself accountable – if you’re a listener of the podcast, you know my favourite quote is ‘Be who you needed when you were younger’. You owe it to the version of yourself that was developing these goals to check in and see what progress you’ve made
- Celebrate the wins or give yourself grace for the losses – By now you would’ve either made some gains and wins or experienced some losses. Either way, it’s important to look back and celebrate yourself for the wins or give yourself some grace and release some of the pressure on the things that might not have gone your way. It’s important to look back every now and then as we try to move forward.
Now that we agree that doind a mid-year check-in is important, here are a few tips on how I do mine
- Go through your goals. Each and every one of them.
As uncomfortable as it may be, read what you’ve written down. Really take the time to pause and think about each of them. Think about why this particular goal was important to you when you wrote it down.
- Assess your progress on your goals
Be honest with yourself and unpack what you’ve achieved or lost out on, why and how.
- Assess whether the goals still apply.
It’s okay to change your mind. Now, this is not an excuse to say that just because it’s not going as planned or it’s harder than you thought you should run away. Remember those external factors I mentioned earlier? They can render some goals no longer relevant. Those external factors can also impact who you are as a human, which can change your values. Another important thing is that as we reach some of our goals, other goals are either no longer applicable or need to be postponed or they may even open you up to new possibilities. For example, if you get your dream job you might realize that you overestimated how much time you’d have available for your side hustle so you need to put that on hold for now but perhaps your new job allows you to finance a new dream of yours.
- Remove or add new goals
Once you’ve assessed your current goals, update them. Remove the ones that no longer apply and add anything that can now be introduced into your life. Also, take some lessons from where you are now and think about how you can apply these going forward.
- Now celebrate your journey
Wins or losses you’ve come a long way. A lot can happen in 6 months. Good and bad. The most important thing to realize that you’re here in this moment right now. That in itself is a blessing and a win if you ask me!
We all start out our year on a high and with the best of intentions but we often forget to check in as the year progresses. Use this time to check in on yourself, your headspace, your goals and hey, if you didn’t set any to begin with, now is the time to get started on some.
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