Half the year is gone! Can you believe it?! And those goals you set at the top of the year are probably just as gone—gone from your mind, gone from your life—gone!
But it’s ok! You still have six months to kill it! Two quarters, 26 weeks, 183 days, 4392 hours, 263520 days, 15811200 seconds. There is still plenty of time to totally transform your life and I believe you can do it! So, what are you going to do with all this time?
I know, I know. It’s probably hard to imagine but let me give you three steps to help you figure it out.
Take some time to stop. No, don’t give me that “I don’t have the time” nonsense! Your dreams are worth it! Your goals are worth it. A healthier, happier, more fulfilled you is worth it.
So, stop. It doesn’t have to be a long time. It could be a day, an afternoon, three hours. Whatever you decide, be sure to stop, rest, and think.
I recently had a chance to celebrate my birthday at a relaxing spa and in that four-hour span of time, I was able to conceptualize and brainstorm several ideas quite easily! I just had to sit long enough to listen. So, take my advice—stop and sit down somewhere!
Get into a comfortable place with two writing pads. On one pad, you will list the things your brain will surely remind you that you forgot to do. This will be your Task Pad. On the second pad, you will write your dreams, goals you want to accomplish, and plans to create. This will be your Dream Pad. Don’t fight any unwanted thoughts—because they will come. Just write them down on the Task Pad. This is a kind of processing system that can help you get everything out of your head and on paper. Once it’s on paper and out of your head it’s easier to handle!
During the time you set aside to stop, rest, and think, be sure to evaluate where you find yourself. Did you write down goals you wanted to accomplish at the beginning of the year? Pull those out. Ask yourself, “where am I?”
Or, if you didn’t write down goals, begin to evaluate major areas of your life (i.e. spiritual, physical, intellectual, family, finance, etc.) and ask yourself:
Where am I?
Do I like where I am?
Where do I want to be?
Once you do that, you can really assess how you will accomplish your desires and begin to have some control over your future!
3. COMMIT or RECOMMIT
If you have goals you haven’t accomplished, take this time to decide if you want to recommit or remove these goals from your list. Be okay with analyzing those goals and your life and deciding if they are still relevant. One thing that has really helped me is understanding that it’s not that serious if I don’t accomplish my goal. Yes, you should press hard to make it happen. But if you don’t reach a certain goal, it’s OK! YOU ARE NOT A FAILURE. The completion of your goal is not your identity and it’s important that you learn to separate the two. Once you do that it will be easier to look at your goal objectively. Once you separate your identity from your goal, ask yourself a few questions:
Does this goal still excite me?
In the context of my life, is this goal still attainable?
If yes to the above questions, what do I need to do to re-up on this goal?
Ok, so now that you are refreshed and recharged, get going with the next half of this year! You may have realized there are some things you need to implement to be productive and successful over the course of the next six months. Take some time, write them down and get moving! The get moving part is usually the hardest part, but I believe in you! Leave me a comment below to let me know what you are going to get moving on! Can I let you in on a secret? The thing I needed to get moving on was this blog. Done!
If you want some help walking through these steps or working on your own goals, get in touch! I’d love to help!
This will be the year plans get executed, goals get tackled, and dreams become reality!