2020 is Six Months Away, How are you Doing with your Goals? Part 1

This is part 1 of a 2 part series on Goal Setting and Mid Year Review. Part 1 takes you back to your motivations and what you have accomplished in the year so far. In Part 2, we look forward to the rest of the year and focus on achieving the remainder of our goals.

Like the awesome and organised person you are, I know you started the year with a list of goals. No, not New Year’s Resolutions - just a well written and detailed list of things you want to work on this year, broken down into SMART goals. Maybe it’s working on a creative writing project, learning to knit, or paying off $4,000 in credit card debt?

June came and went. It saw the coming of winter, school holidays and a host of other things that occur with the turn of the season. Just like that, half a year has passed and we have reached the mid year mark.

2020 is now six months away, but don’t panic! The half year milestone is the perfect time for a goal progress check.

Why review?

  1. Because it prompts us to re-focus and re-calibrate.

  2. Because it’s likely that over the past half year a few distractions have crept in and threatened to derail you from your goals and you need to get back on track

  3. Because life is dynamic and your priorities and motivations change over time. You may want to check that your goals are still relevant, still aligned with the direction you want life to take or if you’re now heading somewhere else.

So find a quiet place to sit because we’re going to do some reflecting. In order to move forward with our goals, we need to take a look back….

Don’t know where to start? Here are some questions to guide your Mid Year Review:

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What successes have I had?

What goals did I achieve? What am I most proud of accomplishing? What were my unexpected wins?

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What connections have I made or strengthened?

What new relationships did I develop? Which of my existing relationships did I strengthen? What are the good things that have come from my connections in the past six months?

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What have I learned?

What opportunities did I take to learn new skills or develop my knowledge? What were the things I learned most about myself? What were the things that I learned most about my business or work?

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What challenges did I face?

Could they have been avoided? How will I change my approach next time?

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How well did I manage my energy and focus?

Have I been focusing on the most important things in my life? What distractions have I had? Do I need to avoid them looking forward? And if so, how? When have I been most focused and productive? What does this tell me?

Next time, we’ll talk about goal setting and looking forward to the rest of the year. Stay tuned for our next installment in this 2-part series.

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