Goal setting and action planning isn’t just for January and New Year’s Resolutions. In fact, the only way to actually achieve those new year goals and aspirations, is by making a conscious effort to revisit them and actively plan how you will achieve them. Many, if not the majority of us, like to start January with a fresh start to do better, feel better and all around be better! However, as the new year motivation wears off and we get sucked into our fast-paced lives again, we can sometimes forget the goals we wanted to achieve. No matter how adamant we are about staying on track, somehow, we end up falling back into our usual routine and before you know it, it’s Christmas and we’re thinking about resolutions for the following year (often variations of the goals we had set and not achieved the previous year).
NOT THIS YEAR!
The ‘Mid-Year Review’ productivity printable was designed to knock 2019 out of the park and make achieving your goals this year, possible! This blog post will walk you through the purpose behind every section of the ‘Mid-Year Review’ and the BEST way to use it, making every year from now, filled with productivity, success and most importantly, memories. Printable available NOW on the online shop, grab yours HERE.
“Be happy with what you have, while you pursue what you want”.
Celebrate every achievement
One of the most important things to address when working towards any type of goal, is the achievements along the way, big or small, related or unrelated. Celebrating your successes and reminiscing about all the happy memories throughout the year is vital to stay in a positive mindset and motivate us to continue to succeed. They say that “success is a journey, not a destination” and after all, good things take time and hard work. It’s therefore crucial to reward your hard work at every occasion, as if you can enjoy the process, then you’re half way there.
“The journey is the reward” – Steve Jobs.
The first part of the ‘Mid-Year Review’ will allow you to reflect on the year so far and make you realise how much you’ve already achieved, motivating you to stay positive along this ever-challenging journey.
Get clear on what you want
Things change! When you’re revisiting and writing new goals, it’s ok to discard old ones and change your mind about what you REALLY want to achieve. Things change every day and people change more often than we think, if your new year’s resolutions no longer align with your dreams to date, then change them. It’s not a failure or anything to look down upon, you simply want different things now and that’s ok.
“What would you do if you weren’t afraid?”
Use this section to get clear on what it is you want to achieve this year, keeping your goals in alignment with your dreams and aspirations. Take note of the resolutions you want to keep working towards, discard those which no longer apply and look ahead to those which you now wish to achieve.
Self-sabotage is real
We start out the year so strong and often try too hard to maintain a perfect routine. This is never sustainable and it’s then so easy to fall into bad habits, habits which are negatively impacting our lives and do not align with our goals.
“The ability to overcome resistance, self-sabotage and self-doubt is way more important than talent” – Steven Pressfield.
It’s time to recognise which of your habits or actions are working for you and which are working against you. Once you have highlighted these, you will be more aware of how they’re influencing your life and how to continue going forward, in order to maximise your achievements throughout the rest of the year. Nobody is perfect and we’re all going to slip into bad habits from time to time, but being aware of them will put you one step ahead every time, allowing you to re-evaluate and stay on track.
Actions speak louder than words
The only way to achieve BIG success is to take MASSIVE action EVERYDAY! Goals are powerless on their own, so having a clear action plan, broken down into manageable steps, is critical for success.
“The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine.”
Here, you will be able to breakdown each of your goals and set yourself steps along the way, achieving multiple mini successes and taking you closer to the end result. I suggest to revisit this section over and over. Don’t forget to check off every action you complete and celebrate every achievement in the process.
It’s never too late
To reiterate what I said at the start, ‘goal setting and action planning isn’t just for January’ and neither are new habits! In order to achieve new goals or to become better at something, we must create positive habits which will grow and develop us. Whether it’s something you’ve been wanting to try for ages, or something you’ve only just discovered, give it a go, it’s never too late! This journey is about experimenting, finding what works for you and working with that. How will we know if we never try?
“It’s never too late to be what you might have been” – George Eliot.
Make a list of all the new, fun, healthy, mindful or productive habits which you want to adopt for the remainder of 2019 and be the best you can be NOW. Don’t wait for the new year’s resolutions to come back around!
Thank you so much for reading and if you do decide to try the ‘Mid-Year Review’, please let me know your thoughts and if there is anything else you wish to see on the shop in future! Message me, comment or tag me in your mid-year review pictures with @getittogether_blogs on Instagram and let’s support each other’s journey towards 2020. I’ll leave you with this last quote…
“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.”
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