Resetting & Realigning Your Goals with a Mid-Year Reset
At the start of the year, many of us get excited to set new goals for the year. We may think, "This is going to be the year I finally get my shit together!" We get out a pretty notebook and write down all of our intentions for the new year. Perhaps we work towards our goals for the first few weeks or months of the year, but by the time June rolls around, we may have given up on our goals or even forgotten what goals we even set. Doing a mid-year check-in and reset will remind you of your goals and help you to decide which goals are worth pursuing for the rest of the year.
Review the goals you've set for the year:
First thing's first, review the goals you set at the start of the year. I'll share mine with you and my current status on each of them (if it's blank, I haven't completed the goal yet):
Read one book per week | changed to read 52 books this year. I'm at 13
Start a blog | done (you're reading it!)
Track my personal spending | did it for awhile
Journal daily | started off strong but haven't done it in awhile
Wake up at 9am most days | I'd say half of the time
Learn how to do my hair & makeup from YouTube |
Don't use my phone in bed | I was doing well but haven't been for the past month
Meditate daily | fell off on this a couple months ago
Take one day off social media per week | I did great for awhile, but not recently
Get a massage |
Do a handstand |
Start learning yoga | yes
Be able to do 30 pushups |
Get my hair cut & dyed | cut it, but haven't dyed it yet
Get better at texting friends | yes
If you're anything like me, it can feel a bit disappointing looking at the goals you set and seeing that you haven't crossed off that many of them. But don't let that get you down. This is why we're doing a mid-year check-in and reset. You still have half of the year to accomplish the goals you set!
Ask yourself these questions:
Look at each goal and ask yourself this question: Why did I set this goal in the first place?
What have I done a good job on so far this year?
What needs work?
What goals no longer feel relevant? Forget about those ones.
What am I most excited about?
How will I celebrate when I achieve my goals?
Make a plan to achieve the rest of your goals this year:
Identify the goals you want to continue pursuing for the rest of the year and make a list of them.
If you have goals that need to be accomplished every day or every week (like meditating, exercising, etc.) schedule them into your calendar and track them. Definitely check out my post on How I Use Google Calendar to Plan my Schedule and grab your free Habit Tracker.
For goals that only need to be completed once (e.g., get a massage, clean out closet, etc.), determine what barriers are hindering you from completing that goal. Is it time, money, not understanding how to reach the goal, or something else? Brainstorm and write out any barriers for each goal. An example of one of these goals from my list would be to get a massage. Here are the barriers I've thought of pertaining to that goal: I don't know where I should get a massage, massages are expensive, I'm nervous about spending money on a massage and not being happy with the results, and I don't know when I should schedule the massage.
Once you've determined the barriers for your goal, address each one and create a possible solution. Example: 1) Barrier: I don't know where I should get a massage. Solution: I will Google nearby salons and read the reviews to choose a reputable salon. 2) Barrier: Massages are expensive. Solution: Make sure that the salon I choose isn't the most expensive salon and that I'm comfortable with the price, start saving $10 every week or two for my massage, look on Groupon to see if there are any deals, and realize that I'm planning on just getting one massage this year so it's a one time expense that I can handle and that I deserve. 3) Barrier: I'm nervous about spending money on a massage and not being happy with the results. Solution: Again, read reviews to be confident in my choice. Also ask ahead of time for a masseuse who gives massages the way I like (I like a lot of pressure) and choose a type of massage that aligns with what I'm looking for. 4) Barrier: I don't know when I should schedule the massage. Solution: I can schedule the massage at any time and perhaps because I can schedule it at any time, that's why I haven't scheduled it. Since I'm just planning on getting one massage this year, maybe I should try to make it special and plan on scheduling it after a busy work season or around a holiday. I could also schedule it with my husband or with a friend.
Repeat Step 4 for every goal.
Put it into action. You've determined what goals you want to get rid of and what goals you want to focus on for the remainder of the year. You've also identified the barriers for each goal. Now is the time to take action. Schedule all of your goals into your calendar so that you don't forget about them and so that you have a timeline holding you accountable. Example: I will schedule getting my massage for July 12th when I'm visiting my mom.
Getting off track from our goals is completely normal. As you can see from my goals that I started with at the beginning of the year, I still have a long way to go to complete them. The key to accomplishing your goals is to keep them at the forefront of your mind and to not give up. Even if you haven't accomplished one of the goals you've set for this year, you still have plenty of time to make them happen.
Your gal, Kayla