Is It Time For Your Goals To Get a Fresh Perspective?

I flipped open up my diary yesterday and was forced to do a double take.

There it was in crisp, bold Helvetica, jumping out on a clean fresh page of anticipation – July 1st

Are you serious? {inner dialogue protesting loudly}  I’m sure I still had a few days, weeks (months would be nice) up my sleeve.

But nope. The date was correct.

I just had to face up to the realisation that the downhill sprint to December had already begun and there was nothing I could do about it.

I quickly reminded myself that I could change my perception of the situation.

Whilst there was nothing I can do about the 6 months that just zoomed past me in the blink of an eye, there IS something I can do about the next 6 that are still full of sparkling potential.

You see, time will always be an elusive dimension that spans out in front you. Something that can feel difficult to reign in and control.

It’s like the bubbles you would blow out the bubble maker when you were a kid. You would watch the irredescent bubbles forming and floating out in front of you, but no sooner than you reached out and to touch one with your fingertip, it would burst and disappear in a flash.

You can’t control time.

Time just is.

But you CAN do something about the way you manage what you do with your time.

And I believe a good place to start is with reviewing your yearly goals.

Checking in with your yearly goals

I took the time this past weekend to reflect back on my goals I set back in January.

// Many were HUGE, some not so huge.

// Some were scary and super ambitious.

// Others were whimsical and made me feel good.

All of them serve a purpose and inspire me, which is fabulous. But the most effective thing to notice was whether I had in fact achieved any goals so far, or whether I was just making a long bucket list of dreams.

What I found was my progress fell into 3 categories: the good, the not-so-good, and the what on Earth were you thinking?

1. The Good: I’ve managed to tick off  2 VERY BIG goals I set for myself this year without even realising (Yay for me!).

2. The Not So Good: There is a whole chunk of goals around my business that are still waiting patiently. I really have to kick butt if I’m going to hit any of the remaining goals this side of Xmas. (Time to get cracking Kym!)

3. The What Were You Thinking?: These goals were a  serious reality check. These were the ones that I realised in hindsight that were WAY too ambitious to achieve in a mere 12 months. They needed to be broken down into smaller sized goals that were more achievable, but still big enough to ensure I stretched myself personally and professionally.

Fresh goals for a fresh perspective

Reviewing your goals mid year is great way to check how your progressing.

It gives you the opportunity to adjust goals that are too big or taking you in the wrong direction, or toss aside any that are totally pointless.

Here are some things to keep in mind when reviewing or renewing your goals:

Firstly look at the goals you set and ask yourself . . .

  • Are you rocking and rolling with your goals and right on track?
  • Are you perhaps a little stuck in areas or falling behind ?
  • Have you not even given your goals a second thought since January, and need to create some fresh ones?

I want you to know that it is totally fine to scratch any goals that feel wrong. There is no hard and fast rule that says you can’t adjust or change your goals.

You are the creator of your destiny. You have the right to change your mind.

QUICK TIPS FOR SETTING NEW MID YEAR GOALS

1. Keep your goals S.M.A.R.T.  Which is acronym for Small, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Timely. This is an awesome formula for creating goals and one I highly recommend you put into practice.

If you need some inspiration to get you going check out Leonie Dawson’s post on the power of goals or my fav, Danielle Laporte’s advice on setting goals with soul.

2. Keep your Goals in Bite Size Chunks (again this falls into the ‘achievable’ factor). I know I have a tendency to dream big and have huge goals. That’s cool, but break down the big goal that realistically will take 5 years into smaller steps. I love this happy video which is a good reminder:

3. Regularly Revisit Your Goals. Life and the planet keeps moving and evolving and so do we. So you can’t expect that a goal you made 2 years ago will still apply today. Make it a routine to always go back and review your goals. Tweak them. Adjust them. Make them look sexy and FEEL inspiring. Ideally they should be a little bit scary and slightly out of your comfort zone.

And remember – all is not lost if you haven’t got around to setting any goals this year.

Now is the perfect time to create some for yourself. It’s never to late to start!

S.M.A.R.T Goals

So, I’d like to encourage you to take the opportunity to check in with your goals for this year.

Take a look at where you’re at, and if you’re on target to reach them by the end of the year.

Here’s something super simple you can do right away:

// Grab a piece of paper

// Write down your top 5 goals

// Stick it up somewhere you will see it everyday (fridge, wall planner, shower, car dashboard) – make sure it’s in your face!

Then CREATE AN ACTION PLAN & TIMELINE on how you can make it happen

Then, just DO IT and enjoy!

I’d love to know what goals you’re setting for yourself mid year. Also, what are the ones you’ve decided to toss aside? Tell me all about them in the comments below.

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