Can you believe that we’re halfway through 2012? It feels like just yesterday I was watching the ball drop, sipping champagne, and writing down what I wanted to accomplish in the year ahead. And now, here we are, six months in. Time flies when you are achieving goals!
I think one of the most important parts about goal-setting is periodically checking your progress. The halfway point of the year is a great time to grade yourself on how you are doing with each and every one of your New Year’s resolutions. Not only does it give you a chance to celebrate any success you’ve had, but you can also recommit to the goals that fell to the back burner and rework goals that just aren’t “right” anymore.
When you look back on your goals (You did write them down, right? That was one of the keys to setting New Year’s Resolutions that stick!), try slotting them into one of four categories:
Give yourself a big, fat, shiny gold star because you’ve already checked this goal off with six months to spare! Take a moment to pat yourself on the back for achieving something you set out to do. Maybe even think about doing something to commemorate your awesomeness. It could be something as decadent as a spa treatment or something as simple as an afternoon reading a book in the park. Whatever it is, celebrate your accomplishment!
You may not have completed your goal yet, but you are on the right track to finish it before the end of the year. You’ve set yourself up for success, and you feel confident you’ll get that gold star by December 31st. Go ahead and pat yourself on the back for this one, too. Sticking to something for half a year isn’t easy, and you’re well on your way! After you’re done patting, set a plan for the remaining half of the year to make sure you stick to your guns all the way to the end.
You started off strong, maybe even made it all the way to February, but then something happened (or nothing happened) and your motivation waned. You may have even totally forgot you made the goal in the first place. Don’t beat yourself up about it. It happens to all of us. If the goal is still important to you, recommit. Or maybe the goal just needs some revision to be more realistic. Make a plan for how you’ll use the remaining months of 2012 to get back on track. Remember: on December 31, 2012 you will have wish you started today. So start! I don’t want to hear anyone saying, “Oh, I’ll just do it next year.”
I’m a big believer that goals need to be flexible. We are an organic, ever-changing, adapting bunch of humans and that means our priorities change, too. Sometimes the goals you make at the end of December no longer make sense by the time summer shows up. There is no shame in abandoning a goal. In fact, I find there is power in it. Really assess each and every one of your goals and make sure they align with your larger life plan. If they don’t, think carefully about if it is the right goal for you. I’ve already abandoned one of my 2012 goals, not because I was weak or uncommitted, but because I decided it no longer fit with what I wanted in life. Ain’t no thing. I just gives me more energy to commit to my other goals.
How are your 2012 New Year’s Resolutions going? Anyone have any successes to celebrate?
Sing them loud and proud in the comments! We all want to pat you on the back.
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