Earlier this month we flipped our calendars to June….JUNE. In the blink of an eye and a snap of the fingers we have somehow leapfrogged from the beginning of the year to the middle!
As we slide into the second half of 2016, how are your goals for this year going? Are you on track? Perhaps you’re already knocked a few off the list? Or, have you gotten a little sidetracked by life and let them sit on the shelf collecting dust?
Regardless of where we are with regards to our goals for the year, everyone can benefit from hitting pause midway through the year and taking a closer look at where they are and where they’re wanting to go.
Maybe you’re right on track and you’ll just fine tune and tweak a few things. Maybe you need to toss out some goals that no longer fit (that’s totally allowed!) and create some new ones, or perhaps you need to crack open a new notebook and set some brand spankin’ new goals for the rest of the 2016 (it’s not too late!).
Just know, that wherever you are, you’re exactly where you need to be, so before we dive into the rest of today’s topic, I encourage you to set aside any judgement or disappointments around your progress, or lack of progress, on your goals! It’s all good!!
Why Goals are Important
For today’s post, we’re going to be revisiting your goals that you set earlier this year to tweak them, toss them, and fine tune them. Then on Thursday, we’ll continue with talking about setting up new goals for the remainder of the year. It’s not too late to get in on the action if you don’t have goals for the year or you’ve completely ignored the ones you previously set!
But, before we dive in, let’s take a moment for a quick refresher on why setting goals is so important.
Goals allow us to get clear on what is important to us and what we want to accomplish. If we don’t take the time to figure out what we want in our lives, we just float along. We’ll end up spending our time working on someone else’s goals or waste away in front of the TV every night.
Right now, you are probably young enough to still feel the abundance of time ahead of you. That can be very deceiving because ‘someday’ allows you to put off what you want for the sake of doing nothing right now. But, every single day was a prior day’s ‘someday’.
One day, you’ll wake up and realize it’s too late and you should’ve started years ago (meaning right now!).
Once we can see our dreams and what we want, goals give us the ability to create action steps and framework for how we will go about achieving them. It give us the ability to take those steps and get where we want to go.
Think of goals as your roadmap. You can see where you’re starting and where you want to go. It allows you to plan your route, your mode of transportation, your detours, and your rest stops. And with any good road trip, you can always tweak it or completely change the destination along the way. It’s up to you!
Revisiting your 2016 Goals
If you spent some time last December or January to create your goals for 2016, well done you! It’s time to pull those out and take a look to see where you are on your progress.
Step 1: Congratulate Yourself!
No matter how much you’ve accomplished, the first step is to take a moment and simply congratulate yourself. Look at what you’ve accomplished so far!
As we power through our busy days, it’s very easy to forgot to take a moment and notice are achievements. We simply cross one thing off the list and start in on the next thing.
Before we revisit what’s left on your goals for 2016 or set some new goals, take a moment to pause and remind yourself how awesome you are for having completed so much this year!
Acknowledging what you’ve accomplished along the way allows you to fuel your motivation instead of running on auto-pilot through your to-do list.
Step 2: Reevaluate what’s left
Most likely, you have not achieved everything you set out to do on January 1. That’s perfectly fine and expected! If, however, you’re a rockstar and you have completed everything already, go you!! Sit back, relax, congratulate yourself, and join me again on Thursday where you set up some new goals ;).
THROW OUT THE GOALS THAT NO LONGER FIT
Since it’s been about 6 months since you set your goals, it’s not uncommon for life to look completely different now. A lot can happen in half a year!! New jobs, new relationships, breakups, babies on the way, unexpected moves, etc. All of these can throw a giant wrench in your plans, so the first thing is to toss anything on your list that doesn’t fit anymore.
It’s perfectly okay to let go of goals, in fact it’s encouraged! Don’t keep giving energy to goals that don’t excite you or don’t fit in with who you are now or where you are in life.
TWEAK THE GOALS THAT ARE LEFT
For the goals that remain on your list, take a closer look at them. Maybe they still fit, but because of where you are now, they need a few adjustments. Fix whatever doesn’t feel right…tweak it, redefine it, etc.
When it comes to goals, nothing is ever carved in stone, so do what you need to do to get your goals to the point where they feel right and they excite you.
CHUNK IT DOWN
Once you have a list of goals that work for you and get you excited, it’s time to chunk down the ones you want to attack first. Don’t try to go after all of them at once! Pick one or two, and break it down into reasonable chunks.
What’s the first thing you need to do? What’s the next?
Or, you could work backwards if that’s easier. See yourself reaching your goal…what would’ve needed to happen right before you reached your goal? What about right before that?
There’s no right or wrong way to do this…the objective is to take your big goal and break it down so you have smaller action steps to work towards (think of these as the route along your road map, each road gets you a step closer to where you’re trying to go).
Step 3: Reconnect with your why
If you’ve spent the time to come up with goals, clearly, they’re important to you. But, have you really thought about why it’s important to you? Most of us stop at the surface and think we know why we want to do something, but usually there’s a much deeper reason.
To really connect to our goals and motivate ourselves when it start to get a little messy, we need to dig deep and clearly understand that driving force beneath the surface.
The best way to do this is to ask yourself…why is this important to me. Then, no matter what answer you come up with, ask yourself why that is important to you again….and then again…and then again. Keep going until you hit the place where you feel that shift, that awareness, that ‘Ahhhhhh….I didn’t really realize that was why I wanted to do this!’. It’s in there, I promise!
When you can uncover that piece and you are aware of this deep desire, you will feel your motivation kick into overdrive. You will have just connected to your personal why and it’s very powerful in helping you stay on course.
What you do with your life and the lengths you go to to reach your dreams are up to you…you can put up barriers to stop yourself or tear them down and keep going. It’s your choice.
Getting clear on what you want in your life and why thats important to you is the first step in setting up your goals and its never too late to start!
The rest of your life is waiting for you, so what’s holding you back?
On Thursday, we’ll take this topic a little further and talk about setting new goals for the rest of the year. We’ll not only talk about the process of setting some new goals, but we’ll dig into common traps that prevent us from setting goals and working towards them. We’ll also talk about how to track those brand spankin’ new goals once you have spent the time to figure them out!
Even if you’ve never set goals before, it’s not too late!!