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The ancient hip-hop proverb warns us:
Chickity-check yo'self before you wreck yo'self.
– Ice Cube
Through this highly-regarded Ice Cube bop, we learned at an early age the importance of checking yo’self if, of course, you did not wish to wreck yo’self.
As most hip-hop proverbs go, this adage can be widely applied to all aspects of life.
Nowadays, self-checking is nicely and professionally packaged as a component of self-awareness and emotional intelligence.
But it can also be framed as a periodic, routine way to evaluate progress on goals you’ve set for yourself.
A mid-year goals review is the perfect way to perform a meaningful self-check to make sure the second half of the year is even more, productive than the first.
Is a Mid-Year goals Review Really Necessary?
Of course not! Unless you’re an employee and your boss requires you to do a performance review.
But that would be a work requirement, not a personal requirement.
As I always say, “You’re grown.” You don’t have to do a mid-year goals review, but here are 3 reasons you should.
1. You get time to focus on yourself.
In the busy-ness of life, it’s easy to lose yourself in what you “have” to do – work, family, friends, etc. It’s soooo easy to forget to tend to yourself in the process.
A mid-year goals review helps you re-prioritize yourself.
2. Your personal goals are just as important as your professional goals.
If you can take the time to do a mid-year performance review for your employer, you should absolutely make time to do a mid-year goals review for yourself.
Your employer shouldn’t be more invested in you than you are.
3. Setting goals is pointless if you don’t keep track of them.
December is a big month in the personal development community because Everybody-and-Their-Auntie is abuzz about goal-setting and vision boards and resolutions.
The hoopla dies down considerably as the year goes on. Then, towards the end of Q4 the craze starts all over again.
How about this:
Instead of letting your goals and dreams die February-through-November, then trying to revive them in December & January, you GATHER. YOUR. LIFE. and make some shit happen throughout the entire year!
By deliberately setting goals and routinely checking your progress!
If you’re down for that, here’s exactly how you can perform a simple but effective mid-year goals review.
how to perform a simple, effective mid-year goals review
This is the uncomfortable part. It can be hard to give yourself an honest, raw critique, especially if you already know you fell short of the goals you set for yourself.
But it’s important to be real with yourself in order to improve.
Life happens to everyone. Even the most successful people had times when they weren’t focused enough or productive enough.
The only reason they eventually achieved their goals is because they reflected, they improved, and they persevered.
To get started with your own self-reflection, ask yourself these questions in the context of your goals:
- What went right AND what went wrong in the past 6 months?
- Did you have a specific plan from the getgo? How well did you follow that plan?
- Overall, how do you feel about your progress?
- What percentage of time did you spend pursuing your goals (vs other priorities)?
- Did you accomplish your 6-month goals?
Remember before the land of Waze and Google Maps when we relied on Mapquest? One of the advantages these GPS apps have over Mapquest is the ability to reconfigure your route.
If you turn south instead of north (who uses cardinal directions anyway?!), it’s all good. The app will automatically redirect you so you can get back on track.
This step – reconfiguring – is designed to help you get back on track.
- Reframe your goals – Have your goals changed at all? If so, write down your new goals so that you’re headed in the right direction.
- Reset your mind – Don’t get bogged down by the discoveries you made during the reflection phase. Use them for growth, but don’t be discouraged by them. Clear your mind and start from a fresh, clean slate.
- Reconfigure your route – Depending on how your goals have changed and what new timeline you’re working with, you may need to reconfigure your route. In other words, you might need a new plan of action.
How to Create an Action Plan for Your Goals (That Actually Works!)
I find that one of the biggest challenges fellow millennials encounter is not knowing how to reach the goals they’ve set.
You might know you want to take up improv, start a podcast, or become a personal trainer, but you’re overwhelmed because you don’t know where to start.
So you end up doing nothing at all or running in circles, getting nowhere.
To address my friends’ dilemma, I created a solution – a really fun challenge that will help you get where you want to go!
It’s called the 7-Day Don’t Sweat It, Micro-Goal Set It! Challenge. The challenge is FREE and is designed to help you:
- narrow down your goals
- create a step-by-step plan of attack to accomplish your goals
- execute your goals without becoming overwhelmed
Tons of millennials are using this strategy to accomplish their most ambitious goals, and you can be one of the number for free!
Just type in your name, email address, and click that pretty blue Subscribe button.
The challenge will appear in your inbox instantly!