The last two hours of a yard sale are boring. All the good stuff is gone and you are dreading what to do with all the things left on your lawn. I sort of feel like that right now. Half the year is gone and I am not sure what is in store for the rest of the year. It all goes like a yard sale. The good stuff is gone and what is left is not quite what I was expecting to see. Or is it?
At this point of the year, I always ask myself and reflect on the answers to the following 3 questions:
Did I accomplish or am I on the way to accomplishing my goals that I set out for myself?
- If yes, then I celebrate (insert happy dance here).
- If no, what can I correct to get myself back on track? All is not lost.
Did I have any unexpected wins or failures?
- Unexpected wins? Doesn’t have to be the lottery, but maybe a job promotion or a gift from a friend. List and celebrate them. Of course happy dances are allowed here too.
- Unexpected failures? These seem to be easier to spot. List them and reflect upon how they can help going forward. List them as facts instead of wrapping them up with emotional ties.
Have I worked on myself?
Personally and professionally, I have a long term goal of being able to ski-dive at 90 years old when my grandchildren ask me to go with them. They are going to know that I could do it if I want to. I also want to change the world. Working at Get Fit NH, (insert link) I know that if you become healthier you’ll automagically become happier. The world needs more happy, and I want to be a part of that for many people.
- If yes, are there any areas I need to continue to focus on for the next six months?
- If no, what am I going to do to recommit myself to developing personally and professionally?
The great news is, if I’m on track with my business and personal goals, I still have another 6 months to continue to grow and develop. And if I’m not where I want to be with business, I still have 6 months to refocus and/or to make adjustments.
Please don’t wait until a new year to write out your goals for the year. Do that today. Take the next step and break apart your goals into what you are going to do monthly, weekly, and daily to help you reach them. Mark your calendar with dates you wish to reach your goals. Finally, post your goals. Keep them in a prominent place. Who cares if others see your goals? In fact, invite people to read them. This will be a huge factor in reaching your goals.
So don’t feel like everything is going like a yard sale. Take charge of your life. So the yard sale has happened. Now you have a clean slate.
To your best health,