We are officially halfway through 2020 and I think we all can agree this year has not gone as we had planned. Who would have ever thought we would be living through history with a global pandemic and a mass equality movement shaking up the entire world. This is officially the year that ALL ‘planners’ learn the power of lightening expectations and that is especially true when it comes to goal setting.
Every year at this time, I review the goals I had set for myself and create a plan for achieving more goals in the second half of the year. It helps to keep me accountable, moves my goals back to top-of-mind and allows me to make any changes or adjustments. It is important to remember that goals do change over time and that is OK!
It would be so easy for us to shut the book and say we have given up on our 2020 goals but let me remind you, you only have one life to live. Just because you run into another wall doesn’t mean you turn around. You push yourself to get over that wall because when you do, you will be that much stronger than you were before.
This year is going to challenge us in all the right ways. When things get tough, we push harder because we know that when we get to the other side that it is going to be worth it.
**Back in January, I hosted a Vision Board Workshop, where over 50 women created a list of their top 10 or 12 goals for 2020. For reference, the goals I mention in this blog are the ones I set for myself back in January.
Step By Step Review
Step 1: Start by pulling out your list of goals for the year or jotting them down if they are just in your head.
*A good place to keep your goals is in a note on your phone so you can look back at them often.
Step 2: Create a chart with three sections, accomplished, ongoing and not there yet.
Step 3: Fill in the goals you have accomplished first and give yourself a moment to feel a sense of accomplishment. We often focus too hard on the things we haven’t done and forget to recognize all the work we have completed.
Step 4: Fill in the goals that you have started but not yet completed and include notes about what you have done so far. (We will come back to these)
Step 5. Fill in the goals you haven’t even thought about yet and star any you need to change or adjust.
Here is what my chart looks like:
Step 6: Carefully review your ongoing goals and if you have a plan in place to achieve them, let them be. If you don’t, jot down some notes on what you need to do to achieve that goal.
- For example, I ran a half marathon this spring, but because all of the races were cancelled this year due to COVID-19, I will need to schedule and map another personal half marathon in the fall.
Step 7: Carefully review your not there yet goals. Make any changes or adjustments to those goals and start creating a plan to achieve them. Here are a couple of examples:
- I have learned a lot about plant based diets and realized that it is not for me. I am going to change that goal to eating whole foods 80% of the time and eating fun foods 20% of the time.
- I am going to create a virtual event this fall since my original idea fell through due to the pandemic.
- It is no longer important to me to renovate our dining room and staircase and instead I am going to finish freshening up our yard and outdoor spaces for our wedding.
Now that you have completed your half–year review you will have a better focus on the things you want to achieve this year and how you are going to get there. When setting goals, the most important thing to remember is to be gracious with yourself, especially during a global pandemic. Things aren’t going to go as you had planned and you may have to pivot multiple times. Never lose sight of your goals and that desire to want more.
I hope you found this post helpful! If you need any help with goal setting or review, send me an email, firstname.lastname@example.org and comment below the goals you have crushed so far this year!
Song of the Week: Happy Does – Kenny Chesney
Quote of the Week: “Blessed, thankful and focussed.”
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