At the beginning of the year we all make plans for the things we would like to achieve in the next 12 months. I even wrote a blog post about it. But not many of us go back during the year and review how we are getting on with those goals, so when the year comes to an end we end up feeling disheartened that we haven’t achieved any of the things we set out to. One way of solving this problem is to regularly review your goals throughout the year, but if you don’t quite have the time for that you can do as I do. Try and keep your goals in mind as much as possible and, more importantly, set aside time in the middle of the year to sit down and assess how things are going. You may discover that you have achieved more than you thought, or that the plan you made to achieve your goal isn’t working as well as you had hoped. You could even discover goals that you had forgotten about. Or you may decide, as I have, that some of your goals have shifted or changed from what you originally had in mind at the beginning of the year.
Since reviewing my own goals, I have been able to tick off a couple of things, remind myself of something that I had forgotten about, crossed out some that are no longer a good fit and replaced them with something more appropriate. I have come away feeling more motivated and have more confidence that I can be successful in my endeavours. Qualities that can often be lacking during the mid-year lull.
Dedicating time to this has enabled me to sit and dream and plan, without feeling guilty that I should be doing something else. To some reviewing plans you have already made may seem frivolous and a waste of precious time, time that could be better spend on other things, but having that sense of achievement can work wonders for your self-esteem and that positivity will spill over in to other areas of your life. Why don’t you give it a try? Make a date in your diary to see if you are on the right track to achieving your goals.