I am a diehard planner. For me, a wild and fun New Year’s Eve is filled with glue and magazines to make my annual vision board, an empty wall to stick Post-its and map out my steps to get there, and a blank calendar to plot out dates and deadlines. I love to crack open my new planner and carefully transpose my goals, steps and to-do list over. I’m an amazing starter, energized and ready to tackle my biggest dreams! Can anyone relate? As we hit mid-year, I always like to take some time to revisit my annual goals, refocus my strategies, celebrate wins, and consider adjustments where needed.
Many of us have heard the concept of “doing and being”. Doing is driven by developing a strategy, setting goals, creating steps and milestones, and working towards tangible results. Being, on the other hand, comes from a place of being present in a moment, cultivating core value alignment, and building resonance. When it comes to achieving my biggest goals and dreams, I want to create a balanced harmony between both doing and being.
Some questions I use at mid-year to reflect on my annual goals are:
- Am I on track to meet my goals? Why or why not?
- Where have I gotten stuck? Is there a path forward?
- Is there something that has gotten in the way of achieving my goals?
- What have I learned about how I’m approaching goals this year?
- What strategies are working on the day-to-day? What are not?
- Do these goals still resonate with me? Why or why not?
- What is my relationship with these goals?
- When looking at my goals, do I feel excited? Why or why not?
- Is there a limiting belief that is holding me back from achieving my goals?
- Are these goals still aligned with my core values? Why or why not?
Once I’ve given some sufficient time for reflection on the year so far (I often take at least a few hours), I then move to action. Based on my answers to these questions, I revisit my goals and consider adjustments. What I’ve found over the years is that rarely do my goals change — rather, my relationship with them gets deeper. Where I may be on track I can celebrate, and where I am off course, I can realign.
Friends, no matter where you are in the process of working towards your goals, I encourage you to be present, perhaps use some of these questions to reflect, give yourself grace, and recommit to your wildest dreams!