Your Mid-Year Evaluation
Resolution Solutions: Your Mid-Year Evaluation
Has it really been a new year, new you? Have you stuck with your resolutions?
June is the perfect month to re-evaluate your New Year’s resolutions. It marks the half-way point through 2020. And while this year hasn’t been exactly what anyone expected, it doesn’t mean you should lose sight of your intentions or your goals.
Often, you’ll start the new year hopeful and enthusiastic. You set out to make a change – rid yourself of bad habits or start new and healthy ones. Then February roles around, you start to fall off the bandwagon, and eventually you throw in the towel.
It’s common to veer off track and struggle to re-align yourself. The majority of people do! Yet, check-ins can help you jump back on board, guiding you toward your goals.
Here’s how to do your mid-year evaluation and find those resolution solutions:
Step 1: Review your resolutions.
Check out your list of resolutions. If you haven’t reached certain goals, ask: Were these goals too ambitious? Do you need to adjust them? Why didn’t you achieve them or make any progress toward them?
Be honest with yourself. It’s okay if you didn’t make any gains toward them, but determining the ‘why’ is important.
Did you really want it? What limiting beliefs do you have regarding this specific goal? Can you overcome these challenges?
You may even cross some goals out altogether. Perhaps some resolutions you’ve realized you don’t really want. And that’s absolutely okay. Stick to the ones you truly desire – you’ll be more likely to go after them and achieve them.
Step 2: Plan it out.
Making goals is great. But you need a plan to reach them.
Most often, people write down big dreams without a step-by-step guide on how to get there. It can be overwhelming, leading you to abandon the goal altogether.
This time around, make each goal S.M.A.R.T. – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-oriented.
Then, under each big goal, write a list of small goals that will help you get there. For instance, you might write that you want to lose 10 pounds before December 31st of this year. Under this, write two or more small goals and actions you will take to achieve your bigger goal.
For losing 10 pounds before December 31st, you may decide you’ll workout twice a week for the first month. The second month, you’ll bump that number up to three times a week. Maybe you’ll also stop eating fast food and stick to homemade meals only. Plan it all out.
However, keep in mind that slow and steady always wins the race. Gradually implement each habit-change. Overwhelm is real and it can absolutely hold you back. Instead of implementing every small goal at once, introduce them one at a time.
Step 3: Take action.
If you don’t take action, you might – yet again – forget about your resolutions altogether. Your first action might be something as simple as scheduling your workouts in your calendar or deleting your Uber Eats app. The key is to take the first step – no matter how small it might be.
At this point, also plan another check-in. Plug it into your calendar for 90 days from now. This will keep you on track and help you continue to plan, implement, and adjust as you go.
I further suggest to my clients to post notes around their home, or in their calendar or phone, reminding them why they want to reach a certain goal. On those days where you just don’t feel like it, the ‘why’ can fuel your motivation and push you to keep going.
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