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25 May 2017
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Mid-Year Resolutions

As we get going on the second half of 2017, it’s a good time to check back on any goals and resolutions that you’ve set for the year.

Life has become faster and faster and it seems like most people seem to be busier and busier. So much so that many people I speak to about their goals and dreams, claim that they simply don’t have time for their big goals.

That’s ridiculous, of course. After all, if you’re not taking the time for yourself, who is going to. When you have less time at their disposal, it’s time to re-evaluate those priorities.

You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes a day. Unless you’re too busy, then you should sit for an hour.

Zen saying

It is in our best interest to take the time out for ourselves, whether that is in meditation, exercise, quality family time, or self-reflection. As an entrepreneur, it’s doubly important to make sure that you do prioritize time for what matters. With this in mind, perhaps it is time to re-look at those resolutions you may have set at the beginning of the year (or at any point in time).

Taking Stock

First, take a look at your list of goals for this year and check off what you have already achieved, and establish how far along you are with those you’ve yet to achieve.

Got anything else you want to add to your list? Do it now too.

Have you broken your goals down into manageable and measurable activities? Instead of “I’m losing weight this year”, have something like, “I’m gyming twice a week this year”.

Take the time to quantify your goals. Think about what you can do that’s practical to achieve the result you want. And if you have already broken down your resolutions into doable activities, check whether these activities are still in line with your desired result. If not, feel free to change them.

Re-Evaluate

The next step is to determine whether those remaining goals can still realistically be attained in this year. It’s nice to have a deadline and aim to make certain achievements within a year, but manage your expectations as best you can too. Some things may need 2 or 3 or 5 years. That’s ok; don’t be too ambitious and put more pressure on yourself than is needed. This doesn’t mean you need to put longer-term goals on the back-burner. Keep at it; Just be aware that they may not be done by the end of this year.

And a lot could have changed in 6 months. You are not the same person you were in January. Your relationships may have changed. Your views may have change. Your industry may have changed.

Run through your list and remove any goals that are no longer relevant. There’s no point spending energy on people or pursuits that your June-self cares less for than your January-self. Simply toss those into the waste basket.

From the ones that remain on your list, check what you can do to still achieve them. Look, there will always be stumbling blocks along the way and perhaps you aren’t as far along in some of your goals because they weren’t as straightforward as you initially thought or there’ve been some distractions that have sidelined you. This again comes down to priorities. Is your goal really important to you? If it is, from where else in your life can you divert some time and energy to this goal, without negatively affecting these other areas of your life. Adjust your priorities match what you still want to achieve by year-end.

Keep The Focus

And finally, keep your focus on the end result. Even if you aren’t as far along as you would have liked, accept that you are where you are, and nothing is going to change that. So there’s no point in wallowing on what hasn’t been achieved, Instead look at what you have done and what you can still do. Keep you head high and march onwards with purpose.

I’m a big advocate in taking care of yourself first. Honour yourself too. If you need a day off, take it. Eat well, exercise well, and play well. Spend quality time with your loved ones, your friends, family, pets. Take time to sit in the sun when you can. Life is for living, even as you are tackling each of those resolutions.

So happy mid-year! Go get’em, tiger! 🙂

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