Mid-Year: Review, Reflect, Keep Moving Forward

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It’s hard to believe that we are halfway through the year. It’s a good time to pause and reflect on the first half of the year to see where you are versus where you hoped to be this time of the year. Make an effort to look back at the first half of the year without getting stuck in feelings of guilt or regret if you are off track. The goal of a mid-year evaluation is to review, reflect, correct (as appropriate), and keep moving forward.

If you work in a business setting, you are more than likely used to a mid-year assessment related to your role/position. It is also a good practice for other areas of your life. Here are a few questions for you to consider:

  • What have I accomplished year to date?
    • Consider all of your life areas (e.g., career, finances, health & fitness, etc.)
    • Celebrate your accomplishments no matter how big or small.
  • What didn’t I accomplish that I really wanted to? Why?
  • Who or what has been my greatest blessing? Why?
  • What did I learn?
  • How did I grow?
  • What am I really committed to?

The last question is important to crystalize as a part of your mid-year evaluation. It will help you to see where you need to make adjustments to your current plan or change course and create a new plan of action.

For your reference, I have provided links to previous posts that are related to this topic.

Be Intentional (includes a downloadable worksheet)

Focus on what truly matters

SMART Goals: Bring Your Desires to Life

Create a Vision Board

Create a Theme for the Year

Keep moving forward! 🙂

All the best,

Ruthann

SMART Goals: Bring Your Desires to Life

This post was inspired by a mini-workshop that I recently conducted on creating goals, in particular, SMART* goals. The acronym SMART stands for specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time bound.

Setting goals is a way to bring your desires to life. Goals enable you to go from hoping and wishing to manifesting what you truly desire.

If you work in a business setting, you are more than likely used to setting and achieving goals related to your role/position. However, most people don’t have personal goals (e.g., career, relationship, financial, etc.) that are specific and written down. It is estimated that only 3% of people have written goals.

Time is one of your most precious resources. The SMART approach is a great way to create written goals and structure your time.

Questions to consider as you create each goal:

  • Specific: What exactly will you accomplish?
  • Measurable: How will you know when you have reached your goal?
  • Attainable: Is your goal challenging, yet attainable?
  • Relevant: Is your goal clearly linked to your values?
  • Time bound: By what date will you accomplish your goal?

If there is something that you are hoping/wishing to accomplish “someday”, make today the day you give it a deadline, create a plan, and put your plan into action.

Consider using images and/or symbols as visual reminders of your desired outcome (click here to see my post on Vision Boards).

All the best,

Ruthann

*SMART concept created by George Doran

Pray & Take Action

When you pray, move your feet.

African Proverb

When we pray with a goal in mind, we are engaging the power of intention in the context of all things being divinely possible.

The word intention comes from the Latin word intendere which means to stretch out; to extend. Intention inspires vision and guides action. For example, if you are praying for peace, envision what peace would look like in your life and commit to thinking peaceful thoughts, speaking peaceful words, and creating a peaceful environment. If you are praying for a new job/career opportunity, envision your new job/career and support your prayer with actions like updating your resume, creating a list of companies to target, networking, and so on.

Prayer that is outcome focused and not supported with action is empty prayer. It is important that we pray and take action.

Engage the power of the written word to help you manifest what you desire. Create a plan of action that will enable you to move from where you are to where you would like to be. Consider using images and/or symbols as visual reminders of your desired outcome (click here to see my post on Vision Boards).

Work toward your goal, but don’t be attached to a particular outcome. Being attached to a specific outcome can get in the way of you receiving an even bigger blessing than the one you had in mind.

The essence of prayer is faith in a divine presence working in and through our lives. As such, stay open to guidance and trust that you are being guided to your highest good.

Question for reflection

What is one thing you can do this week to move your life in the direction of your prayers?

All the best,

Ruthann

Create a Vision Board

A vision board is a visual representation of your desired outcomes. It is a powerful tool for staying focused and bringing your goals to life through the use of words, images, and symbols. Images and symbols are the language of your soul.

Your vision board can represent what you desire for your life overall, be specific to a life area (e.g., health and fitness, career, relationships, etc.) or a quality that you would like to magnify in your life (e.g., peace, love, joy, etc.). The key is to include words, images, and symbols that are meaningful to you. Keep your board in a place that will enable you to see it on a daily basis. It will serve as a visual reminder of what you would like to manifest in your life.

In my post, Be Intentional (click here to read Be Intentional), I encouraged you to spend some time thinking about and visualizing where you would like to be in the next three months. I invite you to create a vision board that represents what you visualized for your life three months from now or whatever time frame works best for you.

What you will need:

  • Your goals/desired outcomes (click here to read about SMART goals)
  • Poster board, cork board, or large piece of paper
  • Glue, tape, push pins (depending on the type of board you are using)
  • Scissors
  • Words, images, and symbols that you cut out of magazines and/or download from the internet
  • Colored pens and/or markers for handwritten words and/or images

There is no right or wrong way to create your board. It is a creative process that produces a visual representation of what you would like to manifest in your life. Have fun and enjoy the process! Search the internet to see examples of vision boards (also known as treasure maps). The link below will take you to Google images for vision boards.

Google images for vision boards

All the best,

Ruthann

Be Intentional

Note: click the link at the end to download the worksheet for this post.

The word intention comes from the Latin word intendere, which means to “stretch out,” “to extend”. To be intentional is to be willing to stretch and grow. It is a process of being pulled forward by a compelling vision.  Do you have a vision for your life?  Do you know where you would like to be in the next three months?  Six months?  One year?

Spend some time this week thinking about and visualizing where you would like to be in the next three months (or whatever timeframe works best for you).  Get clear as to what you would like to change, why you would like to make a change, and how you plan to make it happen.

I invite you to create a powerful intention to pull you forward. State what you intend to accomplish within a specific timeframe.

I intend to _____________________________

Based on this intention, I commit to taking the following actions:

1.  ___________________________________

2.  ___________________________________

3.  ___________________________________

If there is a gap between your commitment and action, see it as an opportunity for personal growth rather than a personal failing; recommit to your intention and begin again.

Downloadable worksheet: Be Intentional

All the best,

Ruthann