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! 🙂

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All the best,

Ruthann

2016 Change and Transition

If you have read my book, you know there is a recurring theme that the nature of life is change and transition for the purpose of growth and evolution. Change is an inevitable and necessary element of life. It can be self-initiated or the result of external factors that might be out of our control (e.g., death of a loved one, loss of a job, health crisis, economy, sociopolitical environment).

Change is difficult whether we initiate it or not because it requires us to release/let go of something or someone and venture into the unknown. The unknown can be exciting or frightening depending on your perspective. Being able to reflect on the changes and transitions that have occurred in our lives enables us to learn and grow from our experiences.

As a part of my year-end process, I look back at the changes that occurred over the course of the year. I put the changes into two categories: 1) changes that I proactively initiated and 2) changes that were in response to external factors. I look at them separately for two reasons: 1) I am committed to personal growth and it is a way to hold myself accountable and 2) I recognize that some events/circumstances are out of my control, however, they provide me with an opportunity to learn more about myself, as well as others, and make changes accordingly.

PowerPoint PresentationI invite you to look back on 2016 in the context of the changes that occurred in your life. Look back with the following questions in mind.

  • What did you learn?
  • How did you grow?
  • What did you do for the first time this year? How did it make you feel?
  • Did you proactively initiate any changes in your life? If not, why not?
  • What did you learn about yourself and others as a result of external factors that were out of your direct control?

If your desire is to create your life from the inside out, commit to setting goals and proactively making changes in your life. Choose how to respond to external factors that are out of your control and stay focused on your goals.

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All the best,

Ruthann

Autumn: Release/Let Go

PowerPoint PresentationEach season brings gifts and opportunities for growth as we journey through the year.

Autumn is a season of reflection, thanksgiving, completion, and letting go of what no longer serves you so that you can fully embrace the new year.

I invite you to begin the process of bringing this year to a close by reflecting on the year relative to your goals. Celebrate what you have accomplished to date and make a plan, if you don’t already have one, to complete what needs to be completed by the end of the year.

Give thanks for your blessings as a part of this process. If you keep a gratitude journal, take time to review what you have captured over the course of the year and how your life has changed as a result of your blessings. If you don’t have a regular gratitude practice, consider starting a daily practice of writing 3-5 things you consider gifts, blessings or life lessons in a journal or notebook.

Set aside 15-20 minutes of silence each day in coming weeks to explore what you need to release so that you can fully embrace the new year. Begin your quiet time by asking what is complete and ready to be released. Expect that you will receive guidance. When you ask a question in the context of sacred time, it is no longer a simple question. It is an invocation for revelation. Capture your guidance in a notebook or journal and move into action with confidence that you are being guided to your highest good.

Autumn is a wonderful time to clear clutter on every level in preparation for the new year and new opportunities. Mindfully let go of things that no longer bring you joy or serve your highest good.

Start setting yourself up for an amazing new year now (yes, now! 🙂 ).

Questions for reflection

  • What have I accomplished this year?
  • What didn’t I accomplish that I really wanted to? Why?
  • Who or what has been my greatest blessing? Why?
  • What is complete in my life and ready to be released so that I can embrace the next phase of my journey?
    • Assess all areas of your life
  • How can I begin releasing what is complete with gratitude and love?
    • Trust your inner guidance

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Ruthann