Last week was literally the middle of the year. On July 1, my calendar read 182 days had passed and 183 remained. As such, it is appropriate to do a mid-year goals review. I am a firm believer in goal setting and you should do check-ins with relative frequency. Here are my guidelines for a mid-year review and a corresponding goals “rule.”
Step 1. Read your goals
Rule: Goals MUST be written.
As obvious as this may sound, you must write down your goals. A goal unwritten is merely a nice thought. Writing goals down give us accountability. Without writing our goals we may fall too easily into the trap of doing less than we can. We may also fall into the trap of doing too much without ever allowing ourself victory. If we do not know where the finish line is, we will run until we pass out.
Step 2. Honestly and Objectively Evaluate
Rule: Goals must be S.M.A.R.T.
All goals must be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time bound. I did not create this acronym, and can take no credit. It is absolutely phenomenal. When your goals are SMART, they have a measurability to them. You know not only if they have been accomplished, but also how far they have progressed. The key in review, then, is to be honest and objective. This can be tough (it was for me). What areas have I neglected? What areas are failures? If you answer honestly, you will be surprised at how much inspiration can come from a difficult assessment.
Step 3. Reassess and Create Action Steps
Rule: Goals should always inspire.
The point of having a goal is to inspire us to achieve. They are tools to create the best possible version of ourselves. As you honestly evaluate your goals, you will find that some areas of life have now changed. Often, circumstances beyond our control have turned a once achievable goal into a now impossible reality. The mid-year review creates an opportunity to reassess. Some goals may need to be altered. Others may need some grit and determination. Some may just need a little attention.
Be a goal setter. Goal setting is not a once-in-a-lifetime activity. It is not even a once-a-year activity. Set goals, review them, and achieve them.