No different from any other year, the month of June is here and soon it will be gone. And just like every June, in recent years, I do the inevitable and that’s reflect on my life and what’s taken place the last six months. As tedious at it may seem to some, I actually sit down and begin a list of ‘what have I done’. I have a friend that would consider me a bit anal when it comes to goal setting, but in good anal fashion, I completed my list today and I feel so fulfilled. Within a matter of twenty minutes, I’d written down SIXTEEN activities/events/accomplishments that I’ve done in 2016. A few I had to rack my brain, almost forgetting that they even took place. Within a matter of minutes, I was able to see the progress taking place within my life and gain a sense of renewed motivation to continue pressing forward for the remainder of the year.
I encourage every one to do this simple exercise.
First, list all the major and evident things that have occurred within the first six month of the year, preferably only the positive. Of course, that’s the point of the list; to see the positive things that you had your hand in thus far. Think of the things that you may have set out to do when you defined your New Year’s Resolution. What about that home improvement project? Or maybe you finally opened that business. List them all! Be sure to revisit the list and add-on the smaller accomplishments that you may have forgotten happened. It could be something like that you hadn’t planned on doing initially, but turned out to be a great moment of victory. I promise when you do this first step you’ll surprise yourself. It will happen every time. It’s so easy to take things for granted; sometimes focusing on the ‘what I should’ve or could’ve or haven’t done’ versus the things that were successfully done.
Secondly, reflect on each of them. Consider the journey you took to find the end to each of them. What were some of the challenges in accomplishing each? What lessons are you able to carry along with you going forward? As the theory goes, for every action there is a reaction. So, it is true for goal setting and meeting those goals. In every journey, there are lessons to be learned. Why not focus on those things that you were successful in completing and take heed of the lessons learned, skills obtained, or expertise that you developed? By the end of the list, you’ll realize how much stronger and resilient you are.
Thirdly, look at what’s ahead for the months of July through December? Maybe your actions will be activities that carry over from January through June. Is there a project you’ve got to finish? Is there a goal with a start date of August? Review what your plans are going forward and use what you’ve learned so far to fine tune your plans for the remainder of the year. Don’t let your momentum die down. Finish the year out strong.
Lastly, CELEBRATE! CELEBRATE! CELEBRATE! Hopefully, as you meet each goal, you find some way to reward yourself for the effort made. If not, the end of June is a great way to pay special recognition towards your accomplishments so far! Go out on the town for dinner. Take a night off from house work. Call some of your friends to come over and socialize. The most important thing, to me, in tracking along the road of success and growth, is embracing each one. Pat yourself on the back. Toot your own horn. Let it be known, to yourself, that you are ready to continue for the remainder of the year with the same momentum or more!