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Taking a Look at Your Goals

Mid-Year Check-In: Taking a Look at Your Goals

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Hello, brilliant professionals! Can you believe it’s already June? With half of 2023 behind us, this is the perfect time to slow down for a sec and see where we are with our goals. Did we crush them, or did we get a little sidetracked? Either way, no sweat! We’ve still got another half of the year to celebrate what we’ve achieved, if necessary hit the reset button, and get our game plan together for the second half of the year. 

Assessing Your Progress

First up, let's see where you are with your goals. Think back to what you set out to do in January. Are you right on track, or did you end up taking a detour?

Take a look at each goal one by one and see how far you’ve come. If you're smashing it, awesome! Take a moment to pat yourself on the back and celebrate your success. And if you're lagging behind, don’t beat yourself up. We've all been there. Figure out what's slowing you down. What roadblocks have you encountered? Are they external obstacles or something you are struggling with internally? Understanding these roadblocks is key to creating a practical action plan. 

Remember that being behind doesn’t mean you’ve failed. All it means is you might need to switch things up or rethink your goals. Use your insights to fine-tune your approach, pace, or even revise the goal itself.

Celebrating Wins and Embracing Lessons

Now, let’s take a moment to high five ourselves for the things we’ve nailed, and the progress we've made, no matter how small. Celebrating generates positive energy and motivation; it fires us up to keep going.

At the same time, let's think about the speed bumps we’ve hit. They might have slowed us down, but they’ve also given us valuable lessons. Have these challenges changed the way you think or work? These stumbling blocks might just be setting you up for something even better in the future.

Goals: Time for a Tune-Up?

The goals you set back in January may have seemed perfect then, but now might need a bit of a tune-up. Maybe you've overachieved and can aim even higher. Or, you might need to scale back because life threw you a curveball. And that's totally okay! The important thing about goals is that they should work for you, not the other way around. The essence of goal setting is in its flexibility and adaptability. Remember, goals should serve as your compass, guiding you, not shackling you. 

Life vs. Work: The Balancing Act

While we're all about reaching for the stars career-wise, we can’t forget about our personal lives. This mid-year check-in is the perfect time to review this balance. Are we taking care of ourselves, physically and mentally? What about spending time with family and friends, or hobbies that we enjoy? Climbing the career ladder should never come at the expense of personal happiness. If you find yourself off-balance, it’s time to recalibrate and ensure your personal goals are receiving the attention they deserve. 

What’s the Plan for Part 2 of 2023?

So, we’ve taken a look back. Now, it's time to look forward. What are you hoping to achieve in the second half of the year? Whether you're staying the course, making a few tweaks, or giving your goals a total makeover, it’s all good.

Let’s take the lessons and the wins from the last six months, and use them to navigate the rest of the year. Remember to cut yourself some slack, celebrate every small win, and know that it's okay to change plans when you need to. Give yourself grace.

After all, it's the journey that counts, not just the destination. As we dive into the second half of 2023, let's make it about growing, keeping a balance, and bouncing back from anything that life throws at us.

I want to wrap this up with a quote by Maya Angelou, "Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it." Let’s make sure our goals reflect that and make the rest of 2023 totally epic!

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