Mid-Year Check In: How are Those Resolutions Coming?

By the small business content developers at BizLaunch.com.

As the year heads into summer, you might feel like kicking off your work shoes and putting on your flip-flops, which is fine if you work by yourself or from home. However, if that desire for relaxation settles itself into your work habits, and you’re not officially on vacation, you could see your goals and ambitions slide further away, lost to the horizon. The mid-year is actually the perfect time to reflect on what you have been successful in accomplishing so far this year and assess what goals remain for the rest of the year.

If you haven’t been effective in accomplishing something or didn’t even get your resolutions down on paper, don’t fret. With six months left in the year, you can still achieve great things! If you wait until January to get started or revive your resolutions, you’ll have lost crucial time for working toward your objectives.

Avoid surrendering to your doubt. You can produce great results when you examine your dreams, distill your goals into actionable objectives, make consistent efforts to achieve them, and reflect on what’s working and what’s not. Here are 4 ways to perform an outstanding mid-year check in on your resolutions:

1. Contemplate your behavior.

Assess what you have done and what you haven’t done. If you have been avoiding a task, now is the time to ask yourself why you shun it. It’s not enough to make an excuse (“I’m not dedicated enough”); you must undertake an analysis of your internal mindset (“I don’t want to do the work because...”). The reasons why you do or don’t tackle your resolutions can help you gain a deeper understanding on how you can motivate yourself.

2. Clarify your goals.

Sometimes we’re purposefully vague when it comes to setting goals because we’re unsure of how to get from point A to point B. If your goal is to “increase sales 20%”, do you know how that should happen in theory? Do you need to increase advertising? Start a new marketing campaign? Reach out to former clients for referrals? Or even hire a salesperson? Break your goals into smaller objectives so that you can measure whether or not your goal is actionable.

3. Renew your determination.

The fact is, it’s easy to set an intention, but it’s much more difficult to continue on your course day after day, especially once you hit obstacles or setbacks. That’s why it’s important and necessary to schedule periodic reviews of your progress and to refresh your desire to achieve your goals. When you write down your resolution, consider recording your motivations so that you can refer back to them if you feel your confidence in your pursuit flagging.

4. Take constant action.

Consistent efforts get consistent results. While you may not be able to write blog posts every day, you can take other supportive actions on a daily basis. If your goal is to become a better writer, undertaking research, cultivating sources, studying grammar, and other pursuits will help you grow as a writer. It’s important to identify what these actions are and do something specific each day to support your overarching goals.

Your mid-year check-in will help you assess where you are and what needs your focus. Now is not the time to get discouraged, but it is the time to dig deep and find your confidence so that you can make the most of this year.

By Andrew Patricio

June 08, 2016