Beginning Again: Taking Inventory At The Mid-Year Point
What does a good day look like?
Where are your dreams taking you?
Maybe it's time to begin again.
As we begin to near the mid-year point, it's a good time to look back at all that you've accomplished. What were the dreams and goals you set out to do in 2021? How are you doing with your goals? Are you where you want to be now?
Looking back, make a list of what you've accomplished in the last 5 months. What goals have you completed and how far can you go in the next month, as we near the mid-year point?
Looking forward, do you know where you are headed? Have you lost the course you set for yourself at the beginning of the year? If so, what do you need to do to get back on track?
Take inventory today of the progress you've made and the goals that still lay ahead; the dreams you are clinging onto. Make a list of the goals you want to complete between now and the end of the year. Identify the specific direction you want to take toward each goal. Then, determine the first action step you will take today.
What are the personal and professional goals you want to accomplish by the end of this year? Does that include visiting a new place, old friends, creating new habits or routines, or building upon an exciting area of your life to get you to the next level?
What is the most important action you can implement to create your ideal day to get you to where you want to be? This may include incorporating a daily routine where you can intentionally schedule time to work on your goals, as well as integrating some time for your self-care. For me, these are preventative measures that keep me from burnout and help me to have a better life balance.
How about waking up early to have some alone time to work on your goals and aspirations, before the demands of the day pull you away? Maybe it includes getting up early to have that alone time with God, to pray, and to do your devotional, and just be still with God. This helps me set up my day to be in the right mindset and feel more productive knowing God has already gone before me.
What does an ideal week look like that will get you closer toward your goal? Does it include networking with other like minded people? Having an accountability partner to check in with weekly? Scheduling weekly trainings to gain more knowledge and be able to help others? I love being a coach and knowing that what I am learning is something I will be able to share with my clients.
What needs to happen this month to get you to see huge progress? I definitely like to keep track of my goals and check off the things that I have accomplished. Looking back each month I can see all of my accomplishments. That gives me a great feeling, gives me momentum, and the confidence I need to know that I can make my dreams come true. One step at a time is all I need to make that big dream manageable.
At the half-way point, or when you are getting tired, lazy, or discouraged, or when you just want to quit, what will give you momentum to continue to the finish line?
At the end of each day, what will you have done to be able to say:
Today was a good day.
Today was a productive day.
Today I am closer to my goal.
Today, my dream came true.
I became an entrepreneur, an author, a teacher, a coach, a _______________ (fill in the blank).
I graduated and I am now closer to becoming a _______________ (What is your dream?).
Today I set a new course at the age of __________ (fill in your age), because "you are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream" (C. S. Lewis).
"Oh, the places you'll go. Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting. So, get on your way." Dr. Seuss
At the end of the year, what will you have accomplished? Today, is your day! Begin again and live in anticipation!
"May He grant you your heart's desire and fulfill all your plans!" Psalm 20:4