Summer time, and the living is easy. We all know the score. Waking up to yet another sunny Friday in London, it strikes me that with the gorgeous long days and great weather we’ve been blessed with this year it’s easy to get caught up in the sea of after-work drinks, carefree spending, weekends in the park and generally going with the sunshiney flow and glow of life.
Whilst I’m all for living in and appreciating the moment, done in excess it can often detract us from the things we want to do, the goals we’ve set, and the things that are important to us on a more holistic and fundamental level.
So before we find ourselves in Autumn spiralling into Christmas and New Year’s parties wondering where the time went and promising to make 2018 the BEST.YEAR.EVER, I wonder, how are you getting on with those New Year’s resolutions and goals you made at the start of this year?
Remember them? Those fully felt intentions, resolutions and promises you had made to yourself around work, fitness, relationships, personal development? The pay-rise you were going to negotiate, the quality time to be spent with family and friends, the regular savings you were going to make each month etc etc?
- Are you where you hoped or wanted to be?
- Have you done all you set out to do and more besides?
- Are you in a “good place” generally?
- Most of all, do you even know?
Whether you’ve nailed or neglected your intentions for this year, now, while things are bright and possible and breezy and brilliant, it is an ideal opportunity to take stock and work out where you are and where you’d like to be by the end of 2017.
If you’ve nailed them – celebrate your achievement! You’re one of less than 20% whose New Year’s Resolutions actually stick by June! Well done you.
If haven’t made it yet or perhaps haven’t started, then don’t beat yourself up over it, you’re like most of us mere humans. Rather than feel guilty or decide it’s too late, take positive action and make it happen now! Fast-forward yourself to December, when you've achieved the goals you’ve set, and just imagine how you’ll satisfied and good you’ll feel for having done it.
One of my own intentions this year was to write helpful newsletters and blogs with coaching tips, resources or general thought-nourishment for coaching clients, friends and anyone with a passing interest in their personal development.
Yet as we've already established it’s well into July and the blog section of this website has been looking sparse. So, in the spirit of taking my own advice, better late than never and here we are.
What about you then? To get you started, when it comes to revisiting your personal goals and re-evaluating your priorities here are some pertinent questions to ask yourself:
- Is the goal or resolution you've been working towards or had identified still relevant? (if it isn't then let it go and set your energy elsewhere, if it is and you've neglected it then it's time to start taking some action!)
- For what purpose do I want this goal?
- How will I know when I've achieved it? What will I see, feel, hear and what will the data be?
- What do I need to start doing to achieve my goal?
- What do I need to stop doing?
- What will happen if I achieve this goal?
- What will happen if I don't?
- What resources or support do I need?
From there you may find that a plan of action flows pretty easily and most often the first step is the most important one to take. Make it a small and purposeful one and keep on going, one step at a time. Find a buddy, a partner or a coach to keep you accountable and the progress will often be even faster and more lasting.
And give it a go, take action!
As Amelia Earhart wisely said “The most effective way to do it, is to do it.”
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