Mid-Year Personal Review

I love the mid-way point in the year almost as much as I love the start of a brand new year. It feels like the perfect opportunity to check in and make sure I’m still heading where I want to be going.

It’s easy to set big goals at the start of the year and forget about them by February. Life gets crazy and our priorities change. So I actually like to do these reviews every 3 months. But the mid-year one feels significant… kind of like a fresh start!

Here’s how I do my mid-year review:

Review the first half

First, ask yourself these questions:

  1. what went really well? What are you proud of?
  2. what was challenging?
  3. what lessons did you learn?
  4. what are your favourite memories?
  5. were you living up to your values? Were you being the person you want to be? If not, what was lacking?

It helps to look back at your calendar / diaries / journals… anything that will prompt your memory about all the things you’ve done so far. I always find it astounding to realise how much I actually achieved.

Review your goals

Where are you up to with your goals? Some of your goals might have been completed, while others might be habit goals that will continue throughout the year. Think about what’s been going well with your goals, and make sure you’ve celebrated any achievements.

Set the tone for the next half of the year

Think about the following questions:

  1. What values will you live up to in the next 6 months?
  2. What tasks do you need to complete?
  3. How do you want to feel?
  4. Who do you need to be? What kind of person do you need to be?

Reset your goals

Re-write your goals, leaving behind any that no longer feel important to you, and adding any new ones that light you up.

You might like to break them up into project goals (which can be completed in a certain timeframe) or habit goals (either making new habits or breaking old habits).

You also might like to consider each different domain of your life to make sure you’re not missing anything important:

  • friends & family
  • health
  • significant other / romance
  • money
  • personal growth
  • career
  • physical environment
  • fun & recreation

How did you go?

If you follow this process for a mid-year review, I’d love to hear about it! What did you uncover? What are you most looking forward to in the next 6 months?

Chat soon!

Who is on your team?

Previously, when I’ve worked with people with disabilities, it was part of my job to help my clients define their goals and what it was going to take to get there. We’d look at things like what skills they already had, what skills they might need to learn, and we would break the goal down into achievable parts. And there was always one key question that was important to ask: Who is on your team?

It was such a natural question to ask someone with a disability. Who do you need to support you in this goal? What kind of supports do you need? We would look at what kind of support friends and family could give first. And then we would look at other supports in the community, such as groups, clubs, classes, etc. And finally we’d look at other ‘formal’ supports that people could pay for, such as support workers, therapists, etc.

I now work primarily with women who work in the disability sector. I ask them this same question: Who is on your team? Who do you need to support you in your goal? And 90% of the time, I get the same answer: “Oh, I just need to do this myself.”

But you are not alone.

You are allowed to ask for support in your goals. You need to ask for support in your goals. There are people in your life who want to see you succeed. There are people who want to help you. So let them.

Have a think about that big dream of yours. Who else would be happy to see you achieve that? What would achieving it mean for the people around you?

I want you to think about how they might be able to help you get there. It could be through holding you accountable, or giving you some encouragement when you need it. It might be something like watching your kids while you have an hour to yourself to work on it.

Now think about what other supports might be in the community for you. Are there groups or clubs of like-minded people that could help you get to where you want to be? Is there a class that would give you the skills and confidence you’re looking for?

And finally, consider any paid services that might help you achieve your goals. Maybe it’s outsourcing some responsibilities every now and then to free up some time. Or maybe it’s more directly related to your goal, such as a coach or dietician.

You can continue to tell yourself that you just need to do this on your own. But if so, I want you to ask yourself how that’s going for you so far, and be honest with the answer.

We all need a little help sometimes. We are so used to providing the support for other people, that we forget it’s okay to ask for some support ourselves.

I encourage you to just try thinking about what supports could help you get to where you want to be. Even this alone can be challenging, so if you’d like to talk it through, jump on a free call with me and I’ll help you map it out.