June is here, which means we are officially halfway through 2018. It may seem too early, but in a few months, we’ll be reflecting on what to strive for in 2019.
Many of us set goals at the beginning of 2018 that are now distant memories…if we remember them at all. Promising yourself to do big things at the start of a new year is great. However, when the excitement dies down after the holidays, the big things tend to become less important.
This is why you should check in with yourself at different points in time to determine if you’re still on track with your desired accomplishments. You don’t have to wait until you’re popping champagne and celebrating another year to think about where you want to be in life.
Here are a few ways to blow the dust off those New Year’s goals and re-energize yourself.
Create a Mid-Year Vision Board
Contrary to what you may see around you, vision boards are not exclusively reserved for one time during the year. Finding cool pictures and quotes to plaster on a board feels exciting when you first do it, but like everything else, the excitement fades as time passes by.
If your vision board is now just another random wall hanging in your house, it’s time to design a new one. If you’ve never put together a vision board, even better!
Make an event out of it, the same way you would if you were throwing a holiday party. Invite friends or entertain yourself; pour a glass of wine, put on your favorite music, and let the creativity flow.
Adjust Goals as Needed
Honestly, one of the main reasons we often lose momentum in achieving goals is because we make them unrealistic to begin with. I’m all for setting big goals, but some of them require more work and time than we can give in one year.
I admit I’m guilty of doing this. Last December was forever ago, so here’s a refresher on the financial goal I made back then. I set the bar pretty high in wanting to pay such a large amount on my student loans.
In actuality, it didn’t make the most financial sense for me since my income has been inconsistent for the past couple years. But of course, I was on an emotional high from the thought of the upcoming new year and wanted to see a quick change in my situation.
Eventually, I came back to reality and readjusted my goal to something more attainable for me. Adjusting your goals doesn’t mean you’ve failed or you’re limiting yourself. It’s just another way to check in and decide if you truly have all the resources you need to achieve that goal.
Find an Accountability Partner
Ditching your goals a few days, weeks, or months after a new year is easy to do if you don’t have anyone to hold you accountable. Think of the person in your life who doesn’t let you make excuses, and tell them about your goal(s) for the year.
You don’t want anyone who’s going to hound you constantly (or who slacks off on their own goals), so choose wisely. Have a talk and let them know you want a weekly or monthly reminder to keep you focused. Not only does this make you responsible, but having someone who supports your goals can give you even more motivation to crush them.
Last Thing to Remember
Setting—and accomplishing—goals isn’t a one-time deal. Our lives and priorities are constantly changing. Knowing this, it’s crucial to re-evaluate and determine if those goals made six months ago, still align with our current circumstances.
Also, don’t forget that small goals are just as remarkable as big ones. You may not have $5k saved by the end of the year, but saving $500 is just as worthy of taking pride in. Once pursuing goals becomes a habit, you won’t need a New Year’s party to get started.
What goals did you set for yourself this year? Have you checked to make sure you’re still on track?
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