How is it possible that we are halfway through the year already?! I know I’m not the only one saying that right now. We can feel swept along by the fullness of life and not notice the passage of time. Suddenly we become aware of the date and how much of 2021 is behind us. Does that bring up a sense of exhaustion or anxiety in you? For me, I feel the effort that has been expended in these first six months. I look ahead to the amount I still need to do and the projects not yet completed. I need a midyear reset.
It would be easy to be overwhelmed and feel like giving up at this point. Sometimes we have the attitude that goals not yet met may as well be scrapped. We feel the pull to surrender to the pull of busyness and go into survival mode for the rest of the year. Maybe we can just try again next new year. Or maybe that’s just me?
Why I need this
Can I be real for a moment? Last year was so hard but, in many ways, this year has felt harder to me. Maybe the ‘newness’ of some roles and big changes carried me through last year. Now I am in that messy middle where some of that initial excitement or focus has worn off and the reality of the effort needed is in full view. Maybe I gave out so much last year that there wasn’t much left in reserve for this one. Maybe I am just trying to do too much. I don’t have all the answers right now but I am leaning in to the questions.
There is a habit I’ve formed in the past few years that helps to counteract the defeatist notion of giving up. I take some time to do a midyear reset, reflection and review. This process helps me to see the good as well as the hard. It helps me to redefine my goals for the rest of the year. So much changes in six months. Goals that seemed important sometimes aren’t anymore. Other goals may have come up. Maybe pathways to goals need to shift. I can look back and look ahead.
Some questions for a midyear reset
These are some of the questions that I tend to ask myself:
- What have been my biggest wins?
- Which habits have been helpful?
- Where have I been drifting?
- Which habits do I want to develop for these next few months?
- What is truly essential and what might I need to let go of?
- Review goals and rewrite the ones I want to keep for the rest of the year
Maybe you are not someone who sets goals at the start of the year. Does a midyear review still help? Absolutely! We can’t control what happens to us in life. But we can control how we respond and the actions we take. You are able to reflect on your year and make decisions about what you want to do for the rest of it.
A resource for you
Whether you are a goal-setter or not, I have created a workbook to help you work through a mid-year reflection and set a goal for the rest of the year. It is called Finish with a Flourish. I am giving it away for free to my email community. If you already get my emails, check your inbox for your copy. If you don’t, click below to join us and get your copy (you can unsubscribe at any time- there is no obligation involved.)