Who doesn’t like moaning about time flying by so fast? It’s a central topic of many conversations, especially at New Year’s parties, birthday celebrations, etc.
Today is no different, I thought, I’d moan a bit myself! Half of 2020 is gone! 6months. I haven’t noticed how it disappeared. Have you?
The question that comes up for me now is ‘How do we make the most of the second half of 2020?’
This year has been quite unusual, to say the least, and many of us simply couldn’t stay on track with our new year’s resolutions due to a significant impact of external factors.
But it doesn’t mean, we can forget about analysing, adjusting, and planning our future goals.
Just like companies track their quarterly, half-yearly, and annual results, we too could pay more attention to our progress and make adjustments along the way.
Having worked in the financial services industry for many years, I’ve seen countless reports on companies’ success, usually measured in their profit number.
Whilst when it comes to our own success as individuals, we tend to either dismiss it completely or have no idea how to measure it.
· How would our half-yearly report look like?
· What kind of success indicators would we include in it?
Money is an obvious one (especially in the current climate), i.e. if we still have money in our bank account, we can tick it off as a success. Career or business can be assessed in terms of promotion, pay rise, number of clients, etc. But then it gets trickier…
How do we define a good result in our relationships, health, or happiness level?
Surprisingly, not many of us know what success in these categories means for them.
When it comes to goal setting, many people put too much pressure on themselves to get it right. They try to set the goals that are realistically achievable, so they don’t get disappointed at the end, or they don’t set them at all, in the romantic relationship area, for example.
Let’s say you’ve been single for a while, and you don’t want to set a goal of meeting someone you’d like, because you believe it doesn’t depend on you and it all comes down to chance. So, you don’t set this goal this year, then the next one and so one. For some reason, nothing happens, and you have no choice but to continue believing that luck was just not on your side.
Whilst if you made a decision that you wanted to meet someone; you would have set this goal. Now you know that the situation is in your hands and you are not waiting for any miracle to happen. As there is no magic spell for achieving anything, be it finding the love of your life, getting a promotion at work, or buying a new house. Once you have an intention – your focus shifts, and your behaviour starts changing.
You might be more open to new opportunities, like invitations to friends’ parties or the events in your community; all of a sudden you start noticing new projects at work where you could demonstrate your skills and get rewarded, or you’d see more houses for sale in the area you are interested in. It all starts arising because your mind is set to a ‘paying attention’ mode. I’m sure you can think of a few examples of this happening in your life.
Some people call it the law of attraction or the power of intention. I personally like the quote by Tony Robbins ‘Where your focus goes your energy flows’. If I consciously focus on my goals, I make a purposeful effort to accomplish them.
That’s why I like reviewing my progress at least twice a year. I use this very simple approach. Give it a go even if you didn’t set any goals back in January.
1. Do not look at your goals from January (if you had them), just ask yourself:
- What would I like to have happened in the next 6 months?
And come up with a new list (however short or long it might be).
2. Then review the original list and compare it to the new one. You’d notice that some of your priorities have changed, especially taking into account the global situation with the pandemic. Maybe some of the goals should be dropped for now (if they are connected to something outside of your control). You might want to move them into a separate list – i.e. long-term goals, rather than looking at them now and feel like you are missing out.
Once you got this review done, make sure you keep a list of your adjusted goals somewhere visible to you, as a reminder of your direction and focus.
I wish you a productive second half of 2020.