We’re halfway through 2018. It’s a great time to reevaluate the goals you set for the year. Have you made progress? Do you need to make some tweaks? Did you already accomplish some of the things you set out to do?
Looking back over the list I wrote down at the end of last year, I’ve definitely made progress in some areas and have work to do in others. It gives me a sense of satisfaction to know I’m on track to complete some of the goals I set out to reach.
But what about the ones where I’m lacking? Should I just give up on those goals altogether? Although that may be tempting, I don’t think that’s the answer. Instead, I’ll revise those goals to make them more attainable by the end of the year. I originally wrote them down because they were important to me and gave me some things to shoot for. I don’t think I should give up on them. I still have work to do.
For example, I wanted to create a monthly newsletter. It started off all right. I succeeded the first two months. But then life happened and I got off track, missing a month. So I combined two months’ worth into one. And that happened a second time. As I revise my goals, I need to decide if I want to continue to do a bimonthly newsletter or shoot for a monthly one. My plan is for the latter.
The beginning of the year and halfway through are not the only times you can set goals. You can do that anytime. It’s never too late. Is there something new you’d like to start? Go for it! But remember to check on your progress in about six months. And don’t be too hard on yourself if you don’t succeed at first. Just make some revisions and keep striving to do better.
Christian, wife, mother of 5, breast cancer survivor, marathon finisher, writer and editor, author of "Help! I'm a Science Project"