The middle of the year could be the perfect time to set some new or updated intentions for your life. With the (blind?) optimism of the start of the year behind you, and the intensity of the end of the year in front of you, July could be the ideal month to tune in to your inner-realist and start making things happen. If you haven’t made the progress you'd been hoping for so far this year, there’s no better time to start inching closer to what it is you want most, than now..
Truth be told, ANYTIME is a good time to reconnect with what is important, to re-adjust your intentions and to take steps towards the things you really want to happen. And if you’re looking for a no-nonsense approach to setting (and getting) your goals, the five steps below might be the Christmas in July present you didn’t know you really wanted.
MID-YEAR CHECK-IN MADE EASY
Step One is to scribble down the most important 6-8 areas of your life (think family, friendships, health, finance, work, study, leisure, spirituality, intimacy etc.).
Step Two is to rate your level of satisfaction in each of these areas. A rating of 0 means you are completely unsatisfied with the area and a rating of 10 means that you couldn’t be more satisfied in that area if you tried.
Step Three is to choose ONE, (yes, only one!) area that you’d like to improve, and write down 1-3 actions you could take to increase your rating by just 1 or 2 points. You’ll be tempted to choose more than one area, and if you can curb your enthusiasm just for now, your future self will thank you.
Step Four sounds easy. It is to DO THOSE THINGS you have written down in Step Three. Step Four isn’t always as easy as it sounds.
Step Five (ideally you won’t start Step 5 until you have completed Step 4!), is to choose the second area that you’d like to improve your satisfaction in, and execute Steps Three and Four… and so on…
This simple approach taps into the benefit of having a single-minded focus, and it also builds on the behavioural science concept known as an upwards motivational spiral. Put simply, what you learn and what results when you choose to take action, becomes the source of motivation that energises you, to take the next step, and the step after that. Put simply, it’s the power of just taking one step at a time.
Imagine if you took just one small step each day, from now until the end of the year? Imagine where you could be by the time December 31 rolls around?