We are almost halfway through 2022. Can you believe it? At this point in the year, I love to do a Mid Year Review. It’s a good time for me to hit pause on my crazy life and go over what has happened in the past 6 months. I also take time to plan how I want the last 6 months of the year to go, too.
It’s time to go over the goals we set at the beginning of the year, celebrate how far we have come, and plan out the rest of the year.
Ready to do your mid-year review? Grab a pen and notebook, your favorite coffee or tea and let’s get started.
Why do a Mid Year Review?
The middle of the year is a great time to take a step back and review the goals you set six months ago. And then set yourself up for success for the rest of the year.
In the craziness that is life, it can be easy to forget about our goals. We get caught up in the daily tasks we need to get done that we forget to look at the big picture.
By hitting the pause button, and taking some time to reflect, we can focus on our longer-term goals.
Also, our goals may need to change. You are not the same person now as you were at the beginning of the year, so you need to make sure your goals still reflect where you want to go. Your goals are not static so you can change and adapt them as you need.
And a mid-year reflection and review will help you do just that.
Now that you know the importance of a mid-year review, I have some tips to help you during your reflection time.
5 Ways to Reflect During Your Personal Mid-Year Review
Rather than giving you a bunch of questions to ask yourself, I have 5 ways to reflect on your past 6 months. Grab a piece of paper and start your mid-year review with these 5 ways to reflect.
1. Celebrate all that you’ve learned and achieved so far this year
You should always start your self-reflection time with reviewing your accomplishments for the year so far.
A lot can happen over six months that has likely changed you as a person. Whether you finally built that emergency fund or you simply learned to make that perfect cup of coffee at home, you need to celebrate your wins first.
Grab a piece of paper and write down all of your accomplishments, no matter how big or small they are, include them all.
If you are struggling to remember, look back through your journals or events in your calendar to refresh your memory.
Related: How to Start a Journal
2. Be honest about what you want
Make sure you are being honest with yourself as you go through your self-reflection time. The person you were back in January is not the same person you see in the mirror today.
For example, the person you were just a few months ago didn’t have that list of achievements you just wrote down.
With all those achievements, you gained different experiences, and your outlook on life has changed. Because of that, you need to make sure you are rethinking the goals you set 6 months ago. Ask yourself these questions:
- How do I feel differently than I did 6 months ago?
- Are my goals helping me grow into the person I want to be by the end of the year?
- Where do you envision yourself being at the end of the year?
By answering these questions, you can assess if you are headed in the right direction, or if you need to change your goals a little bit. Be sure to keep the goals that still work with your future vision for yourself and get rid of the ones that don’t.
3. Be critical of the year so far
Now that you have reflected on your accomplishments and know exactly where you want to be in 6 months, it’s time to assess what has worked so far this year and what hasn’t. Evaluate why you haven’t stuck with some goals and if they are still relevant to your vision. If so come up with a different strategy and plan of attack.
One of my favorite books, Atomic Habits by James Clear, discusses how it is not our goals that fail us, but the process we use to achieve them that fails. If you have a plan that caused friction in your life, you are less likely to actually work towards the goal.
For example, let’s say you had a goal to write a rough draft of a book by the end of the year. You planned to get up an hour earlier every morning to write, but you found that you are not awake enough to really focus on the tasks.
So instead you need to find a time when your brain is at optimal creativity and a time that fits your schedule. Like maybe writing during 30 minutes of your hour-long lunch break. Or if you’re a night owl, writing for an hour after dinner.
Taking time to reflect and analyze what isn’t helping you is an important part of the mid-year review. By reviewing and reflecting on your systems set in place, you can increase your chance of reaching your goals.
4. Embrace changes
I like to think of the middle of the year, like a mini new year. Not only are you reflecting on your past goals and making plans to achieve them, but you can also set new exciting goals.
You don’t need it to be January to set New Year’s Resolutions. Set new goals today that align with your new self.
Remember that just setting goals won’t get you anywhere. You also need to make a plan of attack for each goal.
Take it a step further and plan some monthly check-ins. I like to have a monthly reflection session with myself at the end of each month. That helps me make sure I’m still on track with my plans for my goals.
You should be constantly upgrading your goals to make sure they are aligned with who you are and your long-term plans.
5. End with positive affirmations
It’s always a good idea to end these reflection periods in a positive state of mind. The best way to do this is by utilizing positive affirmations.
Saying some of the following affirmations aloud and with confidence:
- I will never give up on my goals and dreams.
- I have nothing to fear, because I cannot fail. I can only learn, grow, and become better than I ever have before.
- I am building my dream life and growing every day.
Then take it a step further and find, or write, an affirmation that reflects each of your goals. Recite them every morning to start your day with a clear end goal in mind.
For some more guidance on writing affirmations like that, check out The Miracle Equation by Hal Elrod. In this book, he dives deep into his formula that combines Unwavering Faith + Extraordinary Effort to reach your goals. This formula uses an affirmation that can be used for every goal in your life. I highly recommend you check it out.
Want to stay focused on your goals for the rest of the year? You’ll have to keep them top of mind every month. Do that with the monthly review and reflection workbook. Check it out ⬇️
I hope these 5 tips helped you reflect on the past 6 months and plan for the final 6 months of 2022. I would love to hear about your goals and cheer you on through until the finish line.
Let me know in the comments, what you got out of this mid-year review and what your goals are for the rest of the year.
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