As we approach the halfway point of 2017, let’s take a moment to reflect on our accomplishments and challenges so far this year. We all make promises to ourselves at the beginning of the year. Weight loss, exercise, fall in love, make more money, build a new business, go on vacation, spend more time with our friends and family. The list is endless and hopeful. We do it to inspire and elevate ourselves no matter how unreasonable it may seem. Many never see the light of day. The reasons are varied. Some are self inflicted. Some just never meant to be.
But when you accomplish a goal that is so important to you, in business, in life, in love, it motivates and carries you forward to a new series of exciting accomplishments. Many you never imagined or planned. One great thing leads to another. One great connection or relationship leads to many more. One 2 AM thought leads to a revelation.
So here we are. Let’s ask ourselves these questions and take time to answer truthfully.
Are you better off now than you were on July 1, 2016?
There are so many levels to this question. Dig deep.
Emotionally. Physically. Mentally. Financially. Personally. Career wise
What have you accomplished so far this year that you are most proud of?
Have you met your career goals? Have you found your soul mate? Did you make that purchase (car, home, a new guitar) that you wanted to? Did you build a strong support system? Are you in better health like you promised yourself you would be? Have you taken an item off your bucket list? Are you happy with that back tattoo that you saved up six months for? Have you gotten rid of the toxic people and situations in your life?
Who or what pushes you to succeed?
Is it your spouse? Your kids? Your best friend or business partner? A motivational seminar or podcast? The current political system? Is it just your natural hustle and drive? The lure of money and “shinny stuff”? Your commitment to change the world? Some personal hero you’ve never met that you admire from afar? The will to achieve? The legacy you want to leave behind? A humanitarian cause that drives you 24/7?
How has a typical day for you changed in six months?
Is it more or less stressful? Do you get out of bed excited or fearful of the day ahead? Do you meditate or exercise more? Are you eating better? Is your time management getting better? Do you write in a journal and reflect back on it? Do you tell someone you love them every day? Does someone tell you they love you every day?
What’s really important to you right now, this second?
Again. Dig deep.
What’s the most fun you’ve had in the past six months?
How have you treated yourself? Have you experienced an incredible date night, spent the day at Disneyland, slept in all day with your partner, relaxed at a family gathering, savored the best meal ever, had an amazing time at a sporting event or concert or just did nothing for a day. Maybe told your family you love them. Maybe planted a garden, went shopping or volunteered your time at a fundraiser.
Have you found that Inner Peace that maybe you didn’t have in January?
The Universe works in unique and bizarre ways. It could be a person that has come into your life. Or, better yet, a person that you’ve removed from your life. It could be a moment of clarity as you’re driving. A money issue that you’ve resolved. The realization that you are proud to be unique and there is no one else is like you. A deeply religious experience. How many monkeys have you taken off your back?
What positive impact have you made to your inner circle and how have they responded?
It could be as simple as a return phone call or text when someone really needed a friend to talk to. It could be a referral or recommendation that launches a friends career. It could be sharing your rock bottom moment and instilling in your friends that they are not alone. It could be lending someone money and refusing to have them pay it back. It could be just a simple smile. Sometimes we don’t know how powerful our influence is on others and how much they look to us for answers.
Where do you see yourself by the end of the year?
Will you exceed your expectations? Is your project picking up steam and headed in the right direction? Are your relationships what you dreamed they’d be? Is there still a great deal of work to be done? Are you growing as a person? Are you building short term or long term success? Are you relaxed or panicked? Or, are you just going along with the flow and enjoying the ride?
Are you happy?
If so, great! How do you define it for you? You already have the vision and commitment to take action on whatever personal or business situation you set forth. You have the tools and resources to move forward. You take advantage of your opportunities. You have that inner calmness. You have the most important thing you need to remain happy. You.
If not, what do you have to change right now in your life? Who can you turn to for help and understanding? What would it take to get there?
We all have “time”. The trick is in how we utilize it. We are so programmed in getting things done on a schedule that sometimes that we lose all sense of enjoyment or purpose. A calendar can put fear in us and trick us into rushing or delaying. Remember that “timing” is very different that “time”.
The norm is: “You have a certain amount of time to do this or that”. Or you feel you’re not getting any younger. Everything has to be now!
Moments. They’re just moments.
Answer these questions and save it in a safe place. At the end of the year, take a look at it. Put it away and them look at again on July 1, 2018. If there is progress and accomplishment, congratulations! If there is work to be done, don’t be afraid to leave your comfort zone and take the steps needed to move ahead. You and those around you will thank you for it.
Challenge yourself to make it better.
Challenge yourself to make you better.
You deserve to be the best.
Be who you should be.