I often take this month of June to reflect on what I had planned when penning my thoughts, dreams and goals for the new year way back in the last few days of the previous year. Every year in the first days of this month I sit and reassess, do my half yearly review and give myself the rest of the month of June to work hard to tick things off.
Now I write this today, in the first week of June 2020 knowing that this year has been the year for emotional and economical rollercoasters. Our plans have been interrupted. I feel that too, I know that the universe has turned our well laid plans inside out, in some cases inside out and back again.
I understand that here in Australia we have experienced the bushfires, then COVID-19 and now in June have had a range of racial discussions enter our news feeds and become discussions at our dinner tables.
I’m not here to tell you that life hasn’t been hard, I’m right here with you in the hard stuff. And I’m not here to tell you that I have the answers to any of the things I’ve mentioned above.
But I am here to do what I do best, to support you in making a plan, in getting your goals actioned, in living a life of intention and living out the things you have always dreamed of.
In this moment of change, I encourage you to take out your plans and review them and ask yourself these key questions:
What have you achieved?
Let’s start things out on a positive note and celebrate the wins. There may be goals that you set for the first half of the year that you have well and truly accomplished, and this is the moment to acknowledge them. Identify why you’ve actioned them and identify what momentum was needed to complete those tasks. You’ll need that momentum to get through the next stage of the assessment.
What did you start but did not complete?
It’s time for some tough love when assessing these items. Do you actually need or want to achieve these tasks anymore? As the world has changed, so have we as individuals. So, ask yourself, is it important to you to complete the tasks, if it is, be sure to highlight it and note it for the next half of the year. If it isn’t, it’s time to let it go, don’t beat yourself up about the time that you may have spent starting the tasks, don’t worry about not finishing the tasks, sometimes you just need to let things go.
What do you want for the second half of the year?
If you had already set plans for the second half of the year it’s time to review those too. Do they still fit in your overall needs and wants, do you need to add some items that are yet to be completed and hustle to get them done? Make a plan and break down what you will do when, setting 1-2 larger tasks each month and get started. Starting today is one step closer to finishing tomorrow.
What new learnings do you need to implement?
With the changes in our world come lots of opportunities to learn. Do you want to support more local businesses, or bush fire affected areas? Can you implement health and safety measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19? Do you need to do more with your new knowledge of racial inequalities in our country and the world? Use this moment in time as a leaning moment and make change. You can make a significant difference as one individual.
I wish you a successful, healthy and peaceful second half of 2020. I genuinely believe you can achieve the things you have set for yourself and encourage you to share your stories with us, we can’t wait to hear what you’ve been up to and what you have planned.