Guess what? We are about halfway through the year…scary right? That means it is time to a little check in on the goals you set back in January. Are you on track? Ahead? Behind? It is always important to check in with your goals from time to time and tweak as necessary because life changes and we need to make adjustments along the way.
Halfway through the year is a great time to check in with your goals, but I recommend checking in even more frequently. I love doing a short audit of my goals each month and then a longer evaluation quarterly or biannually.
Once you decide to reevaluate your goals, where do you start? First, check back in with your mindset. How are you feeling? Are you still motivated to reach your goals or have you burnt yourself out? Do a quick check in and evaluate if you need to amp up the energy or take a step back to get back in the right headspace.
Now, lets do some comparisons. Look back at your analytics from a few months ago. Have you improved? What areas need more work? I find it exciting to look at the numbers because it gives me tangible evidence of how I am doing. I either am excited for how well I have done, or pumped up to get the ball rolling in the right direction again.
Here are a few examples to get you started:
- Instagram following
- Number of emails sent
- Income from selling artwork
- Number of commissions
- Number of shows you participated in
- Anxiety towards career
- Business tasks that scare you vs. ones that you feel comfortable with
Ok, now let’s evaluate where you want to go based on these numbers. Consider your idea of success as we did in our original goal setting post. Are you on track? Do you feel successful and happy because that should be our main goal. List the top 3 areas that are bringing you the most success and the top 3 areas that need the most work or need adjusting.
Now, look at your original goals and change them as necessary. Refine if they need to be more specific. Give yourself grace and understand that some areas might take a little longer than originally expected, but brainstorm ways to improve in those areas.
This process shouldn't be rushed or written down in one sitting. It is important to allow flexibility with your goals. We have no way of knowing what the future holds, so give yourself the freedom to understand that goals might need to change over time. Enjoy the journey, use goals to grow, and ultimately learn what works for you this year!
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