June is Mid-Year Review month
It’s very difficult for business owners to look back on their goals because they fear facing the goals they haven’t yet accomplished. However, as we learned last month, fear leads to failure – and fear of failure still leads to failure. So, instead of fearing what you think it means if you didn’t accomplish a goal or two (or three) you need to focus on what you DID accomplish and go through what you need to adjust to accomplish what’s still on the list.
So, what do you do first?
Once you’ve established your goals, and like I’ve said above, you need to praise yourself on the items you’ve accomplished and then fiture out what still needs to be completed.
Here are some questions that you want to ask yourself during your mid-year review:
- How are you feeling about your year so far?
- What are you most proud of accomplishing this year?
- What lessons have you learned?
- How are you different now than you were 6 months ago?
- Where are you stuck?
For instance, my issue is marketing. I haven’t acheived certain goals because I don’t have strong marketing skills. What have I done about it? I’ve invested in a multitude of marketing classess for the next couple of months and I’ve dedicated myself to learning this skill. If that doesn’t work, I will have to invest in a more skilled marketing professional. When I reviewed my goals I had to be completely honest with myself even though it was very difficult. Marketing is not my strong point. How about you?
Always remember that it’s OK to change or even abandon a goal. If you feel strongly enough and don’t want to abandon that goal, then you could always come up with a new way of achieving it. There is nothing to feel ashamed about – this is not giving up on your business; it’s simply making a better decision and reinventing a goal so that you don’t feel like you are failing. So let’s think about this as a reinvention and not a failure – Embrace change!
If everything went as hoped then I salute you sir or ma’am! I want to be like you when I grow up! Your system is working and I’d bet we’d all like to hear about your system in the comments below (hint hint). If only some of your goals were achieved, you are still doing so well! Don’t let yourself think that you are doing worse than anyone else. Keep in mind, all parties, that it’s worthwhile to monitor your goals regularly for the rest of the year (and before) to make sure you’re staying on track. If you do this, it will assist you in avoiding falling behind and allows you to immediately come up with a fix and implement it.
In the meantime download your free mid-year review worksheet by filling in the information above.
Next week we will discuss setting goals for the remainder of the year.