Time for a Mid-Year Reflection

It’s winter here in the southern hemisphere. It can be easy to forget that this is nature’s time to hibernate as we fill our homes up with exotic succulents and evergreens -I’m personally on the hunt for monstera deliciosa and senecio rowleyanus if anyone has seen any in Auckland! But seriously, I think that hibernation is an important reminder from nature to take a moment to stop in our lives and see whether we are happy with the direction we’re heading in. I’ve spent the better part of this week reflecting so here are the resources I’ve used for a DIY mid-year reflection –

Ceramic planter with string of pearls by Ramiskim on etsy.

Ceramic planter with string of pearls by GusAndRami on etsy.

Where are you at?

Take stock of where you are at right now. Revisit your New Year’s Resolutions – remember those? How are you going with them? Are you happy with your personal life and relationships? Your career, the work that you are doing, the role that you have. Make a list of things that you are grateful for, the things that suck but that you are learning from and the things that you want to work on.

Knowing yourself is a useful part of this exercise and a great post I’ve come across is  How to find your sweet spot in life by the wonderful Kelly Exeter who has a tactful and no-nonsense way of spelling things out. By knowing yourself better, you’ll know what things to look out for and more importantly; things to avoid.

Where do you want to go?

Set goals. Set yourself some goals to help you get to where you want to go and make them SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-bound. Wiki-How has helpfully illustrated the steps of setting SMART goals.

Get the balance right. Sarah Liu from Little Girl Big Dream recently passed on some advice from the wonderful Robyn Holt which was to divide activities into three categories: Giving, Owning and Learning. Try to do have a balance of goals in these categories so that you are say not “giving” more than you are “learning” or “owning”. Similarly realising that you are doing too much “learning” can indicate that it’s time you step out from your comfort zone and start “owning” some things.

Dig deep. You could have just one really SMART goal but still not achieve it – why is this? In his book “Life in half a second- how to achieve success before it’s too late” Matthew Michalewicz points out that we will achieve things if we really desire them. One of my goals is to take BusinessChic to the next level by way of writing some helpful (if bleedingly obvious) posts that we are missing and to showcase some brilliant businesses BusiChics need to know about. However I also have all the usual hang-ups of “imposter syndrome” so I have been, quite cowardly, hiding. It’s embarrassing to admit but the penny dropped when I was reading Michalewicz’ book that so far the desire to stay within my comfort zone has been bigger than the desire to build BusinessChic. Not any more! And like Trey Ratcliff said at a ProBlogger event some years ago, “Don’t live your life making fear-based decisions.” Life is both too short and too long to not create the life that you want.

What do you need?

New skills? I love the “So You Want to be a Writer?” and “So You Want to be a Photographer?” podcasts which I feel help inspire me to work on my writing and photography. Professional bodies will have journals and resources for you to revise but remember that other than cute cat memes, the internet is also full of helpful tutorials on a wide range of topics! If you can’t find what you are after – why not create it yourself?

Update your resumé. It doesn’t have to be a painful and long drawn-out process. Just update your LinkedIn and resumé with any new roles, responsibilities and key projects so you can get a feel with how you are tracking in your career. Do you need to start thinking about negotiating for a promotion, pay rise or further study? And if you do want to dip your toe in the job-search market, remember that you should tailor your resumé. (i.e. create a new version) for every position you apply for to show how your experience to date fits the application criteria.

Find the spark. I just listened to a beautiful story on The Moth Radio Hour from a performer in the Blue Man Group about a time when he had lost the spark in his work and how a connection with one audience member helped him feel alive in his performance again. Not everyone has to be doing their “dream job”. For some of us, our day jobs are simply a means to an end to fund the life that we love and that’s completely fine. But knowing what it is that drives you to go to work every day will help you make decisions about the way you want to operate in the workplace, what you want to be known for and well, even how you dress. Have pride in what you do.

Do you do a mid-year reflection? What resources do you find helpful for making your life plans?

Comments

  1. Pablo burns says

    Great post. At this time of year one really needs to stop for a moment and take a look at certain things.
    So, thanks…

  2. Such a good post! It’s so useful to do this, I sat down recently and audited all of the areas I had wanted to and looked at what was next. It is the perfect time to do it too. Thanks for sharing some of these links too, so handy!
    xx Jenelle
    http://www.inspiringwit.com

    • Thanks hun! I’ve been spending so much of this winter hiding under layers and watching Netflix that I thought I needed to snap out of it and set some goals – good on you for doing it off your own bat!

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