Can you believe we’re three months in to 2018 already? Or that we still have snow on the ground in the UK in late March?!
Yep, that’s right, we’re fast approaching the end of the first quarter of the year. And it’s a great time to stop, review, and if necessary, reset. So dig out those New Year’s Resolutions, those possibly-forgotten goals, and let’s get to work…
Get ready for some tough self-talk!
Looking back: Quarter 1 review
You set those goals back in January for a reason: Because you wanted to make positive changes in your life. So set aside a few quiet moments and ask yourself the following questions – and more importantly answer them honestly. Write down your answers and any other thoughts that come to mind. And I mean actually write them – old-school style, with a pen and paper!
For each of your goals, write down any positive steps you’ve taken towards achieving that goal.
How have these changes made you feel?
Have you sustained your progress or have you slipped back into your old habits?
If you haven’t sustained the changes, why not?
If you carry on as you are and make no further changes, how do you think you will feel?
Looking ahead: Quarter 2 goals
So having taken some time to reflect on your progress so far, it’s time to make a plan for the next quarter.
What are the next 2-3 steps you need to take towards each of your goals?
Break each of these steps down into individual actions – including an immediate action to complete within 24 hours, no matter how small.
How do you want to feel by the end of quarter 2 (end of June)?
How committed are you to making these changes? Do your original goals still resonate with you?
Trouble-Shooting for Success
We often justify our own lack of progress with excuses and ‘reasons’ why we haven’t made the progress we promised ourselves.
So finally take a few moments to brainstorm some possible scenarios that could throw you off track. These could include: work colleagues offering biscuits every afternoon; a family holiday; a friend’s hen party; corporate wine-laden dinners; your local gym increasing their rates…
For each of these, come up with at least one positive action you can take to counter or avoid these potential banana skins.
Be Confident and Stay Strong!
Finally, keep your list of actions somewhere you’ll see them every day – stick them on the fridge, on your bedroom mirror, on your computer screen.