Solstice: Revisit your goals in the middle of the year

Today is the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere and winter solstice in the southern hemisphere. Solstices occur twice a year, when the tilt of the Earth’s axis is oriented directly towards or away from the Sun, causing the Sun to reach its northernmost and southernmost extremes . It marks approximately the middle of the year and is a time to reflect on what we have achieved so far, and the time we have left in 2008 to achieve everything we wanted to.

Did you set goals in January?
Did you say you would change your job, lose more weight, be nicer to your partner and your family? Did you promise to save and not to spend?

Whether you have already set goals or not, now is a great time to review and set some more. There are a number of important principles to use in your goal setting process, and I have used examples around work, but you can substitute for other areas.

·         Write your Main Goal and your smaller goals in simple language that are easy to understand and remember. Word it in a positive way e.g. “I will be….” Or “I will have …” 



·         Your goal must be measurable so you know when you have achieved it. For example, “I will have a better job” is not measurable. Compare this to “I will work for The X Firm as a Level 2 manager” which is measurable.



·         Your goal must have a time limit that you state clearly, for example, “I will be promoted to manager at X Company by 1 February 2010”. This gives your mind a defined limit and also means you will pay attention to how far you are getting as time passes.



·         Speak your Main Goal and the specific goal you are working on right now either out loud or in your head every day. Speak with confidence. This confidence is important even if you don’t feel it at first, because the more you get used to the words and the ideas, the more you will feel that it will happen.



·         Be thankful for the achievement of your goal before you have even achieved it. Know that you will achieve it. Be grateful for the opportunities it will give you and feel the excitement of having achieved it already. This may sound strange but it helps you to grow a confidence you might not have otherwise. 

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