Hey, there I am so glad you are here! Welcome or welcome back to my blog, She’s Found Strength. My name is Linda, and I talk about all things related to mental health, having a deeper relationship with God, and personal growth with a sprinkle of my very own life in the mix. I am an inspiring LCSW, and on my journey there, I help women become the best possible version of themselves. Today I want to talk about the mid-year reflection.

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This 2021 year is going by super quickly! I have accomplished a few of my short- and long-term goals as we are halfway through this year, and I am proud of myself. If you do not mind me asking, “Are you someone who sets a lot of goals and intentions for the year and then fails to keep up with them?”

If this may be you, just know that this is a judgment-free zone. I have been there in my life and found it a little difficult to wiggle my way up and out of it, but eventually, I did.

It normal for many people to feel as if they do not have what it takes to stay focus enough to accomplish their goals or quite simple tasks throughout the year. It happens to a lot of people. The remedy and one of the best ways to keep working towards your goals is to do a mid-year reflection.

What exactly is a mid-year reflection?

A mid-year reflection is when you take the time to reflect on all the goals and intentions you set at the beginning of the year and evaluate everything. If you did not set any goals or intentions at the beginning of the year, keep reading because you can still this.

A mid-year reflection allows you to become aware of what has been working out for you and for anything that has fallen by the wayside. It helps remind you to stay on track and allows you to modify your goals along your way. It is useful because many people make goals at the beginning of the year, but they don’t stick with them for longer than a couple of months. Others do not create goals at the beginning of the year and may feel that they need a little more direction to stay on track as the year comes to an end.

What do I need to do for a mid-year reflection?

All you need to perform a mid-year reflection is your list of goals. Your goals can be listed on paper or on digital notes on your phone. If you do not have any yet, this would be a good time to create attainable goals. You can even use your vision board. However, if you created your goals at the beginning of the year, you would need to reference that to check your progress. You will also need a notebook (or computer), so you can write out your review.

Start with the goals you originally set

Look at each of the goals you set at the beginning of the year and even the goals you could have just created. List each of the goals and then write a little bit about the goal. Here are some ideas for things you can write about the goal:

  • Did you achieve the goal yet?
  • If not, what has been holding you back from achieving the goal?
  • If yes, did you feel when you achieved the goal?
  • Is this something you want to continue working on it for the second half of the year?

Check-in with your physical and mental health

Setting health and fitness goals are some of the very first goals that many people create at the start of the year, but it is also never too late to make an improvement to your health.

Here are a few things to think and write about regarding mental and physical health

  • Are you doing your best to take proper care of your body?
  • Are you doing okay mentally?
  • If not, what are the things that are disturbing your mental health?
  • Do you need to modify your fitness goals? Maybe try a different way to work out? A new workout schedule.

Write about your wins from the first 6 months of the year

It does not matter the size of the win! Every win should be celebrated, even if you may think it’s unheard of. List your wins with gratitude and eagerness because you accomplished getting it done.

The categories

We have all that listed out now. Let us just take a little time away from your visions board and or your goals list and just talk about the main categories in your life and how they are going so far. List each category in your journal and jot down your thoughts. Here are some ideas:

  • Is there any way I can improve things in this category for the second half of the year?
  • What are the positive things that I have experienced in this category?
  • Are there any new goals that I need to set related to this category?

Here are the categories in question

  • Family
  • Relationships
  • Career
  • Finances
  • You (personal growth)

Using your mid-year reflection to make the rest of this year better.

Now that you have completed your reflection, of course, you should take some time to take it all in and look at everything you wrote and use it to modify your goals. If you may have something that you wanted to do, but now you don’t feel like it’s important anymore, do not feel any hesitation in taking it off your goals list. Is there something you want to do more of? Write that on your list.

The mid-year reflection is an amazing way to keep yourself accountable and to motivate you to achieve great things without feeling as if you are overly procrastinating months of the year away. Share this with someone who may need a boost to not lose track of their goals for the year.

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