Please take note, we are officially in the second half of 2021. Where did the first half go?
We likely did our work, attended virtual meetings, spent time with family, talked on the phone, received and sent countless email messages, and even met new people online. Most of us successfully avoid severe illness from the COVID virus. And time flew.
With all of what has gone on, the half-year mark is the right time to evaluate how well you’re achieving your goals—both business and personal.
When speaking to a small group recently, I asked participants how they were performing against their goals. Not their business goals, but their personal goals. To my surprise, most of them had no personal goals.
I thought, “How do you not have goals? How do you go through these past six months without striving for something beyond work-related goals?
Benjamin Mays, an American activist and Baptist minister, once said, “The tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goals to reach.”
Establish at least three new personal goals to achieve during the second half of this year.
While staying on top of your business goals, it would be fantastic if you would rally around personal goals as well. Give yourself something to get excited about.
If you’re not sure where to start, consider these categories as options:
- Give time/money to charity.
- Enroll in a personal development program.
- Initiate or revisit a hobby.
- Drop a bad habit; develop a good one.
- Learn a new skill just for fun.
- Take on a challenge that scares you.
- Add activities that get you excited.
Know this: Setting personal goals will give you additional purpose and direction to focus on. And achieving goals of any kind gives you satisfaction, fulfillment, and feelings of self-worth—all qualities good leaders possess.
Before the second half of the year ends, grab this six-month opportunity to accomplish more than ever.