First, we’re ringing in the New Year with family and friends. Then, we’re celebrating the Fourth of July and are over halfway through the year. Time moves quickly when life is busy. We start the year with so many hopes and plans that it can be hard to keep track of them all. This is why personal progress checks are important.
So, this July, take time to ask yourself, “What have I accomplished?” It’s only natural to do so, and it’s healthy when done productively. But, so often, we get stuck in “what if” mode when considering what we could have done to be further along in our journey to whatever we define as success. This could be in relation to our career, relationships, health or family life. Learning from the past is essential, but the only thing we have the power to change is how we react in the moment.
Here are a few tips to help you be more effective in tracking your progress:
Write down your goals. Include the date that you set the goal, as well as the dates you aim to complete them in. Be sure to set realistic goals. As time passes, adjust them accordingly.
Check in with yourself. Look at your goals often. Think about whether or not you’re moving closer to them. Determine how high on the priority list each goal is.
Work it out! After you’ve reflected on where you are, continue to move forward by putting in effort to accomplish them. What do you need to do to make them happen?
Celebrate! Take time to recognize your hard work and to celebrate your achievements. We often spend plenty of time criticizing ourselves when we should be focusing on our blessings. What do you have to be thankful for? What dreams have you already made come true? Think about the trials you’ve made it through and how you’re still standing.
As long as you still have breath in your body, you can continue to move forward. Take some time to reflect on your journey. Keep setting goals and working to accomplish them.