Personal Growth

Can you believe the first 6 months of the year are coming to a close!

Hard to believe, but true. It seems like just yesterday I was packing up the holiday decorations and preparing for a new year full of possibilities. Each New Year we develop goals to eat right, lose weight, exercise, budget finances, read more, etc. How is everybody doing?

Let’s take a moment together and reflect on all that has happened in our life thus far in 2017…

What did you see? Weight loss on track, business ideas still fluctuating, goals achieved and goals that just don’t make sense now…guess what? You are normal! John Norcross and his colleagues published their findings in the Journal of Clinical Psychology noting that approximately 50% of the population makes resolutions each New Year. But after that, their commitment starts to taper off. By February, only 64% of people are still sticking to the goals they set out to achieve. Six months into the year, the number drops to less than half.

Wow! Amazing, right!

After reading this article I decided to be very intentional and put in place specific measures in order to be more successful in attaining my goals throughout 2017. I didn’t know it at the time, but this was the first of many moments of personal growth.

I was talking with my coach just this morning about what I’ve achieved in my personal and professional life thus far. She challenged me to come up with one word or one theme that would describe the first six months. The word that came to mind was growth. Many aspects of my life have shown signs of growth…

  • Became certified as a personal and professional coach
  • Gave my first keynote presentation
  • More knowledgeable about raising chickens, growing vegetables, canning jams and other fun farming facts
  • Grew my business
  • Embraced my imperfections

A few of the above were defined goals for 2017. Some came with great reflection and determination to be my best self. Others were a result of showing up and being present for opportunities. Having people supporting and holding me accountable to the goals helped me stay on track. I also have more discipline when I knew they were expecting me to update them on my progress😊

When I noticed old behaviors getting in the way of moving forward, I’d acknowledge them, and intentionally took a different approach. More often than not, I was able to realign my thoughts and actions, knowing it was all for a greater purpose…now that’s growth!

A difficult, but very important thing I learned this year is to give yourself permission to fail. Everyone has ups and downs. Learn from your setbacks and see how you might revise your approach for the future. Focus your thinking on new behaviors and thought patterns. The best project you will ever work on is you!

Now…Let me challenge you!

What word or theme would you use to describe your 1st six months of 2017?

Do you need to adjust, refocus or define new goals for the rest of 2017?

What do you want the next six months to look like?

Can’t wait to hear from you!

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