Mid-Year Review: How Has Your Year Been?

We are now in July, and that means we have passed the first half of 2014. There are only six months left this year.

I think it’s a good time to stop and reflect on how our year has been. Has it been a good one? Have you been on track to achieve your goals? Or perhaps you have been sidetracked by something else?

Don’t wait until the end of the year before doing your review. If you want to make this year your best year ever, you’d better review your progress now while you can still make adjustments. By reviewing how you have used the first half of this year, you can plan how to best use the second half.

In doing your review, don’t forget to look at the big picture. If you have created a life map, check it to see how 2014 has been in comparison to your previous years. Is there a strong continuity throughout the years? Are you on track to achieve your long-term goals? Is there anything you should do differently?

Donโ€™t hesitate to make changes if you need to. Remember, you must do things differently to get different results. Just doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result is – as Einstein once said – insanity.

Take time to do your review. Then take action based on it. I hope your second half of 2014 will be a great one!

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10 Comments

  1. Well, I’ve just sneaked in one goal, a little late but before mid year, which was to get my second ebook out. Aside from that some good time on the bike and plans for some big time off starting in a months time :).

  2. Good point to have a mid year review, but what do you do when conditions have changed and you are confused about what you want, can and need to do? I agree that reviewing your progress mid year can help you keep yourself on track! Personally, so far I only managed to start my fast track mba course.

    • When conditions have changed, you can use the review time to think whether your goals are still relevant and, if not, to come up with new ones. That may take some time, but it’s better to start now than later.

      It’s good that you have managed to do that. I hope your second half will be even better!

  3. This is a year leading to big changes for me and one of my goals was to start writing. I decided to do it in a blog and that’s what I’ve started in the first 6 months of 2014. I’ve learned a lot, it’s been scary, but here I am. http://yakkityyaktalkingback.com

  4. Ah, I like this idea. I’m generally too hard on myself, so forcing myself to review makes me realize that in the past 6 months I have bought a house, started a business, and planned a two-week overseas trip. Not bad.

  5. Hi Donald,

    A mid-year review is a great idea. It actually keeps me on track towards my year-end goals. Personally, I prefer to review my monthly goals on a bi-weekly basis so that I can make the necessary adjustments to it and achieve them. I feel that once I have set a goal, I should not change it. Changing the date is fine sometimes due to unforeseen circumstances but changing the goal is a no-no for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

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