Why I Instituted a Halftime Report for Setting and Achieving Goals
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At the very beginning of 2018, my husband and I were discussing goals and why people view the New Year as a “reset” for the year, and Peter said something very interesting: Unless you were born on January 1, the new year is not actually an entirely new year for you – your year resets on your birthday.
Evidently, he has been setting goals for himself every year in July. He then said something even more fascinating – at the 6 month mark, he pauses for reflection and more intentional goal setting for the remainder of his year. He refers to this practice as “The Halftime Report.”
My “halftime” was October 1, so I’ve been pondering this for a few weeks before deciding to share. You might remember that I chose not to set New Year’s Resolutions this year, and instead wanted to focus on enjoying the moments I might have missed chasing specific goals.
Being that this is my last year in my 20s, I have taken this year much more seriously when it comes to personal development and growth. When I was in MLM companies several years ago, they all recommended spending daily time with personal development, a practice I used to believe was A) a waste of time, or B) not in keeping with my religious beliefs.
I was raised very conservatively and religiously, and truly believed deep in my core that everything good that happened to me was a result of a deity’s good favor, and not the result of my own dedication or hard work. As part of our service, I recited weekly responsive readings that made sure I understood I was a wretched sinner, incapable of doing anything good on my own. Pride was also a sin, so I learned to respond with guilt when I achieved something I had worked hard to earn.
This cycle repeated itself until my husband and I left the faiths we were raised in and began to appreciate our natural gifts and talents. For instance, Peter is incredibly gifted at setting and achieving goals in the shortest amount of time. He can also see about five steps ahead and have back-up plans for his back-up plans for any of his ideas that might not work out. He has taught me how to set goals that have no standard path (“graduating college” has a standard path, for instance, whereas “get out of debt by 26” doesn’t have the same steps for every person), and how to create the path to make my goals a reality.
In my 29th year, I decided I needed to heal all the parts of myself that were damaged by my former mindset, and start rewiring my brain to accept that success was possible for me. I’ve been listening to podcasts, soaking up interviews, practicing mindfulness, and instituting self-discipline.
It should come as no surprise, then, that the first 6 months of my 29th year have been incredibly productive:
- I wrote a full-length book and decided that it should be published by a traditional publisher, so I found one. It has been fully edited and the pages are laid out just the way I want them, now we are working on the cover design.
- We said goodbye to renting and purchased our beautiful forever home!
- I learned to stand up for myself without feeling guilty for the other person feeling uncomfortable as a result. I learned, recited, and accepted that it is safe for me to stand firmly in the decisions that are right for my family, even if other people don’t agree. This has given me the courage and confidence to choose between book publishers, stand up to an angry man who called me “little girl,” and most recently, leave a toxic work environment.
- I have created insane clarity on the exact direction I want to take CrunchyHippieLife. I have content lined up and organized for the next several months. It is all specific content; designed to encourage, empower, and instruct anyone who wants to live a healthier, more eco-friendly, and financially fit lifestyle.
The next six months are also slated to be full of more amazing moments before I ring in the beginning of my 30s: the launch of my new book (and hopefully a mini book tour!), the planting of our garden, and settling back in with creating and meeting new savings goals now that our big expenditures are out of the way. And of course, more learning, growing, and leveling-up on a personal level.
New York Times Bestselling Author, Rachel Hollis, has been talking a lot on Instagram about her #Last90Days challenge, where the challenge accepters spend the last 90 days of the year living with just as much focused intention and clarity as they probably had in the first 30 days of the year. We might not be at 90 days anymore, but I would encourage you to take a minute to reconnect to what my life coach friends call “your higher self.” This is the you that has already done those things you currently want to do, think you should probably do, or know it’s time to do, but you haven’t yet done them.
How would your higher self behave these last days of the year (or in the second half of your personal year)? What things would be important? Would the better version of yourself be content with scrolling Facebook for hours, or would she know the value of her time and spend it accordingly? Take a minute and jot down how that version of yourself would have accomplished what she wanted.
These are questions I ask myself daily now, as I seek each day to be better than I was the day before. Once I recognize patterns in my life of habits or behaviors that aren’t serving me (and to clarify, since my family is my highest priority – if I have actions or behaviors that don’t make my family better, those fall under the “don’t serve me” category as well), I create a plan and change. Time is fleeting, and I want to absorb every moment and make it beautiful.
Cheers to the second half of my 29th year!