Remember those New Year’s resolutions and goals you set for yourself on January 1st? I bet it’s been a while since you considered how you’re progressing towards them. Why is it that at the beginning of the year we feel refreshed and excited to create goals, and often by mid-year they are long forgotten?
Personally, I always feel like the New Year is a fresh start and a blank slate to create whatever I want. A time to reevaluate my business and my life, and determine if there are areas I want to change or new, higher-level goals I want to achieve. I must admit, rarely do I actually sit down and evaluate all the goals I originally set. I might look at a couple and say “yeah, we’re on track,” but to actually pull out the whole list, brush off the dust, and assess each goal and item and where I am in comparison to where I wanted to be…
This is something that I realized I needed to do a couple of weeks ago as June 30th rolled over to July 1st. Even though we have monthly goals and priorities, and we focus on weekly tasks, half way through the year is a great time to assess bigger-picture performance (where did the last six months go?). I guess it could be easy for me to sit back and just say “it’s summer, let’s review in the fall,” but I became really curious as to our status on the goals and resolutions we set out to achieve. As many of you remember from an earlier article, we had a heck of a start to the New Year with termites, a flood, a fire, and bees.
We’re actually exceeding our growth goals in some areas of our business, but still behind in others. I knew this, but by doing a thorough analysis, I realized some gaps in our sales and business development area. Our team has achieved many of their personal growth goals, and our clients are doing well, too. Our marketing area has exceeded our goals, and we are ahead of pace in adding additional teams members. So some goals were completed earlier than anticipated, but others never got off the ground and need renewed focus. Overall, I would probably give myself and my team a B+, but we now have six months to revise and adjust our efforts in order to achieve the goals we set last January.
This process got me thinking that perhaps we should have a Mid-Year Celebration like we do for New Year’s. Maybe that would reenergize people to create new resolutions and goals, and check in on the ones they set six months ago. In fact, why is it that we need a calendar timeline to create new goals or review our old ones—shouldn’t we be able to assess our progress or set new goals any day?
I know in doing this myself, I’ve become refocused and reenergized on my professional goals, and in December, I will be celebrating with my team in accomplishing the goals we set 12 months earlier. On a personal side, I am right on track to achieve my goals of weight loss, exercise, travel, and financial plans. And although I’m doing well in these areas, reassessing this mid-year made me realize I can be more aggressive and try to surpass the original goals I set six months ago.
When was the last time you looked at the goals you set in January? Maybe it’s time for you to perform a mid-year goal review to get rejuvenated and ensure you complete this year as you originally hoped. So, take an hour this week to see where you are, redefine and create your goals if needed, and then, get a bottle of champagne and pop that cork as if it was News Year’s Eve and you have a clean slate to create whatever you want!
This is another article in a series on Michael’s entrepreneurial story and how being raised in a large family has influenced his career. Michael Gunther is Founder and President of Collaboration LLC, a team of highly skilled business professionals who are dedicated to assisting proactive business owners to build profitable, sustainable businesses through results-oriented education and consulting services.