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New Year Goals Check In

  • We are now midway through February and it’s a good time to check in on our goals that we set for the new year. We should revisit the goals we set, see if we are making progress, celebrate our successes, and reassess, if needed.

    First, let’s go back for a moment and start with some tips:

    • Set goals (achievable goals)
    • Write them down (write them in a notebook, journal, planner, or wherever you can easily refer back to)
    • Set deadlines to assess (write down when you are going to do a check in to see how things are going)
    • Create a vision + gratitude board, journal, or other visual (make something easy to see or refer to that will keep your goals fresh in your mind and help you to visualize the outcomes)
    • Select your squad (think of friends, family, colleagues and/or organizations that are supportive of you and/or working towards similar goals)
    • Review your professional profiles, social media, website, resume, etc. (make sure everything is up to date and in line with your goals)
    • Set reasonable expectations (set yourself up for success)


    If you haven’t done any of the above yet and you still want to, set a deadline now to get it done. If you don’t want to, why not? It’s not too late. Every new month, every Monday, every day gives us an opportunity for a fresh start on our goals.

    If you set goals, how are you doing with them? Have you made any progress? If you have made progress, recognize that achievement and celebrate it. Each time you associate positive feelings with your progress, it attracts more of the same. This is true even for small steps.

    For example, maybe you set a goal to lose 10 pounds in one month but you have only lost 5 so far. That is not a failure; that is an achievement. You lost 5 pounds! Way to go! Or maybe you set a goal to schedule meetings with 5 new clients but you have only scheduled 1 so far. That’s 1 new client you didn’t have before you started!

    If you have not made any progress at all, take some time to consider why. Was the goal something important, something that matters to you? If not, maybe it wasn’t the right goal or for the right reason. If it is important to you, what are the blockers that are preventing you from making progress? Maybe it’s too big of a goal and it needs to be broken down into smaller, more achievable goals. It’s ok to reassess your goals.

    If it’s something new, and you just keep forgetting, try adding it to your calendar (in advance). Hang up notes in places you will see them. Set reminders on your phone.

    Is it something you can use help with? Reach out to your squad. They can be your support system and help you hold yourself accountable. Could a coach possibly help? Consider working with someone to guide you through the process.

    Periodically checking in to assess your goals and progress helps you to stay on track and reassess when necessary. Remember, even taking the time to create goals is a step in the right direction. Make sure your goals are achievable and that you have set reasonable expectations. Then celebrate the successes, no matter how small, and enjoy the journey you are on.


    To Your Success!

    -Cheryl Sanchez