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Mid Year Reflection | Katharine Chestnut

Summer Solstice: Mid-Year Reflection for a Stellar Second Half

Can you believe we’ve already made it to the halfway point of the year? That’s right, the summer solstice is upon us (June 20th at 4:51pm EST, for those who appreciate precision). While some of you might be basking in the glory of your accomplishments, others might be scratching their heads, wondering where the last six months have gone. Fear not, my friends, because I’m here to help you make sense of it all and set you up for a stellar second half of the year.

The Power of a Mid-Year Pause

Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Kat, I don’t have time for this ‘standing still’ nonsense. I’ve got a million things to do!” But hear me out. Taking a moment to pause and reflect on your progress can actually save you time and energy in the long run. It’s like giving your brain a little spa day (minus the cucumber slices and fluffy robes). By stepping back and assessing your journey thus far, you can gain valuable insights into what’s working, what’s not, and what might need a little tweaking.

Dusting Off That Annual Plan

Remember that annual plan you crafted back in January? You know, the one that’s been collecting virtual dust in the depths of your Google Drive? I’m sure you spent plenty of time on that planning process so let’s not let it go to waste. I like to revisit my plan monthly throughout the year (thanks to Asana for the friendly reminder) so I can see what’s working and what’s not. 

If your not doing that, it’s time to resurrect that masterpiece and give it a good once-over. Take a look at what you’ve accomplished, what’s still on the horizon, and what might need a little adjusting. Don’t be afraid to make some changes – after all, life has a way of throwing us curveballs, and sometimes our original plans need a little adapting. A mid-year review is never a bad idea to refocus to ensure you reach your goals.

Three Questions to Guide Your Reflection

Mid Year Reflection | Katharine Chestnut
  1. What’s been working well for you this year?
    This is your chance to give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back. Think about all the things you’ve done right, no matter how big or small. What kind of goal setting did you have on that list? Maybe you’ve finally mastered the art of meditation (without dozing off), or perhaps that new marketing strategy has your business booming. Take a moment to review your progress, celebrate your wins and acknowledge the progress you’ve made. Recognizing your successes and milestones can give you the motivation and confidence to tackle the challenges ahead.
  2. What’s been a challenge since the beginning of the year, and how can you approach it differently?
    Let’s face it, we all encounter obstacles on our path to greatness. But the key is to learn from these challenges and adapt our approach and set some new goals. If you’ve been banging your head against the same metaphorical wall for months, it might be time to try a different tactic. Take a step back and really evaluate what’s been holding you back. Are there any patterns or habits that are no longer serving you? Brainstorm some creative solutions and don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Sometimes, a fresh perspective can make all the difference.
  3. How’s your definition of success evolving?
    Success is a highly personal concept, and what works for your best friend or favorite Instagram/TikTok influencer might not be the right fit for you. Take a moment to check in with your own definition of success. Has it changed in the last six months of the year? Are your professional and personal development goals in alignment? If not, it might be time for a little recalibration. Remember, success isn’t just about the destination – it’s about the journey and how you feel along the way. Set new goals and make sure your definition of success is true to your values and brings you a sense of fulfillment.

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Bonus Question: Your One Key Goal

What’s one key thing you want to achieve before the end of the year, and what do you need to do differently to make it happen? This is where the rubber meets the road, my friends. If you are going to change your life in any way, get specific, get creative, and get ready to make some magic happen. Break down your goal into manageable steps and create a timeline to keep yourself accountable. And don’t forget to celebrate the milestones along the way – each small victory deserves a little happy dance (or a celebratory cup of coffee, if that’s more your style).

The Next Half Planner

There you have it, my mid-year reflection and planning guide to help you make the most of the second half of the year. I hope these questions have got your gears turning and your motivation flowing. Remember, I’m always here to support you, whether you need a good laugh, a virtual hug, or a gentle nudge in the right direction.

So, take a deep breath, grab your favorite beverage (I won’t judge if it’s a margarita or my summer favorite, an Aperol spritz), and dive into this reflection process with an open mind and a determined spirit. The rest of the year is yours for the taking, and I have no doubt that you’ll make it a year to remember.

Now, go forth and conquer, my friends! And don’t forget to enjoy a little summertime fun along the way (responsibly, of course). Here’s to a fantastic second half of the year and all the amazing things you’ll achieve! 🥂

P.S. If you found this guide helpful, feel free to share it with your friends, family, and that coworker who always seems to be in a state of perpetual confusion. Spread the mid-year reflection love!