We’re now into the second week of June and the second half of the year, and what a perfect time to start to undo a lifetime of bad choices or habits. It’s surprising how much you can accomplish in just six months if you stay focused, commit yourself to change, and take action.
You can make a huge change in your life in just half a year.
Imagine how you will feel when 2021 begins? What will your life look like then?
You would have already accomplished one major goal and made those changes, so what else could be next on your list?
So why six month timeframe? For most people, six months is a manageable period of time. It is also enough time to make great progress without feeling too overwhelmed by enormous goals.
Start with a goal that is both realistic and achievable, and one that will take six months to get to.
So how can you change your life in just six months?
By using the following ten strategies:
Set four goals. Set a goal in each of the following areas: Financial, Health, Career, and Miscellaneous. Most of us could use a money, health or career boost, and by including a miscellaneous goal too, thinks like travel, hobbies, new car, etc, are not forgotten.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
Financial – Do want to pay off some of your debts or start saving more money each month.
Health – Is there a few pounds you have been meaning to lose, or do you need to exercise more?
Career – Are you looking at a career change, or just a move from one company to another?
Miscellaneous – Is there a place you would like to travel to, or have you been toying with the idea of getting a new car. Maybe you want to take up a new hobby or do a skydive for charity. The possibilities are endless.
A good goal to set is one that you believe is possible but also challenging. It should also be one that makes you exhilarated when you think about achieving it.
2.Measure your current situation. If you are going to be making some changes, you need to know your starting point. So if you want to pay off some debts, know what the current outstanding balances are. The same goes for losing weight and exercising more, make a note of your current weight, or how much you exercise at the moment.
3.Create a plan. Based on your starting point, and where you want to go, what is the most realistic and achievable plan of action. Remember that you have six months to achieve this, so try and pace yourself.
4.Determine the habits you need to ensure success. If you want to lose weight, your exercise and diet habits are important. Savings and spending habits are often important for financial goals. Sending a certain number of resumes might be important for certain career goals.
Your habits have a tremendous impact on the results you achieve in life. Good habits yield good results.
5.Set short-term goals. It’s hard to stay focused on a goal for six months, and it’s so easy to procrastinate. Set short-term goals that lead to your long-term goals. Sixty days is about the right time for a short-term goal.
Set 60-day and 120-day goals for each of your 6-month goals.
6.Take action. Even with the best plans in the world, nothing happens until you take action to reach your goals. Some days you might not feel like it, but even the smallest steps count.
7.Keep a journal. Record your feelings, thoughts, plans, ideas, results, and observations. Looking back at your journal once you have achieved your goals, and seeing for yourself the progress you made, will be a great feeling. It will also give you motivation when you come to set other goals.
8.Measure your progress. Regularly measure your progress. It’s important to know how you’re doing, so you can make any adjustments. How will you know if your diet and exercise plans are working if you never get on the scale? Stick to a regular time to measure your progress, i.e. weekly, or monthly.
9.Be flexible in your approach. You’re probably not going to create the perfect plan straight off, especially if this is your first time. There will be a lot of tweaking along the way, but stick to your goals and just be aware that you will need to be willing to change how you accomplish them.
10.Cross the finish line. Giving up is the only way to fail. Keep going, even when you feel like quitting. That in itself is an achievement.
What can you accomplish in six months? Take a guess and see if you’re right! You can do a lot in six months. In fact, you can probably accomplish more in the next six months than you have in the last five years.
It’s easy to fall into a routine that does little more than maintain your life. You can do much better! Set a few goals and work hard for just six months. The results will be worth it.