Now that we're halfway through the year, it's time to pause and reflect on how far we've come in the past six months. By stopping to assess your current situation and the progress you've made, you'll not only get a better understanding of where you stand now, you'll also set yourself up for an even more powerful second half of the year.
Answers these 13 questions to find out how successful you've been in 2017 so far.
Compared with six months ago:
1. Can you remember more frequent moments of being in the zone at work?
2. Would you say that you're challenged (in a good way) more often than not with the thinking that you're doing in your job?
3. Are you making more of an impact that is meaningful to you?
4. Are you more proud of your impact on others at work?
5. If this impact is not something meaningful, are you on track to figuring out what would be meaningful to you?
6. Have you felt more confident?
7. Do you feel that you're better able to manage negative mental chatter through awareness and reframing your perspective to be more reality based?
8. Do you feel energized and rested most of the time?
9. Have you prioritized your well-being more often, either through exercise or mindfulness practices?
10. Have you persevered more often in the face of unforeseen obstacles?
11. Do you believe in yourself more often than not?
12. Do you enjoy the work you're doing just as much as you enjoy achieving goals?
13. Do you feel a sense of gratitude and joy more than 80 percent of the time?
How many times did you answer yes to those questions? If you got mostly yes answers, then congrats! Based on the science of performance, you're doing everything you can to be the most successful you that you can be. If you answered no to more than half of the questions, then it may be time to rethink how you're taking care of yourself, and assess if your work is really the best fit for you.
There is no time like the present to start making the changes that will ultimately lead you where you want to be. The biggest failure is not being aware and refusing to acknowledge whether or not you are making progress. If you're kicking butt, celebrate. If you're not, start making changes. Success is a journey. The more you take control of how you feel and how that's different from what you want, the more likely you're able to make your dreams come true.