As an educator, I enjoy two New Years annually. There’s the one that happens in January and then another one in August with the new school year. I know that I am not alone when it comes to thinking of August and back-to-school time as a reset and so I wanted to share some questions for you to conduct your own Mid-Year Review. Grab a journal, a pen, and some time and nestle into a quiet place to reflect on these 20 questions.
1. Describe yourself at the beginning of 2014.
2. What are five words that describe your 2014 so far?
3. What are some things you started doing in 2014?
4. What are some things you stopped doing?
5. What are five words you’d use to describe you or where you are right now?
6. What do you want to be doing more of in your life?
7. What do you want to be doing less of in your life?
8. What relationships, if any, feel hard right now and why?
9. For what are you most grateful so far this year?
10. What are five words that you hope will describe the rest of 2014?
11. What are three things that are absolutely on your to do list this year?
12. What do you need right now, more than anything else in your personal life?
13. What do you need right now more than anything else in your professional life?
14. From waking up until you fall asleep, what does your ideal weekday look like (in detail)?
15. From waking up until you fall asleep, what does your ideal weekend day look like (in detail)?
16. What actions do I need to be taking now to get what I want out of 2014?
17. What resources do I have to support my journey?
18. What do I still need to do, learn, or find?
19. What will this effort give me? Why do I want this in my life?
20. How will I begin?
We all have our answers deep down inside It is just a matter of asking ourselves (or being asked) the right question, taking the time to listen for the answer and then empowering ourselves to act from that space of self-awareness, self-care, and authenticity. If there is anything that I’ve learned in my quest to live an authentic and self-accepting life, it is that intention matters. A mid-year review allows me to assess how intentional I am being so I can set things on the course I intend. I wish the same for you!