In our Haven accountability group, every month we check in on our annual goals to see if we’re on track but the end of this month is especially important, guess why?

June 30 marks the 1/2 way mark of the 2015.

That’s right, next week the year will be 50% complete!

Given the significance of this date, here are a few questions for you:

1.  Are you at the half-way mark of achieving your health goals that you set for this year?

2.  Have you surpassed your expectations?

3.  Have you even started?

Hopefully you have some great testimonies to share about how the first half of your year has been (please share them in the comments below).  But if your answer is a resounding ‘No’ for question number 3 then it’s time to take a long hard look at yourself and your habits. Don’t worry, you’re not going to condemn or judge yourself (heaven knows you’ve done enough of that!); you’re going do a realistic inventory of what you are or are not doing and then adjust accordingly.

Now is the time to stop wishing and wanting to achieve our goals. Let’s commit together as a loving, supportive community to dust ourselves off and have an amazing second half of 2015.

Here are 10 tips to ensure you end this year rejoicing instead of regretting your actions (or inactions).

1. Get clear on your goal. What do you want to accomplish in the next 6 month. Revisit the goals you’ve set, adjust them if necessary and make sure they’re S.M.A.R.T.

2. Establish a plan for consistency. Consistency ensures that you will continue to follow your plan long after the excitement wears off. Ask yourself what do you need to do to improve your consistency.

3. Remember your ‘why’. It’s so easy to lose focus of why reaching our goal is so important. Post your ‘why’ somewhere visible. It may be in the form of a vision board, declaration, letter to yourself or just a picture. Your ‘why’ is your reason why reaching your goal is so important.

4. Track your progress. What tracking tools are you using? Are you recording your food intake on MFP? Are you weighing in at least once a week.  You may have started out doing these things but got lazy somewhere along the way. (I’m guilty of this too) Remember, if you can’t measure your progress, it will be impossible to manage it.

5. Know your triggers. What sabotages you? What will throw you off your game? If you know that spending time with certain people or in certain situations will sabotage you then adjust accordingly. Remember, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. My trigger continues to be weekends in general so that will be my focus for this second half of the year.

6. Relax and let go. Does your goal produce anxiety in you or  are you excited about the possibility of a better future? If there’s a lot of anxiety around your goal, chances are, you will grow resentful and will probably quit. Goal-getting is achieved in an atmosphere of peace and submission so let go and enjoy the journey. For more on this topic, read this post.

7. Remember the principle of baby steps.  Even though we set long term goals, we achieve them one day at a time. Just think of 1 simple thing that you can do each day to improve your health. Don’t worry about making big sweeping changes to your lifestyle—ditch the super restrictive diet or insane exercise plan and just take it one step at a time. For more, read this post

8. Keep focused on the root causes. Our tendency is to revert back to only looking at our diets even though we know that the issue is a lot deeper than that. Continue to go beyond the surface and continue to understand why you do what you do.

9. Stay submitted. As time goes on, we also have the tendency to stop submitting this journey to God, to stop praying and to stop believing that this is a spiritual battle. Every time you feel like you want to ‘do’ something to speed up the process, remind yourself that the battle is the Lords. ~ 2 Chron. 20:15

10. Get accountable. Perhaps one of the biggest tools to improve your chances of success are accountability. If you’re looking for more accountability, be sure to check out our Haven program or our new improved 21-Day Challenge which begins on September 8th, 2015.

Our Haven program will:

Help you focus your attention on your goal and as a result, you will rise to the occasion.

Help you build your self-confidence as you move towards finally achieving your goals.

Help you achieve your desire for greater freedom in your life.

Help you build your confidence in Christ as you learn to lean on Him and not your own strength.

Help you to be more courageous as you fight for what you deserve– improved health!

 

I want you to get excited about the second half of the year; see it with renewed focus. Don’t look back at the last 6 months with regret, just look forward with anticipation and declare that your latter days shall be better than your former. (Haggai 2:9)

Will you commit with me?

Here’s to a powerful 2nd half!

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