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While it is a shorter leap year… it does seem like just yesterday that we were setting intentions and celebrating the start of the year!

Yet, here we are, three months in. We’ve experienced some successes and “failures.” We’ve stayed true to some of our intentions… but probably forgotten others. The good news is there’s no need to wait until next year to try again. Mid-year intention setting is the perfect practice for checking in and resetting your intentions. Whether you use these tips monthly, weekly or daily – it’s all about  getting back on track, finding re-alignment and reconnecting with your Why.

 

Step 1: Celebrate How Far You’ve Come

First, carve out some time and space (perhaps in your favourite sit spot?) for yourself. Next, begin journeying (either mentally, aloud or through journalling) through the time that’s passed since the beginning of the year.

Think back to January. What stands out for you? Can you recall any of your favourite smells, sights or sounds? Did you learn anything new? When were you pleasantly surprised, by yourself or another?

February. What were your main milestones for February? What do you remember most vividly? When did you laugh or smile most?

Mentally walk through these months and explore everything that comes to mind. Did you join a yoga class? Land a new job? Cut down on sugar? Celebrate a birthday? Laugh with your kids? No matter how big or small your achievements may seem, they all matter and they all add up!

Write down everything you can remember. Once you’re done, look over your list and take in how far you’ve already come. You’ve learned and you’ve grown. Now, you’re ready for the next step.

Step 2: Review Your Original Intentions

Do you remember the intentions that you set (whether consciously or not), at the start of the year? It’s time to reflect on whether they still ring true. How did you feel on January 1st, and how do you feel right now?

You may find that some of your intentions have already come true, or changed shape, rendering it time to replace them with new ones. Feel into this process intuitively, then make a list of things you would still (or newly) love to achieve before the year ends.

Step 3: Reset Your Short-term Intentions

Take a look at the list of your intentions that are yet to come true, including the ones you’ve just added. Which  do you feel most drawn to? Which feel present already? Pick up to three intentions from your list to specifically concentrate on within the next few months. Then, why not set a tangible goal, for each? Tip: sometimes it can be helpful to actively narrow down your focus, so your attention isn’t spread too thin!

Step 4: Make a Plan

For each of your intentions, create a plan. What needs to be in place for your intention to come true? How are you going to achieve it? Even if you’re unclear about the whole plan, write down at least 2-3 initial steps for each of your intentions. Once you take those steps, you’ll gain more clarity about what your next ones could be.

Step 5: Take the First Step!

It may be tempting, but try your best not to leave things for later. While you’re still feeling connected to your intentions and motivated, take action (today!). You’ll have just written down a few first steps towards your intentions. Now, go ahead and take that step. Use your initial spark of inspiration, and from here your momentum will grow.

Step 6: Enlist Support

With the right support, you’re much more likely to stick to your intentions and see them through to completion.

Research has shown that social accountability plays a huge role in how likely you are to achieve your objective. One study found that people were 65% more likely to meet a goal after making a commitment to someone else. The chance of successfully achieving goals increased by 95% when a deadline was added into the equation. So cool! The question here is who can you ask to help? Is there a family member or friend who comes to mind as the perfect accountability buddy? Have a chat, and decide on ways you can mutually support each other. Think: weekly check-in calls, monthly motivational nature hikes, scheduled empty the bucket sessions and so on.

If it feels right, create the space to reconnect with your intentions, plus discover a supportive community on retreat. We would love to have you.

 

*Editor’s note: This article was originally posted in July 2018, but we’ve added to it and believe it to be as relevant as ever.