We are now nearly a quarter of the way through 2018! After what felt like the longest January ever, February went super quickly and March is heading the same way. I'm incredibly thankful that this year, I feel like I am achieving things and moving forwards. However, for the past few years, by the time March came rolling around, I felt like I was a failure, that I was never going to hit my goals and that yet another year of my life was going to be a complete write off.

If your year didn't get off to the best start, or you've yet to make any progression on your aspirations for the year, DON'T WORRY! There's still over 75% of the year left to make things happen. Here are some ideas on what you can do to ensure the rest of 2018 is your best year yet.

Assess where you are right now 
Why do you feel like 2018 hasn't been good to you so far? Have you experienced a personal tragedy? Were you unprepared when the clock struck midnight on the 31st December? Have you hit an unexpected bump in the road?

Set aside some time to look at where your life is now, and where you want your life to be. How different are these to each other? Until you have a clear idea of the gap between where you are and where you want to be, it can be hard to work out your next steps.

List your ideas about the way you want 2018 to go
Write a list about all the things you think you might like to do in 2018 - you don't have to do everything you write on this list, this is more an exercise to help you realise what might be possible this year. For example, my own list of goals for 2018 started off as a very vague list of ideas:

  • Eat healthier
  • Get more exercise
  • Learn to drive
  • Blog more
  • Travel more
  • Choose happiness

Turn your list into concrete goals 
Now that you have a vague idea of the type of year you'd like to have, it's time to start turning your ideas into goals. Good goals are SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Timebound. In short, your goals need to be realistic, you need to be able to tell when you've achieved them and you need to set a deadline for them.

For example, if your goal is to eat healthier, you might set yourself the SMART goal of ensuring you eat at least one portion of fruit or veg with every meal and snack you eat each day by 1st June 2018.

Start taking action
Earlier this year, I blogged a lot about the importance of going out and actually living your life, rather than falling into the trap of always planning but never actually bringing those plans to life. A good plan is a good foundation for achievement, but you can't forget to actually do the things you need to do to get where you want to be.

Accept that life will never be perfect
One of my biggest downfalls is that the second anything goes wrong in my life, for example I have a day where my mood is very low or I get a cold so I can't do the things I'd planned to do that day, I assume that this is it, this is the end, my life is over. I'm a bit of a perfectionist, and I feel like I've failed if things aren't good for me all the time. There's a very annoying belief in my head that one day, I will be happy and I will never be unhappy again - but obviously, this will never be the case because that's not the way life works.

Overcoming the idea of perfect is one I imagine I will be working on for the rest of my life, but the older I get, the more I'm learning to deal with it and not give in when things go wrong or unexpectedly.

These are just a few of the things I do when I feel like I've hit a brick wall in my personal development and need to reset. If you're reading this post the day it goes live, or 75% of the way through the year, I hope it can help you get going again.