Hello, Readers! It’s June, which is crazy! It’s really hard to believe that we are almost half way through 2017 already. This year is definitely flying by! Before you know it, it’ll be the holidays, and we’ll be celebrating the first days of 2018.
With all of this said, now is a great time to revisit the goals you set for yourself in January and see what progress you’ve made. It might even be an excellent opportunity to create an entirely new set of goals to finish off the year.
Now, this mid-year review could go one of three ways.
1. You could be steadily on your way to accomplishing the goals you’ve set for yourself in 2017.
2. You could not have accomplished any so far and really need this time to regroup, or you’re like me, and you’re somewhere in between.
3. You’re like me, and you’re somewhere in between.
If you’re steadily on your way to accomplishing everything you set out to do, congrats! That’s awesome, and I commend you for begin disciplined and putting in the work, but this blog post isn’t really for you.
This post is for everyone else who might be struggling to check things off because if I’m honest, most of us have faltered on our way to achieving our goals. I know I have.
At the beginning of the year, like many, I created a list of things that I wanted to accomplish. Some were written down, others were just a mental note, but of those 10 things, I have accomplished one of them. Yup, you read it right, just one. That one thing is this blog.
If your track record is anything like mine, it would be easy to get discouraged and think, “It’s been six months, and I’ve only done one thing?” Instead, I encourage you to practice grace with yourself.
There are so many things that I have done this year that weren’t on my list of goals, but I’d known I’d have the opportunity to accomplish them, I would have written them down. Take some time to think of those things for yourself and don’t be afraid to give yourself a little credit.
But moving forward, break down the goals you have left. There are goals that I have started and realized that finishing them might not be in the cards for this year, but maybe in the coming years.
There are others goals that I’ve let go because they don’t suit who I am now. A lot can change in six months. I’m not the same person I was in January, and I hope you aren’t either.
Finally, there are the goals that I just haven’t accomplished yet for one reason or another. Maybe the timing hasn’t been right, or the opportunity hasn’t presented itself. Maybe I’ve been too scared to truly pursue the goal(s), and I’ve talked myself out of it.
If that scenario sounds anything like you, I highly recommend that you find what motivated you to make that a goal for 2017 in the first place.
It’s no secret that it’s hard to stay motivated, especially for 365 days. If it were easy everyone would do it. But within the word motivate is the word motive. That’s essentially your why. Now is a perfect time to reevaluate if your “why” is important enough for you to see this goal to fruition.
I get it. Maybe 2017 hasn’t been the year you thought it would be, but you’ve only lived through half of it.
If my time in athletics taught me anything, it is that a short term memory is everything. Being able to take the lesson out of any situation, suppress excess emotions towards the situation and then move forward is so important.
That is how you have to approach the second half of this year, especially if the first half has been a bit of a disappointment.
Truthfully, as cliche as it sounds, “It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.” If reaching your goals means anything to you, I’m sure you’ll find the motive that pushes you to achieve whatever bar you set for yourself on January 1st.
So take a deep breath and start evaluating. You still have time to make 2017 everything you thought it would be and more.
Until next time, get up, get moving, and live your best life!