Wow! It seems like a minute ago we were all ringing in the New Year and then, just like that, we’re past the midway mark of 2019!
Someone must be messing with the space-time continuum. Today is turning into tomorrow a lot faster than it used to!
This was supposed to be the big year—at least, that’s what all those big goals said on paper. More clients, a more efficient workflow, better work/life balance; unfortunately, it seems some of those goals are still on paper.
With the second half of the year already underway, it’s easy to fall into the trap of beating yourself up for failing to cover more ground. Why haven’t I done more? What’s the hold up? Am I really pushing as hard as I can?
These are just a few of the questions we tend to throw at ourselves with in those rare quiet moments.
You’ve probably heard this before: life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.
Sometimes our goals get put on the back burner by things that pop up. There will always be events or circumstances over which you have no control. Agonising over lost time is only human. Worrying about it, though, will neither bring that time back nor make the best of the time ahead.
There is still time to kick those goals into high gear and make the second half of the year count. All it takes is some simple strategies and a mindset shift to get your year back on track.
Don’t hate, evaluate!
As mentioned earlier, beating yourself up over unrealised goals can be an irresistible reaction to disappointment.
And, if punishing yourself actually achieved anything, we’d recommend you make time in your daily schedule for it. But whipping yourself doesn’t work. There is a better, more effective way to make up for lost time.
You see, now is not the time for you to be “in retreat” but to go on a retreat. That’s right, the first place to start your turnaround is by taking stock of your situation.
Companies have retreats all the time. It’s an opportunity for people to shelve the daily grind and focus on how far they’ve come. It also creates the time and mental space to plan out the route for going the rest of the way. You can do exactly the same thing and you don’t even need to go to the wine country or a fancy conference centre to do it.
Before you say there isn’t any time for the luxury of a retreat, let us stop you right there. Scheduling two days to find your bearings is a far better investment of time than a month of doing whatever you’ve been doing that hasn’t produced results.
During your time of reflection, make a list of all the goals you’ve accomplished so far. Think about the behaviours that pushed those goals to completion and write those down too. It could be more effective use of your hours in the day or a restructuring of daily tasks from the most important to least valuable.
Next, apply those strategies to the goals that aren’t yet realised. It’s not a one-size fits all approach, but the exercise will stimulate thoughts about other possible ways of checking more off your to-do list.
Sometimes the year can feel like a river and you’re just going along with the flow. A retreat can help you escape the torrent for a while and give you some time to think about the rest of the journey.
Renew your vows
This is going to seem like an odd analogy but here goes anyway: think of your objectives for 2019 like a marriage. Sometimes all you need is to remind yourself of the love and passion that has gotten you this far in order to go the rest of the way.
So, it’s a good idea to renew the vows you’ve made to yourself or your business.
It’s true there are times the passing months can feel like the advance of the doomsday clock. With each elapsed month, you may feel you’re being inched towards the abyss of failure or underachievement.
The mind has a way of writing its own tragedy and casting you in it without your permission.
The only way to combat your brain’s unauthorised programming is to write your own code. Remind yourself of your capabilities and your vision for your life and your business.
Create an Action Plan
So, we’ve talked about evaluating your current position and renewing your vows. Now, you need an action plan to maximise the latter half of the year.
Action plans give you precious clarity on your goals. That’s because they give a window into how you’re actually going to achieve them.
Here are some simple steps that can form part of your action plan to make the most of the rest of 2019.
~ Go into each week with a plan of action, a list of goals or tasks which must be completed
~ Get to bed earlier, get to work earlier
~ Isolate and eliminate time-wasting activities
~ Allocate more time to consuming content that can help you advance your goals
These are just a few suggestions. You can of course add to them to suit your particular circumstances.
The objective here is to help you back on track with some actionable tips that will get your goal-crushing engine humming along again.
Go into the second half like it’s the first
The rest of 2019 awaits, but not for much longer!
Are you into football (known as soccer in the USA)? Neither are we really, but the world of football offers a fantastic analogy. The game is broken into two halves. If a team struggled in the first half, the players and coaches have an opportunity to regroup, discuss when went wrong and decide on how to turn the match in their favour in the second half.
You are in the second half. Victory is still within reach. You just need to refocus your energies on the vision you’ve laid out for yourself. Let’s see those goals turn into wins and make the latter half the better half of 2019.
In every moment, a chance to turn it around
Nothing is wrong with feeling disappointed with your pace of progress. At the mid-year mark, we all think we should have accomplished more at this stage.
No matter how intelligent, experienced or skilled you are, every one of us can use a bit of perspective now and then. It’s good to stand back, take a wide angle look at what you’ve done so far. Chances are, you’ve probably achieved more goals than you think.
All that’s needed now to pick up the pace for the rest of 2019 is a bit focus and the strategies laid out here.
As human beings we are subject to circumstances and fate beyond our influence. The only thing within our power is how we react to them.
You can choose grace, confidence and determination to seize control of the rest of your year.