The year is half done. Are you?
Today is July 1st. By our monthly calendars, the year is now half over!
Can you believe it? How did we get here, so fast?
Everyone gets hung up on New Year’s, making resolutions and setting yearly goals. But, few take stock of their progress throughout the year. And hence, many resolutions and goals are long forgotten before the end of the year.
But, today is July 1st. It is the mid-year point.
Today is a perfect day to reflect and course adjust. To celebrate what has been done. Perhaps, to recommit to a goal. Or to start something new. So, with half of 2010 behind us, let’s take an honest and realistic look at where we are.
It’s Been Half a Year…Are you Half Done?
Why don’t more people take stock of their progress towards their goals?
I think it’s partly due to our society’s general desire not to be held accountable. People don’t want to know where they are, so they won’t have to hold themselves accountable to their progress. (Ignorance is bliss?)
However, if you are at 20% of your goals at the midway point, you probably aren’t going to make up the rest in the 2nd half of the year.
That is kind of a myth. Doing everything in the second half of the year. You are where you are, and you can only start from there.
The Myth of the Negative Split
Have you heard of a “negative split?” In running, it means to run the second half of the race faster than the first half. You second half time is better (lower) than the first half, hence the term “negative split.”
Unfortunately, the concept of the negative split doesn’t translate so well to daily life. If your goal was to start a new hobby, learn a new skill, or build a blog, it really isn’t feasible to cram the whole thing into half the time.
So, be realistic about where you are. Adjust and reset expectations if necessary, and be positive about what you will accomplish in the 2nd half of the year.
Celebrate Your Progress
It is just as important to be proud of what you have accomplished this year.
The celebration of accomplishments, even the little ones, can be a transforming force that drives further success.
So, be proud of what you have succeeded at this year. Be excited about the progress you have put on the scoreboard.
And maybe this holiday weekend, celebrate just a little for yourself.