How to Master Mid-Year Motivation & Achieve Your Goals.
“We must all suffer from one of two pains: The pain of discipline or the pain of regret.” – Jim Rohn
The first half of 2019 is well and truly over. So the question is, how are you tracking against the goals that you set at the beginning of the year? Are you on track to achieving your goals, or did they fall over somewhere between January and July?
I’m a big believer in taking time out on a regular basis to review and reset my priorities and goals. If you haven’t achieved what you wanted to in the first half of the year, there is no point in dwelling on it because you can’t change that now. What you can control however, is how you shift your focus for the latter half of the year. Just because the first half of the year is over, it doesn’t mean you can’t make an impact in a way that will help you achieve your personal and professional goals.
Here are some of the mid-year practices I’ve adopted to master mid-year motivation and strive to achieve my goals.
Before giving up on a project, idea or a goal, I ask myself why I started in the first place. Usually the answer is because I wanted to achieve something amazing or impactful. Something I could be proud of. I often ask myself this question because I know how disappointed I’ll be in myself for giving up, and not persisting with my goals and dreams. So before you think about quitting, remind yourself of why you started.
Another question I ask myself when I’m in a slump, is what would my mentor / someone I aspire to do in this situation? How would they handle it?
In addition to reminding myself of why I started, it’s also important to take the opportunity to revisit my 2019 goals. I ask myself whether they are still relevant, and whether I still want them.
I then ask myself what are the top 2-3 things that I want to achieve by Christmas. This helps me to understand where I need to shift my focus and energy.
I am ruthless when it comes to de-cluttering and throwing out items which are no longer required or serve purpose in my life. Over-packed drawers, cupboards and shelving can lead to having a cluttered home. I am a big believer that having a cluttered home leads to having a cluttered mind and consequently, a cluttered life.
Marie Kondo’s KonMari method has been instrumental in equipping me with the tools and methodology to tidying up. If you haven’t read the book titled “The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying Up,” I strongly recommend you do. Living clutter-free enables me to spend my energy and time on the bigger, more important tasks and goals I want to achieve.
When I’m in a slump, the last thing I want to think about is the mountain of tasks and issues I need to overcome. I start with a really small task (or a quick win) and the completion of this small task encourages me to do another task, and another. This helps me to gain momentum and motivation with my goals.
Some days, small actions such as making my bed first thing in the morning or going for a walk can encourage me to get back on track.
I’m a big advocate of self-care and taking the necessary time out to destress and decompress. When I’m in a slump, I find little things to act as a pick-me-up. This could include indulging in some of my favourite food, running a long bubble bath, enjoying some pampering or going outside for some fresh air and sunshine.
Self-care often helps me to feel decompress, destress and feel much more energised. It also helps me to feel inspired and motivated to continue working on my goals and dreams.
Health and wellness is something which is incredibly important to me. It is easy to get demotivated particularly in the cooler months. However, one of the ways which I am able to stay consistent with working out and looking after my overall health and wellbeing is to develop a solid and consistent morning routine.
I carve out time on a daily basis to work out and meditate, and this helps me to look after my mental and physical health and well-being.
One of the things which helps to motivate me out of a mid-year slump is to engage in something uplifting. This could include:
Sometimes, taking some time out of your day or week may seem counter-intuitive, however may just be what you needed to feel re-energised and inspired.
What are some of the practices you use to overcome the mid-year slump and master motivation? I would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions, please leave your comments below!