Lately, I haven’t been quite on the ball with this blog, and to be honest, it’s been nice (she says shamelessly). I guess I needed a bit of a break because I’ve been hustling for a while. I was on top of things when it came to reviews, but my other areas, especially the ones on giving lifestyle tips and advice, have been suffering. Now I am feeling a bit more refreshed and ready to get back to all of my loyal readers. Enough motivation has returned, and just in time, too, because it’s now the middle of 2018! I feel the need to pull myself together to survive the mid-year crisis (“How is the year halfway over already?! I didn’t get anything done!”) and help you guys do the same.
It feels like the first time in forever, but here are my latest tips on living the life you want and improving yourself. I want to help you get over the Wednesday of the week–literally and figuratively. As in… today is Wednesday (I’m switching things up a bit in my schedule) and July is like the Wednesday if the whole year is thought of as a week (accept my genius metaphor please).The mid-year is the time when there are six hurdles still before the finish line but you're too busy freaking out over the six hurdles you left behind. Click To Tweet
Let’s all take a breath and relax–it’s a good period to reflect and to trudge on. Let’s also be realistic: Halfway over means there’s still half that same amount of time left. It’s half-time, baby! (You all know I’ve been really into the World Cup lately, so I had to throw that in.)
We’re too busy with a quarter-life crisis to also fall into the mid-year crisis! Here’s how to protect your goal when all defenses are down (last one, I promise).
Reflect on your accomplishments
Don’t fret! You, like myself, are probably hitting yourself mentally right now, thinking, “Ugh, I got nothing done yet!” Your resolutions are down the garbage disposal and you’re ready to turn that switch on. But hold on! The year is not even over yet!
You’re definitely being way too hard on yourself. You really think you sat on your bum throughout those six months and did absolutely nothing? People are always doing something to improve themselves, so get out that pen and paper and start writing a nice, long list on all the things you did do this year! What have you accomplished? You may think you did not do enough, but you need to celebrate the little victories, too.
Write down everything you did during the first half that makes you proud, and bathe in all that glory.
Refocus your goals for the rest of the year
After you looked back on your accomplishments thus far, you can now look toward the future, toward the remaining six months of the year. It’s time to refocus your goals. What haven’t you accomplished yet that you still want to accomplish before the New Year’s ball drops? Shove your mid-year crisis away. There’s no time for that! Now put on your concentration face because you still have goals to accomplish.
Write the list of accomplishments you want to achieve in the remainder of the year. Even if they’re the same as they were in the beginning, rewrite them to reground yourself and refocus. If they have changed a bit or are entirely different, if you have new ones you want to add, whatever the case is, write that list anyway and put on your game face because the whistle has yet to blow (okay, that was the last one).
Visualize the coming months and where you want to be at the end
After writing that list of things you still want to get done before the year is actually over, you need to put into practice visualization and manifestation. Close your eyes and visualize yourself getting everything done within those next months. Visualize yourself where you want to be at the end of those months.
You’ll feel more motivated and calm manifesting what you want for the next half of the year than panicking and regretting the last half of the year. Those negative feelings won’t help you! They will not get you anywhere!
Recharge your positivity as you face forward because that’s where the finish line is. It’s not behind you.
Have a mid-year celebration with friends!
A party isn’t only permissible at the end of the year. Why not do a mid-year party to celebrate getting halfway through this year? Turn it into something you can get excited about–redefine it as a milestone. Gather up your friends to wallow together, get excited about the future, or have too much fun to focus on the mid-year crisis at all! It’s great to spend time with others so you can remember that everyone’s in the same boat. Your friends are likely as shocked as you are that half a year went by already.
Being with friends can really brighten up your day and mood. Socialize and enjoy life! That’s what life is really about–enjoying it as much as you can.
Keep it together and don’t give up!
In the end, it is important to never give up. Do not give up on this year to look forward to the next year already–that’s a waste of the next six months. Also, remember what I said in my New Year’s Resolutions post? You can’t think of it as the starting line–you have to start in advance. These aren’t concrete lines and time is a construct; don’t let them decide when you’ll start trying and when you’ll stop. You must always try. You must never stop.
If you’re feeling defeated already, here’s my virtual slap in the face. Let me shake your shoulders (with love) as I scream (with love), “Pull yourself together, man! Do not give up yet! Now get to it!” Proceeds to slap butt like coaches do to their players on the field (that was the last one because, well, this post is over).
Really and truly shake off that panicky feeling that comes with thinking so much time has passed and you made no progress in life. Life as a whole is a journey. It isn’t a race. There are no deadlines. It’s all about you and how much you want to accomplish something and whether you’ll give up on it in the end.
Yes, it scares me that it’s already July. I feel more behind on life than ever, but I also feel like I am being pushed from behind and all I can do is keep my legs moving so I don’t fall over. Movement is key. Keep on moving and then let that momentum carry you forward. Once you stop moving, you will fall backwards. And that is scarier than any mid-year crisis. Stay strong!