Today is the first day

Tempus fugit - Il tempo vola - Time fliesJust about half the year is gone.

You get to choose how you look at that. You can be horrified that time is passing so quickly or you can take a minute to assess how the first six months of 2015 have gone for you.

Being horrified that time is passing so quickly is natural. And the older you get, the more you perceive that time is passing even faster. I don’t mean to depress you, but it’s true. Let’s face the brutal facts.

If you remember SMART goals and making them SMARTER, then you know that this is a great opportunity to put the E into action. Take time to Evaluate how far you’ve come this year.

If you’ve done very little of what you promised yourself at the beginning of the year, don’t despair and don’t beat yourself up. There is absolutely nothing you can do about that now. The only thing you can do is rededicate yourself to going after what you want.

Here’s the tricky part: When you do your evaluation, don’t beat yourself up and don’t listen to voice in your head that’s pointing out all of the ways you screwed up.

We’re not looking for perfection, just progress.

Have you outlined your beliefs, priorities, and SMART goals as discussed in earlier blogs? Have you de-cluttered your space, whether at work or at home? Have you started practicing saying no to people more often? Have you decided what it is you want? Have you put in place a master list and keep a to-do list of only three items at a time? Have you determined your prime time? Do you use your gap time productively? Are you helping others?

If you haven’t done any of this yet, no worries. As they say, “Today is the first day of the rest of your life.” Let go of self-judgment, what ifs, and if onlys. Now is the time and the time is now. Revisit the ideas in the previous paragraph and spend this coming week getting yourself in order.

You need to have a plan if you expect to get the things you want.

And if you’ve accomplished pretty much everything you wanted to in the first half of the year, take a deep breath and celebrate your progress.

Get the Nerve!

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About Joe Serio

Dr. Joe Serio is a keynote speaker, trainer, and author who helps the people in your organization navigate resistance to change so they can move forward successfully.

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