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Remember to make every day count

Depending on how you view your glass, you may consider that it's half over or that half is yet to come. Either way, tomorrow marks the midway point of 2016. Six months since last New Year's Eve, six months until the next one. Somehow I find both prospects alarming.

It certainly doesn't feel like 180 days have passed since the start of the year. I am grateful not to have had those circumstances that can render each day an eternity.

At the same time, perhaps the rush is due to being swept along from event to event, be they weekend plans, school activities, meetings; scratching days off the calendar in droves.

Rather than having a panic attack and thinking, ‘Where is my life disappearing to?', I've decided to celebrate this occasion as an opportunity to check in and take stock. I invite you to join me.

Let's start by looking back at what we hoped to achieve in 2016. Did you make resolutions? Were there some concrete goals you set for yourself? Can you remember them? Were they written down? Have you checked in on them at all since?

If you did set yourself goals for the year, how are you doing with them? What has worked well for you so far? What achievements have you made?

Acknowledging and celebrating our successes sets us up to strive for more of them.

Meanwhile, what hasn't worked so well? What areas could use your attention and focus? If you started something but fizzled out, what contributed to the fizzle?

If you can pinpoint what was lacking (support? fun? time? resources? organisation? etc), you can address what you might need to include to get your goal back on track.

If you didn't make resolutions, it's never too late to start. Six months is a good chunk of time to get something done, or at least started.

What would you like to accomplish by December this year? Pick one thing and get specific about what it is you want, what it will give you, why it's important and how you will know when you've achieved what you wanted.

Perhaps you're not a goal-setter. I have a friend who refuses to make plans so he won't be disappointed when they don't work out. Fair enough. You can still do a midyear check in.

Your time may be less about what you are achieving with it, more about how you are spending it.

What do you value in life? What is most important to you? How has this past half-year reflected those values? Are there ways to include more of these values into the next six months?

It's useful to be reminded of the passing of time, not to frighten us but as a gentle nudge to make every day count. It's our time, we get to choose how to spend it.

If you'd like to work through making the most of the rest of 2016, get in touch.

Happy Half-Year's Eve!

Julia Pitt is a trained success coach and certified NLP practitioner on the team at Benedict Associates. For further information contact Julia on 705-7488, www.juliapittcoaching.com

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Published June 29, 2016 at 9:00 am (Updated June 29, 2016 at 8:14 am)

Remember to make every day count

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