Welcome back to day 16 of the #write31days challenge. I can’t say I am meeting the challenge 100%… I’ve never posted a blog every single day before, and I am discovering my days are more hectic than I’d care to admit. However, I really feel like I am on the right track. We started out with Naming Your Everest – What goal, when achieved, will impact your life in a big, bold way? We then moved on to Setting Goals that will take you places… where we learned how to be a cartographer for our lives. The journey then took us to focusing on where you want to go, and how to clear the trail. So, at the half-way mark of this journey – are you on track?
MyHubby and I are hitting a half-way mile marker at the end of the month. We will be celebrating our 6-month wedding anniversary, and we will also be celebrating reaching the half-way mark of being debt free. We will be writing our final check to the credit card company to pay off our wedding on Friday, and then taking Saturday off to celebrate.
As a guide and a coach, I recognize the half-way mark that this is the pivotal moment where many people lose steam. They’ve been chugging along for so long, as soon as the tracks line up and they start to reap the fruits of their labor, they slack off. I find myself doing the same thing… the further away I get from discomfort, the less urgency is in the tasks at hand. The same intensity I had when I started this journey fades a bit.
So how do you stay on track when you are approaching the halfway point in your journey?
Shout it from the Mountain – Tell everyone that you are half-way there. Hollar up to the summit to let people know to expect your arrival, and high-five the people on the trail who have supported you along the way. Take time to put your pack down, and take in the view. You’ve come a long way baby!
Imagine the view from the top – Contact people who are already there, who can encourage you to keep going. “The view is beautiful, you are almost there” – are some of the sweetest words I hear when on the trail, and you need that boost of encouragement now. Who do you know who has reached the summit. Reach out to them to have coffee or lunch and ask them about their journey.
Remind yourself how hard you’ve worked to get to where you are….
My journey to being debt free started with my truck being repossessed five years ago. There I was, on a Sunday morning, drinking my coffee in my jammies, when I saw an unmarked tow truck pull into my yard. When I saw him back up to my truck, my heart sank… I watched the last grain of sand drop through the hour glass. My time was up… the bottom officially dropped out. I never want to feel that sense of shame and desperation again…. I will hike long, hard and strong to get as far away from that dreadful feeling as I can… and I will take others to the top with me. Knowing how far I’ve come, and helping others along this journey keeps me motivated to keep going the extra mile.
So cheers! We’ve hit the half way mark in stride! As Casey Kasem used to say “Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars” See you at the top Trail Blazer… keep hiking, you are almost there, and the view is amazing.
Hit the Heights!
Priscilla Hansen Mahoney
The Natural Business Leadership Guide