I love watching professional sports. Especially when it gets to be later in the season and teams are jockeying for the playoffs or seeding to get home field advantage. It’s been said that until the MLB All-Star game in mid-July, it’s way too early to tell who’s going to be playing baseball in October.
Unfortunately, my beloved Philadelphia sports teams have not finished well recently in the 2nd half of their respective seasons.
The 2014 Philadelphia Eagles started well and found themselves in 1st place in the NFC East with a record of 6-2. There was a legitimate case for a potential #1 or #2 seed with home playoff implications. Then came the next 8 games where injuries, bad play-calling, and bad luck had the Birds finishing 4-4. Out of the playoffs. All of that hard work in the off-season for naught.
For the past few seasons, both the Sixers and Phillies have been in “re-building” mode. Even so, every season starts with a level of excitement and anticipation. Everyone is on level ground on Day 1. By mid-season, the really good teams set themselves apart from the bad ones. For my Philly sports teams, it’s time to clean off their golf clubs.
Speaking of golf, did you know that all PGA tournaments allow all of their participants to golf the first 36 holes? From there, there is a cut line based on the top 70 lowest scores. Only those with the 70th lowest score or better can move on to golf on 2nd half of the tournament. You have to earn the right to play weekend golf.The second half is what separates the winners from the losers. Click To Tweet
We are now officially in the 2nd half of 2015. For some of you, this can be discouraging. All you can think of are the things you didn’t do up to this point. Let it go. There’s nothing you can do about missed opportunities, except prepare yourself better for the next half of the year. Think of it this way, we’re only halfway through the year. And unlike the PGA or MLB, we still get to play and make a difference!
There’s still plenty of time left to get things done in 2015.
Consider the 4th of July weekend your halftime break. Hopefully you had a great time with friends, family, or just relaxing away from work.
Now is the time to get excited again.
This is your opportunity to re-group and focus your efforts on finishing well. Unlike my Phillies (who have *no* chance at the 2015 postseason) – you have a real chance to finish strong.
What were your goals for 2015?
What are your micro goals for July 2015?
What are your daily activities you can commit to this next week?
Regardless of what you have or haven’t been able to do up to this point, think of this 2nd half of the year as your chance to make this a great year. It’s time for a restart, and this week is the perfect time for it.
“Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.”