The moment you realize you need to pick it up a notch can be the worst moment of your life.
There are a few reasons for this. All of them, only you will ever truly understand.
But, there is also something else you should realize. There are lessons to take from having learned you need to kick it up a notch or two. There is also the fact that you realized what you needed to do. Both lessons are important and both are things you can change with a little efforr and ingenuity.
The first step is to accept where you are. Then approach it like a child, learning from everything that needs to be done. And letting the only premeditated ideal be, having fun doing it.