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Apple & Report CardIt’s time to talk about your mid-year report card. You might not want to approach the topic at all because you know that you’re nowhere near where you want to be by this point in the year, but it’s necessary. You can’t get where you want to go without looking at and assessing the situation.

I know that it seems like it was yesterday that you created your goals and mapping your way through the new territory of this year looking at what was possible for you. Now we’re at the midyear point, which is July 2nd.

This is like half time in a football game, so it’s time to review your fumbles, touchdowns, dropped passes, and diving tackles. You have to look at the good, the bad and the ugly, so that you can regroup, then move forward to win the game.

Things might be moving so fast for you right now that you might be thinking, “I don’t have time to look to see where I am.” Well, if you keep moving at that speed things will inevitably fall apart. If football coaches can look at the current situation and regroup in just 12 minutes, you can make the time to stop and assess the situation and figure out what to do. Step to the side to see how you’ve done so far. Looking back at the last 6 months what do you see? Where have you fumbled the ball or dropped passes? Which goals had you anticipated completing by this point in time? Are you on point with them? If not, you have to ask, “Why not?” Maybe you’re not allowing enough time for the tasks that need to be completed, or maybe they aren’t making it to your daily agenda. You might need to develop a few new habits or incorporate new tools to shore you up in your day-to-day activities. Be fair with your assessment and above all else, honest with yourself. Look at what’s incomplete, reassess the process and determine what to do to move forward.

Grade yourself based on your incomplete items, the resources—what you used, how you used them and whether you missed anything. Be sure to grade yourself when it comes to the good stuff too. It’s important that you celebrate your accomplishments. Those celebrations will help fuel you forward.

Once that’s done, create your plan for the rest of the game. For each of the things that you haven’t yet completed, be sure you’ve asked yourself what happened and why they’re not complete. Measure where you are based upon the milestones that you initially created and determine what you need to do to fill any existing gaps. For other projects that aren’t due to be completed yet, which milestones should have been reached by this point in the year? You’ll also want to take a look at the things that you’re going to begin working on soon. Is there anything new you want to add to the mix and are you going to be able to start on time? Use this midyear point to assess where you are, determine what’s necessary, regroup and move forward into the rest of the year focused on winning the game. Oh, and if you didn’t create that initial plan with the milestones at the beginning of the year, now is the perfect time to create it and get the ball moving.

 

Mid Year Check Up


ClockStethoscopeI know that it seems like it was yesterday that you created your goals and mapping your way through the new territory of this year looking at what was possible for you in 2013. Now we’re approaching the midyear point (July 1st).  If you are a regular reader, you’ll remember my article from the end of the first quarter and the football game analogy I used in reference to the end of the first quarter.  Well now it’s half time.

During half time in a football game, the coach reviews for the team the fumbles, touchdowns, dropped passes, and diving tackles.  In that short 12 minutes, they look at what they’ve done so far, the good, the bad and the ugly, so that they can regroup, move forward and win the game.

So now, it’s your half time.  Take 12 minutes to step off the field to see how you’ve done so far.  Looking back at the last 6 months what do you see?  Where have you fumbled the ball or dropped passes?  Which goals had you anticipated completing by this point in time?  Are you on point with them? If not, you have to ask, “Why not?”  Maybe you’re not allowing enough time for the tasks that need to be completed, or maybe they aren’t making it to your calendar or to-do list. You might need to develop a few new habits or incorporate new tools to shore you up in your day-to-day activities.   Be fair with your assessment and above all else honest with yourself. Look at what’s incomplete, reassess the process and determine what to do to move forward.

That’s the bad and the ugly stuff.  It’s really important to look at the good.  What things did you tackle and how many field goals and touch downs have you made so far?  Look at your 2013 goals to see which ones you’ve completed.  Celebrate your accomplishments!  They don’t have to be big celebrations, but celebrate in some way, shape or form.  It acknowledges your accomplishments and helps fuel you forward.  Also be sure to celebrate reaching milestones within major goals that aren’t yet complete.

Once that’s done you need to create your plan for the rest of the game.  For each of the things that you haven’t yet completed, you’ve asked yourself what happened and why each is not complete.  Now it’s time to measure where you are based upon the milestones that you initially created.  Determine what you need to do to fill any existing gaps.  Maybe there are additional resources that you need to help get it done.   Did you anticipate everything that you needed to support you in accomplishing what you projected?  Were any resources not as helpful as you imagined they would be, and, what resources do you need to get you through the rest of the year?  It’s possible that dates need to be changed so that you have enough time to achieve a particular goal.  For other goals that aren’t due to be completed yet, which milestones should have been reached at this point in the year?   You’ll also want to take a look at the goals that you’re going to begin working on soon.  Which goals are you due to start working on this month and in the months to follow?  Is there anything new you want to add to the mix and are you going to be able to start on time?

Use this midyear point to assess where you are, determine what’s necessary, regroup and move forward into the rest of the year focused on winning the game.

 


With Labor Day behind us, now is the time to sit down and map out a plan for the year ahead.  Sadly, only 3% of people actually do this, which explains why so many people get to the end of the year and look back to see that they haven’t accomplished what they wanted to.

Now is the time to look at what you want to see come to pass in the next year and make a clear decision to see it come to fruition.  So, what do you want to do?  Maybe you’d like to make more money or get in shape.  Whatever it is you want to be up to in 2012, you need a road map to get there.  Would you drive across country without directions and a map to get there?  Of course you wouldn’t.  It’s time to start mapping things out for your drive right now!

If you’re ready, to create your master plan, this quick check list will guide you through the steps to get moving:

  • Start by crystallizing and creating solid values-based, S.M.A.R.T. goals
  • Determine the resources you need to get from Point A to Point B
  • Create a road map for each of the goals you create that includes milestones/points of accomplishments along the way.
  • Decide how you’re going to make or celebrate each milestone
  • Once your plan is complete, break the process down into the smaller tasks it will take to accomplish each goal
  • Place the smaller tasks into your calendar to get the steps done
  • Create check points along the way to stop to evaluate and measure your progress and make adjustments to the plan if necessary

These steps will get you off to a great start.  Once you get it done, be sure to stick to the plan to keep it going.  If you’re challenged when it comes to planning, visit our website and take a look at P3: Power Planning Package to see if it’s a fit for you.  It’s available at a special discount through the month of September.

 


Do you set goals for yourself?  Do you write them down? If so, what do they look like?  If they are simply a statement or declaration, you really don’t have a goal, you have something that you hope to do or something that is a mere intention.

Goals have to be strong enough to survive the time and the experiences that you go through.  They have to be just as touch as you are, so their composition is important.  A goal is a specific want that you are committed to pursuing, not something that you might do.  One important factor is that your goal be related to your values.  Statistics show us that when we create values-based goals, we’re more likely to reach them.

Be sure that your goals are S.M.A.R.T., that is, Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time bound.  Be clear about exactly what you want to accomplish and have a picture in your mind of what achieving the goal looks like; what it means in your life or business.  Be aware of what your mindset is and what motivates you.  Create a detailed plan with the steps to accomplishing your goal including the milestones or smaller accomplishments that will come along the way.  As a side note, when you reach the milestones within your plan, celebrate them and allow those successes to fuel you forward.  Be sure that you have a way to track and measure your progress.

Finally, once you’ve created your plan, create accountability around your plan.  Enroll someone that you trust to help hold you accountable.  You are not always the best person to hold yourself accountable, especially when the going gets tough.  On a weekly basis, add smaller task related to your goal to your to-do list according to your plan so that you’re working toward accomplishment on a regular basis.


June is here and soon half of the year will be over.  Have you accomplished the goals that you wanted to achieve by this point in time?  Are you on track with the others?  Did you start out strong and get sidetracked or lose momentum?  You’re not by yourself.  It happens all of the time.

Typically only about 3% of people have written goals and plans for reaching them.  Out of that 3%, about 90% actually reach their goals.  The key is the plan.  There is power  in the process.  We’ve reached a milestone as far as the process of this year going by, so it’s time to look at where you are and assess the situation. The good news is that there’s still time to accomplish what you want if you’re willing to plan your work and work your plan.

So where are you?  Struggling to reach your goals and sidetracked?  Maybe you’ve lost your momentum.  Where ever you are in the process is okay, so don’t beat yourself up.  Just acknowledge where you are, determine what you want to do and recommit.  As you do, there are a few things to think about:

  • Did you only create goals or did you create a plan to carry them out?
  • Were the goals you created solid and S.M.A.R.T.?
  • Do you have a clear understanding of where you want to go?
  • Have you involved others in the process?  If not, who can support you?
  • What do you need to do next?  Create or revamp your plan? Be more realistic about how much time it’s going to take to accomplish your goals?

If you find that you have to go back and revamp your plan, start with the end in mind.  “He who determines the end, provides the means.” – Benedetto Varchi.  Look down the road to the accomplished goal and then work your way back to see what things have to come into play for you to get to the end of the road.  What resources do you need?  What milestones will you cross?  Create or tweak your plan with these things and include all of the details in your plan.  Once your plan is complete, break it into smaller pieces to take daily or weekly steps toward each of your goals.

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