It’s Half Time!

Six months down and six months to go…are you in a position to win?

jim howard

Are you on track as planned or are you behind needing to make an adjustment to get back to a place where you can finish strong and win?

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That’s what halftime is about.

In a football game, halftime is not just a time to slow down and rest; it’s much more than that.

Halftime is an opportunity to spend few minutes to reflect on the happenings of the first two quarters, make adjustments to the team’s original game plan and prepare the players for the second half of the game.

Coaches will look at the good, the bad and the ugly. They will see what worked and what didn’t all in an effort to make significant changes that will put their team in the best position to win.

So the question is, what are you going to do at your halftime this year?

Are you going to just relax and catch your breath or are you going to take the time and make the effort to set things up so that you finish strong and put yourself in a position to win?

Here’s how you can use this halftime to build your game plan to win:

Reflect On The First Half

Look at what’s happened from January through June. Did you do the things you said you would, and did that work out the way you hoped?

Reflecting on what has happened and seeing what worked and what didn’t will show you what you need to adjust or change in your game plan to guarantee your victory.

Make Adjustments

There are always adjustments to make. Even if you feel that things are going great and maybe you’re even ahead of where you thought you’d be, if you look hard enough, you’ll find that there are things that can be done better.

Making adjustments is nerve-racking for sure, but it’s something that has to be done. Knowing what has to happen and not doing anything about is a sure fire way to fail.

Look at the data collected from the first half and adjust or rewrite your game plan or create a whole new strategy, if necessary. Add what needs to be added or do away with the things that aren’t working.

Prepare For The Second Half

Gear up to move forward. You have your newly adjusted plan, but nothing will get accomplished if you don’t take action FAST.

The important thing to remember is you don’t win or lose in the beginning. You can get off to a slow start and fall behind or you can come out in January like gang busters and by June be well on your way to success. Either way, things can always turn around and the end result could be dramatically different than you expected.

Always remember, it’s never about how you start; it’s always about how you finish.

So use this month as your own half- time. Reflect on the first part of the year and then make adjustments to your plan as necessary and prepare yourself to finish the year strong and LIVE LIFE!

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