Welcome to the beginning of July!
While it might not be the literal halfway point of 2012, six months have passed and there’s six months to go. It’s all downhill from here. Or maybe it’s uphill for you?
I watch a lot of sports (Hi…my name is Tim…I’m an ESPN addict!). I can’t count the number of times a team has gone into the locker room at halftime – down by a bunch and deflated – and returned to the game a different team. They use this break in the action to do important work.
They evaluate what happened in the first half.
They analyze their opponent’s strengths and weaknesses.
They take stock of their injuries, setbacks, and mistakes.
They come up with a plan for the second half (which may look a lot different than the plan they had for the first half)
A Tale Of Two Halves
When a team comes out of the locker room at halftime and plays differently (better!) and comes back to win, they will often call the game a tale of two halves. The second half doesn’t resemble the first half. The game changed because the team went in and made some important changes at halftime.
Perhaps you aren’t satisfied with the first half of 2012. Or maybe you feel great, but you want to be sure you maintain your momentum in the second half. Whatever your situation, how you use your halftime will impact your second half.
With that in mind, let’s consider this week our halftime for 2012. The view is great from here. We can look back at the last six months and look ahead to the next six months.
I want to encourage you to take a half-hour, or half the morning, or half the day this week to evaluate your first half and strategize for your second half. You can use the following questions as a guide:
1. What worked in the first half of 2012 and what didn’t?
2. Who are the people that I need to invest in during the second half of the year?
3. Where do I want to be in my life (productivity, accomplishments, goals) when December 31, 2012 rolls around?
4. Is there a goal I made for 2012 that I need to complete, revise, or remove?
5. How will I improve myself in one area of my life over the next six months?
Halfway points provide a great opportunity to refocus, refuel, and refresh yourself on a long journey. You’ve made it this far. You just might be amazed at what you can accomplish in the NEXT six months.