In sports, halftime is when the team funnels into the locker room to evaluate performance, set their course of action for the second half and make the necessary adjustments to win. Their coaches deliver motivational speeches to energize and recharge the players who then run out to the field or court screaming cheers of anticipated victory.
In the game of life, July 1 marked "Halftime 2016." Six months down and six more to go. When the clock strikes midnight on December 31, each of us will have the opportunity to look back over the past twelve months and evaluate our performance markers in areas such as achievement, business, joy, love, relationships and health. As for me, when I am belting out Auld Lang Syne in the wee hours of 2017--with bubbly in hand--I fully intend to be celebrating the fact that 2016 was a victorious year in my playbook of life. And we all know that wins rarely come with ease.
If you have a desire for 2016 to be your best year yet, here are some important steps to take — immediately:
1. Reflect on your first six months of 2016
According to best-selling leadership author and teacher, John Maxwell, "Reflection turns experience into insight." Successful people take time to evaluate where they've gone, who they've been and what they've done. They also analyze the positives and negatives then set an appropriate course of strategy and action.
Most people don't take time to think. Imagine sitting alone in a quiet space for just 30 minutes without a computer, smart phone or other electronic gadget. Regularly carving out interrupted thinking time is a shared trait of winners. In order to create your own year-to-date review of 2016, I encourage you to schedule time this week to self-reflect and write out — write out — the following with regards to the first half of this year:
What are you proud of?
What didn't work?
What did you learn?
Who were the significant people bringing value to your life and who are the ones that need to go?
To whom did you bring value?
What needs to change?
Carrying out the above exercise is powerful and motivating. I've done it myself and can tell you from personal experience that once you look within to reflect and evaluate, a host of insights will break through and take you to a new level of awareness and results.
2. Plan out your second half It is not too late to make 2016 a banner year. Once you complete the exercise above (and feel free to customize your own version), give yourself a gift and follow this course of action:
Create written goals if you don't already have them. Goals inspire you to stretch and grow. Make sure yours are specific, measurable and achievable,
Review and revise your goals if you already have them. All game plans require adjustment from time to time. It's important that you assess and adjust along the way.
Claim four to six power words to guide your second half of 2016. Words have power. They inspire. Mine for 2016 are: Discipline; Confidence; Abundance and Easy. I have these words written and posted everywhere.
Get clear on the changes you need to make this second half of 2016. If necessary, hire a coach to help you succeed or perhaps recruit a like-minded friend or colleague to be a thinking partner. Going along this victory journey with a kindred spirit will make all the difference.
Life is what we make of it. Yes, it has it's challenges. However, with self-reflection, right planning, intention and right action we can all be celebrating Victory 2016! when the clock strikes midnight on December 31st.
Kathleen DuBois is a master coach and Managing Director of Progressity, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in Leadership Development, Intentional Marketing, Strategic Roadmapping™ and Nonprofit Philanthropy. Visit Progressity.com for more information and resources.