It’s Half-time in 2014: Are You Projecting to Achieve Your Yearly Goals?

It’s Half-time in 2014: Are You Projecting to Achieve Your Yearly Goals?

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Sports teams use the half-time period to review their first-half performance and make adjustments to their game for the second half. Why not do the same with your life priorities? Are you projecting to achieve your 2014 goals?

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Whether you formally planned your 2014 priorities and goals or not, the following three suggestions should help you assess how your life is performing and what adjustments may be needed for the rest of the year.

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  1. Plan and hold a mid-year review. If you haven’t done so, block 30 to 60 minutes in your agenda to perform this task. Gather all the data you have that could help you assess your performance to date. Even if you have not set specific goals for 2014, block some quiet time for yourself.
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  3. Look back. Analyze. Answer the questions in the following three areas, using any “hard data” you have available and your own self-assessments:\n
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    1. Overall, how satisfied are you with your life so far? What grade would you assign to it? What stands out as the best area in your life? Where do you see the biggest opportunity to improve?
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    3. How satisfied are you with your professional life so far? What grade would you assign to it? Is your career moving in the right direction? Are your business results ahead of target? Are your work relationships getting stronger? Is there any feedback from your manager or customers you can leverage?
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    5. How satisfied are you with your personal life so far? What grade would you assign to it? Are the relationships you care about the most moving in the right direction? Are you developing your physical, mental and spiritual health? Are your finances in order?
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  5. Look forward. Adjust where needed. Based on your answers to #2 above:\n
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    1. What is the one area that is working well in your life that you want to nurture during the second half of the year? It’s important to identify an area that can serve as a positive anchor in your life. It could be a strong relationship, improved health, a successful job, etc.
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    3. Which is the one area that requires the most urgent intervention in the balance of the year? What will you commit to do differently from now on? The more precise and specific you can get, the higher the odds of success.
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I want to close this newsletter with the concept of “inspecting what you expect,” from the book Who Says Elephants Can’t Dance: Inside IBM’s Historic Turnaround, by Louis Gerstner, former CEO of IBM. Applied to our lives, if we expect to improve on a particular area of our life, regular “inspection” will increase the odds of success. As you embark on this journey, count on me to help you succeed.

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In the next newsletter, I will share suggestions on how to learn from the points of inflection in our lives. Stay tuned!

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Percy M. Cannon\nAuthor, Business Consultant and Professional Coach\n www.cannonbalance.com

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