It wasn’t too long ago that we were talking about the second-quarter checkup. Well, time certainly does fly and here we are. In July. If you completed your second-quarter checkup and made adjustments, chances are you’re in a solid position to hit your year-end goals.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself now that we’re at the halfway point:

– What progress have I made since my second-quarter checkup?
– What accomplishments am I most proud of over the past six months?
– What challenges are still plaguing me at this point?
– What honest score would I give myself on a scale from 1 to 10?
– How can I better support my teammates, and how can they better support me?


These questions are important because, though we may be done with half the year, we still have a full half left. There’s plenty of time to turn it around or kick it into overdrive. I mean, how many trailing teams have come back from halftime to obliterate their opponents by the end of the game?

It happens. All the time. And it can happen for you too. But only if you start getting serious, honest and accountable. That starts with these questions.

How Would You Evaluate Your Time and Energy?

The mid-year point is also a time to evaluate whether your time and energy are being spent on the right people, places and things. Remember, you want to focus on one large goal, with maybe two mini-goals that can help get you there. Having your hand in too many dishes – particularly if they don’t result in progress toward your ultimate goal – can be a problem.

Are You Focused?

The same can be said for who you give your time and attention to. Stay focused, take the meetings that count and try not to get distracted by other proposals that may sound enticing or, quite frankly, easier to accomplish than your current goals. You’ve got to keep your eye on the prize. It’s too easy to turn around and realize the holiday decorations are up and you’ve accomplished “a lot,” but that none of those tasks involved the goal(s) you set for yourself at the beginning of the year.

Do You Have the Resources You Need?

Final thing. The halfway point is also a great time to add in resources that may help you achieve your goals faster. That can be through the use of technology, referral partners, networking events, cold calls, business books, podcasts or mentors. There is a wealth of knowledge out there for the taking, and I guarantee you’re not the only one who’s ever had these aspirations. Seek out the wisdom and knowledge where you can  build a better you by the time the ball drops on New Year’s Eve.

Goals can be exhilarating, but they can also be intimidating. Even if you don’t share them with anyone, you’re still putting yourself out there in a major way that may involve failure. None of us like to fall short, so arm yourself with the tools, advice and focus you need to crush your dreams in 2021.

Regional Vice President - Southwest

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