It’s halftime. Do you have the hustle and heart to go the distance?

I’m pretty pumped after the Women’s World Cup win last night!

There’s something about sports that really gets me fired up and ready to tackle my own goals. And the timing couldn’t be more perfect because it’s halftime for 2015.

Now is the time to review our goals and assess our performance for the year.

I like to approach this week with a 25/25/50 mindset. I like to spend 25% reviewing what went wrong, 25% celebrating my progress and 50% focusing on how I want to finish the rest of the year.

In the past, I would spend at least 50% focusing on my mistakes trying to analyze what went wrong so I could avoid them in the future. But that kept me stuck. I was so focused on the past that I couldn’t move forward.

Here’s the deal. Everyone makes mistakes. The key is to learn from them and then let them go. Focusing on your mistakes or less than stellar performance in the first half of the year won’t help you pull out a win in the second half.

Be proud of what you’ve accomplished, identify where you can make improvements and then give the second half of the year equal parts of hustle and heart.

There are some great motivational speeches from college and pro teams, as well as great movie clips, to inspire you but I especially like this coach’s halftime speech from a youth football league.

Give yourself as least 30 minutes this week to have your own halftime huddle.

If you want to really get in the spirit, check out this fun and cheesy sports-themed Spotify playlist I created to get you pumped up. (Hint: Eye of the Tiger, Chariots of Fire and Welcome to the Jungle are just a few of the gems on this playlist. You’re welcome!)

Here are some questions to help you review your progress and plan for the rest of the year:

  • What were your goals for the year?
  • What progress have you made? Any big wins to celebrate?
  • What held you back? How can you improve?
  • Do you need to adjust your goals for the remainder of the year?
  • What do you need to do to make sure you meet your goals this year?
  • What is one thing you could do today, no matter how small, to take a step forward?

Go ahead and schedule in your calendar when you will review, plan and adjust your goals throughout the year. If you want to ensure a win, you need to commit at least 30 minutes each month to reviewing and planning.

Can you imagine what a football game would look like if the team just went out and played without any review, guidance or plays?

Yet, that’s what many of us do. We just let the day, week, month and year play out. Then we try to figure out what it meant or analyze how we got where we are.

Instead, we should plan for and take some well-needed time-outs and fully utilize the year’s halftime to review, adjust and get fired up.

You have one more half to go in 2015.

As the youth football coach in the video clip encourages,

“Turn the volume up on your heart and say I’m going to play harder this half than I did the first half.”

You’ve got this!

If you need a supportive coach to help motivate you the second half of the year, I’d be honored to work with you. I coach clients in-person as well as by telephone and Skype. You can schedule an appointment HERE.


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