We’re already half way through this year. Just like that. And all those big plans and dreams and goals that sounded so good back at New Year’s? Whatever happened to them?
Now is the perfect time to answer that question, so you can make sure you’re still on track as we move into the second half of the year.
In a previous post, I shared with you an awareness that I had about a pattern that emerged in my business over the past couple of years. And a big part of that pattern was my tendency to allow energy and ideas to drop off in the 2nd half of the year.
Not gonna do that this year.
In fact, I’ve taken several steps to make sure I maintain momentum as we move into Q3, and I want you to do the same.
Every now and then it’s a good idea to pull out your map and make sure you’re still heading in the right direction.
Let’s walk through the process for getting clear – again – about what you want to do in your business this year.
Go back to your notes from late December or early January, anything you wrote, sketched or mapped out as a big picture for your practice this year. What major goals did you set for the year in terms of what you wanted to accomplish? What targets did you want to meet in terms of your income and revenue?
As you review those goals and financial targets, pay attention to how they feel now. Do they seem silly and unrealistic? Or do they seem easier than you realized? Do they still fit?
If the answer is NO, they no longer fit where you want to go in your business, then it’s time to do some thinking. I encourage you to create space to go within, do a complete evaluation of where you are and where you want to go. Pay attention to what lights you up as you do. (In fact, this is a great time to do a Vision Board.)
Then set new goals and revised targets for the 2nd half of the year.
If the answer is yes, they DO still fit, then take some time to assess your progress to date on each of your major initiatives or financial targets.
Are you ahead of where you thought you’d be? If so, it may make sense now to revise your targets. Perhaps you need to set higher revenue targets or go after bigger goals.
Are you behind where you thought you’d be? If so, then it probably makes sense to reevaluate the strategies that you’re using to reach your goals.
Now you should have a list of either the revised goals and targets, OR a revised list of strategies you want to implement to meet your existing goals.
(Tip: One of the best things you can do is just talk to an accountability partner, coach or fellow entrepreneur about this. Amazing what a difference it can make to talk through things with someone who gets it – and gets you.)
Now, make a list of all the steps needed to get you there. Then, from that, decide what your immediate next steps would be.
Pull out your calendar and look at Q3 (July – Sept) and Q4 (Oct – Dec). Take the next steps you’ve identified in Step 5, and map them out on your calendar.
This process is actually one that you could implement at the start of each quarter, but for some of you that may be a little much.
It is definitely something you should do now, though, as we enter the second half of the year. Even if the first half was a complete bust for you, none of that matters. This is like a 2nd New Year, and you get to try again!
One of the best things about being an entrepreneur, about building your own business, is that we always always always have the chance to experiment, to tweak and to try again. And a huge part of any success is simply being persistent, of staying at it, no matter what.
I’ve created a free tool, the Mid Year Success Checker, to help you think through this process a little better. Click on this link to get your own copy of this free downloadable tool. It’s a fillable PDF, so you can use it right on your computer, or you can print it out if that’s easier for you.
It will help guide you through this process step by step. :) Afterwards, I’d love to hear any aha’s that you may have had as a result of this process.