Assess Your Goals Year-round

If you set professional goals for yourself at the beginning of the year, don't forget to take a look at what you have and haven't accomplished as the year progresses.

Consider the following suggestions on how to coach yourself to a strong finish in the months ahead.

Make adjustments

It's halftime; make sure you're still in the game. What matters is what you do for your customers this week, this month, and this year. Now's the time to make the necessary adjustments in order to reach the goals you have set for a successful and profitable future. Don't dwell on the past; look at what you can do today to make positive changes for success.

Steady your pace

Remember that pace is more important than speed. Establish a work pace that allows for steady progress and productivity.

Keep it simple

Develop a simple playbook for success. Most people set too many goals for themselves. This diverts their attention from the 1 or 2 things they really need to accomplish.

Stay focused

Reduce your distractions. Don't fill your life with activities, projects, meetings, and groups you don't enjoy.

Get training

Develop the skills you need. Figure out the next skill you need to succeed and master it.

Ease the burden

Determine what drains your personal battery. The tasks people enjoy or are good at normally are the activities that energize them. The tasks they find distasteful or boring drain them of energy and create stress. Find healthy, creative ways to manage the tasks that drain your energy. Delegate, ask for help, or complete the work in bearable amounts.

Make a plan

Identify and rehabilitate your Achilles' heel. Identify one area you'd like to work on and commit to a personal-improvement plan. Hold yourself accountable to a mentor, coach, religious leader, or support group.

Take time to assess

Position yourself to win your own personal Super Bowl. Take time every week to evaluate your goals. Focus on where you are, where you want to be, and what you may or may not need to change to keep you on track.

Once you accomplish your goals, reward yourself. Identify a meaningful reward a weekend trip, a nice dinner, or some new clothes and celebrate your success!