Monday, June 13, 2011 · 1:38pm ET

THE SCORE AT HALFTIME . . .

Posted by: Harold Byne

“In the game of life, nothing is less important than the score at halftime.” Andy Andrews

How’s your year going?

It doesn’t seem possible but 2011 is just about half over.

How’s your life going?

Most of you reading this will be experiencing, at least from time to time, the stark realization that your life is fast approaching the half-way point.  For many of us, that halfway point is long gone.

The quote at the top of the page is a most important reflection point.  Whether looking at the current year, or the larger perspective of our lives, there is a score, and we are either winning or losing, with respect to the goals and objectives we have set.  However, it is not the current score that matters, in fact nothing is less important right now.

We have all watched a sporting event, and watched as the teams headed for the dressing room at half time.  One team went off with a spring in their step, visions of victory dancing in their heads, while the other, heads down, were the picture of dejection and defeat.  It is not the retreat to the dressing room at half time that completes the story, it is what happens next that matters.

As you think about the clock ticking down on the first half of 2011, how are you feeling about your year?  What are your thought processes as you think about moving into the second half.  If the score at halftime isn’t important, what is?  What is critical, is what you do to adjust for the second half.  Try this …

  • Spend some time reflecting on the successes of the first half. What are you most gratified about?  What have been the most significant accomplishments?  What goals have been met, what plans are on track?  It is most important to spend time reflecting on your success points and take time to celebrate the victories.  coming to an understanding of the reasons for those successes.  Often when I am working with people who are going through a tough period, I see a sense of dejection and defeat, because they are overwhelmed with the negative reality of the score.  What has happened?  They have lost sight of their accomplishments.  This first half discipline of reflecting on successes is very important.
  • Spend some time establishing clarity on the breakdown points. We must identify and assess what went wrong.   The objective here is discovery, not self-blame.  You want to ask, “What” and “Why” questions … What went wrong?  Why? What could we have done differently? Why did we not adjust when were losing ground? What do we need to change?  What do we need to stop doing? Our breakdown points are not the critical issue, our failure to adjust is.  The inquiring mind at halftime is the key to changing the final outcome.
  • Get a plan and think solutions. So often we are problem focused.  It is very common for individuals and teams alike to spend excessive amounts of time and energy discussing a problem, failing to make the shift to solution-thinking.  The team that turns it around in the second half of the game, does so by making the necessary adjustments, developing a fresh plan for the rest of the game.  Think about it … have you begun your thinking that will develolp a  second half plan?
  • Get a halftime energy boost. The team that comes off the field dejected and defeated, will return to the second half and sure defeat, unless they experience an energy boost at halftime. One thing is sure, we simply cannot get to where we want to go, on an empty tank.  We need fuel!  We need inspired souls, energized minds, and regenerated bodies, if we are going to experience a different second half.  Do these three things and you will experience a different second half … 1) Schedule some time away from your regular routine to rest and regenerate. (Be careful not to confuse this with a frantic, busy, and exhausting vacation  – we often come back from vacation completely depleted of energy).  2) Develop a reading list of books designed to re-energize and inspire you, establishing a daily reading rhythm.  3)Re-work your schedule to allow for daily and weekly refueling periods.  Get clear on what energizes and what de-engergizes.  4) Identify those people that encourage, inspire and energize you, and get with those people. Do these four things and watch the way your perspective on the rest of the year is transformed.

Remember, it is not the score at halftime that matters.  Some of the most exciting people I have known, have been people who didn’t get it figured out until well past the halftime point in life.  When they did, they were inspiring because their lives became fresh and alive due to the adjustments and changes they made.  Whether we are focusing on the rest of this year, or something far more significant like our life story, don’t worry about the score at this moment, It is the rest of the game that counts, and you can turn the game around.

HByne

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