I have a real interest in football.
Having spent my childhood in Liverpool it would be hard not to! I love the excitement, atmosphere, passion and buzz that it generates. Recently I have been enjoying the World Cup excitement with my family. Even with England (my home country) having a dismal start and Ireland (my adopted country) not even in it at all, it is already getting very exciting.
At half time each team has a chance to review their first half performance and work out their second half strategy.
I imagine their half time dressing room chats would include:
- Have things been going as planned?
- Are we ahead or behind on where we wanted to be?
- What worked well?
- What didn’t work well?
- What impact are our competition having on us?
- What do we need to do in the second half to have achieved our “goals” by full time?
- Do we need to make radical changes?
- In what areas do we need to up our game?
- What Mindset do we need to create to deal with the pressure, unexpected setbacks and to be our best?
This sort of review is also highly applicable to all of us Self Employed Parents, Sole Traders and folks running a business from home.
Well, because we are half way through the year.
If 2010 was a football match, how was your 1st half? What half time talk do you need to give to yourself?
We should all be scheduling a “drains up” half time review and asking the same sort of questions of ourselves that the managers and teams of the World Cup are asking themselves at half time (maybe the England camp aren’t asking these questions which might account for the shambolic performance on Saturday!!!).
So, schedule your half time review and analysis now (mine is later this week). Make sure you don’t just focus on the business. Think of every area of your life as a player in your team success. Include family life, lifestyle, relationships and so on. Take the World Cup question list above and apply it to all areas of your life. Then create an action plan and go do.
Where will you be by full time on 31st December?
PS Note to England Football Squad – READ THIS POST