Signs that summer is rounding the corner are everywhere: The days are getting longer. The weather is getting warmer. Pools are opening, schools are preparing for the end of the year, and vacations are scheduled. It's June -- which means that we're almost mid-way through the year. Time to ask: Do you know where your goals are?
Remembers the plans you made for yourself, your business and your staff when you rang in 2004? With half of the year nearly behind us, now might be a good time, if you haven't already, to dust off those plans and re-visit them.
Many of us spend a lot of time developing a "plan" of what we're going to achieve for the year, both personally and professionally. We put it on paper, and then many of us put that paper away, get busy with work and forget about it. It's especially easy to put things off when the summer rolls around, and people tend to make time in their schedules for vacations or long weekends -- not for additional work or starting new projects.
So while it may be the furthest thing from your mind right now, it's a good time to ask yourself if you're on track to achieve your goals. And equally as important, are your employees on track to meet the goals you helped them set?
The good news is, if the answer to either question is no, you still have plenty of time to make those goals a reality. And it probably wouldn't hurt to take another look at the amount of time you allotted yourself to complete your goals. Make sure it's realistic.
If the timeframe is not the problem, then maybe it's time to take stock and figure out what is keeping you from meeting the goals you set -- and to do something about it. The point isn't to beat yourself up about not accomplishing what you set out to do -- it's to get back on track.
So before you pack your bags and take off for a summer getaway, make sure your business and career plans are in order.
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