Check Your First Quarter Score

"I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." -- Michael Jordan

Before moving into the second quarter of the year, what has happened so far in your first quarter? Now is a good time to take score on the wins and challenges you have experienced in the first quarter. There are three quarters left in the year.

By measuring where you are now you can see if you are on target with yearly goals as you move forward.

Let's say you keep doing what you are doing without verifying results. Then you are hedging your goal to come out on top without thoroughly being knowledgeable where you are in your game. Whether you are in transition or looking to improve performance, to keep playing without planning your game is like being in the bleachers yelling at the players on the field.

Planning your game is to know the game you want to play and win. You are on the field and not in the boxes watching the game.

Questions for the First Quarter Score:

- What are the results I want to achieve by the end of the year?

- Why are these goals important to me?

- What different would it make if I were to achieve these goals?

- What is my score in the first quarter?

- If I keep doing what I am doing, where will I be by the end of the second quarter?

Tips to Improve the Second Quarter Score:

- One of the most effective ways to learn is through self-leadership, which comes from self-awareness. Reading and being a follower of someone else's game stunts your growth. This keeps your score way down from your potential and living life as a voyeur.

- Dare to open yourself to new possibilities with questions that challenge your current game plan for this year. As you review the first quarter, are you doing what you are really inspired to do? If not, what is it that lights you up, but you have shelved for a more convenient time? Give yourself permission to spend at least two hours a week in building resources toward achieving what it is you want.

- Asking questions is a gateway to reach your goals with new opportunities. One of the questions that can keep you paralyzed in the present paradigm rather than risking change is: "How can I possibly do __________?"

Fear can sprout up so quickly that your new vision gets swept away. If the how question generates fear in you, ask: "If I keep doing what I am doing, then how can I expect something different?"

More important: "Who do I have to be in order to do what it takes to get the results I am seeking?"

- Remember in playing your success game, keep score and Anything is Possible!

"We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort." - Jesse Owens (1913-1980) First American to win 4 Olympic gold medals in track and field.


Theresa-Maria (“TM”) Napa – of Right Track Coaching - is dedicated to helping professionals and executives increase their winning percentage while taking fewer steps and producing better results. Her career has included positions as executive assistant, vice president of operations, director of marketing & administration, and business owner with substantial experience in leadership, marketing, client development, and execut...

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