Spiral notebook, mug, and keyboard… Goals
It's that time of year… we all start thinking about New Year's resolutions and goals for 2021.
The first step in goal setting is clearly defining not only what you want but why you want it. What will reaching your goal do for you? If your goal is to build a successful online business, the reason may seem obvious… you may want to set your own work schedule for example.
Okay; why is setting your work schedule important to you? Maybe it's so you have the flexibility to go to your son or daughter's sporting event? So you're why would be to spend more time with your family. You get the idea… go below the surface, dig deeper to identify the reason(s) you want to go on this entrepreneurial journey.
Your why is what will get you through stumbling blocks, setbacks, and self-doubt. It's suggested to write it down and review it daily.
Now you know what and why it's time to plan how… it's time to set some goals.
When you set goals for yourself, it’s incredibly important that they motivate you. In essence, you need to make sure that your goals are important to you, and that there is value in achieving them. If you have little interest in the outcome, or they are irrelevant given the larger picture, then the chances of you putting in the work to make them happen are slim to none. Motivation is the key to achieving goals.
Set goals that relate to the high priorities in your life. Without this type of focus, you can end up with far too many goals, leaving you with too little time to devote to each one. Achieving your goals requires commitment in order to succeed. That means you need to feel a sense of urgency and have an “I can and must do this” attitude. Without that sense of urgency, you risk putting off what you need to do to make to reach your goal.
Then you're left feeling disappointed and frustrated and you start doubting yourself… and all the negative talk races around in your head.
To help you set goals that truly motivate you, try the following…
Set Specific Goals
Your goal must be both clear and well defined. Vague or generalized goals are useless because they lack sufficient direction. You want to know your end game.
Set Measurable Goals
How will you measure success? For example, ” I will add 3 new clients in the next 30 days. When the 30 days are up, you hopefully will have added 3 new clients… success! If your goal is defined as “increase business” how will you know when you have been successful? Increased by how much and in what timeframe? Without a way to measure your success, you miss out on the sense of achievement.
Set Attainable Goals
Set realistic and achievable goals. The first thing that pops out when talking about monetary goals, is “I want to make $10K a month. If you haven't even made $100 in the last 30 days, it's not likely that you make your goal of $10K a month. Setting a goal that you have no hope of achieving, is demoralizing and diminishes your self-confidence. At the same time, setting a goal that's easily accomplished without stretching yourself, can be anticlimactic. Don't be afraid of risking falling short of your goals. The idea is to set realistic yet challenging goals. You want to “raise the bar” and grow as a person and business owner.
Set Relevant Goals
Goals should be relevant to the direction you want your life and business to take. By keeping the end game in sight, you'll stay focused and be more likely to reach your goals. Setting widely scattered and inconsistent goals won't get you where you want to go.
Set Time-Bound Goals
Your goals must have a deadline. When you are working on a deadline, your sense of urgency increases and success will come that much sooner.
Did you know that the physical act of writing down a goal makes it real and far more tangible?
“I will increase my Internet business by 10 percent this year, rather than
“I would like to increase my Internet business by 10 percent this year.”
The first goal statement has power and you can “see” yourself increasing business, the second lacks passion and gives you an excuse if you get sidetracked and don't make your goal.
To help you set your goals in writing try the following…
When setting goals, it's important to create an action plan. It's easy to focus on the outcome but you need a plan. What are the steps that are needed along the way? By writing out each step, and then crossing it off as you complete it, you'll see that you are making progress towards your ultimate goal. This is especially important if your goal is big and demanding, or long-term. It's easy to be overwhelmed by the magnitude of a project. Breaking it down into sizeable steps, you stay focused on what you need to do at that moment.
Remember that goal setting is an ongoing activity, not just a means to an end. In essence, you need to build in reminders in order to keep yourself on track and make regular time-slots available to review your goals. Your end destination may remain quite similar over the long term, but the action plan you set for yourself along the way can change significantly.
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