As an entrepreneur, it’s essential to set goals to achieve the results you desire. You’ll have a clear direction of where you want to be each month during the year. Goals can involve areas such as profitability, growth and credibility.
Everyone starts out the year so motivated and then come February we’re back to being slackers. But I made 6 steps to follow so can reach your business goals successfully and I DO have a free goal setting workbook for you to use along with this post!
1 – Set Your Intentions
Intentions set the course and determine the direction you’re headed and ultimately the results you achieve. Intentions are even bigger than goals. It should be a deep-rooted purpose and much more personal than just about making money.
Discover your intentions by creating a vision board for your business. Find out what you wish your business to look like and where you want to focus your attention.
Whether we believe it or not, we tend very much to get what we think about.
2 – Choose Your #1 Goal
Entrepreneurs often put too much pressure on themselves for achieving a certain milestone or metric in the form of a goal that goals can sometimes be counterproductive.
Choose one or two goals that are realistic, attainable with a reachable time frame. Think about the things you REALLY want to achieve – things that will help your business grow. This allows you to focus and put all your energy into accomplishing these goals.
If you don’t know what you want, then having a little brainstorming session might help! During your session, ask yourself these questions…
3 – Break the goal into mini goals
Break down your number one goal into mini goals and set deadlines. This can be done as quarterly or monthly goals. Creating an overview or a schedule of tasks makes things much clearer, less scary and much more attainable. This process encourages a proactive approach and makes you feel good when you can see the process of reaching your goal. Celebrate when you achieve the smaller goals with fun little things like buying yourself something, enjoying a glass of wine or just relax in front of the TV.
4 – Set weekly goals each Monday
Break down your mini goals even further. Set 4 to 5 goals for the week each Monday morning. This takes around 5 minutes, saves you time and gives you a level of focus.
5 – Stick with it!
After you created your goals you have to show up to work and finish them! Don’t set and forget. And don’t make excuses. One of the biggest weaknesses is putting things off. Remember, goal setting is an ongoing activity, not just a means to an end.
6 – Review Your Goals
Constantly review your goals to see how they’re progressing and if you need to adapt and change course. Don’t waste your time doing thing that aren’t helping you reach your goals. It also keeps you motivated when you see how far you’ve come! When you complete a goal, celebrate!
Let’s do this!
What are you going to do to take action on your goals today? I would love to hear from you in the comments below!
Don’t have your goals written down? Get started today, with this Free Goal Setting Worksheet.