Set Goals and Achieve Success

Goal Setting is a Game Changer“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Unknown

Do you actively set goals for your business? If not, why?

If I got into my car, not knowing my next destination, where would I end up? It seems like a silly question to ask, but if we don’t know where we want to go with our business, how are we supposed to achieve success?

I’ve come across some business owners who spend more time planning their vacations than planning their business calendar for the year. Why is that? Some might not know where to start; others, might be ‘fine’ where they’re at.

No matter how successful your business may be, it’s important to set goals. There is always room for improvement, and coming up with a list of goals is a great way to start planning for the new year.

Ask Yourself…

• Have I established business goals for the next year, 5 years, 20 years?
• Am I happy with my business?
• Have I made myself accountable for what I want in life?
• Will my failed goals lead to unwanted consequences?

Our goals drive us, they allow us to shape our future, and provide us with the ability to grow and excel in each of our endeavors. That being said, it is important to remember that in order to achieve our goals we must first document them. When we do write down our goals something amazing happens; we become creators, creators of our own paths. Remember, what the mind can imagine, it can create: Anything is possible. HOW we are going to achieve our goals at the time of setting them may not be clear, but if reasons come first answers will come second. If you have a big enough WHY, the HOW will manifest itself-you will find a way to make things happen!

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Albert Einstein

Ask Yourself…

• Do I have business goals that have been left unaccomplished for an extended period of time?
• Am I truly making strides towards accomplishing my business goals, or am I hindering my own efforts either consciously or unconsciously?
• Am I willing to look at things differently, so that things can change?
• Am I open to new ideas or strategies that may positively assist me in the achievement of my business goals? Where can I get ideas? Who could help?

7 Steps Goal Setting Strategies

1. Brainstorm for 5 minutes. Think of the ways you can improve your business, and what success means to you. Don’t think too hard and allow your thoughts to come naturally.
2. Next, establish a timeline for each of your goals, whether it is a year, 5 years, 10 years or 20 years.
3. Decide upon a few goals that you wish to focus the majority of your attention on.
4. Now determine the WHY of each of your top three or four goals. (The ‘why’ refers to your reason for wanting this goal to happen…)
5. Decide if the WHY of each of your top three or four goals is “strong” enough-does it empower you enough? If not, pick another goal from that category which does get you motivated and excited.
6. After that, put your goals through the “SMART” system.

S – Specific – Is your goal too vague? Specifics help us to focus our efforts and clearly define what we are going to do. Answered by what, why, and how.
M – Measurable – How will you know when you have succeeded? Establish concrete criteria for measuring progress toward the attainment of each goal you set. If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.
A – Attainable – A goal needs to stretch you slightly so you feel you can do it and it will need a real commitment from you.
R – Realistic – To be realistic, a goal must represent an objective toward which you are both willing and able to work. Your goal is probably realistic if you truly believe that it can be accomplished. Set the bar high enough for a satisfying achievement!
T – Time-bound – Do you have a timeline? Putting an end point on your goal gives you a clear target to work towards.

7.  Finally, beside each goal – write one action step you can take this week to get you closer to your goal.

Once finished, make sure to place your goals in a part of your office that is frequently visited. The probability of accomplishing your goal(s) is increased when your ambitions are reviewed on a day-to-day basis. And remember to have fun with your goal setting. I suggest doing this goal setting session with your staff. Remember to THINK and PLAY BIG the more successful and fulfilled you are, the more you will contribute to the people around you and ultimately, to the world. Furthermore, embrace the fact that what we can think about, we can create-leverage the power of your sub-concient to plant the “right” seeds in your brain and watch what can happen!

To living with passion, purpose and a plan!

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