Setting goals is crucial to the success of your business, especially when you have a lot of things going on. Goals prompt action, provides you with something to aim for and function as the yardstick to measure the success of your business.
Goals should be something that you can chart and measure. And one of the ways to do this is to set your goals’ timelines and you need to know the necessary steps to reach your deadlines. Setting long-term and short-term goals in your business will help you reach your deadlines.
Your attitude towards setting your goals will determine if you will be successful in achieving your goals or not. Most people believe in the importance of goal-setting, however, there is just about five percent of people who are religiously writing their goals or action plans to achieve these goals. The fear to commit to goals is the most common barrier for people not wanting to write their goals. Do not let yourself be part of this five percent. Be brave and diligent on your goals. If you feel that you are or have the tendency to be in this five percent, here are some tricks to help you conquer the fear of goals:
Set your short-term and long-term goals.
Consider setting weekly, quarterly and monthly goals. A good way to determine your short-term goals is to set your long-term goals first. This way, you’ll be able to set your short-term goals in parallel of your long-term goals. Achieving your short-term goals one at a time will keep you motivated and aim higher to reach your long-term goals.
Set specific goals and gauge them with deadlines.
“Increase sales” is a common goal in any business. However, jotting down that alone will not call you to action. Modify your goals by making them specific—how much increase in sales do you want and when do you want to attain this?
Set realistic but challenging goals.
Set goals that are realistic to the circumstances and resources in your business. If you aim to secure one client a month, challenge yourself to push at least two more. Your goals should help you accomplish a specific aim. Believe that your short-term goals are worthwhile, so that you’ll be inspired to make the necessary efforts to achieve your short-term goals all the way to your long-term goals.
Review your goals regularly.
Chase your daily inspiration through your goals. Write them down, stick them on your wall above your desk, and read through them first thing every day—so that you’ll be constantly reminded of what you need to attain. Cross-examine your weekly and monthly goals to see if you are on the right track and. As changes are constant in the market, be ready to edit your goals, as versatility is an important component of setting your goals.
When you complete a goal, grab a big black marker and cross it out. Why would this be a great practice to continue always, no matter how well you are doing? Simple. Every time you cross something off that list you are emotionally and visually confirming to yourself that you have succeeded! The power of this can be subtle for some, but amazingly powerful for most.