It’s that time of year when business owners reflect on the past year and re-evaluate how to grow their business even more this coming year. Non-business owners and students also reflect on the previous year (or semester) and make plans for the next quarter or next semester. Everyone has dreams but not everyone focuses enough to achieve them. Follow these steps to help get you to your targets.
Setting targets allows you to laser-focus on what you want
Instead of waking every morning with no idea what tasks to focus on, having your targets written down allows you to make a daily to do list with tasks leading toward your goal. No more “flying by the seat of your pants.” Instead, follow your action plan or checklist and focus on important tasks instead of busy work.
Keep yours in sight and look at them daily
A vision board hung in your office reminds you every day about your WHY…why are you working so hard? What do you want to accomplish? Even if you write a simple goal list, keep that list posted right next to your desk so you can read it every day. Keeping a list hidden in your desk or in a file somewhere on your desktop doesn’t serve the same purpose; soon enough your list is forgotten and you’re off track.
Be prepared for some hiccups along the way
Embarking on any journey, particularly in the realm of business, is akin to navigating a winding road with unexpected twists and turns. Challenges often rear their heads just when you’re riding the wave of confidence, thinking you’ve got the hang of things. However, these hurdles need not cast a permanent shadow on your day or derail your progress toward your aims. Instead of succumbing to the stress, view these challenges as opportunities for growth. Take a proactive approach to problem-solving, swiftly identifying solutions and getting back on track. Once a predicament is resolved, it’s not merely a closed chapter; it’s a valuable lesson waiting to be documented. Consider keeping a detailed record of the issue and the steps you took to overcome it. This proactive measure ensures that you’re not caught off guard if a similar challenge arises in the future. Having a well-documented list of possible solutions transforms uncertainty into a manageable aspect of your journey. History, as they say, has a tendency to repeat itself, and armed with a comprehensive list of solutions, you’ll be well-prepared to face any obstacle that comes your way in the future, turning setbacks into stepping stones toward greater success.
Find an accountability partner
Voicing your goals to a partner brings your goals to life and it forces you to do the work or risk the shame of telling your partner you didn’t meet your goals. An effective accountability partner will ask follow-up questions and won’t be afraid to hold their partner’s “feet to the fire.” One way to make this partnership more fun is to make a consequence whenever someone doesn’t deliver on their weekly goals. Whether that’s paying for lunch or donating to a charity, it raises the bar a bit higher.
Know and understand the real purpose of your goals
This step requires digging a bit deeper into your life and your WHY. Why do you want to earn six figures? To pay for your high schooler’s college so they will graduate debt-free? So you can move your family to your dream home? So you can donate money to local charities? There are no right or wrong answers. Your answer will make setting goals important to YOU and you alone.