Goal Setting in Four Simple Steps
Posted by Meredith Liepelt on July 12, 2008 in Business Start Up Advice, Marketing [ 0 Comments ]
Goal setting is a critical skill to learn for any business owner. Without knowing where you are going, “any road will get you there,” as said so poetically in Alice in Wonderland. Without a clear understanding of where you are heading, you are almost guaranteed to become side-tracked by opportunities that will pull you off of your true course and original intention.
There are four simple things that you can do to help you define your goals and stay on track:
- Commit your goals to paper. Research shows that less than 5% of business owners actually write down their goals. However those who do write out their goals generate up to 10 times the revenue what others do! Now if that’s not incentive to take 30 minutes to write down your goals, I don’t know what is!
- Ask yourself why you want the goal. Dig deep to find out why it’s important to you. This will help you experience the root of your desire. For example, if your goal is to create an additional income stream of $20,000 in the next six months, make sure you know why that is important. Do you want to take the summer off? Go on vacation? Pay off your car? You can even post a picture of your goal in your office if that is helpful to you. Knowing the essence of why you want to reach a goal is extremely motivating!
- Next you should list out all of the different things you need to do to in order to reach your goal. For example, I brainstorm each step and write them individually on a post it note and put them all on my wall. From there, I organize the post it notes into categories and/or into a flow chart so I can see what needs to happen first, second and so forth. From there, I put each step into my calendar so I can be assured that if I just accomplish one or two things toward my goal on the assigned day, I will be directly on target to meet my goal.
- Lastly, if you share your goals with a trusted and supportive resource, you are much more likely to achieve your goals. It takes courage to put yourself out there and tell others what your goals are, particularly if they are financial goals. But if you choose wisely, you’ll find the support to be uplifting and very helpful.
© 2008 Meredith Liepelt, Rich Life Marketing
Meredith Liepelt, President of Rich Life Marketing, publishes Smart Marketing, a free bi-weekly ezine featuring marketing tips, insider secrets and thought provoking articles designed to help the busy female entrepreneur become known as an expert in her field, build trust with clients and prospects and generate more income than ever before. Claim your free subscription today at www.richlifemarketing.com.