Although many reflect and set business goals at the end of the year for the new year, know that business goal setting and planning (or any goal setting for that matter) can take place any time.
Depending on what goals you want to achieve and within a what specific time frame will determine how many steps you’ll need to take and what time you’ll need to commit to reach that particular goal.
Objective: Determine what business goals you want to achieve in 2019, plan, take action, and hold yourself accountable. Let’s begin!
First, write down what went well in your business in 2018 and what didn’t go well. Next, start brainstorming ideas on different ways you can better serve your clients—ideal clients.
Ideal clients are people you who value your work and view you as an industry experts, serious about moving their job search forward, and willing to invest in themselves.
When setting goals and brainstorming ideas, don’t be afraid to stretch yourself a little and step out of your comfort zone. Not leaving your comfort zone is what limits the possibilities of seeing what you’re capable of doing when given the chance.
Change is good and can be very exciting once you begin to see all of the possibilities that can derive from that one change!
If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.
7 Steps to Reaching Your Business Goals
1. Set Realistic Goals—Avoid Setting Yourself Up for Disappointment
For example, let’s say you set a goal to create and launch a new product or coaching program in three months but you have no idea what your new product is or what your coaching program entails to ensure a smooth delivery to your clients, you’re pretty much setting yourself up for disappointment.
Consider the amount of time and commitment it’s going to require of you. Set goals that you know you can achieve within the time frame you give yourself to reach them.
If you have one big goal for the year, break it into smaller goals to help you with the follow through process. Breaking your big goal into smaller ones is less overwhelming and it allows you to make the most of your time, efforts, and energy at each stage. (Think bite-size pieces.)
2. Make Your Goals Specific & Work on One Goal at a Time
It’s easier to see what progress you’re making when your goals are specific and you’re clear on what activities you want to do each day.
Planning out your work schedule will be that more focused on achieving each business goal by the projected deadline. The chances of you experiencing disappointment at the end of the year because you didn’t reach your intended goals will be a thing of the past.
3. Determine What Tasks Need to Take Place to Achieve Each Goal
Create a simple goal-setting outline, jotting down the tasks and activities on your calendar and taking action. There’s no right or wrong way to create your outline. The main thing is that it works for you. Below is a simple outline I put together that you can use or can be used as a guide in helping you create your own.
Primary Business Goal: _________________________ Achievement Date: _______________
a. __________________________ Notes: _________________________________
b. __________________________ Notes: _________________________________
c. __________________________ Notes: _________________________________
Action Steps for Task/Activity:
a. __________________________ Complete By: ____________________________
b. __________________________ Complete By: ____________________________
c. __________________________ Complete By: ____________________________
4. Dedicate at Least 1-2 Hrs/Day or 5-10 Hrs/Week to Create Momentum
Block out this time on your calendar and honor it. Treat this time as a “client” appointment. Out of respect for your client and their time, standing them up would be unacceptable. Why would you treat yourself any less?
5. Write Down Each Business Goal on an Index Card
Specify an end date on the top line for each goal and list the steps you plan to take below it. Clip or band your goal cards together and place them somewhere in your office where you can easily see the one goal card you’re working on to inspire and motivate you to work toward it each day.
Seeing your goal card and the related tasks on your desk calendar serve the same purpose—a steady reminder that you’re on track and one day closer to reaching it!
6. DON’T Keep It a Secret
Publicly state your business goal by sharing it with colleagues or a group you belong to. Sharing your goal with someone will make a BIG difference because it’s no longer just known by you. Others will be aware of your goal and will look forward to hearing about your journey and progress you’re making along the way.
Yes, I know it may be a little scary to share your goal with others. However, you’ll be amazed with the support you’ll get from sharing it and when you achieve your goal, they’ll be there to cheer you on and celebrate with you!
7. Find Yourself an Accountability Buddy
Your accountability buddy should be someone who you can trust to be honest and up front with you. It’s in your best interest not to pick someone who might be hesitant to ask you the tough questions if you don’t follow through with what you said you were going to do.
For example, picking your best friend, spouse, or significant other would more likely let you slide or will avoid asking you challenging questions because they’re afraid of hurting your feelings or starting an argument.
You want your accountability buddy to be someone who will “hold your feet to the fire” and will give you constructive criticism. A person who is not afraid to show you tough love when you need it.
Now it is up to you. What goals do you want to accomplish in your business for 2019 to make it your best year ever? Share in the comments and “Step 6” won’t seem so bad!