“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” Tony Robbins
“Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.” Bo Jackson
“People with clear, written goals, accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them could ever imagine.” Brian Tracy
I follow a woman entrepreneur on Facebook who is experiencing tremendous growth in her business. One thing she repeats often is how her goals have driven her to the successes she is experiencing daily.
Of course she is taking action on her goals, but it occurred to me that goal setting is what separates the true business women from those who have a glorified hobby.
Based on her posts she is able to work more efficiently and with purpose. She isn’t playing around because she knows what activities she must complete to move forward.
She is humbled and amazed at her own accomplishments. Based on goal setting experts, that is the purpose and power of creating goals. Goals have the ability to propel you toward your success.
In order to experience successful outcomes in your business for 2013 you must set goals. Let’s look at why we should set goals, when to set goals, and how to set them.
Why Set Goals
Goals give you direction-clear specific goals gives you a clear road map and the steps to get there.
Goals formulate your daily activities-by giving you clear steps to take daily, also known as your to-do-list.
Goals help you measure where you are-based on the road map you create you can tell how far you have gone and how far you need to go.
Goals inspire creative thinking-once you are clear on what you want to accomplish it requires creative thinking to make it happen.
When to Set Goals
Set Goals Annually-annual goals map out what you hope to have accomplished by the close of 12 months. NOW is the best time to set your goals for 2013. This will make you more productive and positions you to have more successes.
Set Goals Quarterly-quarterly goals help you to break larger goals down so that you can experience an accomplishment. Quarterly goals also provide you an opportunity to assess your progress or lack thereof. You can modify or make changes so that your annual results end the way you desire.
Set Goals Monthly– monthly goals make your annual goals manageable. You can sort your steps into projects or tasks. Projects can represent your monthly goals and tasks can be the little steps toward project completion. It’s up to you to determine what kind of activities lead to the outcomes expressed in your goals.
Set Goals Weekly-weekly goals help you experience more productive weeks. If you make a conscience effort to sit down and plan your week, your goals will guide your planning. Having weekly accomplishments builds your esteem and your business. Our productivity or lack thereof is always visible to us and it can ruin a week or improve it.
Set Goals Daily-daily goals are the tasks you must complete in order to accomplish your weekly goals. These daily tasks get you closer to your goal quicker-if they were properly planned.
How to Set Goals
Make your goals SMART-this is the formula for constructing an achievable goal.
- Specific=clearly express what, why, and how.
- Measurable=your statement should express criteria that showcases progress towards your goal.
- Attainable=your goal should be achievable based on your skills, talents, & abilities. Being creative helps you to create solutions that can overcome your limitations-make it happen.
- Relevant & Realistic= is this goal relevant and realistic for your business and lifestyle?
- Time-bound=set a date to attain your goal- goals are projects that have an end or achievement.
Use “I”– this helps your subconscious mind make the goal real and personal for you.
Use action verbs-this helps your mind focus on WHAT to do.
Write in present tense-writing in present tense sends a command to your subconscious mind and programs it to get to work NOW! Present tense makes your goal already a reality in your mind.
I earn $10,000 a month in my business coaching practice by providing valuable information products, content, and consulting services to women entrepreneurs on or before February 28, 2013.
Specifics= I earn $10,000 a month (what), providing value (why), information products, content, and consulting services (how)
Measurable=$10,000 a month-you must do activities daily to earn $2,500 a week. You can measure daily how much you are earning and what activities get you there, or prevent you from making that amount.
Attainable/Relevant & Realistic= what must be done in order to make $10,000 a month from providing valuable information products, content, and consulting services. Create a list and a plan based on this information. Based on your findings ask yourself: is this attainable, relevant and realistic for me and my life? Get creative, what can you do to make it attainable?
Goal Setting Resources
Video: 10 Step Method to Setting Goals and Achieving Your Goals Brian Tracy
eReport: Goals! By Brian Tracy-this is a f.ree downloadable guide that gives you great step by step instructions. Found on the top of the homepage.
Video: Work Smart: How to Write a To-Do List
Article: How To Achieve All Your Goals by Dani Johnson
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