Although you should be looking at your goals on a daily basis for your business to make sure you are on track how many of us do? Around this time of the year, we think about goal setting for the new year. Often, we start off with the best intentions but then life happens, and we get off track. Recently I’ve been working on setting goals and how you can put things in place to make it easier to focus on them on a daily basis. One big tip I’ve learned is to make sure you build your tasks for your goals into your routine so that they become a habit. That way you will move your business forward every day with a minimal amount of effort. Here are some tips on how I set goals for my business now, see if any of them resonate with you.
- What is the vision for your business for the next year, five years, 10 years? Is this vision challenging and motivating? Does it work with your purpose in life? Do you know what your purpose is?
- What goals do you need to create to make this vision a reality?
- Are your goals inspiring, and challenging, are they dependent on external things or internal things? Are they just outside your comfort zone enabling you to grow and do incredible things with your business?
- How important are these goals to you? They must be meaningful and inspire you to grow and succeed in your business in order for them to be important enough for you to follow through on a daily basis.
- What do you expect to achieve and by when? Be realistic but push yourself to the limit of when you think you could achieve them to create a sense of urgency so that you are inspired to move forward every day.
- What could distract you from achieving your goals and what plan could you put in place to ensure that you follow through on your process? Try and think of everything that could possibly happen so that you know exactly what you will do if it does!
- Are you truly committed to these goals? Are there any habits you need to give up or start to make time to work on this goal? What doesn’t serve you at the moment that takes up your time? Think about how you could replace these with meaningful projects.
- Look at your vision for the next year and using the 80/20 rule, which 20% of goals will move your business forward the quickest? What is the goal that will have the most impact on your business? Start with this goal first.
- How could you break these goals down into manageable steps each month, and then each day? If you’re time-poor break these goals down into 10-minute tasks, and you’ll be amazed how quickly you move forward towards your goal. Momentum is key here to do something to move forward EVERY day.
- Write these daily tasks down on your to-do list and make sure you complete them at the beginning of the day before you look at anything else that may distract you or push you off course. Remember to do your deep work first before you log on to the internet or look at your phone.
- Journal about your goals and tasks on a daily basis to keep them foremost in your mind.
- Do you need to change your mindset in order to complete your goals? If so, think about how you might do this.
- Do you need to change the type of people you network with to more positive, successful entrepreneurs to inspire you to create the business you want?
- Do you need to change the environment you work in so that you feel more motivated? Maybe go to a co-working venue a couple of days a week? Think about how you could change the outside influences to inspire you or reduce distractions.
- If things don’t go the right way, find out why and what you could put in place to do better next time.
- Create mini milestones and reward yourself along the way.
- Do you need an accountability partner? If so, who could you ask? Could you also be their accountability partner and meet up once a month to see how things are progressing?
- Make sure that you look after your energy and get enough sleep, eat well, and move frequently throughout the day. Keep yourself in the best possible shape so that you can give all you have to the goals you have created. Are there things you do or people you know who sap your energy? Think about how you could avoid these things to make sure you have the energy you need to focus on what’s important.
- Remember, don’t focus on your business at the cost of your family, friends and things you enjoy. It’s important to live a balanced life to feel fulfilled and happy. Doing things, you love helps combat stress, low mood, and depression enabling you to look after your well-being so that you can focus on things that matter.
These are just a few things that I hope may help you look at your goals in a different way so that you can move forward on a daily basis to create your vision and succeed.
Here’s to your success in 2023!
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