If you’re a business owner, it’s safe to say that you have goals. Not just any goals, but big, monstrous, meaningful goals that you want to accomplish. Whether it is on a personal or professional level, setting a list of goals is easy but accomplishing them? That can be a challenge.
It’s easy to start Q1 with a ton of motivation and determination; in January, you are coming right out of the gate and crushing obstacles. But it’s also easy to lose momentum in the second and third months of the year.
John Dumas of EOFire gave insight on how he wanted to achieve a personal change. In order for him to do so, he needed to make a solid battle plan to help him get there. Dumas recommends that in order to actually dream what you achieve, you need to set actionable goals instead of vague ones. By creating a concrete plan of action, he was able to make his business successful and offered a list of ways to help you and your business do the same.
- Make your goals S.M.A.R.T.
The first step in making your dream a reality is by creating S.M.A.R.T. goals. This plan is not just smart (wink), but is essential fuel to have your business succeed.
- Specific: Goals that are clearly defined get accomplished: vague ones become forgotten.
- Measureable: X amount of clients and $X in monthly revenue.
- Attainable: Think big, but put a cap on how long it’ll take: 30, 60, or 90 days.
- Relevant: Set goals that further your business and yourself.
- Time-bound: Aim for 100 days or less.
If your goals don’t meet any of the steps above, progress must be made until they do. Take 15 minutes to measure one of your goals and make sure they align with the S.M.A.R.T. criteria.
- Set up your goals into smaller steps
Sometimes goals often feel too far out of reach to accomplish. Think of it like this… A 13 mile run can’t be accomplished in just one step, right? Instead of being overly concerned about how far away your goal is, be aware of a single step each day which will help you get closer to the planned outcome.
- Look back at your progress
By breaking your goals down into smaller steps, any dream is achievable. To be sure that progress is being made toward your goal, set up a reviewing process to keep yourself on track. Based on how long the timeframe is, split it up evenly (90 days: every 30 days, or 100 days: every 25 days). These sessions will help review the actions and track progress towards your goals.
When it comes to tracking your goals, it’s easy for it to become repetitive. Goal-tracking strategies are designed to help your business achieve your dream. Whether you break it down into the review dates, or a set day sprint, accomplishing your #1 goal is only 90 or 100 days away.