We’re two weeks into the New Year and I bet many people have already broken one of their New Year’s resolutions! Personally I stopped “resolving” to do things a long a time ago because for me, resolutions only resulted in some type of failure.
However, setting proper goals and aligning them with where you want your business to be in 3 – 5 years can help you achieve things you probably never thought you could.
Make sure your goals are S.M.A.R.T.:
- S – Specific about what you want to achieve;
- M – Measurable so you can track your progress;
- A- Achievable;
- R – Relevant to the target market you wish to influence;
- T – Time-based, usually a short period of time (no more than a year).
Keep in mind the following tips:
- Set no more than 3 goals at a time – Limit yourself to those that you truly want to achieve. We all have a lot of things to get done, but goals should make you reach to achieve, but if you set too many goals, you’ll put too much of a burden on yourself to achieve them.
- Write them down – I use a chart (download a template) to create the plan for achieving my goals. Fill in the goal, the actions and the dates you will accomplish each action to get you there. Then print it and keep it visible to you.
- Now, follow Chris Brogan’s advice on converting your goals into a keyword equivalent and keep focused on those words for the year.