Creating Goals

Creating Goals

 

If there is one thing I’ve learned over the years, about running a business is that creating goals is a challenge!

I find myself asking questions like “Is my goal too big? is it too small? Am I leaving money on the table? Who’s already accomplished this goal? What did they do? Am I good enough?”

Dang. So. Many. Thoughts and Obstacles!

 

Choosing vs Accomplishing

What I have found is, there are massive differences between choosing your goals and accomplishing them… am I right?

For instance, when it comes to choosing my business goals for a new quarter, I used to include a bunch of hopeful goals. Like “make 7 figures in the next 6 months.” or “launch this online course and make 600k because that’s what she did.” But I found that after months and months of trying wild things, listening to all the experts, and beating myself up over not accomplishing them, I just wasn’t reaching my own goals and that can be so defeating!

.. what’s crazier is that I was growing by leaps and bounds but NOT celebrating each milestone because I hadn’t reached THE BIG milestone.

 

Celebrate the Milestones

Each milestone deserves to be rewarded. No matter how small it may look right now, it’s worth the pause and pat on the back.

Because of that, I’ve learned that in order to accomplish the goals that we have set for ourselves as small business owners, it’s far better to create a clear path of small goals that lead naturally to big success.

It’s great to shoot high and surround yourself with examples of success (like a business coach or a mastermind). But it’s also just as great to accomplish smaller more achievable goals and celebrate each one along the way!

 

The Step by Step Process

 

Here are my 5 easy steps that you can take to accomplish any goal you create for your business or yourself.

 

STEP #1 – MAKE IT SMALLER

Sure, you may want to start out with big massive goals when first envisioning what you want. However, if you want any real chance of reaching your goals, then you’ll have to seriously change the huge goals, into smaller goals.

Take your big goals and create small goal benchmarks to work toward. You’ll find that the huge goal you’ve created for yourself turns into something easier and more achievable due to the fact you’ve created smaller, more manageable steps.

Example: Your big goal might be to get 1000 email subscribers, but if you set your small goal to 50 subscribers, it’s far easier and more fun to work the goal and celebrate.

 

STEP #2 – MAKE IT REASONABLE

A properly made goal should probably stretch you to get out of your comfort zone a bit, but not so far that it feels impossible.

For instance, I don’t know a single person who wouldn’t love to add a million dollars to their bank account this year, but if you’ve never been close before, you might be thinking “how exactly will I get there if I’ve never done it before?”

Seeing other people achieve our goals is encouraging, but when we can’t wrap our heads around exactly how someone did it, then the goal because more unreasonable and unachievable. So, you may have to start with a wide variety of more believable and smaller goals.

Once you start creating more practical goals, you’ll see how it can dissect big dreams into smaller bite-sized ones that help you learn and become better along the way.

Example: Going from 50k to 7-figures in revenue a year is a huge leap. But going from 50k to 100k a year may seem more doable.

 

STEP #3 – MAKE IT KNOWN

To attain your goals, you’ll want to have the right cheerleaders on the journey. Start telling people who are supportive and care about your success with your goal and business. You’ll find that these are the people who will be there when you face challenges.

For the last few months, I’ve made it publicly known that I am hiring more VA’s and am working on processes and procedures for the hiring process. Since sharing this goal publicly, I’ve received countless words of advice and suggestions of where I might find a good VA.

By shouting your goal from the rooftops, you also keep yourself responsible for the goals, which will ultimately help you reach them.

 

STEP #4 – MAKE IT TRACKABLE

When goals are created into smaller benchmarks, it helps to create some milestones and occasions that have a cumulative effect on the big picture. For instance, if you want to grow your email list to a big goal of 1000 subscribers but commit to the smaller goals of 50 subscribers a week, then write it down and track it!

One service that does this really well on one dashboard is called DATABOX. Tracking your goals will assist you in adding real measurable differences from where you were to where you are right now. Tracking your metrics and growth will let you see how your reset goals at each of the small milestones that you’ve set.

 

STEP #5 – MAKE IT FUN

Figure out a way to rejoice in your victories. Make tracking the growth you make towards your goals exciting and meaningful. The extra joy you feel, the more successful you’ll be in accomplishing your goals.

The motivation for setting goals isn’t only to acquire them; it is about what you learn for the duration of the journey. Learn to enjoy all the steps along the way. Don’t just celebrate the destination but also make time to enjoy every step leading you there.

 

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4 Distractions That Drain Your Focus on Your Goals

4 Distractions That Drain Your Focus on Your Goals

4 Distractions That Drain Your Focus on Your Goals

 

There are plenty of distractions in the modern world. They take away your focus and your energy and can stop you from having the life you want. Below are 4 Distractions That Drain Your Focus on Your Goals.

If you’re not hitting your goals, maybe it’s time to look at your main distractions and do something about them.

 

Here are the most common distractions that are likely stopping you from living your best life:

 

  1. Social Media

It won’t surprise you to hear that the biggest distraction for most people is social media and the hours it eats out of the day. Take a quick look at your Instagram feed or Facebook, and before you know it, you’re mindlessly scrolling through what looks like other people’s perfect lives.

It’s time to take stock and decide how much of your life you want to spend watching what other people are doing. Set some boundaries about when and how long you will spend on social media. Take a look at your “friends” and see if they’re people you want to know.

 

  1. Smart Phones

Smartphones are great tools, but they can quickly become a huge distraction. Look around and see how many people are walking down the street with their eyes glued to their phones. Think about how long you can go without checking your phone. Try leaving your phone in your purse or your pocket when you go out for a meal. Leave it at home when you take the dog for a walk.

Another tip is to cull some of the apps on your phone. Work out what you need and delete the rest. And remember mobile games are one of the biggest time-sucks.

Think about how you want to use your time and be strategic about how you use your phone.

<strong>How To Focus</strong>

Build up your focus stamina. Each person may start off with a certain amount of time… 1) Reading is a great way to build up your focus. 2) Multi-task less. Though many people think that multitasking is a great way to accomplish goals more… 3) Pick the right time and place. Though you may not have the luxury of choosing when to start…
  1. Online Watching

How much time do you waste watching meaningless YouTube videos or binge-watching box sets? These might feel like simple, relaxing things to do, but if you’re not careful, they can drain as much time as social media.

Keep focused on how you want your life to be and make decisions about how much recreational TV you want to watch.

 

  1. Negative People

Giving your time away to negative people can be damaging to your success. Yes, that’s right! You can probably name the people at the office or in your life who drain you of energy and who take up a lot of time with their complaining, attention-seeking, and neediness.

 

If there are people around you who are undermining your chances of meeting your goals, you need to set some healthy boundaries and get out of their orbit.

Look for positive, high energy people who will support you and cheer you on.

We can help you with that!

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