You may not believe this is true until you have tried this yourself, but setting goals can be a very emotionally difficult task especially when it comes to growing your home business. I’m always surprised when entrepreneurs are hesitant to write down their personal and/or professional goals.
- I often here things like this:
- It’s too hard to think so far into the future
- I really don’t have time to
- I can’t achieve them anyway
- I do not want to be disappointed when they don’t happen
- I do not want to commit if I can’t achieve them
When I hear people making comments like this, I realize they have missed the whole point in setting goals. Goals help us focus on where we are right now to where we want to be in the future.
With this in mind, here are my top five tips in setting goals:
1. Make the goal something you truly want to achieve. This may seem simple but often times without even know it; we often set our goals to make others happy. If your goal isn’t coming from your heart, then it probably will never become a reality. This works just the same with business goals. They need to be your own business goals. Ones in which you are willing to be totally committed to in energy and time.
2. Write in detail why this goal is so important to you. If the WHY is big enough you will be truly committed to making your goal a reality. The heartfelt why will become your motivation to keep you going through the rough patches. Running a successful business takes a lot of inner motivation and you can use this inner motivation to move your business forward.
3. You must have flexibility. Remember that nothing is set in stone. A real goal has a start date and an end date. Be flexible enough to change these dates if you need to. Your goals are not set in stone – they can be adjusted or changed when any unforeseen circumstances happen. Be sure you are being flexible enough to change to end date or even the whole goal itself.
4. Be sure to always be moving forward, one positive step at a time. Remember that goals are reached in bite sized pieces. Looking at the entire goal without dividing it up into smaller more doable tasks can be extremely overwhelming. The big difference between those who achieve their goals and those who don’t is being able to break down the goal into smaller more manageable tasks.
5. Celebrate each success. Making sure you celebrate all your successes along the way is important because this gives you the motivational and emotional boost you need to achieve the goal. The more joy you can pour into achieving your goal, the more likely it is you will achieve that goal.
Bottom Line: Use these goals as your road map to a successful and fulfilling professional future. Focus your energy and time on how reaching your goals can make your home business more joyful and satisfying.