Your success in life and in your business depends on your ability to not only set goals for yourself or your company, but in actually completing those goals. We hear so much about setting BIG goals, and we should, but what happens when you set these goals and get stuck on how to make them happen. A goal no matter how BIG means nothing if you don’t make it happen. So I’m sharing some easy to do tips so that you don’t let your inability to do everything stop you from doing something.
WRITE, WRITE, WRITE
Most of us already know that it is so important to write your goals down. It actually moves what you’re thinking from just a thought to a commitment. If you’re only thinking about it and haven’t written it down then it’s a wish, not a goal. So write it down. But the one rule that you absolutely must follow to succeed is that you have to describe your goal in complete DETAIL. Make it as specific as possible. For example, compare:
- “I want to make more money”
- “I want to make $5,000 monthly with my new business by the end of this year”
The first option is just a wish, the second is the foundation for a very solid goal.
IN YOUR FACE
Keep the goal fresh on your mind by surrounding yourself with little reminders. This will help you stay focused on your goal and create a clear mental image of what you want. You can write it on a sticky note and stick it on your computer, your mirror, your car dashboard or any place you’ll see it every day. If you don’t like to have sticky notes all over the place, you can type it out on a larger sheet of paper, print it and put it in picture frame and put that on your desktop. You can also buy the business card paper stock and write your goals on them and keep the cards in your wallet
HAVE A BREAKDOWN
Especially with really big goals, and even with some smaller ones, it’s important to approach the goal in smaller tasks versus trying to work on the entire goal at once. Instead of one big chunk, you’ll break it down in to small daily chunks. Every night, write down a small task for the next day. Make it as small as you can. Something that would take no more than 10-15 minutes…it could be as simple as make a phone call, read two page in a book, write 2 pages for your book. Imagine if you committed and completed to writing 2 pages a day for your book. At the end of the week you’d have enough pages written for a chapter. Start somewhere, start small and take away all of your excuses.
The thing about goals is to plan a daily small task because most times you’ll do more than you planned and compete it sooner that expected. But even if you don’t do more than the one phone call, at least you did what you planned and won’t feel guilty or depressed for not reaching your goal because you did meet your daily task for your goal.
Write 1 or 2 goals that you can complete by the end of this year. Follow the tips I gave you above – write the goal(s) in detail, keep the goal in your face, every night write down and assign yourself one small task or a few small tasks for the next day that only take a few minutes each. By the end of year you’ll have completed those 1 or 2 goals and more, or you’ll be so close to complete you’ll just knock them out in no time.