Goal setting is an important part of growing a small business.
Setting goals doesn't have to be a chore. It also doesn't have to become an exercise in frustration. “Yes, it can be disappointing to have goals, then feel overwhelmed when it comes to getting things done. But there are ways to make goal setting easier and certainly less stressful,” says Deborah A. Bailey, Author, Entrepreneur and Radio Host of the popular Women Entrepreneurs Radio™.
Here are 5 Goal Setting Tips
Decide What You Do Want
Yes, we often spend more time focused on what we don't want, but here's a way to make it work for you. Has your career hit a wall? Or do you wish you could get in shape? Wish you could stick to that budget? Make a list of the things you don't want in your life. Write them down so that you can refer to the list as you go forward. Be honest about the things that really irritate you. Ready to come to terms? Great. Use that list as a starting point for what you do want. Use it to release the things that are holding you back.
List Your Accomplishments So Far
When we get frustrated, it's easy to forget how far we've come. What have you already done that you're really proud of? Stop beating yourself up and take a good look at what you've already achieved.
Keep It Simple
We can overwhelm ourselves with too many goals. We can't change everything in a day. So don't try! Take it step by step. If you take consistent action, you will get to where you want to be.
Picture Your Ultimate Life
Where do you see yourself six months, one year or even five years from now? Will your goals help you to get there? For instance, if one of your goals is to make healthy eating choices, but you can't picture yourself getting regular exercise or living a healthy lifestyle--will you really be able to achieve that goal? Or if you see yourself with abundant wealth, yet you find it hard to manage your money--is that really a goal you can accomplish?
Write It Down
If you're not into using a journal, you can just make a list on paper or online. Just get your goals written down and accessible. Writing down your goals will make them real.
Setting goals will help you to stretch and grow. Yet if you don't take action, your goals will be nothing but daydreams. Take charge of your goals and focus on results. You can do it!
Deborah A. Bailey is author of two non-fiction books including, “Think Like an Entrepreneur: Transforming Your Career and Taking Charge of Your Life.” She's also the creator and host of Women Entrepreneurs Radio, a weekly internet talk show. Her fiction work includes a short story collection and a novel, available on Amazon.com.
For more information, visit BrightStreetBooks.com and WomenEntrepreneurSecrets.com.