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5 Tips That Increase the Odds of Achieving Your Goals

5 Tips That Increase the Odds of Achieving Your Goals

Have you ever felt like the goals you set in your business were unachievable? Here’s the reality: you’ve got to take a giant leap if you want to turn your dreams into a reality. To achieve your goals, you’ve got to do more than just write them down. After all, goals that become a reality are all steeped in our behaviors and our ability to make them actionable.

Before you get started with developing your monthly, quarterly, or annual goals, you should first start by identifying what new or updated programs and/or services you want to accomplish. What are the most important things that need to be done to create success or help you realize your goal? What projects do you need to complete in your business? It’s not always easy to choose a goal to focus on when there are so many ideas for you to tackle. Here’s an activity that will help you identify a goal in your business:

  • List three to five “projects” that you believe will improve your business.
  • Consider all the steps that would need to be completed to successfully accomplish these project.
  • Choose the projects that would have the most immediate benefit to your business.

Once you know what you want to get done, create S.M.A.R.T. goals. These are goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound.

These strategies will allow you to create S.M.A.R.T. goals and transform your dreams into reality to support your business’ success:

Create a goal that is specific and focused.

Your business goal should be focused on and identify a tangible outcome you want to achieve. Without being specific your goal runs the risk of being too vague about what you actually want to achieve. Also identify what resources you are going to leverage to achieve success, where appropriate.

Also, think about who’s responsible for supporting this goal. Having specifics in your goal statements helps you to claim responsibility for doing everything that needs to be done to accomplish the goal.

Make sure your goal is measurable.

How will you know if you have accomplished your goal or are making progress towards your goal? It starts with stating the metric you will use to determine success. For example, if you want to increase sales for your business, you should indicate by how much you want to increase sales. A measurable goal would then include a statement such as “increase quarterly sales by 15%”. The inclusion of measurement helps you know when you have achieved the goal and even when you surpass that goal.

Ensure your goal is attainable.

As you develop a goal, it can be easy to create goals that go well beyond your reach. For instance, if your business can only reasonably develop 10 “widgets” per week, it may not be attainable for you to set a goal at 100 “widgets” in a month. Although you want to create some level of stretch in your goals, you always want to make sure you can reasonably accomplish your goal within a certain time frame.

Develop goals relevant to your long-term vision.

Relevant goals will be in line with your vision for the business over time. Your goals should be oriented to those activities that will move your business forward. If your priority this year is to launch a new service or product, then your goal should be aligned with that activity. Creating relevant goals is about getting real with yourself and ensuring you are trying to achieve something that is worthwhile to your business, is aligned with your values, and is a priority focus for the business.

Set a deadline.

All goals need a deadline. A time-bound goal helps to motivate you to apply focus and discipline to achieve the goal. Write your goal as specific and targeted. Here is an example:

Not so great goal example

“My goal is to create a new website.”

Instead, using S.M.A.R.T. goal principles you might develop the following goal:

“By December 1, 2022, publish a redesigned website. “

You also want to create the objectives or activities that will help you reach your goal. For instance, the steps to your new website design might include:

  • Purchasing a new template by November 1, 2022
  • Writing my website content by November 10, 2022
  • Uploading new content and images by November 15, 2022
  • Allowing my team to provide feedback by November 21, 2022
  • Implementing input by November 27, 2022
  • Complete final review and publish on December 1, 2022

This statement provides a clear endpoint but still allows the goal to be accomplished sooner. It may be more practical for you to limit the timeframe to 12 weeks or less. Or if a goal will require a more significant period, break the goal down into smaller, multiple goals so you can see the progress along the way.

Lasting Thoughts

Remember to prioritize your goal. Your brain is inundated with countless things every day. Your mind needs to know that this goal is an essential task to be achieved. The best way to keep your mind focused on your goal is by developing strong, positive emotions. Imagine what it would feel like to achieve your goal. Imagine the ideal scene. What would you see, smell, think, and feel? The better your vision, the greater your odds of success.

While there are multiple ways to set goals in your business, the tips above have proven highly effective for many entrepreneurs. If you are serious about achieving your goals but need support in developing a strategic plan of action, I am here to help.

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