Setting Business Goals that Work
This guest blog is written by Local First Arizona business coalition member Margo Brown of Wave Productivity.
Many are breathing a sigh of relief after the hectic holiday season, while others are feeling melancholy that it all came and went so quickly. But in most cases, people are now buckling down and becoming re-inspired to set some new goals and create resolutions that they can keep. Here some tips for accomplishing your goals once and for all.
Identify your priorities
You can’t do everything and you can’t focus on what everyone else is doing. What are the most important things to you right now? Others may be jumping on the fitness train, and that may be important to you too, but is it most important? Many people have wonderful intentions to get things done, but then quickly fail due to lack of focus. Paring down a list and identifying three major things you’d like to change is a good way to get focused and accomplish something that is important to you. Once you have identified your priorities, set absolute goals and make a list of real action steps to make your way toward achieving those goals.
Plan to achieve
Set aside specific times to work on your goal to reach it. For example, if your goal is to reach out to your customers proactively, plan ways to do that quarterly. Plan specific times to achieve your goals in your calendar, and keep those appointments with yourself as you would any appointment. Like ‘pay yourself first’—plan yourself first.
W. Clement Stone said it well—“Tell everyone what you want to do and someone will want to help you do it.” Get people enrolled in what you’re doing. Find a friend who has similar goals and make a pact to help each other. When things get tough, you can help each other get back on track. Telling friends and family about your goals also helps to solidify your commitment and compels you to keep it, especially when they ask you how you’re doing with whatever it is you are trying to accomplish!
Don’t give up
On those days when you’re tempted to give up out of frustration, acknowledge all the steps you’ve taken to get to your goal. Reflect on the positive feelings associated with accomplishing the small steps leading to your goal; this will inspire you to keep on working.
Invest in support
If you need help, reach out to find the support that you need. If you really want to get fit this time around, consider hiring a personal trainer. If you truly want to get your personal or business life in order hire a professional organizer. Acknowledging that you can’t always accomplish every detail on your own is often one of the most critical steps to finally achieving your goals, once and for all.
Margo Brown is a Productivity Coach and Professional Organizer with Wave Productivity. She works with entrepreneurs, small business owners and business professionals to help them get more focused, organized and productive in their workplace. She serves the Tempe and Phoenix area in Arizona. If you want to get more organized in your office call 602-677-8275 or email [email protected]. For more information go to www.waveproductivity.com