Although 2019 is well underway, setting goals is important in starting a fresh week, month, or quarter. It’s also where you get to have some fun on illustrating your future by bringing in your biggest dreams of progress. Planning for your business is especially fun because you can fulfill your vision and cater to an audience at the same time. Goals facilitate progress and progress changes the game.
1) Get Creative
Think of what is on your vision board, Your wildest biz-related dreams! A lavish team building trip at the beach! A fancy new marketing campaign! Contemporary new packaging! How about a yoga corner in the office? All of your craziest desires can come true with proper planning, that's why this step is so vital in your journey to goal-setting efficiency. What are some big changes, moves, and materials that can take your business to the next level? Think about opportunities in any departments that will facilitate reaching heights in this upcoming year. Dig deep, put them out into the universe and bring them to fruition with the following steps.
2) Plan by Period
Break your goals down to a timeline. Evaluate what your cycle is, whether weekly, monthly, or quarterly, and assign actions to deadlines. Align these actions to specific weeks and months, create deadlines that are actionable, achievable, and assigned to appropriate people. This will also create accountability. Accountability is necessary in creating these shifts. This is the perfect technique to really make a difference and create sustainable change. Design this calendar around special events, product/service launches, or national holidays. For example, dropping a collection of novelty tees just in time for a big movie launch.
Chance caters to a prepared mind. - Louis Pastuer
3) Give Yourself a Timeline But Also Some Credit
Get focal and intentional with your deadlines, so they work as your checkpoints. They are clear indications of where you've gone and where you need to be to reach your goals. Don't beat yourself up if you miss one or two of these dates. These are meant to keep you motivated and on track, not to enable self-sabotage of your grind. Life happens and even though business IS business, you're still human and can't have control of everything. Take some time to acknowledge your progress, you've made it this far and you deserve a little victory dance. It will keep your engine fired, we promise.
4) Make Lists
Lists are the ingredients to your perfect soup! They're the pieces to the puzzle to lead you into the next step. Each list should be curated from top priority to the least and based off of your personalized timeline. Place them in places you'll be able to revisit often. Your IPhone notes or wallpaper, Post-Its in your workspace, above your mirror or car dashboard. Do whatever makes it easy to check-in and check off as your #goalslaying
5) Pat Yourself on The Back
Lists are the ingredients to your perfect soup! They're the pieces to the puzzle to lead you into the next step. Each list should be curated from top priority to the least and based on your personalized timeline. Put them in places you'll be able to revisit often like your IPhone notes or wallpaper, Post-Its in your workspace, above your mirror or car dashboard. Do whatever makes it easy to check-in and check off as you’re #goalslaying
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