Do You Have Goals for Your Future?
If you are like many small business owners, you have a big picture notion of where you want to go in the future. But you might not have a roadmap for how to get where you want to go. To achieve what you really want in business, you’ll need to do some planning — starting with identifying realistic, concrete goals and moving on to planning the milestones toward your destination.
Why We Put Off Goal-Setting
Planning is easy to put off when we’re overwhelmed and super busy in our business lives every day. As a result, we often focus on short-term planning just to get through the current day, week, or month. And people have varying attitudes about goals that complicate matters. Do any of these ring a bell?
- Your goals seem elusive, because you don’t have a workable plan to achieve them.
- The thought of planning feels intimidating. Fear of failure — or even fear of success! — might keep you from committing to a methodical plan to make progress.
- You pin your hopes on an external event beyond your control that may or may not happen.
- You don’t take your goals seriously enough to engage an accountability partner to help keep you on track.