Most of us are inspired and full of ideas for our business at the beginning of the year. However, life is full of distractions and it’s easy to forget about our goals as the year progresses. It’s not too late to assess your goals for this year, review them and take stock of where you are. If you haven’t made as much progress as you wanted, read on to find out what steps you can take right now to get focused and back on track. This is also a great exercise to help you plan for next year!
Set Aside Time to Plan
Goals are important stepping stones to your success, so take a proactive approach by scheduling an appointment with yourself to determine what needs to be done to get back on track. If you didn’t set goals this year, think about the top 3 things you want to accomplish before the end of the year. You are more likely to follow through if you write them down and make them specific and measurable.
Create a Written Plan
Having a written plan will help you break down your goals into actionable steps. Answering the questions below will ensure that your plan is solid and realistic.
1. What strategies will I use?
Strategies outline the approaches you will use to accomplish your goals. For example, if your goal is to increase your revenue by a certain percentage this year, there are a number of approaches you could take, such as increasing sales by expanding your service offerings, or increasing your visibility by adding a social media campaign to your marketing efforts.
2. What resources do I need?
Resources are defined as people, time and money. Once you determine the approaches you will use to accomplish your goals, you can identify the resources you will need.
3. What action steps do I need to take right now?
Start by writing down the actions you will take in the next 30 days. Include the strategies you have identified, the resources you will need, as well as timelines.
4. How will I hold myself accountable?
Being accountable to someone is an essential part of achieving your goals, so invest some time into finding an accountability partner. Your accountability partner should be someone who has the same level of commitment to accomplish their goals as you do. The main objective is to keep each other focused and motivated enough to follow through with what you commit to doing. Meeting on a weekly basis to review tasks accomplished and tasks to complete is ideal.
5. Are my systems supporting my goals?
Systems play a crucial role in helping you stay organized, so it’s important to review them to identify areas where you may need more resources and/or support to help you reach your goals!
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