Entrepreneurs often run their businesses “by the seat of their pants,” assuming that the passion and drive they feel for their work is sufficient to keep them motivated and on track with their goals. In practice, it’s really not enough. Goals require attention and nurturing if they’re going to bear fruit.
Here are 3 easy yet powerful tips to keep your business goals front and center not just at the beginning of the year, but throughout the year:
Tip #1 – Write Each Goal Down Then Read Them Every Day
Simple? Yes, but writing down your goals by hand is a very potent way to connect you to them. Then, to connect even more deeply with your goals, read them every day. Additional tools such as vision boards, musical inspiration, or even using specific objects to remind you of your goals is a great way to enhance your daily ritual and keep you focused on moving forward.
Tip #2 –Focus On Your Juicy Goal Work First
Because you wear many hats in your business, as most new entrepreneurs do, it’s tempting to think that doing the “small stuff” first will clear the rest of your day to do the juicy goal work. It doesn’t work like that. The small stuff tends to expand to fit the day and suddenly weeks have passed and nothing has been done toward your goals.
Reaching your goals means taking action, so prioritize your tasks with the goal-related actions first. Every day. Period.
Tip #3 – Weigh Every New Project With Your Original Goals
One of the most exciting aspects of being a small business owner is the ability to take action quickly on new ideas, new partnerships, and new projects. Chasing after the next best thing, however, is an easy way to limit your success when it’s not done mindfully. Which means it’s crucial to consider your original goals before you take on a new one.
Bring out your goal list every time you’re tempted to take on a new project and you’ll have a much better chance of achieving success.
Bonus Tip: Success starts with a well-crafted goal! Try the time-honored SMART system when writing your goals. Make them Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely.
And don’t forget that as a coach, you too should have a coach or mastermind group to keep you on track, motivated, and aligned with your dreams!
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