Get At Those Goals
There are days I look at my calendar and I wonder what month we are in. Either I’m moving really fast or the days and months have shortened from 24 hours down to a vapor.
Anyway, it hit me this week that we are just about halfway through the year. How can that be? Like most entrepreneurs, I spend a chunk of time at the end of the year or at the beginning of January creating goals. Sometimes I do a good job of keeping up with them, and sometimes not!
How about you?
Are your goals really present for you or are they something you do and then they gather dust? For many coaches and entrepreneurs, having goals is a part of the regular yearly plan, but we get so busy reacting that we don’t have a chance to act on what is really important.
That means there is another “Yikes! What happened!” conversation with yourself in the works.
I’ve been there. For a long time, I would work on goals for my business and then put them aside. While they were front and center in my mind for a few weeks, they quickly slid to the back burner as work heated up. It was so frustrating to get to the end of the year and think, “Oh yeah, I really wanted to do that!”
Here are some tips that may help you to get your goals in order and give yourself enough time to get them done.
Tip #1 – Let Your Goals be a Creative Process
One thing that has helped me to keep my goals in front of me (and has worked for my clients) is to do a vision board. A small one. That way, you can post it in your workspace and it will be there as a reminder every single time you sit down to work. With a vision board, you can easily add pictures or words if your goals need tweaking or rip items off and add them to an entirely new board as you finish your goals.
Tip #2 – Get Accountability
If you want to truly be successful at reaching your goals, you can’t be a lone wolf. You will need support and accountability. Jason Womack wrote, in an article for Entrepreneur.com, “Research has proven over and over again that we are more likely to succeed when we share our journey with someone else. Find someone who you want to hold you accountable. Let them know your desires and allow them to champion you through the journey.”
Whether you have a business partner that you review goals with on a monthly basis, you belong to a business incubator, or you hire a coach to support you, the investment is well worth the time and the effort if you can look back and say, “I did it!”
Tip #3 – You Will Have to Commit
I think that part of the reason that I haven’t always reached my goals is because I’m not that. . . well. . . into it. Do you know what I mean? Sometimes goals sound really good, but finding the time and the energy to work on them is something else entirely.
Dr. Jaime Kulaga wrote in her blog about this very issue of commitment. She said, “You need to make achievement of your goals a must. It MUST be a MUST. You must move past wishful thinking such as, ‘it would be nice if. . .’ and ‘I would love it if. . .’ and ‘my life would be great it. . .’ You must move on to ‘mustful’ thinking. If you cannot ‘muster’ up a ‘must’ attitude about your goal, it probably isn’t a very passionate one. If there’s no passion, what’s the point?”
Tip #4 – Goal Setting isn’t a Season
Somewhere between stuffing the Thanksgiving turkey and raising a glass on New Year’s Eve comes goal setting season. If you really want to achieve your goals, then you have to do more than confine them to a period of time during the holidays. Goals become really important when work is the busiest. It is what guides you to accepting or declining work, a project, a client.
Samantha Smith offers this in a recent article, “Setting goals isn’t something you should do because it’s a new year. Goals should be continuously created as you think of them and revised quarterly if not after changes and other impactful moments. Goals do not all have to be new crazy far off ideas. Most of them should be reflections to improve habits and reinforce your ideal situation or vision of yourself and your accomplishments.”
A small tweak or adjustment can make all the difference in those goals and will help you to improve your habits or create new levels of accomplishment.
Tip #5 – Or, Don’t Set Goals at All
When you own your own business, you don’t HAVE to set goals. There is no goal-setting police that will come and give you a ticket if you don’t have goals written down. While it is hard for me to believe that any entrepreneur doesn’t have goals they want to complete, there are biz owners who have their business in a place that they are comfortable. Nothing wrong with that, except that time and technology march on, which will inevitably change your business for you.
Just something to be aware of.
Setting goals can help you to move your business forward, but you need to be committed and be willing to be accountable and change them as you go.
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