If you’re like me, you have a list of goals you want to achieve before 2016 comes to an end, lots and lots of goals to be exact. But how exactly do you go about achieving them? It can be overwhelming thinking about all you have done and everything yet to be accomplished. Well, here’s a breakdown of the plan that I’ve used, and I have to say it hasn’t failed me yet. So here goes:
- Choose ONE goal out of the bazillion that you have on the massive ‘must-get done’ list. I find that focusing one at time puts some measure of order to the chaos, and you can visualize the progress made when you can strike through the each goal accomplished.
- Now that you’ve chosen your goal, you have to break it down into smaller bite sized bits. For example, if I need to make $20,000 in sales by the end of the year, I need to focus on the bits and pieces I need to make that happen. I may need to do more vendor events or focus on activities to increase my customer base. So I’ll begin researching upcoming vendor events or start contacting current customer and asking for referrals.
- Draw it out. I get a good old piece of paper and put the goals and plans out so that I can visualize it. This helps me focus better so that I can connect the dots and actually see what needs to be done. It also serves as a daily reminder of what I plan to achieve.
- Next you need to create a deadline. There is nothing worse than making all these plans with no specific deadline. Deadlines cement the plans. Without deadline, your plans run the risk of floating from month to month, and this allows the procrastination to creep in. By putting the deadlines into your calendar, you hold yourself accountable and you can track whether you need to pick up the pace or whether you’re on right on target.
- Connect with your mentor or teammate. Sharing your goals with your mentor or teammate is a great way to get yourself pumped and excited. And having someone in your corner as an accountability partner is great motivation for the days when you just want to throw in the towel.
- Celebrate your achievement. Heck! You’ve worked this hard and this long. Once you reach your goal, bust out the extra piece of chocolate or have an extra piece of cake, do you happy dance and get then get to work on your next goal.
Setting goals is just one part of the plan. The real work comes in taking the steps to actually achieve the goals. What steps do you take to achieve your own goals? Let me know in the comments below.
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Wishing you lots of success