You’re ready to start something new in your life but you don’t know where to start? It can be hard to decide what path to take when you want to start something new, either a business or just a new activity. But knowing where you want to go is super important and defining the steps you will take to arrive to this destination will help you a lot.
Nothing is easy in life, but when you know where you’re going, it can be much easier and FUN! You have to learn to appreciate the journey before arriving to destination, otherwise you’ll probably never make it.
Let me explain you the importance of setting goals for a business and you’ll be ready to jump in the amazing adventure that business is!
Feel free to ask me any questions down in the comments below. 🙂
1. Dream Big But Keep It Realistic
Okay so what do I mean by this little title : Dream Big But Keep It Realistic.
It is important to dream because this is what fill our soul, this is what keep us alive. If we had no dreams, wouldn’t be boring? We work so hard to achieve these dreams that without any dreams we don’t have anything to work so hard for. So never ever stop dreaming BUT try to keep it as realistic as possible.
I mean, if you’re dreaming to go on the moon but you don’t feel like doing all the stuff needed, forget it, it will never work.
Your mind must be into it so that your dreams are achievable. And for your mind to be into it, it must be realistic, you must be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Now, where do I want to go with all this.
In fact, you need to see your dreams and believe in them. And to achieve these dreams, you will need GOALS. This is where I want to go. The goals you will determine will become your steps in your business plan and every time one is achieved you can check it and continue for the next one.
Goals will help you discipline yourself and work hard. Without goals, you can try to build something but if you don’t set up your brain correctly you will probably become like the majority of people and procrastinate and never do anything. This is why so many people prefer to work 9 to 5 instead of building their own business… Anyway that’s not the subject here!
You will need four types of goal :
Daily goals : This is mostly to plan your day. Knowing what you will do in the next day is the first step in knowing what you will do for the next month, and the next 6 months, etc.
Short term goals : These will be set up for one month to 6 months. This way you know what it should be half a year from now.
Mid term goals : They are set up for 6 months to two years. It gives you a really good idea of where your business will be in two years.
Long term goals : The long term ones are for two years and +. These are more the objectives that you want to reach in 5 years for example, where you see yourself and your business. To reach these goals, you will have to reach the other goals set up earlier.
To set up these goals, you need to check how your business is growing depending on what you plan to do each day. If, for example, you’re building a website and you decide that you will write one blog per week and in three months you consider of having 30 articles on your website, I think you did not compute right. Don’t forget that there are a lot of steps in building a business and you must think of everything.
By setting up your goals like this, you will be more able to see your dreams and believe in them because you will do what is necessary to achieve them. You will see the path that lead to them so believing will be easy.
2. Write Everything Down
Now that you know how to set up your GOALS to reach your DREAMS, you will have to concretise it and write everything down on paper (or computer). What is important is that you learn them and by writing them down, it is easier to learn and understand what you prepare to do. Also, it is easier to follow than to keep everything in your head. If you don’t write your goals down, believe me you will forget some of them and you won’t be able to keep a good discipline.
So take a sheet, a pen and start to write.
Make sure it is easy to read and that when you will come back, you will still understand what you’ve written. If you write them on the computer, I suggest you print them. Why having them on paper? Because once you’re done, post them somewhere you can see them easily, like your work place, your office or even your bedroom. You can post them in all of these three places. The more you see them, the more you will be into doing them.
These goals you set up will become your business plan. This is where you are now, and it shows you where you want to go in the future.
Remember to put them somewhere you can see easily.
3. Learn Your Plan And Apply It Correctly
Now that you have your dreams and that you fixed your goals for the next 5 years, you need to correctly understand what you’ve planned and apply it. If you don’t, why bothering preparing a plan…
Seeing your goals daily will permit you to follow your plan easily and believe in every step you will take every single day. You will have the feeling of achieving something great and that will motivate you to continue and not give up.
Thought your journey you will definitely have difficulties, it won’t be easy. Someday you won’t be motivated and you’ll feel like an obligation to work on your business because maybe you won’t have any results yet, it is totally possible. But guess what, it is part of the game and you must accept it.
You will probably have people around you who tell you it is not worth it and that you are wasting money and time for nothing but always remember why you started. If you did, there were reasons and you must continue for these and for you.
Every day is a new step so take it easy and don’t put pressure on you. It is possible that during your journey there will be things that you won’t do on time or you had not correctly planned the time for a specific activity so you’ll have to put it on another day. It’s fine. Adjust your plan and it will be okay.
Never force anything, remember that you do it for you, for your future. The most important thing is that you work a minimum to achieve your goals. If you follow your plan as much as possible it will only be better.
4. Stick To Your Plan
Very important point. You need to stick to your plan! If you don’t, you will definitely not achieve the goals you’ve planned and you won’t see results very soon. So, as much as possible you must follow your plan. Following your plan will only allow you to properly see your progress and how far you’re going.
Like I already said, it is possible that it doesn’t go exactly how you’ve planned it, then you just have to adjust your goals and continue to follow the new plan. It will be fine.
The one important thing to remember is your focus. If you don’t keep the focus on your plan and try anything else, it won’t go as fast as you think it can go and maybe you’ll give even before you could have seen any results because you’ll be exhausted. Accept that it takes some time to succeed and follow the rules (your plan) and I promise, you’ll work it out.
5. See The Results
Now that you’ve gone through a couple days/months/years of work you can see what you have done. You can probably see some results too, I mean the results are mostly your goals so if you’ve followed your plan correctly you probably reached out your goals.
Never stop updating your planning so that you continuously work on your business and so that it can always grow, it is the key to success, never stop even when you think you’re done.
It is a big spiral that you constantly follow by growing up every day and reaching your goals.
My Last Word
Setting Goals For a Business is really really REALLY important to build a profitable business. Without these goals, you will try to make everything work instead of focusing only on one thing. Start to work on a specific subject and once it starts to show results, maybe you can start looking elsewhere, but make sure your plan A is correctly working, you have to believe in it.
It is not always easy to set goals and follow them correctly, I’m the first one to say it, but you have to work this thing out if you want to have any success in your entrepreneur journey.
If I can give you a tip, print down a calendar of the actual month and start to plan your first month. Keep it simple and only plan one month, you’ll see how it is going and then you’ll be able to adjust yourself and maybe plan 2, 3 or more months. But learning how you work is really important, it will permit you to correctly plan your goals and get some success maybe soon!
Hope Setting Goals For a Business helped you out!
And you? Have you set up your goals for your business?
You don’t have a business yet and you would like to start one easily?