Goals are of vital importance in our lives. By setting goals, we can focus our lives and advance confidently in a definite direction. In business, a goal describes what a company hopes to accomplish or where it hopes to be at a specific future date. When a company sets goals, it makes its priorities clear for everyone involved in the organization.
However, achieving any goal isn’t just about setting clearly defined goals and wanting them badly enough. You also have to deploy the right strategies for actually achieving them. If you don’t go about it the right way, then no matter what you want or how badly you think you want it, you won’t see things through.
Write Down Your Goals
According to a study done by Dr. Gail Matthews at the Dominican University in California, you are 62% more likely to achieve your goals just by writing them down. It makes them real and sends a signal to your brain that you’re serious about making them happen.
It’s like giving yourself a map and compass to reach a certain destination. Without that map and compass you would most likely lose your way, and never get to where you want to go.
Milestones Are Significant
When you set up project milestones you’re deciding when specific things need to be completed by. When you reach the deadline set for that milestone you can look at where you are on the project scope and whether you’ve achieved the things that you wanted to achieve.
It helps your team know what they’re working towards, what work is most important, and stay on project schedule. You may need to speed up or you may need to adjust your final deadline in order to be able to complete everything that needs to be done.
Meet A Deadline
Set a date by which you will have achieved each of your goals. Otherwise, it’s like starting a football match without having agreed when the game is to end!
Determine your current state of preparedness to achieve the goal. You should also identify which problems you are likely to face. This will make you mentally ready to conquer them.
It is also important to set shorter deadlines for each phase of the process. This way, you break down complicated, long-term goals into smaller, more manageable pieces.
Measure Your Success
You need to track how far you are from your goal, and whether you’re closing that gap. It doesn’t matter how much you work, only whether that work takes you closer to finishing those goals. Then check that your goals are doing what they should, by tracking overall movement toward an outcome goal.
Without a way to measure your success, you miss out on the celebration that comes with knowing you have actually achieved something.
A Mentor Will Inspire You
Sometimes, you need a little help finding your way. As you grow your business, you’ll inevitably need to reach out for advice or support. Mentors are different than coaches and professionals, who bring technical skills and subject matter expertise.
Based on what you have identified as a goal and as the steps to get there, where would you most benefit from outside support? What skills are you personally lacking that an outsider could help you develop or understand?
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