6 Tips for Successful Goal Setting

All CEO’s, business owners and leaders at all levels, regardless of their place in the business life cycle, need a set of goals to keep them propelling forward, to maintain progress, and achieve new successes.

If you’re at a loss for where to start, follow my tips for goal setting success!

Clearly, Define Your Goals

When we write our goals down, whether they be short or long term, we are more likely to get them done.

The average person has over 30 thoughts per minute, so keeping track of your business and goals without putting pen to paper will be nearly impossible.

Writing them down allows you to begin the process by setting your intentions.

A supplement to defining your goals will be distinguishing between your Outcome goals and Activity goals.

Check out one of my earlier posts for a more in-depth explanation, but know that your Outcome goals are the results you want to accomplish while Activity goals are ones which you can take direct action to accomplish.

  • Outcome goals are things like reaching a financial milestone by a set date or signing a certain number of new customers per month.
  • Activity goals are the five cold calls a day or following up with customers to improve their experiences.

Be Specific

Don’t fool yourself into thinking that the longer the list you have, the more committed you are. A list of 5 solid goals is much better for you and your business than one with 20.

You want to be clear, avoid putting sub-goals, and really focus on 5-7 items at a time.

This step will be essential to your organization’s success as you can’t expect to achieve anything without outlining clear goals, the more time you take to describe them the more likely it is that you will achieve them.

Set a Date

Choosing a target date or timeframe will be incredibly helpful in keeping you and your team on track and focused. When we make a commitment to a specific deadline, we are more likely to meet our objectives.

While it may be overwhelming to keep an end date in the back of your mind, the feeling of achieving a major business milestone is so worth it!

Find a Happy Medium

Easy goals don’t motivate us and won’t lead to high performance just as goals that are too challenging can be de-motivators.

When setting your goals, it’s important to aim for somewhere in the middle, usually outside of your comfort zone, to push yourself.

When you are specific and have a challenge, you will work harder to achieve your objective.

Organize and Review

To be successful, it will be key that you organize your goals by daily, weekly, and monthly tasks so that you and your team will be aware of top priorities.

This will also allow you and your team to stay on track and reduce opportunities for miscommunication or misunderstanding.

It’s also important that once you set the goal, whether it’s personal or a team powered effort, you frequently review your progress. This can be daily, weekly, or monthly, whatever makes sense for you and your team!

Staying Connected

After setting your personal and team objectives, regardless of if you’re a beginner or experienced in setting business goals, it’s important to realize that there are tons of resources available to aid you in your goal setting journey.

If you want an extra something to keep things organized, exciting, or just easily available to share with friends and co-workers then these sites and apps might be the final piece of your puzzle.

Still have doubts or are you looking for a seasoned professional to help guide you and your team in your goals journey? Reach out and let me help

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