Are you setting your goals and gearing up for success? It has been proven that people who are clear on what they want to achieve and set goals to manifest it, are far more likely to have success than those who skip this step. Looking back at a study from Harvard University years ago, students were given a survey to answer questions about goals and it was found that only 3% with goals were ranking on the high end of profits than the rest of which were still bringing in low end profits many years later. In other words, 97% had no written goals and lower income than those with written goals.
This survey shows how important goal setting is for not only small business owners, but anyone who wants to achieve success. When you know what you want in your business, there are wise ways to get you to your goals in a timely and realistic manner.
The first thing you should do is surround yourself and build relationships with like-minded people. Going to networking events and joining organizations such as your local Toastmasters or Business Networking International (BNI) are a great way to meet other entrepreneurs who are on the same path as you. You might even be able to connect with people on a deeper level via partnerships, joint ventures, etc.
Should you be speaking to everyone? Absolutely not. Look to speak to people who are moving in the same direction as you or aiming for the same goals as you. This way you get to share your ideas, goals, and ambitions with them.
For the most part, it will be difficult to achieve success on your own. If you look at some of the major players in business or the hottest success stories you can find, all of those people had a team behind them. Make sure you seek to surround yourself with people who play big such as risk takers, innovators, and enthusiasts. This will help you for the long haul.
Second, make sure your goals are strong and realistic. There’s nothing worse than setting astronomical goals that are so far fetched you need a magnifying glass to see that it can happen. On the other hand, you don’t want to set mediocre goals because you won’t get anywhere fast. It’s easy to be busy and think you are making progress but you really aren’t. Small tasks on your “to do” list can be outsourced while you focus on bigger projects that will make you money.
Jumping on every webinar, teleseminar, and doing a lot of planning can take up a huge amount of your time. Value your time. Make sure your goals are realistic enough to keep you on track and moving forward. It would be a good idea to use metrics to make your goals measurable and directly affect your bottom line.
For instance, don’t just write down that you want to “be a successful entrepreneur next year.” Instead, say something like ” I want to be making $10,000 a month starting in April.” That’s a better and stronger goal to shoot for.
Setting goals for your business is a key factor in the growth and success that you want to achieve. The people you let into your circle are just as important. Be ambitious but also be realistic. Most of all, learn from those who have “been there and done that” and can help you onward and upward.