The new year is around the corner! (Just saying that in case December slipped by with you under a rock not noticing all the Christmas decorations that've been everywhere since before pumpkin season.) So with another year somehow under our belts, now's a good time to look ahead, do some planning and set goals for 2019. I have to practice saying that: 2019, 2019, 2019... When it comes to goal setting, the thing I'm most interested in right now is setting realistic goals. Because if your goals aren't achievable, aren't actually within reach, what's the point? You can do all the goal sessions you want, but if what you're aiming for is impossible, not only will you not reach those goals, but you may just throw in the towel and quit trying altogether. And I know you don't want that. I certainly don't!
So that's what I'm focusing on right now – keeping it real, people! If at all possible, I recommend that you try to squeeze in some planning time over the holidays. If December is too crazy for you, then put this on hold till January. It can certainly wait a few weeks. Just don't let it slide completely, because this is important.
Strategy For Success: Realistic Goals & How To Accomplish Them!
You might be tempted to choose some lofty, pie-in-the-sky, I've-always-thought-I-should-do-this kind of goals. I mean, if you're taking all this time to plan out your goals for the year, you may as well go all out! Go big or go home, right? Well, that's not exactly the right approach here. If you don't think you can actually achieve it, leave it off the list. Or at least keep it on the back burner till you make progress on some of your more down-to-earth goals first. Here are my top suggestions for goal setting and actually being able to check stuff off your list next year:
- You need a list! Write down your goals. This will make them more real and force some kind of commitment to them on your part before you even get started.
- Be specific with your goals so you know what you're aiming for and what you should be doing to get there. For example: Be more organized about my business finances. That's a good objective, but this is better: Track all spending and review weekly expenses every Friday.
- Set deadlines. Put an end-date to your goals, as well as – and don't forget this part! – all the smaller actions you'll be doing to get there. This will help you hold yourself accountable on a regular basis.
- Choose your goals carefully. Don't overdo it by being overly optimistic about how much you can accomplish. And set your sights on things that are truly important to you, not just stuff that looks good on your list.
- Give it time! By this, I mean that you need to allot time in your schedule to work on your goals. Think of it like an appointment and you're more likely to stick to it.
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Be Oh So Quotable This Week!
I always say running a business means the work never ends! Ain't that the truth? I bet your to-do list is a mile long! Make sure that the items at the top of your list are the things that relate to being more profitable. Everyone is so proud of being so "busy"...But Are You Making Any Money? Don't be too busy to focus!
Check out the summary of last week's business tips and motivational quotes from my Instagram page which you hopefully got to see in real time! If not, let's make sure we're following each other on Instagram!! So...here is this week's roundup of Instagram images of My Top Business Tips and Motivational Quotes.
Realistic Goals – Tip #1:
"Make a customer, not a sale." – Katherine Barchetti
Realistic Goals – Tip #2:
"Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out." – Robert Collier
Realistic Goals – Tip #3:
"To me, business isn’t about wearing suits or pleasing stockholders. It’s about being true to yourself, your ideas and focusing on the essentials." – Richard Branson
Realistic Goals – Tip #4:
"Don’t worry about being successful but work toward being significant and the success will naturally follow." – Oprah Winfrey
Realistic Goals – Tip #5:
"Choose a job that you like, and you will never have to work a day in your life." – Confucius
Let's talk! I'd love to hear how you set realistic goals!
Are you good at setting realistic goals or do you need reminders on keeping it real? I would LOVE to hear from you! Anyhoo...I publish these business tips and motivational quotes to get you fired up for your work week!
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