paullemberg.com is a great source to turn to for business advice and coaching. Here's what he has to say about goal setting.
Two primary challenges for many entrepreneurs, particularly people just getting started, is staying focused on the things that matter and maintaining a high level of action on those things. Setting goals is helpful as it gets you thinking in the “right” direction. But because of all the distractions, all the opportunities, all the commitments in modern life, GOAL SETTING IS NOT ENOUGH.
What really makes a difference is 1) setting goals, and 2) keeping them in the forefront of your consciousness.
You can do this by reviewing your goals once or twice daily: at the end of day to prepare your subconscious for sleep, and the beginning of day for obvious reasons. An even more powerful strategy is to have a daily (weekly, whatever) ACCOUNTABILITY CALL with a partner.
Use my four questions: what’s working, what’s not working, what’s missing, what’s next as an easy way to keep the conversation focused. (See the post here: http://www.paullemberg.com/unstuck/)
THEN… and this step is super critical — make sure that to the degree possible, all your actions, moment to moment, are in support of those goals. Do that and the magic happens. Do that and your results will be magnificent.
It helps to be clear about the purpose of your goals and the meaning of achieving them. When purpose, goals, and actions are aligned everything becomes easy…