Every entrepreneur is something of a visionary. Aren't you? But a vision of the future isn't all you need. You've also got to have a plan. Lots of plans! Have you ever hit the end of a busy week and not a single thing on your to-do list is crossed off? Lemme guess… happens all the time? Well, say good-bye to unfinished lists and get serious about how you spend your time!
First order of business, do some smart goal setting. Review your “big picture” goals. You DO have those, don’t you? If not, make some! Pronto! Take time to think about your business, where you want it to go and what you want to accomplish in the long term. This is important! Do the same thing for the short-term. You have to define your dream, define what you want. Then you know what you’re working toward!
Next — and this is super important! — stop spending time on tasks that aren’t helping you achieve your goals! Whether it's re-evaluating your company's mission, or setting boundaries for your client relationships, or tracking daily expenses... everything you do should be aligned with your vision. Keep your vision in mind every day and you can have the business you dreamed of when you first decided to venture out on your own!
All This Talk Of Goals Makes Me Think Of Soccer! GOAAAAAL!!!
Maybe you can shout that the next time you accomplish an important to-do item! This week, we've got a roundup of quotes from some of my favorite authors (including yours truly!) to help you focus on setting goals. My good friend, Nicole Matthews, wrote a great book – Permission – about how giving yourself permission to live the life you want is the first step to finding your best future! In Shawn Achor's book, Before Happiness, he shows how a positive mindset is the best predictor of motivation and performance in the workplace. And The Richest Woman in America, by Janet Wallach, tells about the life of Hetty Green who was a resilient pioneer for women in business worth millions (which today would translate to BILLIONS!!!) at the end of her life.
I'll say it forever...everyone is so proud of being so "busy"...But Are You Making Any Money? Don't be too busy to focus! Set smart goals and your business will benefit!
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.
Smart Goal Setting – Tip #1:
"Being the architect of your life takes personal responsibility." Decide what kind of life you want. Once you do that, you know what you're working toward.
Smart Goal Setting – Tip #2:
"We work harder & faster not only when we get objectively closer to our goal but also when we perceive that we are closer to our goal...the closer we perceive success to be, the more successful we become." A change of outlook — if we simply see ourselves as successful — can make us be more successful. Sometimes, it's all in our head!
Smart Goal Setting – Tip #3:
"Define your brand! What's your company's mission?" You've got to know where you're headed and understand your company's goals if you want to achieve them!
Smart Goal Setting – Tip #4:
"Something deep inside me has always dreamed of a life that is full of opportunity, unique experiences, and self-creation." We all have dreams and hopes. Each of us is in charge of what we do with them!
Smart Goal Setting – Tip #5:
"After your business is over you may take your colleague to dinner and the theater, or allow him to take you, but wait until the transaction has been closed and the money paid." Keeping business and pleasure separate will help you make better decisions regarding your work relationships.
Do you have a plan? I want YOUR stories on how setting goals improved your business!
So, what do you think? Is smart goal setting a good idea? I think so! It'll help you achieve what you want — one action item at a time. Which tips above did you find helpful? What are your thoughts on becoming profitable? 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! And, if you want more business tips, get my book, But Are You Making Any Money? or contact me to really take your business to the next level!
P.S. Of course that's not all we've got! Searching for more small business tips that lead to good goal setting?
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