With much of the research that has already been done on the effectiveness of goals and goal setting, it is somewhat surprising that many business people still do not make use of them, as part of their business efforts. Here in this article, we will not beat around the bushes and will take into account the benefits business goals add to your personal and professional life along with some tips on how to set and implement such life changing goals.
Here are four ways that business goals can help you make your business, and life, better:
Business goals create focus
Without goals, it is easy to get sidetracked into doing different things, which seem to be urgent. However, just because a task is urgent, does not necessarily mean that it is also highly important. Once you focus less on urgent-yet-not so important tasks, and more on getting the important tasks done, your business really takes off.
Business goals activate the subconscious mind
Once a new goal has been set, and is visualized as accomplished, the subconscious mind helps you to recognize serendipity that you might otherwise miss, as well as what steps remain to be taken so that the goal may be fulfilled. Granted, it is unrealistic in the extreme to expect that these desirable things will magically happen, with no further effort or thought on your part. However, luck does favor the prepared, as well as those who are constantly on the lookout for beneficial circumstances.
Business goals encourage productivity
People with goals usually accomplish more than those without them. This holds true, even when many of the goals are eventually abandoned in favor of other pursuits. For this reason, goals are an excellent motivational tool for some, especially when people write down what they intend to accomplish, along with a simple plan for what steps they will have to take.
Business goals force clarity of purpose
If goals are described with utmost detail and clarity, and especially after they are written down, you gain the opportunity to rehearse your goal vividly. In this way, if anything is missing, which might act as an obstacle towards the realization of your goal, it becomes immediately apparent. Without an established goal, it is more like a child playing his puzzle game and who has lost the most important piece of that puzzle. Goal setting prevents that from happening by forcing clarity.
Here are some tips for creating business goals you’ll be able to work and reach.
1. You’ll need a piece of paper, a notebook, or your computer so you can jot down everything that comes to mind.
2. To get started with your goals, you need to brainstorm. Write down everything you’d like to accomplish in the New Year. It’s a good practice to write everything that comes to mind no matter if you think it’s stupid or not achievable.
3. Once this list is complete, it’s time to review it to see what you want to do this year and what should wait until next year. You’ll need to redo your list placing things in two categories. One category is for the current period and the other is for future years.
4. Next you’ll need to take the current period list and put it in order so you know what you want to accomplish and in what order.
5. Now you’ll need to put deadlines for each goal. It’s important you give yourself plenty of time to achieve your goals. There’s nothing worse than setting a goal and not giving yourself enough time to complete it. It’s discouraging to say the least.
6. Once your deadlines are in place it’s time to break down each goal. It’s easier to achieve a daily or weekly goal than it is to work with a monthly, quarterly, or yearly goal. The smaller the goal is, the easier it is to achieve.
7. If you set weekly goals it’s a good idea to break them down into days, so you know each day what needs to happen to achieve it. Now, remember your goal may not need to be broken down any further and that’s OK if it doesn’t. The important thing is to try if you can.
8. Now that you have your yearly goals broken down into daily and weekly goals, you need to rewrite it and make it readable. If you have hand written your goals, it is wise that you should type them out, so there is no question as to what you meant.
Business goals help you achieve more and grow. When you don’t know what you want out of your business, you’re not going to see the growth and that may cause stagnation to you and to your business. Setting goals doesn’t take as long as you may thing. The best thing to do is just sit down and do it.