It’s something you know is necessary, yet somehow, it’s a struggle to actually do it.
In my experience, the reason behind this is simple: you know that if you set goals, you can also fail at them.
And while this is a very understandable fear, it’s also a sure-fire recipe for never moving ahead in your businesses.
So, in this post, I’m going to share 5 goal setting tips that will motivate and inspire you to not only set goals – but to set them in a way that will increase your productivity and ensure you consistently move toward meeting those goals.
5 Goal Setting Tips for Busy Business Owners
Before we jump in, you might be asking yourself, “What is goal setting, anyway?”.
To put it simply, goal setting is having an active plan in place for meeting your goal objectives.
While this idea isn’t complicated, it can be hard to know where to start.
So, the following are 5 tips for goal setting in your business — even if you’ve never set a goal in your business before!
1. Write Down your Goals.
“By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands—your own.” —Mark Victor Hansen“By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands—your own.” —Mark Victor HansenClick To Tweet
The simple act of getting your goals out of your head should be your very first step. You can use a notebook, a Word doc, a Google Doc or project management tool. It doesn't matter what you use. It matters that you do it.
Keeping your goals in your head is undoubtedly less scary, but it’s also far less effective. When you don’t write down your goals it becomes much easier to forget them, to avoid them, or to ignore them altogether!
One way to ensure your goals stay top-of-mind is to include them on your vision board.
If you don’t have a vision board (or don’t want to create one), simply write out your goals and pin them up in a prominent place: like on your office corkboard.
You don’t need to get all fancy about it – simply writing down your goals and keeping them in a visible location is enough!
2. Consistently Take Action Towards your Goal.
“You must take action now that will move you towards your goals. Develop a sense of urgency in your life.” H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Here’s something I see many business owners do: they sit down and brainstorm a whole bunch of goals (which is GREAT), but then never actually do anything to reach those goals.
Kind of silly, right?
As a business owner, no one is going to remind you to take action towards your goals; that’s completely on you.
This is why it’s so important set both long-term and short-term goals. Then set smaller milestones that act as checkpoints along the way to achieving your bigger goals.
Setting those milestones will help you take strategic action on a monthly, weekly and daily basis. You'll know what to do and when.
To further support weekly and daily action on those goals, use the Daily Achievers' Weekly Action Planner. This planner will help you focus on what really matters so you win every day.
These mini-goals are what will move you toward your big goals faster than you thought possible!
3. Always be Setting your Sights Higher and Higher.
“One way to keep momentum going is to have constantly greater goals.” —Michael Korda
When you start to make progress toward your goals, it’s easy to become complacent. It’s so rewarding to meet a goal, put a big checkmark beside it, and celebrate your success!
But don’t let that be the end of things.
Every time you meet a goal, set a new one: a bigger, better goal.
This is the way to always be growing, improving and staying motivated!
4. Set Clear, SMART Goals.
“All good performance starts with clear goals.” Ken Blanchard
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to set effective goals. However, there is a bit of an art and science to it.
You may have heard of the SMART method of goal setting. It’s an easy way to ensure your goals are clear and actually attainable.
SMART stands for:
Specific: Is your goal detailed and thorough?
Measurable: How will you know when you’ve met your goal?
Achievable: Is your goal actually realistic?
Relevant: Does this goal make sense in light of your overall business goals or mission?
Time-Bound: When do you plan to achieve this goal?
This is a simple yet very effective way to make sure you set goals you’ll actually achieve!
5. Regularly Review your Goals.
“Review your goals twice every day in order to be focused on achieving them.” Les Brown
While twice a day is likely overkill, it is important to regularly revisit the goals you’ve set.
In fact, I recommend booking in regular times to check on your progress, adjust your goals, and celebrate your successes.
This shouldn’t take long. I use the Daily Achievers' Weekly Action Planner to ensure that the work I do every week and every day is work that matters to reaching my goals.
Once a week, I assess my progress so that I know I'm on track. And then once a month I check to see where I am on my goal progress. I also do a quick check-in to make sure that the goals I set are still my priorities. Then, I make any necessary course corrections.
I highly recommend blocking planning time into your weekly and monthly schedule. It will save you tons of time in the long run.
A Final Thought On Setting Goals For Your Business
If you want to achieve goals, you need to first set goals – it’s that simple.
I trust these 5 goal-setting tips have given you a good place to start!
Looking for more tips on how to increase your productivity and achieve your goals? Check out my post, 7 Productive Habits You Can Learn from Successful Entrepreneurs.
And, of course, don't forget to download the Daily Achievers' Weekly Action Planner. It comes with a short video to help you use it most effectively.