January is almost over and you have not had time to get your business goals established. All is not lost, you can still get them done. But you need to begin to move now!
The first goal you need to make is to get your goals done, completed, set in stone, ASAP. To find out what goals to make, ask yourself a few questions, like; What do you really want to work toward this year? What has been nagging you for the past little while? What didn’t you get done last year? When you can answer these questions, and others, then it will be easy to establish some meaningful goals.
Be sure and not settle for just any goals. Make sure they are meaningful and that they will stretch you. That way, you will finally make some progress in your business. Maybe you can even get the business to the next level. You know, the level you have only dreamed about for the past few years. Wouldn’t that be nice?
Some of my coaching clients set goals and some don’t. I really try to get all of them to do this. Many think it is just the beginning of a guilt trip. Some don’t see the need. I try to encourage all of them to go through this exercise. Even if they don’t get all of their goals done, at least they have some kind of plan to work toward. It will be worth it.
I am not sure who gets credit for this, but I have heard that you should make “SMART” goals.
Your goals should be: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic & Timely. Lastly, you need to write them down so you can look at them on a regular basis. Find someone to hold you accountable, maybe a spouse who will gently prod you on to your next level of success.
Here are a few things that you may want to think about in your goal planning.
* Develop a financial budget, to include cash-flow, sales and expenses.
* Think about your employees. Can you add some training to enhance the production?
* Do you need to secure better vendor relations , new products, faster delivery, etc.?
* How about a new marketing plan? Do you have one? Is it updated?
* Do you need any new equipment or software?
Developing goals and a plan to implement the goals is not difficult, the hard part is the doing, the follow through, that is where it gets a little tough. Many business people use a coach to help them keep focused on what is most important, sort of like a professional nag. A coach knows what you want, what your goals are and what you need to work on. He/she helps you keep focused on your plan and its priorities. They give you encouragement and keep you moving forward.
The point here is this; make a plan, develop the steps to make the plan work and keep focused on your plan. It’s like running a marathon, just put one foot in front of the other long enough and you will cross the finish line. Good luck.