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No matter how big or small my business gets, I will always have a goal – or set of goals – that I’m striving to reach. It could be improving internal processes, increasing profits, getting more customers or leads; whatever the desired result, it’s something that will remain consistent day after day, and the same goes for virtually every business out there. Despite this, many business owners and managers sometimes face difficulties in the first steps of meeting goals: setting them.
Michael Hyatt, an author and speaker on “personal development, leadership, productivity, platform, and publishing”, is well-versed in this subject, and recently offered some insight on how to set and write goals effectively in an article entitled The Beginner’s Guide to Goal Setting. Michael utilizes his expertise to offer a solid five-step approach that helps break down the process of laying out your expectations year over year, explaining the benefits of each step and how they will help you accomplish your goals more effectively.
Here’s a look at one of his tips:
Review them frequently. While writing your goals down is a powerful exercise in itself, the real juice is in reviewing them on a regular basis. This is what turns them into reality. Every time I review my goals, I ask myself, What’s the next step I need to take to move toward this goal. You can review them daily, weekly, or monthly. (I review them weekly.) It’s up to you. The key is to do let them inspire and populate your daily task list.
At first glance, it might make sense to say that reviewing a goal isn’t necessary – after all, I set it because I know exactly what I want to do, so what’s the point in looking at it and starting the discussion over again? I’d just be wasting time. But Michael’s approach is a logical one: reviewing my goals will help me work out the next step towards ensuring they’re met, and is what helps them become a reality. By reviewing them as I go, I gather a better understanding of how to meet them.
Michael’s background in leadership makes him an excellent source for insight on how to effectively map out goals. The tips and examples he provides in this article offer a great way to break them down and lay out a process that helps accomplish them how and when they should be accomplished. Give it a read and see what you take away from it for the next time you determine your business goals.
What do you think? Do you usually take this kind of approach towards laying out your goals? What are some challenges you often find when setting them up? Your thoughts are welcome, so let us know!