Around this time every year, we all know that it’s time to start planning for the next year. We do New Year’s Resolutions that we never stick to, we make Big Hairy Audacious Goals (BHAGs) that we never reach, and in general we do things like budget and set modest goals that we sometimes kinda use. And every year we forget 90% of this by the middle of February, and we end up wherever we end up. What if there was a simple 3.5 Step process for Goal Setting and Achieving that actually worked?
I don’t know about you, but I can honestly say I never thought I’d call myself a runner. Thirteen months ago my personal trainer asked a group of us if we wanted to participate in a local Thanksgiving Day race, and with a lot of trepidation in my mind I agreed to register. I had never run a race over 5 kilometers before and the race I’d just agreed to run was twice that distance. After giving me a few minutes to process the decision I’d made, my trainer laid out the training plan to make sure all of us would complete the goal of running the race. The process she outlined for us was simple and effective and consisted of the following steps:
The power of goal setting is well documented, and there are hundreds if not thousands of books and articles out there on the topic, so I’m not going to try to convince you here if you still need that. What I want to do now is share some of my Top Tips for creating a great plan that you can actually accomplish. First and foremost, make sure that your goal-setting and planning includes both business and personal items. As a business owner, you need to be planning for balance in your life, so I would suggest starting with your personal goals.