As soon as you start any type of home business, you become so anxious and impatient about how to make money! You did a little bit of research, meet a couple of people, learn “the how’s”, implement them, but you keep not getting the results that you want. As a matter of fact you barely scratched the surface of accomplishing any goals. So now what? Well one thing that lays out the foundation is being clear about your goals and in this post I will focus on this!
“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.” ~ Confucius
I can remember when I was a kid, me and my parents would drive from California to Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas just about every other summer.
Yes, it was and still is a loooonnnnng drive. Especially to a 6 year old and yes, I was one of those kids who would constantly ask “Are we there yet?”
But one thing my father use to do is prepare quite well for these long trips. Here’s a few things he would do.
1. Make sure the oil was changed
2. Tires were rotated
3. Engine was running well
4. Purchase a Map
5. Purchase a TripTik to pin point stops like gas stations and motels
6. Make sure we had enough snacks
Now keep in mind this was before Cell phones. Now days we can use our built in GPS system to pin point everything on our road trips.
So what does this have to do with your goals for your business?
When it comes to your own human engine, you want to make sure that you lay out the steps so you can see a clear map to your ultimate destination. These will be your stepping stones no matter what mistakes or triumphs that happens to your journey in the process.
I can remember when I first started taking lessons for piano. I made it my goal to learn how to play Linus and Lucy by Vince Guaraldi. Here’s a quick video where I talk about this and how you can apply the method I use to progress with your business venture
So why is that? Even though most people set a goal, which usually is that ultimate goal, it is not enough to materialize it!
I was in this position, and maybe you are too. My thinking at the time was that it does take time, and for the most part, the majority of entrepreneurs became successful after years and years of trials and tribulations. So to me it was normal. I’ll keep doing the same routine and it’ll all pan out, right?
Well, not quite.
I started hearing about people that became successful within a short amount of time, and I couldn’t quite put a finger on why that is. How was it that they were reaching their goals within a shorter amount of time than expected?
What was it that they were doing?
Well one thing I learned is that they were more clear about their goals, which actually does make a big difference! But what goals were they setting?
Well Lets first define what is a goal?
Now we all been told to make goals and to write them down. Also we heard the cliche “A goal that’s not written down is simply a wish.”
But why make these goals?
What can we get out of writing down these goals?
Can’t we just start working on the ultimate goal until we attain it?
What if we don’t know what steps to take? Does it still count if we add “sub goals”?
These are some of the questions I asked in the past when I first started a home business which was network marketing at the time. The leaders of that company emphasized the use of setting goals although I just wanted to get started working. But I learn a few things as I went along the journey.
What Can You Get Out Of Setting Well Defined Goals?
When you first set up your goals, for a lot of us, we have no clue of what goals we want to attain. Unless you have a great sponsor or coach, usually they end up being pretty generic.
But even if you do have someone who can point you in the right direction, it’s really up to you to analyze the bottlenecks and other obstacles that are keeping you from moving forward.
A lot of you may have dream boards, practice affirmations or affirmations, practice tapping, or whatever the case may be to make your dreams come true. In addition either you or your coach came with a routine to use in order to attained your ultimate goal.
But as you know, this isn’t going to be enough. With these practices, you’re just merely scratching the surface, although they are vital on your journey.
I like to give you some reasons of why being clear, concrete and more detailed about your goals will help you in the long run:
It Helps You Be Organized
I do have to admit that this is one of my weaknesses but am working on being more organized. I feel that I can get a lot more done if I can allot certain tasks and routines a lot better than I am now.
But the one thing about goals is that it helps you prioritized whats important at that moment and what can wait to a later time.
How many times have we all been trying to accomplish a bunch of tasks at the same time? And how far have we gotten? Not too far.
This is why its important to be organized so that we can pin point the problems that may arise. When this is done, it makes it more convenient to trace back the culprit that’s causing the bottlenecks that we come across.
Also, another benefit of being organized is that it’s easier to create reports to see how far we come and what’s going to lead us in the near future to our ultimate goal.
We can showcase our reports to our targeted audience to show how far you came and what’s possible for them to accomplish. This gives them the confidence to take on those challenges that they may be hesitant to take, learn from them, and progress forward.
It Helps You Stay Focused
A lot of us catch the “New Shiny Object” syndrome.
Why? Well there’s a variety of reasons.
Sometimes we think that because we are stagnant in our current situation with our business that the next best thing is going to deliver us from all stagnation to glory.
Don’t get me wrong, sometimes investing in something different can be the savior. It can be the difference of staying unsuccessful and being on top of the world, but keep in mind you still will have to do the work required to get to the point you want.
Besides that, it’s up to us to make things better, and that next best thing isn’t going to do too much if we can’t figure out how to get out of the hole we’re in.
Sometimes we see so many options that we deemed as being the best that we become an “Octopus on rollerskates”. We go after each opportunity resulting in not getting anywhere.
This is why goals, and setting sub goals are very important. It keeps us focused which helps us keep moving forward up until we reach our ultimate goal.
So goals keeps us in check so we can analyze and look for those answers. As a result it helps us develop tasks to resolve the problems that we may run into to stay on track.
You Become More Aligned With Your Ultimate Goal
When we have good, well-defined goals, it helps our alignment with our ultimate goal.
As a salsa dancer myself, one thing that I learned quickly is to be aligned with my partner as well as with the music. When you’re linked like this, you developed fluidity and oneness.
When you have oneness with your ultimate goals, can’t nothing deter you from it and it really becomes a part of who you are.
When it becomes part of you, then this is who your target audience will know you for. This is a prime example of branding.
As you progress through your goals, your actions and your business become more woven into the person that you are, and at the same time you are growing individually to be the person that your target market wants to do business with.
I would say this would be the process of Law Of Attraction, meaning attracting the very clients and business partners that you want, but I won’t get into detail about this. That’s another blog post.
Well Defined Goals Help You Learn From Your Mistakes and Loopholes
As you already know, when you first think about your goals, it’s pretty generic. You really don’t have a clue as to what other goals you need under your ultimate goals.
So you set out to, let’s say, be a blogger and learn how to monetize your blog so you can get to the point of making $5000 a month.
You start writing, but wait, you notice that you’re not getting any visitors. So you find ways and apply strategies to get these visitors.
But wait again, even though you’re getting visitors no one is commenting. That means you’ll how to find people who would be more interested on the topics you write about.
So you find your perfect audience and people are commenting. But wait again, no one is clicking on any of your affiliate links nor do you have a good enough rapport with your audience besides the relationship on your blog.
So you nail it down to a specific niche targeted audience and you get the idea of installing opt in forms and linking them to an autoresponder so you can send an email to your interested subscribers.
But, of course it doesn’t stop there. You want to set up goals of how many visitors you want per month, writing your own email messages for your autoresponder, figure out which opt in’s work the best, figure out what tools, sites, and strategies get you the best traffic since you’re not getting a lot, and there’s a lot more.
With this example it shows that there’s so much to blogging than just writing. Especially if you really want to monetize your blog, but the effort is well worth it.
You Feel More Accomplished And Good About Yourself
After each goal you accomplish, they become a motivating factor for you to keep going on your journey to success.
I myself love it when I get those “aha” moments and figure problems out that’s been irking me for a long time. On top of that, once I implement the solution, it propels me even further in my journey.
These are the type of stepping stones you can look back on and see how far you came.
For me, I started from very humble beginnings when it comes to blogging! I can’t believe how much I have learned, the people I’ve met, and compared what I’ve started out doing to where i’m at now.
For most people, they quit after a few failures, but if your’e someone who took those failures as challenges to conquer and stepping stones, then this is definitely something that will fuel you forward until you achieve your long anticipated goal.
So yes, a lot of you may feel that you’re stagnant on your journey. You may feel like you’re not capable in obtaining or reaching your goals, and only specific people are able to do that.
My advice to you is to re-evaluate your goals.
Look at what you’re having problems with and create mini goals to resolve them. Yes it may take some time, and you may feel like you’re being held back, but you’re also making yourself valuable when you take that time to solve the problems you face.
You will become the go to person, or maybe your content will go viral because you’re one of the few that was able to solve particular problems. This would push you to authority status when it comes to this!
Also conquering your goals will keep pushing you forward! Your mindset tends to change for the better, and you’ll feel like you can take on any challenges and conquer them, which of course you will.
If you feel you can’t conquer them, then you’ll realize that there are other options to help you surpass your stagnation. With that said, keep your mind open to what’s out there when it comes to solving problems and stay focus until you reach your ultimate goal!
Now It’s Your Turn!
Do you feel that you’re being held back because you’re not clear and concise about your goals? If so, what do you think you need to do in order to keep improving and moving forward? Are you stagnant in one area of your business journey? Please share your comments below and share this post with you friends. I look forward to read them!