Do you find your business goals lame and boring? Do you struggle to keep motivated to achieve them? Maybe it’s because they are not powerful enough for you. ‘Powerful’ is defined as having a strong emotional effect. Powerful goals are exciting and scary at the same time. They inspire you to never give up and help you to overcome obstacles that will inevitably show up for you when the universe tests your dedication to your goal.
What’s the secret to making your goals powerful?
The first thing is they must be written down. The second is, they must be SMARTI goals: Specific – what do you want to achieve? Be clear and unambiguous. Include as much detail as possible. Take a moment to visualise the complete picture of what your life and your business will look like once you achieve your goal. Measurable – how do you know when you have achieved your goal? It’s not enough to say I want more clients. How many more do you actually want? Achievable – your goal must stretch you, but not be impossible for you to achieve. Your goal must give you scope to grow by developing your knowledge, skills and attitude, as you figure out how to achieve your goal. Relevant – your goal must be aligned with your long term business vision and mission. What will your business look like when it’s ‘finished?’ How does the goal fit in with this? Timely – is there a deadline by when your goal should be achieved by? Think about the consequences of not achieving the goal by the deadline. Inspirational – this the most important aspect of making your goal powerful. Your goal must be exciting and scary at the same time! You will feel alive and energised every time you think about your goal and the enhanced lifestyle your will enjoy.
How do you go about setting powerful business goals and action steps?
1.Find a quiet space, close your eyes and start imagining what you want your business will look like when it’s finished, say in ten years’ time. What lifestyle do you want for yourself that your ‘finished’ business will enable for you? 2.Now write this down in as much detail as possible. 3.Then working backwards, think about what would be the milestones along the way, say for 5 years and 2-3 years. 4.Now break these down even further and write down your powerful, SMARTI goals that you will work on over the next 12 months. 5.Next, simply read your goals and decide on your very first step, write this on your to-do list and start working on it immediately. 6.Then every day, re-read your goals and decide on your next step, write this on your to-do list, and before you know it you will achieve your powerful business goals. By following this process you can be assured that you will have set yourself some powerful business goals. And you will achieve them too!