The old saying goes, if you don’t have a goal the first goal should be to set a goal… because to set goals and targets you first need to think about what you are wanting to achieve. If you know where you are going and what direction you need to take, it’s a whole lot easier to reach your destination.There has never been a better time for optimism than now, because as another old saying goes, today really is the first day of the rest of your life.
Whenever a New Year approaches many of us make a new years resolution. It’s some what of a tradition… a new year brings with it the opportunity for something new, something better. It’s an opportunity to put the past behind us, not because we necessarily want to forget the past, rather to learn from the past, embrace the now and to look forward with hope and anticipation that things will be even better in the future. While a new year might cause us to contemplate our future, we really should be addressing this process throughout the year.
In today’s world many cultures have endured some years of austerity, now it’s time to think about making things better, at least in our ‘own world’. If we are to take the best advantage of the opportunities that life will bring, it only makes sense to plan our direction by setting goals. In business it is no different. The formula for growing a business all starts with setting a goal or a purpose of what we want to achieve.
- Purpose (it all starts with a goal)
- Sales Strategy
- Processes (only with the right processes in place can a business be successful in the long term)
- Achievement of our Goals
Using a CRM to record your goals is really helpful. Create a ‘case’ for each goal. Then add the things that you have to get done to achieve your goal as tasks. Set dates for each of the tasks, then it is simple to monitor your progress as each of the tasks are completed. Remember to set personal and lifestyle goals as well as business goals. Include goals that will help you to grow and develop as a person. This might be as simple as allocating time to think and reflect, or to include time to develop and learn a new skill. Life is not just about ourselves, think about including goals that will impact those around us, our family, our community, our colleagues. By setting goals to encourage and appreciate those around us we might find ourselves impacted more than we realise. Make sure that the goals are large enough to stretch, grow and expand our minds and situations. At the same time only include goals that are reasonable, realistic and attainable. As we mark off the tasks as they are completed think about some reward that you can allow yourself. Setting our tasks and goals as ‘achieved’ will also help us to develop a healthy and increased self esteem.
We are all travelling down this road called life, a part of grappling with this adventure is having a hope for the future. A hope for the future can make a real difference to our attitude, which determines how we respond to the circumstances and experiences that come our way. Learning from the past, living in the now and setting goals and planning for the future, leads us ultimately to attaining a sense of fulfilment and satisfaction that comes with the achievement of our purpose.
Written by Bryce Anderson, read more about the author on Google+