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Goal Setting: Spring Forward – Time to move the clocks and your business forward!

lady running with clock iStock_000002230640XSmallIt’s Sunday! Did you reset your clocks before you went to bed last night or this morning? It’s time to spring forward…move the clocks ahead one hour. I don’t know about you, but I hate to lose one hour! That being said, I do love the fact that it means spring is on its way! So the clocks are set, now how about springing forward in your business?  One way to do this is to have defined business goals. 

 

 

In yesterday’s blog post I outlined that while goals are instrumental for business growth and success, many entrepreneurs do not create them. Take a look at yesterday’s post for more information on that. Today, we are going to look at goal setting techniques that I usually share just with my coaching clients.

 

Over the years, I have participated in a wide variety of goal setting exercises. Some have been great and others totally ineffective. In the initial stages of my corporate career, we were asked to work together to create the 5-year plan.  Believe me that was an exercise in futility.  Why?  Well, because change was our one constant.  So, we would create the plan, jump through all the hoops to gain the approvals for our goals, then file the plan away in the cabinet and get back to working on the fluid day-to-day activities.  Does this mean I believe setting goals is an exercise in futility?  Absolutely not!  As long as they are defined for a shorter period of time and are reviewed and adapted on a regular basis, goals will help you and your team focus and achieved your desired results!

 

When I work with clients on goal setting, I first ask them to create their vision of what they want their business to be in a year’s time.  I ask them to imagine themselves one year from the date we are speaking and looking back on the past 12-months. I ask them to describe their business:  how much money did they make, what services or products have they implemented, by what percentage have they grown their list, what new joint venture partners have they worked with, how many hours are they spending working on their business, etc. This becomes their 1-Year Business Vision.

 

Some of my clients hesitate to articulate their vision for fear of getting it wrong.  If this is you, give yourself a break.  It’s your vision.  There is no right or wrong!

 

So why don’t you give it a try.  Pull out a piece of paper and pen or your computer and write out your 1-Year Business Vision. 

 

Stay tuned for my next post where I will discuss how to create your goals from your 1-Year Business Vision. 

 

To your empowerment and business growth,

Sherley

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