5 Goals to Achieve This Year

If you’re up for it — I am going to push the envelope a little today and actually give you five goals to try to achieve by the end of the year.

Remember you are never going to know if you are capable of something if you don’t take that first step.

1. Go small

This may be a big one to start with but here goes-Downsize.  Look at all aspects of your business whether that includes employees, vendors or service providers.  If you find that there is a way for ONE provider to handle multiple jobs than cut back.  This may sound strange but sometimes less is more when it comes to project management as well as financial costs.

2. Take Time to Invest Fully

Make this the year that you completely focus on not only getting to know your customers but also their specific needs.  Once you make this commitment, find the best way to communicate.  Whether that is through a blog, social media, QR codes, or even a weekly newsletter; find out which option works for them.  There is no use in spending quality time and content on an area your customers do not even use.

3. Refresh your website

Take the time and really go through your website.  Analyze and make notes as you look over what you have currently.  Then, go on the Internet and find your biggest competitor.  Look at their website and make notes on what things stand out the most.  Once you do that, write a plan on what to change and a timeline to get it done.

4. Real Life Social Networking

Put some effort into networking by signing up for an industry conference or seeking out a local meet-up group. These are invaluable ways to develop relationships and share advice with fellow entrepreneurs and small business owners.

5. Put time for you on the calendar

It’s up to you to keep yourself motivated and inspired.  Be sure to reward yourself for specific milestones like a big client win, meeting a tough deadline, or working “overtime” for multiple nights on end.

Sticking to all of these 5 goals is a lofty for anyone. Follow the tips that ring true for your situation, and adjust as needed. Do you have other goals for your business this year?


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Quick Refresher on Setting Your Goals for 2010

I love the first few weeks of January. The weather outside is cold and somewhat frightful. The days are short and the trees are bare. The holidays are over and it’s time to start planning another amazing prosperous year. A time to think about the whole year ahead of us!  What are your plans for 2010?

The sky is the limit for the year.  The real fun is realizing that and figuring out your goals, writing them down and then working on creating a plan to match those goals for the year.  Do you know that most people get tripped up because they short change themselves and don’t think big enough.  The other thing people do is keep their goals in their head and never write them down.  The majority of unhappiness and failures in business is directly linked to not being able to clearly decide what needs to be done in your business.  Most businesses move slowly and cautiously and without a clear destination.

When you have goals, it’s like having a road map for the year, a plan you can stick to.   The trick is really taking a pen or a keyboard and writing your goals down.  And also realizing your goals can be somewhat fluid and change depending upon what’s happening in your life at the moment.

I’ve written several things about goals before.  Here’s a quick refresher:

Your goals need to be:

1)      Written in a positive way

2)      Measurable and concrete (in terms of outcome, like dollars, units, etc.)

3)      Challenging but not impossible to achieve

4)      Timely and easily be able to measure your success

Also, some other ideas, if your goals are too big, consider writing some smaller ones so your big goal can be more achievable.

I have huge lofty goals for myself and my business this year.  My big goal I’ll share with you is creating my first information product and selling it to create some passive income. My first product I’m creating is called CreateAmazingSurveys.com. Check out my site to get my free report.  The focus is how businesses can take total advantage of using surveys to get all the information they ever wanted about their customers, services and products.

I’ve talked about this a little bit in my printed newsletter (If you’re not getting my printed newsletter mailed to you, please click here, I’ll send it to you via snail mail for free if you’re in the US.) I want to expand my business, not just by adding new clients, but by creating another business of products that can sell while I sleep.  I’ll be writing much more about this in the coming months.

Another goal of mine is to do one thing every day that scares me (taken from my favorite Eleanor Roosevelt quote) and it’s been working so far.  Had some returns to do over the holidays and I stuck to my guns to get my full credit.  (Sometimes it’s the little victories that add up and feel so good.)  So when setting your goals, don’t forget to focus on more than just your business, there’s also spiritual, family, mental health and physical goals you can set for yourself in 2010.  For more about goal setting check out my December newsletter.

It is time to dream big! And dream with a huge positive attitude. If you need some help, or motivations,  I do Marketing Road Maps for clients all the time where we map out the goals for their business. I reach in and find out where their hidden money is and how we can get some money now.

So, don’t wait, reach for the stars, stretch yourself and your business. Grab your wildest dream and say this is possible this year and set your goals, make your plans and make it all happen!

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