When you set out to start your own business, or anything else for that matter, you need to be clear about what you want to accomplish. If this is not firm in your mind, you will find it hard to decide what you need to do every day.
We’ve all heard methods for goal setting. But what I am describing here is more than just goal setting, though that is part of it. I am suggesting that we need to decide the end result we are working towards, then work backwards to decide what we do today to get to where we ultimately want to be.
What You Want to Accomplish
First, write down what you want to accomplish. Don’t be afraid to write down anything and everything that pops in your mind. When you have that long list, go through it and select the most important items that you would like to see happen as a result of having your own successful business.
Some of those items will take years to accomplish — others can be done in a few days. Break that list in to different time frames – 10 years, 5 years, 1 year, 6 months, 1 month. Now write a sentence for each item on your list in the present tense — “In one month I will have done XYZ.” “I am making X dollars a month.” Writing your goals in the present tense helps your mind see them as done and it causes it to automatically find ways to make them a reality.
One final task — write down why you want to accomplish these goals. Why are you choosing to build a business? What good do you want to achieve by having a successful business? This is referred to as your “Why” by a lot of training systems. This statement is something you can look back on frequently to help you remember why you are doing what you are doing. It can help you get back on track when you get discouraged. It can encourage you to do the hard things and to take chances that you normally would not do.
Now that you know what you want to accomplish and when, use the time-line items to establish your goals every day. Start with the shorter term items and choose tasks that will help you achieve those. I heard someone suggest spending a few minutes every evening reviewing your day. Doing that will help you see what you did accomplish, what you did not quite get done, and how you may need to adjust your plans. That is a great time to create the list of tasks for the next day.
Don’t forget to review your “Why” every day — preferably in the morning. That way it will be fresh in your mind and a constant reminder of why you are doing what you are doing.
What You Want to Accomplish
Take the time to decide why you are doing what you are doing and what it means to you and your life. Knowing what you want to accomplish and having the time-line goals defined, will help you stay on track. You will have the best chance to ultimately end up where you want to be!