New Year's Goal Setting... In July
You have heard that most New Year's goals fail within the first month, either from experience or you've read it in another one of the thousands of blogs that come out around the first of January.
But...... it's July! No, my life doesn't revolve around the fiscal year... I'm going to show you how to actually reach attainable goals. And in business, that means planning for next year well before New Years Day hits. So here's how to make a plan now, to get you propelled into the new year with confidence and direction.
1. Look at your larger business goals.
I know you think you know what your goals are because you really sat down and made them 6 months ago... but that was 6 months ago. Look at where you thought you would be by now, what you thought you wanted then, and what you know you want now. Make new goals and tweak old ones. Look at the big picture here, and remind yourself what you really want life to look like down the road.
2. Look at where you are now.
Run those reports, look at the analytics, see how you have grown, and what benchmarks you have reached, or not. Talk to your team and adjust expectations, or actions, accordingly.
3. Break your long-term goals into shorter ones.
A big key to business is thinking big picture, but you will never get there without translating that into smaller goals. Know where you want to go, then work backward to see what your goals should be in order to get you there. Make sure these are tangible action points like grow my followers from 100 to 500 in 6 months.
4. Plan out big launch and event dates now.
Then work back again to plan out what you need to do for those events. Always leave an extra week in between when you think you will be done with it and the event. It never works out the way you think it will and you will have to scramble to get something done. Give yourself the extra wiggle room, and if you don't need it, then a little extra marketing never hurts.
5. Plan out the growth details and checkpoints.
Break these down into a timeline. Where do you want to be in 3 months, 6 months, this time next year? As you grow, what you need to be doing, and what you will be focusing on will be different.
6. Make sure your expectations are realistic.
This is probably the hardest part of goal setting. You can always start doing something and have it become a habit, but whenever I try and do something and it doesn't stick, I know it is because I haven't made the right schedule to fit it in yet. For example, I tried working out at 5:30 am, and I actually don't think I did it once, before I realized that time was never going to work and I rearranged my schedule so I could workout at 5:30 pm, right before dinner. Also keep in mind that even if you don't make a benchmark goal, growth is still growth! You are doing it! You will get there!
7. Now put your plans away for a couple months.
Get your initial thoughts on all this down, and update your team. Schedule a meeting in 3 months to really hash out if it is realistic in terms of time and work, and take into consideration anyone else's ideas.
8. Tweak the plan.
Because it will need to be tweaked. Things change every day, it's important you change with them. At least most of the work will already be done. You can even use a template from earlier years of using whatever system works for you.
9. Implement the plan.
Now, this won't seem like that big of a deal by January, it will actually just feel like a normal day because it is. This isn't a resolution. It's goal setting. It's long-term. It's sustainable. And it's attainable.
10. Take the planned and necessary steps every day to keep moving forward and up.
This won't be as hard as say going to the gym every day and eating only vegetables for a year. You'll have all the necessary aspects for making it successful. A plan. A team. Smaller goals. A clear message and end goal.
Now go get them, and be ready for New Years!
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