As a small business owner you wear many hats. You oversee your business, work with clients, and you are in charge of continually moving your company forward. You can’t allow yourself to live life without a purpose or everything will fall apart. In order to have a balanced life, small business owners must learn how to set goals.
Why we should set goals
As a small business owner, you need to determine where your business is going. Do you want to grow? Stay the same? Without solid goals it’s impossible to determine if you’re heading in the right direction.
Another benefit of goal setting is that it can simplify the tough decisions. Because you know where you and your business are headed you can easily determine which paths will help you reach your destination.
Now, all you need to do is learn how to set goals and achieve them.
How to set SMART goals
In order to achieve your goals, you need to come up with a comprehensive plan. There are many methods to help you set goals, but the SMART method is great for helping you see your goal all the way through.
The SMART model has you analyze your goal so you can set better goals. When writing your goal make sure it is:
- Specific: Be exact in what your goal is. If it’s too vague you won’t be able to accomplish it.
- Measurable: How will you define success? You need to be able to track your goal so that you can see progress towards it.
- Attainable: It’s great to dream big, but make sure that you aren’t over reaching. If you do feel like your goal is unattainable, set smaller goals that will help you reach your final goal.
- Realistic: Do you have the time, resources and knowledge to accomplish your goal?
- Time bound: How long will this take you to accomplish? If you don’t see any progress towards your goal you are more likely to give up. Set deadlines and stick to them to accomplish your goal before you run out of steam.
How to achieve your goals
You will never accomplish your goals without devising an action plan, no matter how great of a goal it is. Small goals are just as important, maybe even more important than, the big goals.
To achieve your goals you need to break them down into actionable steps. Use the SMART method to make smaller goals that will lead you to your ultimate goal. Set due dates and evaluate where you are at consistently.
If you’re planning goals for the company, then get your entire team on board and involved in setting them. When the whole company is involved they feel more invested and will do their best to help.
Goal setting doesn’t have to be a huge production with flow charts and extensive tracking. It’s meant to lead you to success. When you feel overwhelmed by your goals, take a step back and see what you can accomplish quickly that will help re-motivate you and your team. Then pursue that goal fearlessly.