Owners of small businesses should set expectations. These decisions can come in many forms, but one thing they have in common is that they offer tangible goals to pursue, be it personal or technical – and it can be deceptive to achieve them.
Entrepreneurs need to develop the ability to make real, accessible decisions if they are to succeed. We asked members of the Young Entrepreneurs Council what their strategy is for setting effective goals and goals and achieving them, and how those strategies can be changed individually. Here is what they said:
- Set small goals.
To keep yourself accountable for new decisions, you need to establish microgoals. Often, when teams set a big record, it can feel frustrating. However, when separation is microgoals, it transforms greater commitment into smaller and tangible goals. This helps you build the momentum you need to achieve all your decisions.
- Philas Kittaneh, Zress Mattress
When you plan a New Year’s resolution that you really want to keep, you want it to be realistic and accessible. To do that, focus on concrete goals instead of total. Decide to lose 20 pounds instead of “be healthy.” Decide that you will read a book every month instead of “reading more.” Give yourself some goals and you will be better able to complete them!
—Bryce Welker, Big 4 Accounting Firms
- Keep them to yourself.
Write down your goals and keep them to yourself, and review your progress in a timely manner. If you do not, it will usually turn out to be a waste of time because you will be less likely to follow through.
-Andrew Schrage, Money Crashers People’s Finance
- Start self-examination.
I always make a commitment to come to me, and then I answer two questions: What do I endure? and What Do I Avoid? Answers serve as a gateway to real and credible change.
—Rachel Beider, Press Current Massage
- Know ‘why.’
Decisions have never been easy because they require flexibility and discipline. And they can also damage people’s self-esteem if they fail to follow through. In my experience, having a clear idea of why I do it is the best motivation. Also, it is important to remember that even if you stumble, you can still stand up. It is not the end of the world; you can still achieve your goal if you continue.
- Solomon Timothy, OneIMS
- Be realistic.
It is easy to set big goals for yourself that you hope will one day reach your goal. But by doing so, you are preparing yourself for failure. You need to set reasonable goals. Start with small goals that will set you on a bigger path.
- Zach Binder, Bell + Ivy
- Tell other people.
If you have someone in your circles that you trust, such as a friend or family member, let them know about your intentions. Ask them to answer you and ask you from time to time to help you make sure you stay on track.
—Stephanie Wells, Awesome Forms
- Create a timeline.
Breaking down a broad decision into smaller poles and building their timeline gives you a clear idea of when you should hit each goal, and you will be able to measure progress. You will feel and be rewarded with a sense of accomplishment as you reach all the goals.
- Syed Balkhi, WPBeginner
- Write it down.
If you keep your decisions in your brain, you are not helping to prove them. Take time to write down what you want to accomplish so that you can read it and reinforce it in your daily life.
- Jared Atchison, WPForms
- Create accountability.
Use team and expertise to build accountability. Your team can be your family and your friends. Let them know what you are doing and ask for their support. A quick text from a friend asking if you have achieved your goals can be incredibly encouraging. Second, use tech! Just set reminders for specific dates that will appear on your phone, and set estimates.
—Thomas Smale, of FE International
- Think you have achieved it.
Imagine that you are already the person who has made your decisions. This is a great way to make sure you stick to the good jobs you want to do. Just tell yourself, I’m not an X-person, or, I’m a Y-person.
-Nicole Munoz, Nicole Munoz Consulting, Inc.
- Make it meaningful to yourself.
Choose something that has profound meaning for you. Once you know exactly why you want to find a solution, it’s easy to keep it. Instead of simply saying, “I want to save X money,” write “I will save X money to start my own business and get creative freedom.” Freedom to create is what you really want, and to be saved is how you will get there.
- Jared Weitz, United Capital Source Inc.
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