In the world of business and personal productivity, there is one word that you’ll hear repeatedly – GOALS.
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It’s important to set goals because that’s your guideline for success. It’s your line in the sand. You can say, “When I achieve _________ I’ll be successful.”
Goals are a necessary element of both short term and long term success.
However, it’s completely possible to have too many goals. You can have dozens of personal goals. You may want to drink more water, exercise more, meditate more, and get out with friends, save money and so on. These goals tend to naturally fall to the wayside and you find balance because you focus your attention on the goals that are priorities for you.
Business goals, on the other hand, have a tendency to stick around. If you sat down right now and made a list of all of your business goals, chances are you’d have a list of dozens of goals. For example, you may have daily productivity goals, monthly traffic and sales goals, and quarterly or annual growth goals. All of these goals can cause serious problems not only for your personal mindset and happiness but also for your business success.
When you have too many goals, you lose focus on the goals that matter. Instead of being able to put 100% effort into priority goals, each goal gets 10% of your attention. It shouldn’t’ be surprising then when you struggle to achieve your goals, right?
But you can’t let go of all of your goals and choose just one. A successful business is a series of strategic goals and actions based on those goals. So how do you find balance?
1. Evaluate Progress and Results
Take a look at your goals and evaluate them based on which goals are actually working for you. There may be some goals that you’re working on that have very little return on investment. Consider setting those goals aside. You don’t have to let them go completely. However, you can put them aside and save them for a time when you can make them a priority.
2. Evaluate Based on Potential
Which goals have the potential to generate the biggest results for your business? For example, a goal of growing your email list may be more powerful than the goal to increase your search engine page ranking. Generally, qualified prospects are worth more attention than trying to find new prospects to market to. Set aside the goals that may not have the most potential right now. Remember, you can come back to them later.
3. Evaluate Based on Time and Resources
Do you really have the time, energy, and resources for a particular goal? Take a look at your existing business goals and determine the amount of time, money, and resources you need to achieve it. Is it a realistic goal to have right now? If not, set it aside.
By weeding out some goals, you’re able to make the most productive goals a priority. You can then devote your complete attention to achieving that goal. Most goal-setting experts recommend focusing on one goal at a time. You create a pattern of success by systematically achieving your goals. In business, this isn’t always possible. But you can devote your attention on the goals that matter right now.
I truly want to help you make your dreams a reality by encouraging you to track your goals this year…
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In today’s fast-paced world, it can be easy to lose sight of our goals as a Virtual Assistant. Often times it can be a struggle just to stay on top of our day to day tasks let alone set and achieve long-term goals for ourselves. Many people feel inadequate because they aren’t where they thought would be at this point in life.
That may seem disheartening, but all it really takes is a little goal setting and tracking to get you where you want to be.
Kick start your business today and sign up now to receive the VA Goals Planner and get yourself ready for more successful days ahead.
Here’s what you’ll get in the planner:
- An inspirational quote to get you motivated each and every month
- Space to document your monthly goals, tasks and obstacles to keep you on track
- A section for you to enter your daily progress and a review section for reflection
Wishing you a prosperous year in your VA business!