We will soon be entering the final quarter of 2012. This means crunch time for many home business owners, me included. This is when we start looking at the goals we have set for the year and how far we have come. And we make new goals for these last three months.
Many people are great at setting goals; they are not so good at achieving them. They have high hopes to start and go nowhere once the gate opens. As I created my goals for the final months of this year, I began thinking about where things go wrong. In most cases, it is the type of goals one sets.
There is a big difference between shooting for the moon and creating actionable goals. “I want to make x amount of dollars” sounds great, but it isn’t actionable. There is too much room for speculation and procrastination. Goals should be realistic, doable and provide a clear path to completion. Your objective should answer the following:
- What Do You Want to Accomplish?
- When Do You Want to Do It?
- How Are You Going to Carry It Out?
Now you have a success plan. If I want to make x number of dollars by the end of the year, I need to work x number of hours, make x number of affiliate sales, sell x number of eBooks, fill x number of advertising spots, etc. Each one of these pieces is actionable and accomplishable. They also aren’t as stressful as a huge, seemingly insurmountable amount of cash. Break it into $100 bills if necessary.
A little change in strategy can go a long way towards success. There was a great example of actionable goals in yesterday’s Savvy Blogging post from Dan Morris, How Can Your Site Generate $2,000/Month.
Are you a good goal setter?
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