Whether you’ve been in the business for years or are just starting out, chances are you’ve set goals for yourself at some point, whether personal or professional. Goals are the very best way to grow and develop as it gives you direction in your daily activities.
However, many of our goals go unmet simply because our good intentions were forgotten or pushed off in favor of more urgent needs. There are few things more disheartening than realizing you haven’t made any progress since setting a goal the year prior. Luckily, there are a few failsafe ways to ensure that you are getting closer to your goal – even if you’re only taking baby steps.
The sky is the limit
Indeed, you truly can do anything you set your mind to. Oftentimes, people are scared to set their aims high for fear of letting themselves down and failing. The problem with this mindset is that it’s exactly what’s holding you back – the worry that you are not capable of reaching a certain goal prevents you from every going after it. Sounds like a conundrum, right? Have some faith in yourself and dream big. Although you may not meet your goal right away, it’s the little steps that count as you get closer and closer to the big thing.
Jot it down
One of the worst offenses of goal-setting is forgetting to write them down. Goals can only go so far in one’s mind. As we’re confronted with so many different ideas and thoughts every day, it’s easy to let your original goals fall to the wayside. In order to keep your endgame on the forefront of your mind, put it down on paper and put it up in a prominent place where you will see it as a daily reminder. It doesn’t need to be anything fancy – even a sticky note will suffice. The process of writing it down helps solidify the ideas in your mind and reading them every day will ensure they never get put on the backburner.
Shout it from the rooftops
Well, maybe not – but you should be sharing them! Although goals are often set for individual reasons, having a support system is invaluable when working towards them. Share them with your friends and family who will keep pushing you to achieve them. Discuss them with your team and encourage them to come up with objectives of their own so there is a built-in support system of like-minded individuals helping each other get to where they want to be. Your employees should understand just what your expectations are for yourself, your company, and their responsibilities so be transparent when sharing both short- and long-term goals.
Incentives go a long way
…and that goes for you and your employees. Everybody needs something to keep them motivated, whether it’s an extra day or an all-expenses-paid trip to an industry conference. The best way to reach a big goal is to set little milestones along the way, with incentives to keep the progress moving. This helps you and your employees track your progress and keep striving towards the next objective – plus, a little validation never hurt anyone.
It really boils down to being confident and truly believing that you can do anything that you dream. Daydreaming isn’t typically considered productive, but in this case, it may help set you on the right path. If you’re feeling motivated, don’t stop – go on and grab that pen and paper and start mapping out your future goals!