Wanna make 2014 your best year ever? (Business-wise at least) Don’t wait…..get started now, the first step is setting goals.
I will never forget the moment that my “hobby” turned into a business. I somehow got my hands on a book published in the 80’s. It was old and looked outdated, but in a moment of extreme boredness I picked it up and started and reading. Instantly, I was hooked! It was amazing! The author had me spell-bound with interesting stories and solid instruction on how to set goals and meet them. It became my new business manual.
Little did I realize that the author was Zig Ziglar, a hugely influential motivational speaker, and his book, “See You at the Top” wasn’t just a little-known book.
It was at that moment that I realized that I was going about my quilting business all wrong. Until then, I had been quilting away in my room, just waiting for someone to knock on my door and “discover” me. Well, I had been at it for 6 years and no had come knocking yet. I finished the book and vowed that I would set goals for my business and do my best to grow my business as much as I could.
Fast forward several years later, I have met the goals that I first set for myself and I continue to strive forward, setting new goals.
Why should you set goals?
A goal properly set is halfway reached -Zig Ziglar
No matter where you are in your business journey, it’s important to set goals. Having defined goals helps keep you focused and on the correct track. As the saying goes, “if you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time!”
There are many, many books on setting goals, the best being by Zig Ziglar of course. I would suggest picking one of them up. For me, I break down my goals like this:
- This Decade
- This Year
- This Month
I always try to keep the big picture in mind, that’s why I usually have one or two “This Decade” goals. These are my long-term goals, which will take a while to meet. This website was one of these goals just a few years ago. It’s amazing to see it come to fruition.
The big picture is great, but getting there isn’t going to happen by accident. I usually have several “This Year” goals. These are the goals that can realistically be met in a year or so. These are also the mini-goals that will help me meet my “This Decade” goal.
These micro-goals are small goals that will not only give you a boost of confidence, but will also help you meet your bigger goals. These goals are action-oriented, meeting them is completely up to you. For instance, if you one of your “This Year” goals is to have a quilt published in a magazine, a monthly micro-goal would be to submit a quilt pattern to a magazine.
Take a few moments, write down your goals, post them in a place that you can see them and use them as motivation!
I’d love to hear from you…..What goals are you setting for your business?