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Setting Goals for Your Best Year Ever

Wanna make 2014 your best year ever? (Business-wise at least) Don’t wait…..get started now, the first step is setting goals.

Why 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  I somehow got my hands on a book published in the 80’s. It was old and looked outdated, but in a moment of extreme boredness I picked it up and started and reading.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.

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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!”

Setting Goals

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

This Decade

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.

This Year

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.

This Month

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!

Your Turn!

Need some help getting started?? I have put together a free-downloadable form to help get you started. ( Click here to download. ) Check out my Facebook

I’d love to hear from you…..What goals are you setting for your business?

6 Comments on Setting Goals for Your Best Year Ever

  1. Adrean Thomas // February 13, 2014 at 5:32 pm // Reply

    This is some great advice!! With such encouragement, I am hoping to meet my goals for this year 😉

  2. This website could not have come at a better time! I have been thinking about starting my own business for awhile now and I think this is the encouragement that I needed to jump in. I look forward to more posts. Thanks.

  3. Thank you for motivating me to set and post some goals for this year….so I can hold myself accountable!

  4. Absolutely love this book so far, thank you for recommending it!!

  5. Nicole Christoffersen. // January 11, 2014 at 11:24 pm // Reply

    This is great advice, Ive needed to make some serious changes in my business and this is the year for me to start. I love Zig, by the way! I love that Audible has so many of his books so I can listen while I quilt!

  6. Very helpful…loving this website! Thanks for sharing.

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