At the beginning of each year, we make it a point to write down goals as to how we would like our business to grow. However, as with any other small business owner, day-to-day tasks and challenges take priority and goal setting gets put on the back burner. Before you know it, six months have passed and you have yet to sit down and get a pen to paper.
Setting and maintaining goals can be a daunting task, but if you have a clear vision of what you want to achieve and how, your goals can be realized. Not sure where to start? Inc. Magazine compiled a roadmap to help small business owners set and achieve their goals!
- Determine Your Long-Term Aims
- Create Short-Term Objectives
- Solicit Employee Input
- Stay Organized and Focused
- Be Consistent
- Build a Culture of Appreciation
With 2013 underway, we are inspired to devote time into delving into where we would like our business to grow. As leaders, it’s important to evaluate if we are on track to accomplishing the goals we have set for ourselves. We were further moved to do this after receiving The Success Indicator diagram from a friend. The diagram was created by Mary Ellen Tribby, Founder and CEO of WorkingMoms.com, after she heard Steve Wozniak speak about the story of Apple and his relationship with Steve Jobs.
The diagram details characteristics, traits and behaviors of successful people vs. unsuccessful people. This really motivated us to get moving, walk the walk and start accomplishing some of our preset goals.
A great business leader can recognize and identify where he or she needs to improve and continually strives to get there.
We made the conscious decisions to kick up the success meter a bit. Are you ready to put in the effort? Try eliminating a few of the traits on the right hand side of the chart.