How to actually achieve your plan for world domination
Many entrepreneurs, especially those leaving their 9 to 5 to finally pursue their passion, start out with a bang just to end up in the same old routine. We wake up, get dressed, go to work, get home and hop into bed. Rinse and repeat. After a while we start wondering why we ever decided to leave our day job in the first place if we’re not getting any closer to rubbing elbows with Richard Branson. The main reason we end up in this cycle without seeming to be able to find a way out is lack of focus. And here’s where goal setting comes in.
Setting goals for yourself will force you to think about your ideal future and will also motivate you to turn this vision into reality. By knowing what you want in business and in life in general, you’ll know what to do to get there. It helps you to organize your time and your resources. Goal setting will not only help you regain focus in your business, but it can also work miracles in your personal life. Bye bye lackluster business, hello purpose. So how do you go about it?
First you visualize the ‘big picture.’ Ask yourself what you want to do with your life and identify the large-scale goals that you want to achieve. Include all aspects of your life: your business and your personal life, because we all know the one does influence the other. Don’t forget to ask yourself the harder questions such as whether you want a family, how involved a parent you want to be, what kind of lifestyle you want and what knowledge and skills you want to acquire. Start broad and then trim the list of goals to a small number of only the most significant goals. As you do this, make sure that the goals that you have set are the ones that YOU genuinely want to achieve. They should NOT be goals set by your parents, family, or friends. If you have a partner, you probably want to take into account what he or she wants but make sure that you also remain true to yourself!
Break it down
Next, break these goals down into bite-sized targets. Start with a five-year plan of smaller goals that you need to achieve if you are to reach your lifetime plan. After that, create a one-year plan, then a six-month plan, and finally a one-month plan of progressively smaller goals. Each of these goals should be based on the previous longer term plan. Finish off with what you’re starting with tomorrow. If you’re overwhelmed by the steps required to achieve your lifetime goals, just remember that every journey begins with a single step.
Get to work!
Once that’s done, you roll up your sleeves and get to work! Cross off those targets one by one, day by day. Just make sure you revisit your plan. Once every so often, such as once a year, ask yourself the hard questions again. Are you happy running your business for the foreseeable future or should you adjust and think about an exit strategy? Now that you’ve achieved some of your goals, are you really moving in the right direction? There’s no shame in admitting that your circumstances have changed along with your goals. Just adjust the targets to reflect your changing priorities.
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