For those of us who’ve been an employee we know that when we work for an organization in order to survive we must meet and exceed the goals and expectations established by the company. When you become a solo business owner it’s up to you to set your goals and establish a path leading toward success. In order to continue to grow you must set and evaluate your goals with frequency. As 2011 is winding down it’s the perfect time to set goals for 2012 and to evaluate where you’d like to be next year. Whether it’s leaving your job for your solo business, tripling your income or hiring support now is the perfect time to set goals for the coming year.
The following are some tips that will help you with your business success:
- Set Business and Personal Goals: Have you got current goals you’ve been trying to meet? Take a look at them and see where you are. Are you on track to meet them or have they already been met? Are they realistic and can you accomplish them? Did you set out to make 6 figures this year and didn’t quite make it? Were you hoping to be out of your job and working solely in your own business by now? Assessing where you are and where you want to be is an essential part of any business plan.
Write down all of your goals. What do you need for your business to succeed? Then prioritize them. If you know you can’t accomplish them on your own then seek help to learn what you need to do to reach them. One of the reasons we don’t reach our goals is sometimes we don’t know the steps we need to take to reach them. Decide what you need to work on, set realistic timeframes to accomplish them and then put them into action. When action occurs results happen.
- Get Organized: Very few of us are able to perform well in a cluttered work space. When I started my first business I was working with clients on my lunch hour and immediately after work. This meant I needed to be extremely organized when I left my house every day. Whether you conduct business in your car, on your lunch hour or at home you need to organized and efficient.
First look at your work space. Is it cluttered or organized? Are you struggling to find things? Do you use multiple work spaces? Are they mobile spaces? No matter where you are I’m suspecting that you’re busy and you don’t take time to keep yourself organized. I can’t stress enough the importance of clearing your space and creating systems so that you can function like a well-oiled machine.
Look at your space, your files, your emails. Are you losing things? Are you able to access what you need easily? Invest in the time to organize your work and work environments. It’s important and your success depends on it.
- Envision Success: “The secret of leadership is simple: Do what you believe in. Paint a picture of the future. Go there. People will follow.”-Seth Godin. When you set out on your entrepreneurial path you had a dream. Now it’s your job paint a picture of that future and take the steps to get there. As you begin to believe in your success others will too and they will follow you. Envision all of this. See this as your future and even when there are moments of doubt recall what you believe in and the doubt will slowly subside.
In the comments below, I’d love to hear your tips and suggestions on how to set yourself up for success.
How do you envision your success?
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