This time of year, many people begin thinking about what they would like to accomplish in the upcoming year. We may also take a look back at what we planned for this year, frustrated that we didn’t accomplish everything we set out to. Setting goals each year is a great practice, but if the goals don’t stick, they won’t help you advance your business.
Here are four suggestions, including some ideas from a recent article in Entrepreneur:
Write it down.
Once you have a goal in mind, write it down. Don’t just write the goal though. Make sure your write down how you will measure success and how you will be holding yourself (and others the goal applies to) accountable for progress.
Do one thing each day.
Do something each day that gets your closer to your goals. It can be something small or something big, but daily attention important for success.
Schedule time to revisit.
Schedule time monthly or weekly (depending on your timeline) to analyze your progress and revisit your goals. What is working? What isn’t working?
Share it with others.
It is one thing to hold yourself accountable and another to have others counting on you. Share your goals with your team, your peers, or even a mentor. Talk openly about successes and failures and encourage others talk about their goals and progress as well.
Goals sitting in a notebook don’t get you very far. Bring those goals out into the open to help ensure success. Following these four simple steps will help to make next year your best year yet.