Get business on track and reach your 2019 goals
Can you believe we are in the second half of 2019? I find it’s easier in the second half of the year to feel like it’s all over now until the new year. But there is still SO much time left to make progress towards all those things you promised yourself you would do this year.
So Let’s Check On Your Progress
How are you tracking with your goals and intentions for your business this year? Have you done any planning? Did you break down your 2019 goals into action steps? If so, have you been ticking them off?
No matter what stage you are at, don’t feel bad or guilty about it. Instead, do what you need to do now to get back on track.
If you haven’t got your planning sorted yet, or if you did make plans and set goals back in January but haven’t glanced at them since, now is a perfect time to get focused.
If you do have your business strategy mapped out for the year it is also a good time to revise and reflect so you can adjust as you need to – or pat yourself on the back for being just where you need to be.
1. START SMALL
My biggest tip when it comes to planning is don’t get overwhelmed. ANY planning is better than no planning, so if you are feeling overwhelmed by the task, just start small.
Grab some big sheets of paper and some bright markers and simply jot down 5-10 things you hope to achieve by the end of the year. Under each one list three actions you need to take to achieve that goal, and if you are feeling daring, pop a date (or a month) next to each action to give yourself a deadline.
Look at that – you’ve got a business plan!
2. CREATE ACCOUNTABILITY
Once you have mapped out a few goals for yourself and your business, find a friend, or a business acquaintance and sit down and share your goals with them. Ask them to hold you accountable to the deadlines you have set for yourself and offer to do the same for them. If you don’t have anyone you think would be good for the job there are loads of online networking groups for small business where you can find an accountability partner.
3. SET A MONTHLY INTENTION
There are five and a half months left in the year and while you might already feel like it’s a downhill run to Christmas, a lot can happen in that time-especially if you set your mind to it.
Decide on one word, or a few words, for what you want to focus on in your business for the next month. It might be ‘pricing’ or ‘marketing’ or ‘more creative time’. You can plan it out now for the rest of the year or simply decide what your next focus one month at a time.
This is a great way to learn more and achieve more in your business, simply by focusing on one thing at a time.
4. LOOK BACK
If you have any major goals this year, be mindful that it is easy to get lost in the slog of big projects. Take time whenever you’re feeling down to look back at how far you’ve come.
Document your progress as you go and be sure to celebrate even the little successes along the way.
5. VISUALISE SUCCESS
How often do you make plans and set goals for your business, only to instantly dismiss them as soon as they become impossible or at best, unlikely?
This sets you up for procrastination and self-sabotage from the get-go. Be sure to take some time instead to visualise how you will feel when you achieve them and what business will be like if you do reach your goals this year.
Come back to this whenever you need a motivation boost.
6. TAKE ACTION
It doesn’t matter how small the action is but the more regularly you take action towards reaching your goal, the easier it becomes. We often feel overwhelmed or uninspired and life around us gets so busy that we run out of time.
The hardest part is getting started, just like exercise. So even if it’s just ten minutes a day, make sure you are finding time to take regular action towards the ‘big picture’ goals in your business.
7. KEEP GOOD COMPANY
It is important to spend time with motivated, positive people who believe in you, who trust your goals are achievable and who are actively willing to help you achieve them. We all have those friends who would rather poke fun, and even put us down, for trying to make a go of our creative ideas. Distance yourself from those people, they will hold you back.
Instead, find a network of like-minded supportive people who will build you up and celebrate with you when you reach a milestone.
Have fun with your goals and celebrate the wins along the way. If you are feeling overwhelmed by how fast the year is moving, remember to keep it simple and break it down. Take small action as often as you can and you will achieve great things!
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