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A Less Painful Way to Write Goals

If you don’t know where you want to go, you’ll probably never get there.

But why does “write goals” have to be such a dreaded phrase, and why do so many business owners and professionals not have written goals – or at least none besides a revenue number?

Have you thought about writing or already written a draft of your goals for 2015?

Top Excuses for not writing goals:
5. They are already in my head, very clearly.
4. I can’t predict the future – who knows what next year will look like in these crazy economic times, I’m just going to keep working extra hard all year like I did this year.
3. If I write them down on paper, and don’t reach them…I’ll have failed!
2. This year we survived and even thrived, we’re just going to keep doing to same things.
1. Things work best when I go with my gut in the moment.

Do you wish it could be easier and less painful? It can. Try these steps.

Steps to write effective goals:
1. Write a list of the Top 50 things you most want to accomplish in 2015. These are things that you want – these are not goals. To do this, think of everything and anything that bugs you and put the opposite on your list of “I wants.” You weren’t able to buy that piece of capital equipment this year? Write – “I want to purchase xxx.” Your employees are not taking initiative? “I want Paul to take initiative and responsibility for xxx.” Think big – about what you really want for your business. If all the pieces fell into place, what could happen?

2. Group these I wants into categories of related topics to be able to focus your efforts.

3. Identify the top three items that you are most excited about.

4. Choose 3-5 groupings which you want to turn into goals. Rewrite them as SMART goals, Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-oriented (have a deadline for completion.)

5. Identify and acknowledge the one which will be most difficult to achieve.

6. Take each end-of-year goal and break it down into what you need to achieve each quarter and month in order to reach the end of year goal.

A majority of business owners do not write a complete list of goals. Many just have a revenue number goal. You don’t need to write goals in order to stay in business, but your chances of achieving great success with your business is much better if your clarify your goals enough to write them and write them clearly enough to share them with those on your team.