2014 Goals

This is the time of year when most people start talking about their goals for the upcoming year. I am a big believer in setting goals, but only if you have a plan to achieve them. Most folks are good at writing down what they want to achieve. It’s the implementation part that they don’t get right.

Looking Back

The first part of goal setting involves looking back at the past 12 months and making a brutally honest evaluation of the “good, the bad and the ugly” as they say. Look at both your business and your personal goals. How did you do?

If you can say had a successful year achieving your goals then I’m really happy for you. But the reality for most people is that they didn’t achieve everything they set out to achieve for this year. The good news is that you are probably still ahead of 75% of the people out there that didn’t even set goals. But now is the time to figure out why you fell short.

Ask Yourself These Questions:

  1. Did you have a clear, concise plan for achieving your goals? Everyone needs a roadmap to get from point A to point B so if you skipped the part about creating a plan, there’s your problem.
  2. Did you have a plan, but somehow the execution of that plan fell short? Figure out what the problem was and get back on track.
  3. Do you have bad habits or destructive behaviors that you need to get rid of? Once again, it’s time to be brutally honest. Here’s the thing; you first have to “own those bad habits and behaviors” before you can actually change them. This is a simple process, but it’s not always easy to come clean (even to ourselves) and actually make …read more