Are Your Goals Realistic?
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Ask any successful person, and they'll agree. In order to succeed, you must have goals. They are what turns your dreams and visions into reality.
Seems simple, right? You just write down what you want, and you're on your way to prosperity. Well, not exactly. In order for goals to work, they have to be realistic. Stating that you want to have more sales than Apple in 2013 won't make it happen.
So how do you know if your goals for next year are attainable and not just some pie-in-the-sky dream? Take this test to find out. If you answer no to any of the following statements, it's time to re-evaluate.
Are your goals in writing?
It's awesome to dream, and you should never stop thinking about what can be. But to actually achieve milestones, you have to get your goals down on paper. It will help you stay on track and reach them.
Are your goals specific and measurable?
For goals to work, you need to zero in on exactly what you want to accomplish. For example, saying that you want to make a profit won't cut it. Instead, how about, "I would like to make $500,000 in revenue this year"? It's specific and includes an exact (measurable) dollar amount. Once you have your targets, create a plan with deadlines. Then break it all the way down to daily activities. While preparing your strategy, it will soon become clear whether or not your goals are obtainable.
Are your goals shared?
Once you've written down your goals, it's time to get your team on board. Share your goals with your staff—called "casting your vision"—early and often, and watch them get fired up too. With everyone passionate about obtaining your dream, what may have seemed unrealistic this year could be totally obtainable in 2013.
Are your goals your own?
One of the easiest ways to fail while trying to reach your goals is if they are not your own. If your Aunt Edna wants you to be the most successful podiatrist in the tri-state area, it won't happen unless that's your dream too–even if you live in a place with some really bad feet. Why? Because as we all know, business is not for the weak of heart. It's tough. And you won't have the courage to fight through if you aren't working toward your own goals.
As Dave and thousands of business owners across the country have proven, turning your dreams into reality can come true. And it all begins by setting realistic goals. So before the new year, take time to write down your goals. You'll be amazed with the outcome