Setting Goals: How To Reach Business Milestones Without Disappointment

quote_goalsettingI’ve found that having goals in your business can be super useful, or totally discouraging. Yet know that setting goals is one of the most popular things that successful people do.

You can set goals for the number of people you’d like to sign up for your programs, the number of clients you’d like to have on a monthly basis, and the amount of money you want to make per month.

If you don’t have a measurable goal in your business, it’s really hard to know if the things you’re doing on a daily basis are actually helping you move in the right direction or not.

The problem with goals is that we tend to come up with arbitrary numbers that set us up for disappointment if we don’t reach them.

On the other hand, when you are able to set a realistic and achievable goal, you take action in a way that gets you closer to it. And you can be pleasantly surprised when you accidentally get beyond your goal.

Setting Goals: Here’s how…

I really believe that goal fatigue happens when we set unrealistic goals for ourselves, and don’t reach them. It can be demoralizing.

It’s like trying to build a successful business from scratch in just 17 days. You’re not giving yourself the runway you need to take off, and that means you’re setting yourself up for failure. Not good!

Let’s focus on how we can change the goal fatigue predisposition, so that your goals can become fun and motivating again! Oh, and so that you can actually reach them, too.

How to set goals without being too attached

Here’s how you can set goals that feel good to you – while leaving space for magic – without draining you of your motivation to take action.

The first step is to set a minimum goal. This means how many people you need to sign up for a specific program or have on your client roster so you can keep the doors open and eat.

Next, set a “nice to have” maximum or capacity goal. Where it would be really awesome if it happened.

Once you have these two goals, it’s time to let your attachment to these numbers go.

Here’s the thing, if you obsess over these goals and beat yourself up if you don’t reach them, it’s just going to reinforce a cycle of lack.

The next step is to brainstorm some ideas on how you’re actually going to make those goals happen.

It’s time to get your creativity on

If you’re reaching for something that you’ve never done before, you might need to try something new to get there.

Write down at least 10 creative things that could get you to your goals.

Allow yourself to write down silly ideas too. You don’t need to follow up on each of these, but one silly idea might lead to a genius one.

Keep in mind that getting creative doesn’t mean you need to re-invent the wheel.

Usually what we need to do is repeat what has worked in the past but with higher levels of creativity and professionalism.

Once you’ve set your goals, let go of your attachment to them. Come up with ways to reach them and take action… you’re practically guaranteed results.

Whatever happens is exactly as it should be. Actually selling a thousand coaching spots would probably drain you but 15 is just fine. Things happen for a reason.

You’re not the only person carrying all of this weight on your shoulders. Their are other forces at work here, and yes you do need to do the work but also remember that it will all happen in the best possible way for you.

If you set strong intentions with what it is you want to accomplish, and you keep taking steps towards it, it’s practically inevitable that you’ll reach these goals.

Your Turn…

I want you to leave a comment below and share with us just ONE creative way you’ll be setting yourself up to reach your goals next quarter!

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