Ok folks – I know I´m a little early, but I love forward planning!

Are you getting ready for the start of a new year? With so many people focusing on achieving their New Year’s resolutions, the excitement picks up as soon as the clock strikes 12! Unfortunately, a lot of resolutions end up falling by the wayside two weeks into the new year. The reason this happens so often lies in the fact that most people don’t really understand how to set targets and goals for the year ahead. Sure, it’s a good practice for any business owner to make resolutions or consider wishes of what they might like to see in their business in the coming year. However, if the resolution isn’t followed thorough, with planning and measuring, the goal will stay a wish. And I know you don´t want that to happen!

There are a few vital steps you can take when setting any personal or business goals for the upcoming year. Following these simple steps will help almost anyone get results.

1. Know The Vision.

You need to “write the vision and make it plain.” When it comes to setting goals, it’s very important to have clarity and vision. When things are plainly written, understanding and executing them are more likely to happen. Know what the goal actually is.

For example, an obvious goal in most businesses is to increase profits. There needs to be a level of clarity on what needs to be achieved by the end of the year. When there’s an endpoint, a goal-setter runs with the end in mind. Put simply… they’re more focused and driven to ‘do’.

2. Create A Breakdown.

The vision is clear. That’s not the end though. Now, it’s time to break down the steps and be a lot more specific.

If you are looking to increase profits, a breakdown takes it to a more specific level. A goal of a 60% increase in profits is measurable, definitive and clear.

3. Create A Timeline.

It’s super important to set a timeline of events. The years fly by so fast. Before long, January turns into June. There is no sense in getting to June without the goals halfway completed. To establish this, you need to set short-term and long-term target points for each goal.

A long-term goal of increased profits is excellent. A short-term goal could equate to hiring a expert support within the next month.

While the frenzy of setting goals is in the air, achieving the goals is another story. The most important factor to remember is how everything must be performance-driven. Never leave goals up to circumstances or outcomes.

And finally, it’s essential to focus on what can be done to improve the situation with what’s on the table right now. Keep these points in mind and goals will almost invariably transform into achievements!

Leave me a comment below as I´d love to  hear what your goal setting plans are for 2017.