Part-Time vs Full-Time Entrepreneur – Goal Setting

Part-Time Vs Full-Time Entrepreneur - Goal Setting

In my last article I spoke of the importance of managing yourself and the value in having an accountability coach. Some individuals are focused and do not need direction or motivation if you will. However, most individuals can use that little bit of guidance and direction.

Part-Time Vs Full-Time Entrepreneur - Goal Setting

 

Part-Time Vs Full-Time Entrepreneur - Goal Setting

In this article, I want to talk to you about the topic of goal setting and all that it entails from my point of view. Now I am confident that you the reader understand the definition of a goal. Just to be certain…..”A goal or objective is a projected state of affairs that a person or a system plans or intends to achieve-a personal or organizational desired end-point in some sort of assumed development. Many people endeavour to reach goals within a finite time by setting deadlines. (Wikipedia)

Part-Time Vs Full-Time Entrepreneur - Goal Setting

 

Part-Time Vs Full-Time Entrepreneur - Goal Setting

So, we have already established that you cannot manage time, only manage yourself. How do we set goals? Do we set goes on a daily, weekly, monthly, yearly or a life time basis? Now there is an acronym that I use which sums it up very well and the acronym is S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely). Let’s take a look at each category a little closer.

Part-Time Vs Full-Time Entrepreneur - Goal Setting

 

A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal. If I say I want to lose weight versus I want to join a health club and exercise 5 times a week. I think you can see which is general and which one is specific.

 

To determine if your goal is measurable, ask questions such as……How much? How many? How will I know when it is accomplished? What will be your success criteria?

 

A goal becomes attainable not because it is easily achieved but as a result of you changing your skill set, attitudes and beliefs in yourself. The goals don’t become smaller, you simply begin to grow.

 

Realistic goals can be of a high and challenging nature because you likely are both willing and able to work towards that goal. If it is too easy to achieve, you may struggle with it due to the fact that the motivation behind achieving it is so low. Bottom line, a goal is realistic if, and only if, you truly believe that you can meet it.

Finally, a goal must be timely. There has to be a deadline or date attached to the goal to create a sense of urgency. If you want to lose 15 pounds, you have to say I want to lose 15 pounds by Thanksgiving. Although, you may gain it all back shortly there after…smile. Saying “someday” simply won’t cut it.

 

Now that we have established what a goal should look like, I want to close with something that works for me when it comes to setting my goals. I like taking my Sunday evenings when the household is quiet, and laying out my goals for the week. I can also take a glance at my monthly goals to keep on track with them and more importantly, my end goals. I try to keep it simple and readjust them on a daily basis. I also try to keep it to 3 things. If I accomplish my 3 assigned tasks then I will obviously look ahead to other projects that I can get started on.

 

Cheers – Steve

 

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