Sometimes we have a perfect picture in our minds of just how we want our future to look, but we’re lost when it comes to the steps that need to be taken to get to the destination. You have now created a strategy with your SMART goals; here are some tips to keep you on track and achieve your business goals:
- Avoid repeating the past mistakes: Thomas Edison is famous for saying “I have not failed 1,000 times. I have successfully discovered 1,000 ways to NOT make a light bulb.” The key to Edison’s success was that he did not keep repeating the same failed attempt. When something didn’t work, Edison would document his steps and then change one of the variables. When looking at your future goals, look back at the past and identify what did NOT work and how you can change your actions to create a new outcome.
- Change takes time and energy: The idea of creating goals for 2013 is to change something in your organization. That could be an increase in sales, a decrease in employee turnover, or an improved business culture. To accomplish your goals you will need to be patient, as change does not happen immediately. Including your employees in the planning process will increase their commitment to the goals and effectively lower organizational resistance.
- Break down your goals into smaller milestones: By creating smaller goals within your overall vision, you will be able to track your progress. This will help you in the implementation phase to determine if your team is moving forward, or changes need to be made to the plan.
- Go public!: Telling people in your organization the goals will hold you accountable to working towards them! It is much easier to drop a goal that is only supported by you. Once you have said your goals out loud or even posted them somewhere on the walls or the website of your business, they become part of the daily routine and are much more likely to be successful.