Goal setting, frankly, is not a favorite activity for most people. Yet, it is an integral life skill for entrepreneurs! The nature of entrepreneurship is to solve problems. Goal setting is a vital tool to assist in problem solving.
Yet goal setting can be frustrating. If carpenters don’t struggle with hammers, why do entrepreneurs struggle with goal setting?
Following are five obstacles that proper goal setting can resolve.
Define what you want to achieve
Defining what you want to achieve can be a short-term goal, like quitting smoking, or a long-term goal, such as becoming financially independent. Be specific. Once you know what you want to achieve, ask yourself why you want to achieve it—knowing why will help to keep you motivated when things get tough.
Next, break your goal down into smaller, more manageable pieces. For example, if your goal is to quit smoking, start by setting a goal to smoke fewer cigarettes daily. Once you reach that goal, set a goal to smoke even fewer cigarettes. Keep setting new goals until you reach your goal of quitting smoking altogether.
Remember, goal setting is not about perfection. It’s about progress. So don’t beat yourself up if you have a slip-up. Instead, pick yourself up and keep moving forward toward your goal.
Break down your goals
It’s important to break your goal into smaller, more manageable pieces. Smaller goals make it easier for you to create a plan and stay on track with the tasks at hand! Be intentional about how you split up this larger task so that they are simpler than ever before—after all, every little step will help take them closer to success.
Set a deadline
Setting a deadline for yourself and breaking the goal into smaller goals you need to accomplish along your journey is an excellent way of measuring progress. Subgoals become benchmarks that help keep you motivated when things get tough, allowing one small victory after another!
Make a list of steps
The most effective way to achieve your goal is by making a list of all the necessary steps and then working on crossing them off, one at a time.
Find a mentor
The most important thing in achieving any goal is breaking it down into manageable pieces. Find someone who has achieved a similar goal to what you’re trying and ask them for advice on how they broke their progress apart so that this will be easier for yourself too!
The feeling overwhelmed can be daunting when looking at the overall goal, but by breaking down your goal into small steps, you will find it easier to act.