To create goals that actually serve you, turn to your business BFF: Data. When you’re using data and records of what’s worked for you or hasn’t worked for you in the past to make decisions, you’re more in tune with what needs to happen and what will happen to get you to that next level. You might even find that what you thought were your goals weren’t – and that’s ok. You’re growing as a person and business owner and your priorities are always subject to change.
Don’t underestimate how changeable everything is in your life and in your business, and be open to learning and having ah-ha moments that change your perspectives and your priorities.
Don’t become a goal-achieving machine – it’s much more important to be in tune with your life. You’re not a failure if you don’t achieve your goals, you’re probably just growing.
Think About Your Original Goals
Break down your biggest goal and ask yourself “Why do I even care about this?” If you can automatically come up with a hundred reasons why you care, roll with it. But if you’re struggling to even answer that, it’s probably not your goal anymore and you need to ask yourself some real questions.
- Is this goal still attainable at this point in my life?
- Is there any reason I need to adjust the timeline?
- Is the goal even important to me???
- Do I know every single thing that needs to be done to achieve this goal?
What’s Your Process?
When you set goals the SMART way (remember that?), you’ll end up with a bunch of smaller goals and smaller daily steps that’ll help you get there.
If your goals are still your goals, you need to hold yourself accountable for each of these smaller goals and steps to crush them. And even then, it’s STILL ok for your goals to change. You’re a beautiful work in progress and that’s normal!
What’s Your Progress?
You’re in alignment and crushing your goals, now what? You can use project management tools (I love Clickup) or even a piece of pen and paper if you’re old fashioned to cross off & track your progress. It’s important to have this not just for reflecting and tracking, but for keeping yourself in check by making sure that everything you do is supporting your biggest goal or overall life mission in some way. When you’re walking in purpose and alignment, you can avoid the burnout and overwhelm that can come with being a business owner.