It never fails, almost everyone greets the new year armed with goals, expectations, and staunch resolutions to make more money, spend more time with family, lose more weight, cut back on expenditures, and be more organized.
Resolutions and goals are good things –they act as guideposts, giving us something by which to measure growth. But, as everyone knows, keeping goals and resolutions is a tricky matter — both in business and life. However, the secret to success is in the process!
Here are some tips to help you set new businesses goals and strategies for 2022.
Be Specific and Realistic
Setting specific goals is crucial for goal-keeping success. Being specific helps you stay motivated — keeping your eyes on a defined, legitimate target! It’s hard to chase after something vague. Ensuring your goals are realistic is equally vital. It doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t dream big for your business, but setting goals that aren’t close to achievable is a sure-fire way to end up discouraged. That pie in the sky can be deceptively alluring, but if you don’t even have the resources to get started, you’ll quit before you even begin.
Write it Down
Writing down your goals — and keeping them visible — is a bigger deal than you might think. Studies show that follow-through increases when you commit your goals to pen and paper. Writing things down makes them real and tangible. Keeping them visible holds you accountable. It is essential when you have a team involved in the process. They need to know what the vision is, too.
Empower yourself by setting deadlines for your goals. Rather than confining, deadlines add a sense of urgency. Set goals with definitive timelines for each goal step as you head into the year. Recognize that these timelines are essential but also remain flexible. Life has taught us all — things totally outside our control can happen, completely derailing our plans. Deadlines give structure; being willing to adjust keeps it in place.
Break up large goals into small goals. These are called milestones. Milestones allow you to take on your end goal in manageable chunks rather than in one giant stride. Looking only at the big picture ends up being overwhelming; recognizing milestones along the way helps you reevaluate, strategize, and stay on track. In addition, celebrating accomplished milestones is incredibly motivating — because who doesn’t like a win?
Set yourself up for success by planning how you will meet your goals. Know what resources you have already at your disposal (training, time, information, support, and funding) and what you still need to obtain. Decide how you’ll respond when things don’t go according to plan and timelines need to be adjusted. Finally, how will you keep you and your team accountable? Remember, failing to plan is planning to fail!
At Gillmann Services, we believe in celebrating each milestone and goal reached. If your goal is to grow your business, remember that “We work for you!” With a focus on skilled trades, supplying you with top-tier, skilled talent is our priority. We are committed to matching you with the talent you need –so, call today, and let’s get started!