It’s March… do you know where your goals are?

What if 1 step increased your success rate by 80%?  It’s all yours below.

Where did January and February go? Time seems to evaporate these days causing our goals to get relegated to the back seat of our minds as we attempt, simply, to keep up with the everyday demands of our business and life. Our best intentions to put what is most important first cannot often compete with the daily demands on our time and attention.

If you have got goals that are important to you and you want to make them a reality, read on for 1 simple step that can make all the difference – no matter how busy you may already be.

Success can be counter-intuitive.Abstract Blur Horse Race

Similar to the metaphor of car racing where drivers must ‘slow down to go faster’, success asks us to step back, plot and ensure our steps are aligned and ready to be acted upon in order to achieve our aim no matter how busy you may already be. So, how do we make our goals happen? I’m glad you asked!

It’s time to re-thinc.

Success is achieved in steps. This first step below could not be more vital.

Small Business Tip of the Day: How do I achieve my goals?

WRITE YOUR GOALS DOWN!  We often have great ideas, plans and goals we want to implement especially at the start of the New Year. However, we are often so over-tasked and under-resourced that we are not easily able to take the time to commit our goals to paper. Well, according to a study by the Dominican University of California , success rates for achieving goals increases to a whopping 33% when goals are written down (and shared with a friend). Other sources state success rates jump to higher than 80% when written down. Yet, unsurprisingly, 90% of us don’t do it. Ouch!

What’s the big deal, you may ask? Well, for starters, we are easily consumed by our schedules, email, work and our clients… not to mention trying to balance time for our personal life. Demands can distract us and have us fall into the “time traps” where urgency dictates our agenda leaving zero time for what’s most important to us. Don’t fall victim!

HERE’S HOW TO WIN: Take 2 minutes right now to create a document titled “My Goals” and, simply, list a few bullet points of what you want to see happen this year in your business and/or life. An added tip: Save this document on your desktop for easy access and updating.

If you’re still skeptical about the power of putting pen to paper, here’s why this is plain smart strategy: Writing down your goals accomplishes a few small but highly significant things. Here’s a few facts:

  • Increases success rates to as high as 80%
  • Forces clarity
  • Reinforces your commitment
  • Unclutters your mind
  • Helps you remember them
  • Holds you accountable
  • Gives you focus

What impact could 1 step make on your success?

Solution: Commit your goals to paper. Share them with your team or someone you trust. Keep them in front of you so you can continue to take the necessary steps that will allow you to achieve them. In Part 2 of this blog post, we’ll discuss how to turn your goals into workable to-do lists and make follow-ups that nab results. Stay tuned!

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