We are heading towards the end of this year, pretty quickly wouldn’t you agree? I actually prefer thinking about the next year rather than focusing on the end of this one, somehow it feels more positive to look forward to the new year than towards the end of this (however my accountant thinks differently…)
How are you doing with your goals? Are you on track or feel that you haven’t accomplished the things you have set yourself to accomplish?
Today I’d like to talk about two types of goals that are equally important, yet different. I had this conversation with some of the members of the Academy, we were talking about goal setting and I made an important point to identify these types of goals.
First, let’s talk about clarity. Why is it so important to have clarity in your business? Because without clarity it’s really difficult to take those specific steps to get to our goals. When I was working as project manager, we always talked about the moving goals. How can you hit the goals if they are constantly moving? This is the same in design business; I’m sure you’ve had many clients who are constantly changing their minds and making new requirements. They make you crazy, no? I sure have!
This in mind, let’s make sure our own business goals are clear.
So what are the different types of goals then? The two types are stretch goals and smart goals.
STRETCH goals are the big ass, almost scary goals. Their purpose is to inspire and motivate you toward accomplishing something huge. They are designed to keep the big picture in your mind. Setting these goals is very important since they make you want to tackle the everyday struggle of being a business owner, and they motivate you to get to where you ultimately want to go.
Now there is a problem with these goals. By nature, they are (should be, should be!) big and scary, so it might feel like you don’t know where to start. Do you agree with me? It feels like they would never come true, and that’s why we lack the motivation to even try. That’s why we need another set of tools to actually make sure that we make progress.
SMART goals are designed to take us from A to B, that would be a from the place you’re right now, to the place where you want to go, that’s actually a doable task.
SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Actionable, and Time-bound. The way you work with the goals is this: take any big scary goals you have, and break them down into SMART goals. What do you need to do in order to achieve X? And after you have achieved XXXX, have you accomplished your big scary goal?
Do you practice this type of goal setting procedure?
In a few days, we are going to have a workshop about setting the goals (both STRETCH and SMART) for 2018. Will you join us? If yes, click here: Join the Academy & goal setting workshop. You know we have a 30-day money back guarantee so you’ve got nothing to lose really!