10 Steps to Setting New Business Goals for the New Year

— December 28, 2017

Create Your Success Plan in 2018 With These 10 Business Goals

10 Steps to Setting New Business Goals for the New Year


I set goals for my business so I can stay focused and driven on my life-long journey to success. Whether it is my continual education, spirituality, career, or finances, my well-crafted goals push me further.

Business goals are essential because they offer a sense of achievement and purpose. Setting a specific time period to complete our goals allows us to work at them over time as we build momentum.

This type of motivation helps us to grow and strengthen the week areas in our systems. In completing each goal, big or small, we can feel a sense of pride and happiness that uplifts us for the year ahead.

Are you self-motivated when it comes to taking action to achieving business goals?

The very first thing you should do before this month ends is to write up a clear plan of action. This will enable you to determine all the tasks necessary so that you can start on the right track — the easy tasks will help you build confidence and momentum.

Use vision boards with vivid images of your objective or create a calendar that will help you stay on track. I still like to post notes and pictures at home, at work, and on my computer to remind me of what to accomplish each day. The bottom line is that in order for your business to be successful you need to find the right planning method and inspiration that works for you.

“Create a vision for the life you really want and then work relentlessly towards making it a reality.”
? Roy T. Bennett

Here are ten thoughts you can use to put your vision into action:

1 – What goals do you currently have for your business and life?

Do an overview of what you mapped out last year and what you would like to change or add for the new year. It doesn’t matter whether you were able to complete what you set out to do — just look forward to what you can finish and what did or didn’t work. Plans can always change, especially as your business grows, and nothing is set directly in stone. Instead, think of this is a compass point for the direction you want to head into.

2 – How do your goals motivate you?

Make sure that what you desire motivates you and/or your team for the future. This will help you overcome any weak points and provides a sense of purpose when you are passionate about what you are doing. Routines and systems can become stale and rigid — add something new and creative to your outlook.

3 – Have you written an action plan?

Determine all the tasks necessary and then start right away on some easy tasks to build confidence and momentum. Understand that challenges will inevitably arise — proactively prepare for these so you can take them in stride when they happen. When you find that your motivation is waning, you can revive your passion with handy tools.

4 – What tools work best to keep you focused on reaching your goals?

These can be both personal and practical such as online resources. I personally repeat positive affirmations regularly to keep my focus on successfully achieving my goals. With affirmations, I can stop negative thoughts at their outset. They never even have a chance! Other times I will use a mobile app to help keep me on task, especially when it comes to budgeting and project management.

5 – What goals have you set for yourself?

Not only do we need to have a business plan laid out month by month and for the year, but it’s just as important to have personal goals in place. Find out which talents and abilities you can build on with realistic expectations according to your current workload. Being aware of what you are capable of as well as your goals helps you to remain focused and positive.

6 – What education or skills do you need to reach your business goals?

Make it a point to increase your knowledge, discover new talents, and develop new skills to enable you to live the life of your dreams. For example, my success strategy starts out with a dream. Then I reflect on it to determine what I need to do to be able to live that vision. What further education do you need in order to live your dream life? What talents and skills would enhance that journey?

7 – Are there classes or seminars you can take advantage of to develop your skills?

Time and money spent on investing in yourself is well spent. They say that, “Luck is when preparation meets opportunity!” When you prepare yourself with education and training, you can joyfully find “luck” down the road in your journey to reach your goals. There are many free online education resources available today along with helpful webinars, podcasts, and live videos that can help bring more enrichment to your life.

8 – How can you work toward meeting your goals more quickly?

Perhaps you found that your business has not been moving forward the way you had planned. The best way to speed up the process is to set bite-sized, realistic goals that you can achieve. This will provide insight on what areas can be outsourced and what tasks are unnecessary to your current plan.

9 – What should you do to keep goals in perspective?

When your mindset is one of success you can reach every goal that you set because you know you have the ability and dedication to do so. Things are not always perfect, but the key is to keep working at them until they become what you want them to be. Refuse to give up or quit — instead focus on good things like success, peace, and joy.

10 – Why is it so important to set and work toward goals?

As the saying goes, we reap what we sow, and so why not sow joy, success and strength? Always remember that your goals are within grasp. Each day, see them getting closer. It is only a matter of time before you achieve your goals as you continue to work and persevere.

As we set out to reach our business goals in this new year, as well as set new ones, we will always have something worth working for.

Our goals help us take charge of our businesses and our lives. Decide to do things that matter by helping others strengthen themselves and reach their goals. As you see improvement this will help you become more successful.

Remain confident that your business goals are within reach and each step you take is a forward movement action towards getting those great results.

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