We are entering the fourth full week of the new year today, and for the average American that means this is the week you will forget about or give up on your New Year’s Resolution. While New Year’s Resolutions are often personal (but unlikely) challenges stated at the end of one year or beginning of the next, business goals can (and should) be made frequently.
If you run or manage a small or large business, we hope you have created goals for 2012. If you haven’t yet, here are a few things to consider.
-Set one goal at a time, and give it a deadline. Stating you would like to double your business in 2012 is a nice goal, but probably not the most realistic. Instead, choose to open 40 new accounts by April 1st. Choose to sell $10,000 in products in February.
-When you have chosen what you will do, decide how you will do it. If you are blindly aiming at a target, you probably won’t hit it. With a plan, you have a much better shot. How can you open 40 new accounts by April 1st? Figure out the best way to go about it, and then do it.
-Share your goal with others. Share it with your staff, your family, and other people who will hold you accountable. If others know about your goal, you will be more motivated to accomplish it. If you have employees, specific goals will give them something to aim for as well.
-Evaluate what you have done, and decide what you will do next. Did you sell $10,000 in products in February? If you did, set a higher goal for March and make it happen. If you didn’t, what could you do better next month to make it happen?
Goals are an important part of growing a business. Come up with one goal at a time, write it down, make it known, and do it.
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