It’s the wrong question. And it’s not one you should be asking yourself. Instead, it’s a question that many of us face and that many of us are just not answering. How do you know if you’re achieving your goals? The best way to find out is to start with a list of goals you’d like to accomplish. Then, take the time to actually do them.
We have found that one of the ways to help us achieve our goals is to put a name on them. Maybe you want to do more sales, maybe you want to add more products to your line. Whatever it is, put a name on it. Then, just do it.
This is the big one that I have found myself stuck on: Goals are a tough concept because they have so many different meanings depending on context. For starters, goals are different from outcomes because they are usually something you want to achieve but you are not completely certain you will achieve. Then again, the same thing can be said of outcomes as well. These are the things that you aim for and you know you will achieve them. Goals should be as concrete and measurable as possible.
In life, Goals are often very intangible. You probably don’t want to be writing a grant proposal where you only want the money to show up on your bank statement on the 20th of the month. Goals are often tied to specific outcomes and outcomes are most often intangible. They are the things you want to see in the future.
That’s one thing that a lot of business owners don’t like about business. You get the feeling that their goals are too vague. Like, “I want to get my credit card business up and running by the end of the year.” It’s not important enough for that. It’s important enough to write down “the end of the year” and use that as your goal. The important thing is what you want to happen.
Another way of saying the same thing is to say that business goals are too vague. They are meant to be vague because they don’t have any clear rules or laws. To be precise, they are meant to be vague to protect the entrepreneur from himself. The biggest problem with vague goals is that they can’t be modified or changed. Sure, you can give your goal a name or a description.
The biggest problem with vague goals is they cant be modified or changed. Sure, you can give your goal a name or a description. The biggest problem with vague goals is they cant be modified or changed.
I’ve always had a hard time motivating myself. The first time I was involved in a project I was told that my sole purpose was to finish the project, not to make myself happy (which I did). As an adult, I have a much better understanding of what motivates me to complete projects and I strive to be a better person.
So what can you do if you want to get really ambitious? Well, for starters, you could try to get more ambitious about your goals and expectations. Most people assume they can’t change or modify or make a goal more specific. But you can do that. Just go ahead and let your mind wander, and keep making your goals bigger and bigger.