Here we are a few weeks into the New Year and many, if not most, of us have already given up on our resolutions and fallen back on our old habits.
Fine, I get it. I’m guilty of it too.
I had a 4 day exercise streak going, but the snow and big freeze that overtook NYC (and most of the east coast) in early January killed my multi-day record. I’m not giving up though, and neither should you.
Does this sound familiar? Come January, each of us is committed to making it our best year yet.
We start the year out strong, full of hope and chutzpah, a real GO GET IT attitude.
We’re going to smash our income goals. Watch our business grow. Eat healthy, move more, and on and on.
But something happens and all those big aspirations fall by the wayside until they’re picked up again next December, which is absolutely detrimental, catastrophic even, to your livelihood.
Here’s how NOT to let that happen in a simple 3 part process.
To turn a big vision and long-term goal into an actualized success follow this simple recipe.
Take DAILY action and support it with Focus, Repetition and Resilience.
Let’s break it down:
- Break your big exciting goal down into 90 day segments.
- Take your 90 day goals and break them into weekly targets.
- Your weekly target is your FOCUS.
- Every week, make a plan that includes the action steps you need to do in order to hit your weekly target. Make it on Sunday so you can start Monday full speed—call it your Sunday Evening CEO Session (coined by my former mentor Carolyn Herfurth).
- Put the actions on your calendar.
- Start every day by looking at your weekly target, reviewing your action steps and doing those FIRST.
- If you miss a day/week/step. Don’t beat yourself up, just get back on it.
- If you miss a goal, think about what you can do better or differently to shift the outcome for the next week or month.
- At the end of the quarter, reconsider the overall goal. First CONGRATULATE and celebrate your achievements. Then, review your bite-sized action steps and adjust as needed.
This process is one I go through myself and guide my clients to do as well.
I’m using this process right now with my client whose top priority is decreasing the debt she owes on the build-out of her bakery. It’s not going to happen overnight, but each quarter as the business grows, she’ll be able to increase payments and eradicate the debt.
To accomplish her debt eradication goal, Erica has to both increase sales (with new customers) and keep other expenses down. This one goal translates into two areas of weekly focus and action; without a system to manage it, she would likely fail to achieve her larger goal, costing her business tons of money in the long run.
All goals are attainable when you break them down into manageable pieces.
If you’re a woman with a growing business at or near $1 million in revenue and you’re ready to smash your 2018 financial goals, schedule a call with me. We’ll identify what your top weekly focus and your high priority actions steps this quarter need to be to make it happen.