Time to get ready for 2011

2010 is wrapping up! If you have not started thinking about 2011, you absolutely should be. Now is the perfect time to start setting your goals for the coming year.

Before creating your goals for 2011 take the time to reflect on the following:

  • What are you celebrating this year? What made it possible? How can you capitalize on these successes in 2011?
  • What did not work this year and why not?
  • Review your long term vision. Are you still in alignment with it? Make any changes if needed so you continue to have a clear picture of where you are going.
  • Identify your opportunities for continued success? How can you capitalize on these opportunities

Consider using the SMART method, meaning Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely goals. Setting SMART goals are crucial to your success. The more specific you can get with these goals, the better. For example, wanting to bring in new business becomes wanting to bring in 2 clients a month from the local eco-friendly business industry by attending 2 networking events and following up within 2 days with the people you have connected with.

Not only do you need to create SMART goals, consider setting Stretch goals as well. Stretch goals can make the impossible happen. When President Kennedy said we’d have a man on the moon by the end of the 1960s, many people laughed. But it happened, and that shows us exactly what a stretch goal can accomplish.

For many doubling production isn’t easy. For others it may be a stretch to slow down long enough to work an hour a week on their business let alone take a day off.  But is it harder than landing a man on the moon and bringing him back alive? When you start off telling yourself to be realistic in setting goals, you will never know how great you and your people can be. So, go for it and make some of your goals a stretch. Creating stretch goals is motivating. It gets you and your people to give that extra effort.
What if you fall short on a stretch goal? The better question is: How close did you come? If you have set a stretch goal that’s way out there and you fall a bit short, it still is something to celebrate, even if you did not go the full distance.

Of course your goals need to align with your vision and strategies (if you don’t have those in place you need to start there). And, it needs to be in writing. The purpose is to have a document that you can share and is clear to everyone. You do not need to write a short novel – if you can do it in a couple of paragraphs or pages that is all that is needed.

Last but not least you need to take action towards your goals. Writing your goals down is a great start, but there is more to be done. If you come up with great goals and even have them broken down into action steps nothing happens if you do not act on them. To be successful at taking action you need to create intention. More about intention next time.

Remember: success isn’t achieved by accident. Planning ahead is what successful people have always done to get what they want out of life and their business

Have fun creating exciting goals for 2011!

You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might not get there.
Yogi Berra

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