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Setting Goals…and Making them Happen

It is already February…can you believe it!!! I have already started digging into my February book which is EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey, and I am loving it so far! Just a few chapters in and I feel like I already have enough inspiration for the year. I always love when readers comment on the goal posts and let me know what your goals are…something about putting my goals out there for the world to see on the blog has helped me accomplish more of them. As I was reading EntreLeadership this weekend Dave talked about setting goals and I just loved his steps, so I thought I would share them here. If you haven’t been setting goals for the Year, Month, Week, and Day, today is the day to get on that! Feel free to post some of your goals here in the comments for accountability, or link to your blog post of goals, I would love to check them out.

1.Goals Must Be Specific and Goals Must Be Measurable
Don’t set goals that are vague, because it is really hard to accomplish vague goals. I am guilty of doing this often. I set a goal like “eat healthier” instead of a goal like “only eat sweets once a week”. See how hard it is to measure my success on that first goal? Think through your goals and make them specific that you can take steps to accomplish them.

2. Goals Must Have a Time Limit
This one if kind of similar to the first in that, if you aren’t specific about the time limit for your goal there is a good chance it won’t get accomplished. If I say that I want to run a 5k, but don’t put a time limit on it, it becomes more of a bucket list item then a goal. But, if I say, I am running a 5k on May 30th…then I better get training.

3.The Goals Must Be Your Goals
If the goals that you are setting aren’t things that you actually want to accomplish, you probably won’t accomplish them. A goal of learning to play the piano is not going to happen if you are doing it because your mom thinks you should have a hobby. You aren’t going to practice your scales when you are tired, unless it something that you want to do.

4. The Goals Must Be In Writing
This is the scary part…put it out there. Write it down. I like to take it a step further, by putting my goals on my blog. It helps keep me accountable though. Last month I had to finish reading my book for the month the day before the end of the month because I wanted to be able to check it off my list. If I had not written it down, I probably would have let it slip and just finished “when I got around to it.

I hope these steps are helpful to you as you are setting your goals. I have been setting goals for awhile, but these steps are going to help me create even better goals, so that I can get more accomplished!

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Love this post! I am going to have to check into that book. I love Dave Ramsey! Goal setting is so important! :)

Thanks for the reminders! I can totally get overwhelmed. ugh! :)

Whitney Lane Arnett

We had a little meeting together, sat down and did this last month. I really feel like it changed our whole mindset for the year. We decided to create a goal plan quarterly to make us even more accountale and I feel like its really working :) Great POST!

Shelley Richardson Hohe

Great post on setting goals…thank you for sharing!

Ashlyn

This was really good! I just downloaded some podcasts on this subject- EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey. I’m a huge goal setter, so this was a great list because I violate all these “rules”- and often don’t get them accomplished. :)

Found your blog via a comment on Katelyn James’ blog, (I think) and have enjoyed it… I’m an aspiring photog with an aspiring business :)

Angela M Powell Woulfe

Great share! I think a lot of times small business owners (whether photogs or not) lose sight of their goals and planning.

Giovanna Matarazzo Mandel

Goals are the single most important thing for any business…I actually get giddy when I look at mine from the previous year to see where we were and where we ended up! Fabulous post!

Katrina Akins-Jackson

Great post! I’m going to spend some time today and finally get my goals wrote down. Thank you for the reminder!

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