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Be Goal Oriented

Posted on: January 25, 2018, by :

If you don’t know where you’re going, you might not get there.

Henry Ford was on the money when he stated that

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals”.

This is an excellent thought to keep in mind for your work life.

You may be surprised at how many people do not know what they are aiming for in their work life. On the other hand, you might be one of those people yourself. If so, now is the time to become goal oriented. When you know where you are going, that is one of the biggest steps towards ensuring that you get there.

When you are preparing to go to work in the morning, what is the very first thought that crosses your mind on the subject of Goals?

If you are like many people, you do not think about it in terms of a goal at all but a routine. You may be thinking about how much work you will have to do, or how nice the pay check will be at the end of the month. If, you shift your thoughts to a goal, you will be much more productive.

Depending upon the nature of your job, goals can take a variety of different forms. You may have something to produce on your own, or you may be part of a team. You may have a very positive sense of self-discipline, or work very well as a team player. Whichever sums up your place in your work life, being goal oriented will increase your productivity.

How? In 5 Simple Steps

1. Review

Yep, go ahead and pull out that notebook that you jotted down your company goals for 2015 that has been collecting cob webs since January. We know, it can be scary to review your hopes and dreams when many of them may have not been achieved just yet. There is a reason these goals were created in the first place, review their importance and utilize your time accordingly.  Make sure you review these goals at least every six months to see how you are tracking against your plan.

 

2. Detours

Still have the same goals in place but not getting very far on reaching them? Try exploring a detour from your original path and you just may reach your accomplishment approaching it in different way. Bright orange arrows are only put out by construction crews on roadways, as entrepreneurs we have to create our own signs to guide us to our destination.

 

3. Shifting Focus

A lot may have changed in your company in just 4 short months. Maybe certain goals have taken priority over others, and that’s okay!  Reevaluate what is most important to accomplish in your company by the end of this year.  Ensure that the shift in focus includes smaller goals as well, as they still attribute to the big picture.

 

4. Set new goals

Adding even more to the “to-do” list can be overwhelming, but as driven entrepreneurs, we can handle it. When one goal is reached, a new one should be added to take its place. There is no reason to wait until 2019 rolls around to incorporate new objectives to your list. Don’t stress about the deadline, adding a new focus to your mental radar will keep your priorities in check throughout the year to ensure success when it comes time to close 2018 and strut confidently into 2019.

 

5. Always Acknowledge Success

In our experience, this is by far the most satisfying part of being an entrepreneur. Laying everything out and recognising what you have accomplished is extremely rewarding. This is the type of fuel we thrive off of when it feels like nothing is going in our favour. While basking in all of your goal achieving glory, discover what worked, and what didn’t work to achieve this feeling more often.

Being goal-oriented does not need to mean focusing solely on one large accomplishment. If you begin to look at it as a number of small goals, each one that you attain will provide two benefits. Each one will make you more motivated to continue, as well as getting you that much closer to the large accomplishment.

Nothing great can be accomplished overnight. Anything that is truly worthwhile takes time, effort, and work. When you set your sights on both the large goal in the distance, and each one which you need to accomplish in order to get there, you will soon see how much more productive you will be every step of the way. Simply going with the flow and not placing your emphasis on your goals will slow you down. You will not accomplish much if you do not focus on accomplishing. When you know where you are going, it is the surest way of knowing that you will get there.

 

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