Too often in this world there are people who do not achieve their great potential due to the misuse or neglect of proper goal setting and achievement. Few things are unattainable when pursued with the proper techniques involved in setting and achieving goals, including starting a successful small business.

Set a Goal

3563921803_f190df3cd8_bAnything can be set as a goal, and with continued motivation and effort that goal can be realized. But how can one even start the process? What is proper goal setting and what is the initial step to take in accomplishing seemingly insurmountable tasks?

First, decide what goals to set. Seems broad and basic but it is nevertheless the starting point.
Set a goal that will help you to achieve greater goals in the future. For example, if you are starting a small business perhaps a quality goal would be to learn how internet marketing and SEO will help grow your small business.

Write It Down

Once a worthy goal is decided upon, write it down! This is perhaps the most essential part of setting a goal that often goes undone.

By writing your goal down you are building a form of accountability into your goal setting that will keep you honest in your attainment of the goal. No shortcuts or rationalizations that the achievement of a lesser success is the achievement of your stated goal.

Once your goal is written down and a system of accountability has been put in place, you can begin to plan out how you will accomplish the written goal.

Create a Plan

Planning ahead for exactly how the goal will be achieved will create a map that the you can follow that will lead you to the achievement of the goal. This goal planning should include the setting of smaller and intermediate goals that will build upon each other towards the attainment of the main or stated goal.

In this way an insurmountable goal is broken up into reachable and less threatening smaller goals. By setting and planning worthwhile goals, a person can accomplish much more in their lives than if they choose to merely work on the tasks immediately in front of them.

Jamie Bates