Posts tagged Goal-setting
5 Ways to Set (and Crush) Smarter Goals

Guest Post by Brittany May of Simple Happy Life

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Everyone knows what goals are, but most don’t know how or even why you should be setting them for your business. Goals are a great way to keep you on track. Keep you motivated, but most importantly, goals make sure that we have a sense of direction. All the determination and motivation in the world won’t get you very far if you don’t have a clear vision of where you’re headed. By setting smarter goals you are essentially writing your own road map to success. Not to mention you’ll have a far greater chance of crushing them! Here are some key points to follow to make sure you are getting the most out of your goals to move your business forward. 

1: Prioritize & Focus

Focus is key. You want to use your goals as a guiding light to the main priorities in your business. Hone in on those key components that will really move your biz forward. Then get specific about it! Define exactly what you want to accomplish and exactly how you intend to do so. Your goals should never be left open ended, with you scratching your head how you will ever obtain them. The ‘how’ and the ‘why’ should be written right into your goal to set you up for success! After all, without an intended direction you’ll just be left wandering.

2: Measurable Milestones

In order to know if you’re on the right track or even half way there, goals should have definite values. Whether that be an exact dollar amount, number of clients or a percentage you’re wanting to reach. Vague goals like ‘make a lot more money’ ‘be successful’ or ‘get more clients’ will result in just as vague results. By having an exact point of reaching your goal defined you will be able to better track your progress, celebrate those steps towards victory and ultimately be more likely to achieve that desired end result. You will be able to track if you are staying on schedule and be more consistent with your weekly (and daily) efforts when you have solid numbers to go by! Consistency is key.

3: Work Backwards

What good is a goal that you can’t take action on? How do you do this? By making one that can be easily broken down into smaller, manageable chunks. These are the ones that will lead to success! Every solid business goal should have clear and concise actions that will help get you there. If you are wanting to build you social media following by X many followers, build in that how with it. “By…doing x, y and z”. These are the actionable steps that you can then map out backwards. So you know exactly what you have to do each week or each month in order to stay on track to success. This will get you to not only achieve your set goal, but will have you crushing it.  

4: Realistic but Reaching

A good goal is something you can achieve, but a great goal is one that makes you push extra hard in order to achieve it. You want to find that happy middle ground in between being realistic but still reaching. Anything that is too easy to obtain will not leave you feeling accomplished but instead complacent. And one that is too far out there is just setting yourself up for failure. So think BIG and push just a little outside of your comfort zone. You can do it! And most importantly at each milestone and little victory along the way be sure to celebrate. You earned it.

5: In a Timely Fashion

Time frames are so important when it comes to goal setting. Making sure to set real deadlines keeps us not only accountable but staying in motion. Adding this defined structure to your goals makes sure you avoid open ended milestones that just end up collecting dust and put on hold- for eternity. You want to pick a time that is short enough to keep up your momentum and excitement, but one long enough to give you enough space to actually do the work to achieve it. If you have a big long term goal, try picking out the halfway point to that desired result and making that your focus first. With a finish line that’s within the foreseeable future, you’re more likely to see results and stay motivated to keep going.

Working Smarter, Not Harder

Like most things in business, we want to work smarter, not harder. That’s why learning how to set proper goals for not only you biz but your life is such a great tool to have. It gives us that drive, motivation and structure that we need to move everything forward in the most efficient and quickest way possible! We’re all too familiar with the New Year’s resolutions (you know, the ones everyone has abandoned by week five) but by implementing strong goal setting into your quarterly, monthly, even weekly habits is a sure way to lead to success.

Happy goal setting, Bosses!


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Brittany May is a business owner turned business coach for women entrepreneurs. After the trials, tribulations and success of running her own million dollar business she was left feeling stressed, overwhelmed and burnt out. Through a shift in priorities (thanks to becoming a mom!) she realized the importance of working smarter not harder. So she streamlined her retail business from a chain of brick and mortar locations to solely online. Giving her the ability to work from anywhere and be in control of her schedule again. Now she helps other women follow their passions and build wildly successful businesses, all while living a life they love!

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Mid-Year Review: 5 Steps to Get Back on Track With Your Goals

Guest Post by: Rachel Moffett, Creator and Blogger behind Define Your Hustle

How to get back on track with your goals when it's mid-way through the year. Review your past goals and set new ones. 

With half of the year already behind us, there’s no time like the present to conduct a mid-year review. After all, it’s important to reflect on what you’ve been able to accomplish and which tasks still lie ahead. This way, you’ll be able to create a plan of attack for the remainder of the year.

Whether you’ve been slacking on your goals or making great progress… Or maybe you’ve forgotten about your goals altogether? I’m going to share some tips to help you get back on track with your goals and make sure this year is a major success!

1. Review the Goals You Set at the Beginning of the Year

Hopefully, you took the time to write down your goals at the beginning of the year. Whether they’re scribbled in your notebook, saved in Evernote, or published on your blog, find them now. Start reviewing your list and ask yourself which ones you can happily tick off.

While you’re at it, make a note of the ones you’ve made some progress on, but haven’t completed yet, as well as the ones you haven’t even started. These are the goals we really want to focus on because they’re the ones that still need to be checked off your to-do list. If you want to, that is!

Before you can move forward, you need to decide if those goals are still what you want to accomplish. Do this by asking yourself one key question…

Are those goals still aligned with the big picture I envisioned for 2018?

If not, you shouldn’t be afraid to let them go. Sometimes our priorities shift, which is totally okay. And other times, these amazing ideas come to us out of nowhere and we want to pursue them instead. We have to be able to realize when something is no longer the right move for us and direct our attention elsewhere.

Being able to go with the flow and pursue the opportunities you’re most interested in is just one of the best parts about running your own business. It’s all about doing what feels good to you and what will leave you feeling fulfilled.

If you find that you still want to accomplish those goals you originally set for yourself, that’s great. You can move onto the next step!

But what if you’ve made the decision to scrap all of those goals your originally set for yourself? Well, you need to set some new ones! Think about what you’d actually like to make happen this year. What excites you? What kind of work do you want to be doing? Those should be your new goals, no matter how crazy they may feel right now.

2. Make Your Goals Actionable

Now that you have a list of amazing goals to accomplish before the year’s end, it’s time to actually make it happen. The first step in doing that is to make them more actionable. And you can do that by breaking down those big picture goals into smaller, actionable steps. This makes them feel more achievable and less overwhelming.

For instance, if your goal is to reach 200,000 monthly page views on your blog, set smaller milestones leading up to you hitting that goal at the end of the year. It’s less daunting this way and allows you to see when you’re actually making progress and when you’re slacking off. Then, you can make tweaks along the way if you aren’t hitting those milestones on time.

Take a moment to look at your goals and write down all of the smaller steps you have to take in order to get where you want to be. Doesn’t it feel much more manageable when you look at those big goals like this? Absolutely!

3. Set a Deadline & Schedule It

Are your goals still aligned with the big picture you envisioned for the year? Evaluate your past and current goals to be sure you're still working towards.

Next, you have to give yourself a deadline for your goals. If you don’t have a deadline in place, you’ll continue procrastinating and before you know it, the end of the year will be here. And you won’t have made any progress.

Give yourself a realistic deadline that’s not going to leave you scrambling or stressed out to get it done. You need to allow yourself ample time to do the work that’s necessary of you.

From there, it’s just a matter of making it happen. And you do that by putting it into your schedule and dedicating the time to it. So, take a look at your refreshed list of goals and determine what you’d like to work on and when. You have the remainder of the year ahead of you, which gives you plenty of time to accomplish some big things. Set those deadlines and start blocking off the time in your calendar. This way, you’ll know exactly what you should be focusing on at any given time.

4. Find an Accountability Partner to Keep Yourself on Track

Because we want to make sure you’re staying on track with your goals, you have to find a way to keep making progress. What’s going to help push you along your journey? Perhaps having an accountability partner will make a difference!

Wouldn’t you love to have someone who you can discuss your goals with and check-in with? Wouldn’t it be nice to have someone who can motivate you along your journey? Of course! Find yourself someone who can play that role for you and make sure you return the favor for them.

5. Don’t Beat Yourself Up

If reflecting on the first half of the year has you feeling a little down because you didn’t accomplish as much as you had hoped for, you have to let those feelings go. We don’t always hit every deadline we give ourselves. And we won’t always achieve the success we imagined we would. Sometimes things just don’t go to plan and we have to accept that, not tear ourselves apart.

Whenever you slip up, remember to just pick up the pieces and get back to work. The most important thing when it comes to your business is that you never give up.


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Rachel is the creator and blogger behind Define Your Hustle. Define Your Hustle is a community of women who are working to build thriving businesses they’re passionate about and that leave them feeling fulfilled. Having been a blogger since 2009, Rachel now uses what she’s learned to help other women get noticed online and finally ditch the day jobs they dread.