As female entrepreneurs — whether we’re new to the game or we’ve been at it for a while — we know there is no limit to our success and to what we can accomplish.
While that doors-wide-open reality is freeing and inspiring, it can also be debilitatingly paralyzing. How do we even know where to begin, what to aim for, what is realistic, and what’s not?
Let’s be honest. When we’re trying to establish and grow a business, becoming our own CEO feels hundreds of miles away. We feel like we’re going to be hustling 24/7 forever in order to just keep up with day-to-day tasks.
This is especially true during those beginning stages when we’re lacking systems and structure and struggling to get a workflow in place.
So, where’s a good place to start in our journey to becoming our own CEO, to finding freedom, and to actually growing our business?
The answer? Goal setting.
Setting goals is an efficient way to track where we are, what we want to accomplish, and how we’re going to accomplish it.
Without goals, can we actually grow? Sure we can, but the process may be slow and inconsistent at best.
The best part about goals is that they can be big or small. An easy way to make big growth more manageable is to set a few larger, long-term goals and then set mini goals to assist you in tackling them.
Trust us, those mini goals are where it’s at. Once you start reaching those, you’re going to feel so good and before you know it, those larger than life goals will be right in front of you.
What do goals consist of, exactly? How do we craft realistic but challenging goals that actually grow our businesses?
First, we’ll need a strong mission and vision.
No true, change-making goals can be set without a clear vision of what your brand stands for and where you’re wanting to take it. Answer this question - at the end of the day, when everything is said and done, what ultimate change do you want your business to make in the world? (tweet this!)
Develop long-term aims.
Driving change in your business is easiest when you take your vision and break it down into long-term aims. What large aims will help you bring about your long-term vision?
Break them down into short-term objectives.
Take each long-term aim and break down into actionable, short-term objectives. What steps do you need to take to tackle these large aims? These are those life-saving mini goals we mentioned earlier!
Include SMART details.
Produce long and short term goals that are SMART - specific, measurable, actionable, realistic, and time-bound. These components help you remain accountable to yourself and your mission while providing measurement tools to track your progress.
Be flexible and continually optimize!
Remaining flexible is key. Regularly assess - quarterly and yearly - your progress toward your goals. What’s working, what’s not, what do you need to change?
While these steps will help you craft and establish effective, business-growing goals, executing them and bringing them to life can be a challenge. Two key components of executing your biggest goals, however, are accountability and delegation.
Having a team on your side to spur you toward growth in encouragement and action makes all the difference in propelling your business toward your biggest vision.
Ready to see how we can work with and for you to bring your goals to fruition? Learn more about how our strengths can help grow your business here!