We are now 8 1/2 months into 2012 –have you completed at least seventy five percent of your annual goals?
September is always a great time to review what you have accomplished so far and to consider what changes are needed to meet your annual goals. My strategic goals are such an important component in my business success. My strategic goals are the longer term goals that I want to achieve in the coming year. Each quarter I create quarterly, and then monthly goals which will keep me on track and focused on what I want to achieve while I maintain successful businesses and continually introduce new tools, programs and products.
How often do you review your goals? Every year? If so, you may be ahead of most people. Even so, I recommend a more frequent review period at least every quarter. To me it’s the key to maintaining focus on your goals and actually making them a reality.The key habit to actualizing your goals: Review your goals at least once every quarter.
Let’s be honest: if you don’t think about your goals, you won’t make them happen. If you aren’t doing anything about your goals, they are just wishes.
Too often people set their goals for the year and then put them in a filing cabinet or computer folder never to be looked at again. Successful business leaders regularly review their goals and identify the gaps and items achieved. Each time you accomplish a goal put a Check Mark beside it. Gaps represent opportunities for positive change and accomplishments should be recognized and celebrated. They reflect your successes.
While working towards your strategic goals, life happens! This means new opportunities come your way, distractions happen and set-backs get in the way. Your quarterly reviews allow you to reassess where you are now in comparison to where you want to be. Readjusting your goals to be more realist to current environments, incorporating new information or opportunities will improve your overall success.
It is not uncommon for me to have a very aggressive plan for the year which is rejigged during the year. Some components are scaled back, others are postponed to another year or totally irrelevant at this present times and have removed from my goal list. Others may be increased, when I have more successes than originally anticipated. At the end of the year, review your goals again and what you achieve, make more adjustments and create new goals for the next year.
If you would like to get connected to your goals, check out our Goal-Setting Workshop.