Break Your Business Goals Down Into Smaller Bite Size Tasks
Any successful business owner will tell you that setting goals is a very important part of their success. Goals serve as a business roadmap. Without them, you will never know if you are accomplishing new things or growing in your business.
Setting a big, long term goal can help you realize where you would like to be in five or ten years. However, that big goal can also be very daunting. For example, if your long term goal is to make $70,000 per year and you are currently making $15,000 per year, you may feel frustrated and confused on how to even start to accomplish that goal.
When you face a daunting task, you can easily feel stressed. To avoid feeling stressed, you may put off any action toward your goal. This is the equivalent of setting yourself up for failure. If your goals cannot be reached, you may suffer a drop in self-esteem and feel incapable of taking on your new challenges.
Breaking your large goals down into smaller goals is a great idea. This can help you feel productive and motivate you to reach for more difficult goals in the future. Whenever you find yourself having a bad day, simply look back over the things you have already accomplished for a great confidence booster.
In order to break your goals down, start with your largest goal and work backwards. If your long term goal is 5 years away, break that down into a 3 year goal. What will you have accomplished by then?
When your 3 year goal is set, start thinking about your 1 year goal. Where will you be 1 year from now. Once you have set your 1 year goal, plan out what your 6 month goal will be.
For example, if you are in direct sales and you want to have a team of 100 consultants below you, your 3 year goal would be to have a team of about 60 consultants below you.
Your one year goal would be to have about 20 consultants on your team, and your 6 month goal would be to have a team of 10 consultants.
To get those figures, we divided 100 consultants by 5 years. The answer is, of course, 20. To achieve that goal, you would need to add 20 consultants to your team each year.
When you look at the big goal of recruiting 100 people, it may seem almost impossible. But when you break it down into a smaller goal of recruiting 20 people per year, or 10 every 6 months, it seems more doable.
You can apply this same technique to your own personal goals. Just start big, and slowly work backwards. You’ll be creating an easy path to follow.