In the past few months, I have shared how important it is to have a vision as an entrepreneur. Bringing that vision to life can be supported by monthly goal setting.
Every week I host an informal meet up about strategic focus. This week the theme for the peer-supported event was setting goals. To my surprise, there was only one person who claimed to be actively using monthly goals as a technique to stay focused.
In his words, setting monthly goals helps him gain confidence. Realistic and SMART goals that are achieved make you feel good about your services and give you insight into your personal track record. This makes it easier to set new (and higher) goals.
Not only are monthly goals easier to achieve because they are smaller steps towards that larger vision, they also keep you in touch with reality. A simple one-pager listing your goals will tell you whether or not you’ve reached your sales goals that month.
What else can you use monthly goal setting for? As a young organization, I have been using it to bring systems to life. For example, I wanted to make marketing easier for the workshops and meetups I facilitate around envisioning and planning (and more). I now use a simple checklist for marketing these events, creating a new habit.
Good habits like this translate into saving time, which in turn translates into saving money.
Monthly goals also create momentum. Seeing what you achieve and being able to share this with your peers and clients, helps create an unstoppable energy. This energy will bring forth new ideas and help you attain new heights.
The key here is to start with baby-steps. Setting achievable goals will make you more comfortable and confident in your abilities. As a result, and by building systems and structure, you will be able to stay focused on your long-term vision while building momentum.