I can’t believe that we are already nearing the end of the First Quarter of the New Year (if I can still call it that). Four months in seems like a good time to go back to the drawing table and re-evaluate the goals that you made at the beginning of the year. Often times, we get married to the goals that we set, so much so that even if they are not serving the purpose we intended, we do not want to let them go. But, there is absolutely nothing wrong in making changes. Here are a few questions to ask yourself as you take stock.
1. What were your goals for the New Year? Did you write them down? Can you quantify them?
2. If you feel like you did a good job of planning your goals for the year, then the next step is to Evaluate. Where are you in comparison to where you want to be at the end of the year? Are you making progress at a rate that you are comfortable with? Do you feel like you are developing your brand and your business in a way that makes you proud? If you set smaller goals quarterly or monthly? Did you meet those goals? If your goals were not clear for the first quarter, you may find yourself working backwards. The good thing about that is by now you should have accumulated some data for yourself. You know how much buzz has been created about your service or product, what kind of Social Media Following you have developed, and even what does or does not work for you.
3. If things are going the way you intended and even if they are not. It’s time to recreate and fine tune the next steps. For example, ABC worked for you at this rate. But, if you tweak it how can you make things better? Are you spending more time advertising than you are creating? Do you think that you need to spend more time networking or on your craft? In setting up your plan for the next few months, consider this Are you Setting SMART Goals? This is a tool that has worked for me in both my Personal and Business Life. Are Your Goals Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time Based? These questions tend to bring you back to exactly what you want your focus needs to be. For more information about the process click here:
4. Now that your New and Improved Action Plan is in place, what do you need in order to reach them? What tools are necessary to achieve your goals?
5. Are you ready to put your Plan in Motion? Ready Set Go.
“NOTHING CHANGES, IF NOTHING CHANGES.” – EARNIE LARSON
What steps do you take when planning out the next steps for your business or your life? What are some tools that you find invaluable?