If you don’t have goals for your business how will you know whether (or not) you have achieved them?

To set goals effectively you need to know where you are starting from and where you want to end up. Otherwise you could be anywhere!

Life Coach Caroline Hart shared lots of tips and ideas on how goal setting can be based around SMART goals but that there are also other, equally good ways of setting goals.

SMART goals are

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Realistic
  • Time bound

An example of a SMART goal for me is “To get one paid speaking engagement each month in 2016”. This is very specific, it’s measurable, it’s achievable and realistic (I already have several lined up) and it gives me deadlines.

What SMART goals can you set yourself for 2016?

Remember: An effective goal is one that you feel strongly about.

Life is a journey not a destination

As Caroline said “There are many ways to get from Point A to Point B and the journey is not likely to be along a straight path but more likely to have a few dips, curves and detours along the way.”

Think of a roadblock as an opportunity to do something different.

Ask yourself why you want to do something and keep repeating this until you get to the real reason.

Goals act as an incentive to keep us moving. Once we start moving then we need to let go of any attachment to the result because life happens when you are busy making plans.

Caroline recommended The Passion Test by Janet Attwood. Janet talks about how you are going to be as much as what you are going to do, so it’s important to know what you want and why you want it.

When you set yourself a goal ask for ‘This or something better’

Think of climbing a mountain. The perspective from the top is very different from the valley below.

  • Be flexible and hold onto your key values
  • Know your values and what matters to you.
  • Know why you want something.

Trust that the universe will deliver what you really need and remember it’s not the what that energizes us, it’s the why!

Find out more about Caroline Hart, Life and Laughter Coach.


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