I love the New Year! The turning of the calendar brings a new year and new possibilities. We set our business goals and hit the ground running. That excitement lasts through January and February (you know, the do over month). Some things get accomplished, and some things don’t. You’re still positive you can make things happen, so you keep going, even through March and April. But by May, many of us are burned out and disappointed over not achieving our goals. Well, it’s June now. Are you still on track?
In this setting goals article, I challenged you to assess the past year and commit to only keeping those habits that would benefit you and your business. The idea was to use that list to create concrete goals that would propel your company forward throughout the new year. It’s June now. How have your goals been holding up? Have you proudly checked off the majority of your 6 month goals, or are you still working on things that should’ve been done in January? My progress has been good but not perfect. A few major things I’m proud of accomplishing include becoming a contributor to the Huffington Post, revamping my website and starting a new Facebook group for women entrepreneurs. However, I still need to launch my group coaching program on creating your own digital information products for sale or giveaway. Thankfully, it’s already scheduled for this month.
If you’re one of those entrepreneurs who feels like your new year’s business resolutions went out the window, hope is not lost. You still have June and the remaining 6 months of the year to get back on track, but you have to do things differently. Here’s what you can do now to make sure you end the year with a list of completed goals.
1. Check your goals. Were they realistic? Sometimes we get so caught up in creating goals that we never check to make sure they are something we can actually attain. Think about the goal of losing weight. From what I’ve read, it’s healthy to lose 1 to 2lbs a week. You may lose more if you’re aggressive, but that’s average. Do we set a goal to lose 4 to 8lbs in January? Nope. We say, “I’m going to lose 15 to 20lbs this month!” Unless you have 3+ hours a day to work out, a personal trainer and are willing to drastically change your diet, that goal is not realistic. It’s the same for your business. Did you write down that you’d gain 25 new clients each week or that you’d increase sales 50% in the first three months of the year without a solid plan to back it up? Remember that goals need to be S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-Bound). Make sure yours are. If not, rewrite them.
2.What’s important to you now? Is it time to create a new list?Maybe you’ve decided to take your business in a new direction. Perhaps the needs of your customers changed since you wrote your goals down in January. If so, then what you want to accomplish between June to December may have changed as well. That’s okay. It just means that you need to revise your current list. When writing out your goals for the remainder of the year, use the S.M.A.R.T. format mentioned above.
3. Get outside support. It’s easy to fall off track if you have no one checking for your progress. Get a coach or an accountability partner who will hold you to your goals and keep you moving forward. Look for someone who is also a small business owner and schedule regular meetings where you both have a chance to share your current, short-term goals, your progress on previous goals and any help needed from the other person. I recommend meeting twice a month to keep the momentum going.
What progress have you made on your goals in the 1st six months of this year? What help do you need to make it a stronger back-half of the year? Comment below.