a-goal-without-a-plan-is-a-wishBusiness owners need to set goals.  We all know that.  Most of us are working on our goals for 2015.  There is almost too much information available on goal setting, its importance, AND that it is critical to write your goals down.  Blah, blah, blah….  Every business owner sets goals.   YES!  This is a great start, but it can’t end there.

The most important step in goal setting is not actually setting the goals, but taking goal setting to the next level.  Creating a plan for how to achieve the goals, and then implementing the plan, is how goals get accomplished!  This is the golden key to success.  A goal without a plan is just a dream.  And an action plan without step by step implementation is just hoping.  Setting a goal, creating a list of actions you need to take in order to accomplish the goal is a commendable start.  Then actually sticking to getting the points on that action list DONE is the KEY!!

How many of us set goals and then stop writing?  There are studies implying that all it takes to be successful is to write down your goals…  This is not enough.  Frequently, we have no idea how we are going to accomplish our goals.  There are two primary roadblocks that keep us from accomplishing our goals.  The first is not taking the time to think through what steps need to be taken to accomplish the goal.  Taking the time to research and list what needs to be done is the first KEY.  Second, actually doing what needs to be done, no matter how hard, how much time it will take, how many details it requires, or how uncomfortable some of the steps are – to actually do what needs to be done…is the second KEY!

All these steps must be done to bridge the gap between setting your goals and actually accomplishing them:

1.   Set a goal. Write it down.
2.   List all actions that need to be done in order to accomplish the goal.  Make sure you understand what every step is, and how the steps are connected to each other.  If not, go back to your research.
3.   Make sure those actions get done!  Find someone to hold you accountable.  And as Nike says, “Just do it”!  That’s it!  Think about it!  Don’t dream, don’t hope – GET IT DONE!!

Next Level Business Coaching works with business owners who seek to make their good businesses better.

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