It is very likely that the goals you set back in January 2020 did not take into account a global pandemic and a Nationwide lockdown (or two). If you still managed to achieve some or all of your goals, congratulations! If things did not go as you planned, and you are feeling unsettled at the uncertainties that lie ahead in 2021, perhaps you don’t feel like setting any this year. Instead, we would encourage you to focus on the positives – to think of this as the perfect opportunity to reflect and set new audacious goals for the year to come. Here are my top four tips on how to set goals and stick to them this year, and how to get some help if you need it:
1. Look Back
It’s easy to write off last year and say that nothing good happened, but that is not true. Now is the perfect time to look back at the last 12 months and to reflect on the lessons learned. Think about what worked well and what didn’t. Get feedback from your team, friends, and colleagues. Build a picture of where you are right now before you start thinking about where you want to get to.
2. Dream Big
Once you know where you are, it’s time to picture where you want to get to. It’s ok to dream big and set high goals for yourself and your business – don’t let fear force you into small goals. Write them down and be proud of them.
3. Bridge the gap
Your strategy is how you get from where you are (1) to where you want to be (2). For instance, if your big goal is to earn millions, your real goal is to increase your sales, and the step before that is the action you need to take, in this case – increase your leads. When you want to achieve big dreams, you have to plan the steps to get there and set those as little goals – this is your strategy.
And remember, goals are something that you need to check in with regularly throughout every month in order to check where you are with them, and to take action and adjust if required.
4. Get some help to achieve them
So you are managing a business, and now your goal is to grow it, so you have created a structured list of tasks on how to get there. But where on earth are you going to find the time to do them? If this is your dilemma, it’s time to consider a virtual assistant. A VA will increase your productivity and lighten the load. From time-consuming tasks like email management or data entry, to skilled jobs like marketing and event planning, a VA can take things off your plate and give you more time and energy to invest in achieving those bigger dreams.
If you think you might need a helping hand in reaching your goals this year, get in touch with LJM VA Services! I would love the opportunity to help you on your road to success.