Where are you now? What do you offer at the moment? Think through where you stand currently and be as objective as possible. Judging one’s self or ones business too harshly or too gently will prompt setting inappropriate or un-achievable goals. You must know where you are, in order to know where you want to go. Next, write it down and clarify.
Now that you know where you stand, and you can see it in black and white, you must decide where you want to go. What goal(s) do you want to set for yourself or your company? Why do want to achieve these goals? Clarify to yourself in writing, why each objective is important to you. This step is vital because goal achievement is not always easy. The path towards growth is riddled with roadblocks and distractions. Having a written record of each objective will help keep you focused during the hard times.
Now determine how to get where you want to go. Do research if you must and then write the steps down. Do you see a theme emerging yet? Write it down. Create steps of how to achieve each goal and give yourself a timeline if possible. The more specific and detailed, the easier each objective will be to accomplish.
“Reduce your plan to writing. The moment you complete this, you will have definitely given concrete form to the intangible desire.” Napoleon Hill
This is self-explanatory. Prioritize your goals in a manner that makes sense. It doesn’t make sense to first visit Germany and then learn to speak German after you return. Establish the goals so that the accomplishment of one leads to the beginning of the next.
Keep moving forward. Do not be deterred. Stick it out and stubbornly work towards accomplishment every day. Even if it feels like you aren’t making progress, you are. Trials and difficulties build character and failures are learning opportunities.
“I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Thomas Edison.