It’s that time of year. Whether you have children who are returning to school or not, when you turn the calendar to September, I think we all get that “back-to-school” feeling. It’s a time of new beginnings, of reassessing your goals or making new ones.
As my summer ends, I tend to refocus on business and recommit to my goals. Exploring the possibilities is always exciting (and a little scary). How do you challenge yourself to move forward in your business? Everyone does it differently. It’s one of the great things about being a business owner – You do want you want. That’s also one of the more difficult things about being a business owner – Nobody is there to tell you what to do. So how do you create your own personal business goals?
- Brainstorm the possibilities. Open yourself up to different options; find new resources and tools that can help you on your way to success.
- Commit to a goal. Own it! Let other people know what it is. Write it down. Whatever you have to do to keep yourself moving towards the goal.
- Have a realistic time frame. Finding the time could be the hardest part of achieving your goals. If it’s important enough, you’ll schedule bits of time to progress.
- Break it down into mini goals. The same skills you use with your clients can be applied to your business.
- Get support. At times “it takes a village”. Find people who will cheer you on and keep you accountable.
- Get ready for setbacks. Progress never travels in a straight line. Riding the roller coaster can be scary and fun. It’s all in how you look at it.
- Believe you can do it. The confidence that “you can” is essential.
As your world reconvenes after the summer break, this is a great time to try something new. Resolve to connect with someone new. Find a more established colleague who you can learn from, or meet someone new who you can mentor. Commit to broadening your education. There are so many opportunities to spark your thinking. How will you recommit to your business goals in this autumn of possibilities?