Seeing is Believing - Put Your Goals in Plain Sight For Success

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Have you ever found yourself lost in a sea of "to-do's", lists of goals for the day, week, month or year; or just gotten burnt out looking at all you want or need to accomplish for the week? We all have.
It's our nature to have long "bucket lists" of things we need to accomplish before we turn in for the night or leave this world.
Plus, as business owners, we're not only managing our lists but those of our clients and team members if we have a collaborative practice with subcontractors or employees.
  • How do we keep what is most important to us in the forefront?
  • How do we hone in on our inner most dreams and desires for this business we started 1, 5, 10 or 20 years ago?
  • How do we break down our goals into achievable bite-size pieces of the pie?
Seeing Is Believing There are numerous ways to keep your goals in the forefront and top-of-mind.
Many of us are visually driven.
If we see something that identifies with our goal, we can potentially see it as more attainable.
This is why it is important to keep clear pictures in your mind, on your computer, in your office on paper, or on a big bulletin board the goals you have set for yourself this year.
This visual representation does not have to be elaborate or include your goals for 10 years from now.
It's probably best to keep it to one, two or three years then update as you go.
When a goal is achieved, take a look at your visual representation and check that item off your list.
Imagine how rewarding it will feel to not only know you achieved that goal you set for yourself, but seeing it marked on your visual representation.
Crystal Clear Focus Who hasn't heard the phrase, "Your life is what you make it"? And one of my all time favorite quotes is "Decide who you are and who you want to be; then do everything in your power to be that.
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It's obviously easier said than done.
But what we as professionals and business owners need to do is maintain the focus and keep our goals in the forefront.
It's so easy to lose track, take the wrong path or get convinced that what worked for someone else's business will work for ours.
That's not the answer to achieving true success.
Of course if you find a method, product or practice that someone else implemented in their business and it is simplifying and streamlining yours, by all means don't reinvent the wheel.
Take baby steps to achieving each goal.
Take your visual representations and break each one into 5, 7 or even 10 baby steps that are attainable and schedule them out on your calendar.
Make appointments with yourself for each task.
Work ON Your Biz As entrepreneurs and virtual assistants it's so easy to get bogged down with client work, working IN our businesses rather than ON our businesses.
We can easily lose sight of the initial goals we set out to accomplish when we started our businesses.
And over time our goals and business models will change.
We'll have to update our goal lists whether they're in our heads, on paper or in electronic form.
We'll have to reevaluate where we want our businesses to be in 3, 5 or 10 years.
But that is what makes being a business owner and virtual professional so great.
We have the power to set our own goals, to decide who we want to be and who we want to work with.
The key is to remain true to ourselves, and keep our professional and personal goals in plain sight; not letting working IN the business overpower working ON the business.
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