Wednesday, January 8, 2014

5 Steps to Achieving Your Goals

With each New Year most business owners make new goals for their businesses. A lot of lists have items that take things in stride of "things I hope to achieve", others are goals that they know they can achieve while we typically stick in huge lofty goals that terrify themselves and sometimes leave us feeling a little overwhelmed or defeated. No matter the list approach or the items on it - there is not a right or wrong ways to build your list of goals for the year - after all it is your own list. Here are some tips to achieving your goals no matter how big or how small.

1. Define Your Goals
Get more specific. Broad goals are less intimidating which isn't always helpful. If you have a goal of having 500 sales you need to decide if you want to sell 500 items or if you want to have 500 sales total no matter how many items are within that order. Maybe you want to break down both and have a goal for each. Something like 500 sales and 800 items sold.

2. Map Out Your Big Goals. 
With the 500 sales goal break it down in chunks - months or quarters are usually best. It helps make the goal feel more obtainable and less scary. You could break it down into even segments, or you can make it on a gradual scale.*Make a goal that works for you and your schedule.

  • If you are breaking 500 down into 12 months - you get 41.66666 sales - so round up to 42 and you will actually exceed your goal by 4! 
  • If you are interested in a gradual scale of sales each month - increasing your goal each month. For example - Jan.-10 Sales, Feb - 15 sales, March - 20 sales, April - 25 sales, May 30 sales, etc. If you increase your sales goals by each month by 5 you will get your goal and exceed it. 

If your goals are 600 in person sales you need to map out where you plan to get them. Networking groups you are apart of? Events/Craft Shows? Now that you've decided those two things - make a plan within them. Find the events and craft shows you want to go to, where they are and what their cost is. Find the networking or meet-up groups in your areas. Start filling in the details to achieve your goals.

3. Be Proactive. 
At lot of times goals are made and little effort goes into them, or if effort does go into them it is for the first month or so and the effort begins to dwindle off. If you want to reach your goals you have to put effort into it every day, whether it's out on the forefront on social media or in person, or it's doing behind the scenes work at the computer or in your studio.  Do a little something every day, even if you don't have a ton of time to devote take 5 minutes daily and do something. 

4a. Write Your Goals Down.
Goals are easier to forget when we keep them in our minds. Our minds are full of other things and sometimes things are pushed to the back of our minds and we forget them.  When we write things down our brain obtains the information and almost stores it away in a secondary place because it's important.  Not to mention, when we write things down we are make more effort towards our goals and seeing them on paper or on the computer screen makes them more real.  If you are a visual person you can also make a visual chat using images to represent your goals.

4b. Put Your Goals Where You'll See Them Daily. 
Excellent - you have written your goals down, now don't shut that notebook or word document just yet - save them and put them somewhere you will see them every day. Maybe that place is the bathroom mirror, or the wall next to your computer or you desktop.  Put them where you can see them. If you goals are staring you in the face every single day you are more likely to achieve them.

5. Give Yourself Some Grace
So maybe it's March and you are a couple steps behind a goal or two...or ten. It's okay. Remember - your goals are just that - goals. They can be adjusted and moved around.  Life happens and there is always tomorrow and next month.  Goals are just that - goals. They most likely aren't ticking time bombs that will make your business implode if they aren't achieved by the 30th of the month. Take a deep breathe, readjust and continue.

What are some tips you would add to the list?

Post Originally Posted to The Indie A-List

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!

Wishing you all the best this New Years day! 

We have exciting things coming to WINN this year and we can't wait to share them with you!! 

Get ready for some great networking, building your business, and goal setting posts that will be coming out this month as we all refocus and create the work we love!