Setting Yourself Up for Success: Live Your Goals

What are your goals for this year? Not just your professional goals, but your personal goals. In Napoleon Hill’s classic, Think and Grow Rich he interviewed the most successful icons of his day and one of the conclusions he came to was that in order to be successful you have to set goals and then develop a time based plan to reach those goals.

Many of us start every year making New Year’s resolutions. So many of us abandon those before the end of the first month that it’s become a cliché. As a result, many people decide not to set goals because they don’t want to take the risk of not achieving them.

Be brave. Take a chance on yourself. Decide what your goals are then set yourself up for success by making them SMART goals. This phrase has been around for as long as any of us can remember but how many of us actually structure our goals this way. SMART goals are: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Based.

So instead of: I’m going to start a business this year

      • Specific: I’m going to start a pet-sitting business this year
      • Measurable: I will have my first client within one month of my April 1st launch and I will grow my business so I have five clients by the end of the year.
      • Achievable: I will set up on first. Then I will obtain magnetic signs for my car. I will establish good client relationships and provide reliable service. My business will grow through referrals and by people seeing my car as I drive to and from customers.
      • Relevant: Pet-sitting will allow me to augment my current income this year.
      • Time-Based: Within two months I will launch my pet-sitting business.

The SMART goal: By April 1st I will launch my pet-sitting business which will allow me to financially benefit from my love of animals. By the end of the year I will have grown my business through repeat business and customer referrals to five recurring clients.

Once you define your goals, write them out and place them where you’ll see them at the beginning of each day. At the end of each day review them again and make a commitment to what you’re going to do to reach them the next day.

By doing this every day you will Live Your Goals.

Published by Leah Ward-Lee

Leah Ward-Lee, the author of "$1,000 Start-Ups", is a serial micro-entrepreneur. She opened her first business at ten after lobbying for and receiving a shoe shine kit for Christmas. She pulled her wagon through the neighborhood, going door-to-door, offering to shine her neighbor’s shoes for twenty-five cents a pair. Once her wagon was full, she took the shoes home and polished them. Unfortunately that business was short-lived. She hadn’t tagged the shoes and couldn’t remember whose shoes were whose, so her dad went with her to retrace the route until every pair was returned. Since then she’s had businesses developing and teaching college courses, instructing aerobic classes, owning half a plane that was rented to a flight and maintenance school, and renting homes. She’s also owned a consignment store, a gift shop, a gift basket business, a consulting firm, hosted The Executive Toolbox (a weekly radio show), and a publishing company. She also spent twenty years in the US Army, served as the Chief Information and Technical Officer for two major insurance companies, and has a second career as a management consultant. Leah resides in Dallas, TX and on Amelia Island with Sammy and Goliath, her two rescue dogs.

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