Achieving your GOALS
Isolate yourself from noise and people and make plans. What would you like to achieve this year? Is it realistic?
An action plan is a step by step approach to achieve a goal or goals. Ideally it should state simply, who does what by when.
A goal is the end result of a plan and should be stated in terms that can be measured.
Five of the best tips to achieve your goals this year
* Set your goals
Your goals should be simple and realistic and measurable.
Do not attempt too many things at one time.
* List actions needed in a logical order
Make a list of all the things that need to be done.
Which ones needs to be done first?
Next, aim to attack them step by step.
* Prepare a time line
Estimate the time required for each step and indicate when they should be completed.
* Your plan
Make your plan dynamic. Make big plans, little plans excite no one.
Never forget a business whose only goal is profit is a poor kind of business. You need to give a worthwhile service.
You are more likely to succeed with a written plan. Write down, what you want to achieve. “This year I will set up my own business.” “This year I will buy a house.”
Try to identify possible problems. Be prepared to consider alternatives if changes are necessary, but be flexible.
* Get started
Who will do what by when?
How will I know when it is done?
Action makes more fortunes than caution.
“No goals – no glory!”
“You can change your life by choosing a worthwhile goal and sticking to it, tenaciously!”
Source: “Revitalise Your Business. Guidelines for new leader-managers” and “Secrets for New Managers”, first published by Moss Associates Ltd, New Zealand. “Business Secrets” and “Secrets for New Managers” published by Cengage Learning Asia and by McGraw-Hill Australia. Also available as e-books from Amazon.com and VitalSource Bookshelf.