How to Set Goals and Achieve Them!

Whether you’re reading a self-help book or speaking with an accountability buddy or coach – and whether your focus is on your business or personal life – if you want to make any kind of significant change then one of the first things you will need to do is to set goals.

Books and coaches all speak about the importance of goal setting, as doing so will help you to turn your goals into action plans, then into reality and finally into success!

Define what’s important to you

It’s a good idea to brainstorm the kind of changes that you would like to make to your personal and / or professional life and think about the goals that will help you to make these changes. Defining goals enables you to narrow down what you actually want to achieve and what you actually want the future to look like.

With effective planning, larger goals can be broken down into individual, manageable action steps and this ensures that your goals will be targeted and achievable and that you will reach the level of success of which you have dreamt.

Make yourself accountable to others… and yourself!

Writing down your goals can make you more determined to achieve them – it strengthens your commitment and also gives you something concrete to refer back to. This boosts your desire to achieve and makes you accountable to yourself, ensuring that you move that goal forward.

Sharing your goals with a colleague, coach, friend or partner can also be very effective. When we share our intent with others, it heightens our desire to achieve and makes us accountable to another interested person, who may check in on progress. Sharing can also be inspirational! It’s a good opportunity to bounce ideas, fine-tune a goal and gain a different viewpoint on a particular project.

Create a timescale

All goals need a timescale: this transforms a goal from a dream into reality.

It shows you for how long you will be working on this goal and by when it will be achievable. Setting a timescale should be done at the same time as you narrow down your focus and break down your goals into manageable steps. You do need to be realistic though! Take into account your other commitments and how much time you can actually make available.

This vital part of goal-setting helps to prevent overwhelm, procrastination and uncertainty. Importantly, it gives constant clarity and the motivation to keep going.

Celebrate!

Once you have defined what you want and by when you will achieve it, you will then have something against which you can measure your progress. You now have a clear means of gauging how far you have come in achieving what you want; the ability to see your next steps and a clear indication of the things you can celebrate achieving and overcoming.

It’s so important to celebrate achieving the small steps and to be grateful to anything or anyone who has helped along the way.

Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to achieve the end goal, as with the right planning (and patience!) you will turn your dream into reality!

What goals have you set yourself for 2020? Are there any goals that you didn’t achieve last year – if so, how can you rewrite them to make them achievable in 2020?

How to get past your to-do list and on with running your business

We all want to be an awesome business owner. Often though, when it comes down to the reality of running a business, the day-to-day stuff on our to-do list can kind of get in the way of that awesomeness!

We go into business with an idea – but find the reality contains a lot more!

This is especially relevant for sole-preneurs and work-from-home mums, regardless of the type of business you’re in. We go into business with the dream of doing the ‘thing’ we’re good at – such as coaching, mentoring, writing etc., but find that, in order to have a business doing that ‘thing’, we need to learn a whole host of new, unrelated things too! Continue reading “How to get past your to-do list and on with running your business”

Tips for turning words (ideas) into action

It’s easy to talk the talk. We all have the capacity to have big plans and dreams and often share those dreams with others. However, it’s the people who can turn those dreams into action steps, that will be successful in business.

So how can you make that transition from just talking the talk, to taking action on your dreams? Continue reading “Tips for turning words (ideas) into action”

7 Tips to creating successful auto-responder emails

Auto-responder emails are something small business owners know about, have heard about and know they should have some in place, but often they struggle with actually implementing them. They worry they’ll annoy their mailing list by bombarding them with unnecessary salesy emails or lose subscribers from their lists if they bug them too much.

So how can you set up and maintain a successful auto-responder email sequence? Here are some tips to get you started. Continue reading “7 Tips to creating successful auto-responder emails”

What can I outsource to a VA?

Saving time is frequently at the top of most entrepreneur’s wish lists. They appreciate that outsourcing some of their workload to a Virtual Assistant would save time, but one of the top questions they have around outsourcing is ‘What can I actually outsource to a VA?’

Routine and repetitive tasks

We all have lots of routine and repetitive tasks that eat into our time. Whether its organising meetings or updating databases, these tasks can easily passed to a Virtual Assistant. And, more often than not, they can complete these tasks a lot faster than we can! Continue reading “What can I outsource to a VA?”

Gorgeous home offices!

Last month we looked at organising your home office (if you haven’t seen that article, you can do so by clicking here). But having a gorgeous home office isn’t just about having a tidy one – it needs to be one that inspires you, encourages you to be in it and is productive too!

Whether you have a dedicated room in your home for your office, an outside building or a corner of the kitchen, gorgeous home offices can be achievable, if you look for these three criteria. Continue reading “Gorgeous home offices!”

How a VA can support clients by managing their LinkedIn pages

LinkedIn is another social media platform that can be essential for your business success, but one that also takes up a lot of your time! Handing it over to a VA, so they can support you is a great solution – but how can they manage it and what types of thing can they do on your LinkedIn account? Continue reading “How a VA can support clients by managing their LinkedIn pages”

How to collaborate with your VA on projects

Handing over an entire project to a VA can be hard for any business owner. You want to pass the job over, but may also want to have an input in it, to ensure it’s heading in the direction you want and is being managed effectively. If you have trust issues or struggle to let a project go, collaboration could be the answer you’re looking for.

Collaborating jointly with your VA on a project is an excellent idea. Not only does it allay the issues and struggles you may have over handing an entire project over, it also enables you to have a more hands-on role. But how can you effectively collaborate with your VA on projects? Continue reading “How to collaborate with your VA on projects”

7 Tips for organising a home office

Time management is the key to a successful home office and being organised plays a REALLY big part in how productive you are. If your home office is currently a ‘no go’ zone, it’s time for you to get it organised, as that disorganisation is costing you wasted time and decreased productivity – not to mention the unnecessary stress and anxiety it’s creating. Continue reading “7 Tips for organising a home office”

Can a VA blog on my behalf?

When it comes to your blog content, it can be really time-consuming! You know you need to blog regularly, in order to build your audience, your email list and your tribe. However, finding and creating content for your blog can be a real drag on your time. So should you hire a VA to blog on your behalf? Continue reading “Can a VA blog on my behalf?”