Set Your Goals Now to Make 2017 Your Best Year Ever!

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Well, here we are at the end of another year. Do you mind if I ask you a question? Are you better off today than you were one year ago at this time?

 

I really hope the answer is yes. If it’s not, then I really hope you will read this and apply it to your life. I understand that some things may have happened to you in 2016, and you may feel they were outside of your control.

 

That may be true, but regardless we each need to take full responsibility for where we are in life at this moment. No excuses, no blaming.

 

I recently wrote a blog post titled Do You Have What You Want?  In this post, I outlined six things that prevent us from getting what we want. One was the lack of clarity. How can we be clear about what we want? One way is to have written goals that align with our definiteness of purpose. Written goals help prevent us from getting distracted and keep our focus clear.

 

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Today I want to offer some tips on how to set and keep goals so that 2017 can be an amazing year for you!

 

The fact is that most people do not have goals. They think they have goals but since they are not written down, it’s really just a wish list.

 

Of course, we are really not taught how to set goals or the importance of having them. So let’s break it down and make it simple.

 

 

Why have goals?

Having written goals dramatically increases the odds that whatever you are attempting, will actually happen. Something happens in our brain when we write, it triggers our subconscious mind to accept it as more important.

 

Goals help us stay on track, especially entrepreneurs with a short attention span. When we have a new idea, we need to make sure it lines up with our current goals. Otherwise, it’s easy to get off track.

 

If your main goal is to start a cleaning business, and you start having other business ideas, you need to review your main goal again. Don’t worry about the ‘how’ focus on the why instead. When we know why we want something, we usually figure out how along the way.
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A ship that waits for perfect weather will never leave the port. Don’t wait for perfect conditions to start your business and set your goals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to set written goals

This is where most people get stuck. Since we have not been taught how to set goals, we don’t even try. We worry that our goals might be too hard to obtain, or not challenging enough. My suggestion would be to shoot for the high side, but keep it realistic.

 

To say that you want to start a new cleaning business and be billing $20,000 a month within 6 months is not realistic. For most people starting a cleaning service, a realistic goal is to have your first account within 90 days. Then add $1,000 in monthly billing every 90 days. I know this is not much but it’s a start.

 

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So get yourself a notepad and a pen or pencil and start writing. You can narrow it down as you go. Each goal must have the following three things:
*What do you want?
*Why do you want it?
 *When do you want it by?

 

Don’t worry about perfection when you’re writing, just get started. You can fine tune things as you go, choosing your top goals and narrowing your focus down.

 

Avoid this mistake

There is one big mistake that most people will make once they have set their goals. As time goes along and we get closer to our deadline, we may realize that we will not reach a specific goal.

 

What many people do is lower the goal. Do not lower your goal, instead, you can extend your time frame. An old saying -there are no unrealistic goals, only unrealistic time frames. Don’t worry if you need to allow extra time. In fact, business and sales expert Grant Cardone says that you should plan on 10x the effort you originally start with.

 

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Review your goals often

It’s important to review your goals and evaluate where you are. Some experts say you should read and write your goals every day! Sounds a bit extreme but hey – how badly do you want to accomplish your goals?

 

Keep your goals in front of you, maybe even laminate them on a small card to carry with you. It’s not a bad idea to share your goals with a few people you are close with. Especially for accountability purposes.

 

I hope that 2017 is an amazing year for you! Keep working on and refining your goals. Please feel free to leave a comment with one of your main goals if you would like.

 

Scott Gibbens
Scott Gibbens
Scott Gibbens is the founder of Professional Cleaning Group, LLC. Scott enjoys helping people from all walks of life start and grow their own cleaning business.

6 Responses to “Set Your Goals Now to Make 2017 Your Best Year Ever!

  • Anna McNaught
    10 months ago

    Great article! I think goal setting is very important and in 2017 it seems like a lot of people are really focusing in on this more than ever. Maybe I’m just noticing it more but it seems like 2017 will definitely be a very goal oriented year.

    I like the idea of extending the timeline instead of lessening the goal. It reminds me of setting objectives in marketing.

  • I really enjoyed reading this post. I think it’s something perhaps I needed to hear in this moment in time. 2016 has not been particularly great for me. There have been ups and downs but more downs than ups I guess. I have made some changes in my life and am setting some new goals but have had trouble sticking with them. I am going to take your advice on taking some time to writing them down. What you say makes a lot of sense. Thanks for your post.

    • Hi Jeff. Thanks for reading and for the feedback. 2016 has been tough for a lot of people and I’m glad you found this helpful. Wishing you all the best for the new year ahead!

  • Gomer Magtibay
    10 months ago

    Thanks for wishing us well, Scott. This post of yours has made me aware of where I am now and where I am supposed to go. Thank you very much!

    I’d like to ask one question:

    Honestly, do you really write your goals as prescribed by gurus like Brian Tracy?

    I asked this because, it seems it’s the reason why I am terribly failing on my own goals. I am so hard-headed I do not write my goals!

    • Yes I do write my goals! I love Brian Tracy and have learned much from his teachings. I would encourage you to give it a try.

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