As entrepreneurs, we are seldom "in the moment". By nature we are restless creatures looking for the next best thing. In the online world, this is often called the "bright shiny object syndrome".
This tends to be a blessing and a curse. A blessing because of our desire to build and create. A curse, because for many, it is a challenge to truly see our big ideas through to fruition. As big ticket thinkers we often miss those devilish details.
And that my friends, is the #1 thing you can do to increase your chances for business success. Create a strategic action plan to achieve those devilish details and your most important business goals.
Ideal hands waste the day away. So, get what's in your head on paper and into a strategic action plan. Go step by step and think about the details of each goal and its objective as it relates to your business and your life. What's monitored is measured. What's measured gets done.
Be SMART about it. S.M.A.R.T. goals are the ones that get done with the least amount of time, money and resources.
Specific - ask for exactly what you want. In doing so your brain will begin to think in specific terms and your actions will follow.
For example rather than say "I want a successful business", you might say "I want a business that helps my customers to see their full potential. I want my customers and my staff to feel appreciated and respected. I want to earn $1 million dollars by providing high touch - high valued coaching and consulting services that allow each business to achieve their most important goals. Hey, that sounds pretty awesome - wouldn't you agree?
Measurable - measure your actions to your expected progress weekly, monthly and annually. Again be specific about what you are measuring to get the greatest result.
Actionable - your actions are the keys to the kingdom, so define them in detail. What exactly are you going to do to achieve your exact goal?
Realistic (but reaching) - our perspective is our reality, but I'll caution you they are seldom on the same page. So be REAL about where you are, what you what and how you'll get there. The sky's the limit of what you can really do once you decide you can. Achieving goals is 110% a mindset!
Timely - what's your time frame for each action you will measure to achieve your goals. Break it down into small steps rather than miles. Break down months into weeks, weeks into hours. Manage your time well and your goals will be a reality before you know it.
Its really true, action speaks louder than words. I knew you were smart. So get busy!