Setting a goal is simply a statement of intent. Your daily actions are what make it happen!
I was thinking about this, after Susan from Queens, New York emailed me. She was wondering why she sets inspiring goals every year, yet by April, the inspiration has faded and the goals are little more than a memory. She’s tired of living the same old year, over and over again.
As this is a very common challenge, I decided to share my answer with you, along with 10 small, daily decisions that will help you achieve your business goals.
Why your BIG goals need a little help
Inspirational goals are BIG picture targets. This is what makes them so motivating. However, to achieve them, you need to focus your mind and efforts on small, daily decisions.
These decisions are what lead to the attainment of your BIG picture goals.
For example, here are 10 small, daily decisions that can help you grow a great business:
- The decision to care more about your clients, than you care about your fees.
- The decision to feed your mind with rich, mental protein. The business owner who knows the names of the judges on a TV talent show, but can’t name the 10 most influential people in their industry, sets a low bar on their potential.
- The decision to associate with great people, who will motivate you and encourage you.
- The decision to engage in some kind of physical exercise every day. For me it’s walking. I got this tip from Nile Rodgers. Exercise works both the body and the mind. Just set your own pace, but aim for at least 15 minutes a day (every day). I get most of my best ideas while walking, plus it stops me getting overweight.
- The decision to offer exceptional customer service and exceed expectations, rather than do what’s required.
- The decision to place a huge value on your time.
- The decision to measure your progress every day. This allows you to quickly spot if you’re mistaking activity for productivity.
- The decision to avoid the costly detours, which come disguised as shortcuts to success.
- The decision to give your business the resources it needs. Cold Hard Fact: ANY area of your business that’s failing is only doing so because you’ve refused to invest in it correctly. You need to make better decisions than that if you want to survive, let alone thrive.
- The decision to focus on what you want (as entrepreneurs do), rather than focus on what you fear (as typical small business owners do).
I hope you found this information useful. More importantly my friend, I hope it inspires you to make better daily decisions and reach your business goals.