By Sabrina Risley

It’s that time of year when New Year’s resolutions are made.  Many say resolutions and goals are made to be broken.  Well not in 2011!!!  We are going to set goals and we are going to achieve them!  Who’s with me?

YOU ARE!! 

Now that we’ve made this commitment, let’s take a look at a few factors to keep in mind to help you set your goals and meet (or exceed) them. 

Start with the end in mind. What is your vision for your business one year from today?  How will your life be different?  With this, you must be very specific. For example, a goal to earn “more money” in 2011 is not as specific as a goal to “double your income and earn $XYZ monthly.”   It is also important to be realistic about your goals. It can be discouraging to have a lofty goal that is not realistic and unattainable.

Write down and commit to your goals.  Statistics show that when people write their goals down, they are more likely to actually achieve them. The simple act of putting pen to paper or fingers to the keyboard to get your goals in print expresses intention and commitment and assists in achieving your goals. 

Find an accountability partner. Sharing your goals with someone else is just as powerful, if not more powerful, than the simple act of writing your goals down. The mere concept of having a cheering section to support you and hold you accountable is quite potent.  This is someone you feel comfortable turning to calling upon when you are struggling to stay on track or need a morale boost.

Identify milestones and outline action items.  You can more easily achieve your goals once you identify the milestones to meet and action items to complete along the way. It might be helpful to work backward from the desired end goal to determine the milestones and assign dates. You can then breakdown each milestone into manageable action items. If your goal is to double your income, bite-size steps toward that larger goal might include:

1)  Identify power/referral partners

2)  Reach out to power/referral partners

3)  Meet with a interested potential power/referral partner

3)  Identify networking groups to join

4)  Visit two new networking groups each month

5)  Join two groups that meet my needs

6)  Research contact management software

7)  Load contacts into chosen software

8)  Create regular outreach campaigns

And so on…

Revisit your goals for relevancy. Check in periodically to determine whether your end goal or vision is still in line with your big business picture?  If they are out of alignment, rewrite your goals, milestones and action items.  If you find yourself thinking negative thoughts about your goals or don’t feel they are attainable, it might be time to rewrite them so that you can be optimistic.  Because your thoughts are very influential over the outcomes you receive, be sure to celebrate each action item checked off and milestone met. Each is a success.

Reward yourself!  What will you do for yourself when you meet your goal? Make it something BIG and significant to you! A day at the spa. A tropical vacation. A new computer. Write down your reward at the top of your list of goals and promise to reward yourself when you meet your goal.

Just remember, you and only you are responsible for achieving your goals. And know in advance that obstacles, complications and barriers will present themselves along the way. However, your firm commitment, your accountability partner and celebrating your successes are all vehicles to realizing the greater reward that comes with achieving your goal. 

Cheers to you! May you achieve all that you desire and commit to in 2011 and beyond. 

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Sabrina Risley founded Behind The Moon, Inc.® in 2003, a Colorado-based and Denver networking events and Denver referral group organization that sets itself apart with its motto “grow your business by helping others grow theirs.” Behind The Moon offers several networking events across Colorado’s Front Range, as well as referral groups that attract professionals who network to give rather than get. You will find Sabrina speaking to audiences about effective networking techniques, the power of partnerships, and principles of service and giving as a means to grow a business. To learn more about Behind The Moon, please visit http://www.BehindTheMoonInc.com

Sabrina Risley

Sabrina Risley is a master connector. She’s been hosting live networking events since 2004 and has welcomed 20,000+ professionals to those events. She shares her observations, insights and tips of how the top 2% of effective and magnetic networkers build their businesses. She also shares what NOT to do when networking. Get her complimentary e-book: Strategic Networking for Success.
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