Want to make your dreams come true? The new year started out full of promise, drive and positivity for your small business. Don’t let the focus down on your small business dreams and goals. Follow these 10 tips to make your dreams come true:
- Goals are dreams with a deadline – Dreams are all about “wants and desires” with no commitment, where goals are “concrete and defined” with commitment. Where do you ultimately want to be and what do you want to do? Imagine limitless opportunities and be willing to take a chance to lay yourself on the line to achieve them. Write down three actionable goals that you can visualize and that you WILL achieve by the end of 2014. Keep them in front of you at all times so your daily actions will lead you to the attainment of these goals.
- Positive attitude plus positive actions equal positive results – While having a positive mental attitude is a good start, it is the positive actions that follow that will lead to success (vs. wanting, hoping and waiting for them to happen) and will help make your dreams come true. Make a plan on how you will achieve each goal with mini-plans, mini-goals and corresponding dates for each. Focus on this task to make your dreams come true.
- Follow your passion – Commit to doing more of what you enjoy doing that invigorates, provides pleasure and satisfaction and less of what you do not enjoy that leads to procrastination and stress (delegate, hire out, etc.). Your chores are other people’s challenges. Get your eye on the prize and you will make your dreams come true.
- Soar with Your Strengths – Spend more time on those projects, tasks or activities that accentuate your talents and natural gifts and less time on the improvement of your weaknesses or shortcomings (delegate to others). By focusing on your strengths – what you are naturally good at – you will have a higher self-esteem, be more professionally fulfilled and you will make your dreams come true and ultimately be far more successful.
- Be the organized executive – Being overwhelmed with clutter can make you feel busier than you actually are. Start the year fresh by doing a total catharsis or cleansing. Go through every piece of paper in every file with a goal to trash it, box it (future needs) or re-file it (near term needs). Your files will be reduced by 66 to 75 percent. You will start out the year with a refreshed attitude. Begin or end each day with 20 minutes worth of organizing, even if it means hiding piles until you can get to them. You can make your dreams come true.
- Re-analyze your “to-do list.” Does your “to-do list” look more like an annual plan? Are you working 10, 12 and 14-hour days and you still don’t feel like you get it all done? Go back through your “to-do list” and prioritize it to “do it,” “delegate it” or “scratch it.” Prioritize your list so you can do more of what brings you personal, professional and monetary rewards and less of what steals your time. Make sure you add in your “want to-do list” items, as opposed to only those tasks that others ask you to do.
- Compartmentalize your priorities – Once you have decided on your priorities of the day, week, month, and year, focus on the tasks at hand … setting up firewalls to keep any distractions from diluting your focus. While we have two arms, two eyes and two ears, we only have one brain, so it is extremely difficult to concentrate on two or more projects and do them well at the very same time.
- Change the way you see everything – By reprogramming your brain to see opportunities vs. obstacles, challenges vs. chores and celebrate what you’ve accomplished vs. feeling bad about what you have not, you will increase your energy, improve your attitude and raise your level of professional satisfaction.
- Surround yourself with positive people – Good attitudes are contagious, elevating organizations to heights previously thought unreachable, but bad attitudes are more contagious, draining energy, accelerating discontent, and destroying morale. Choose to spend your precious time with people that will support you, encourage you and celebrate in your success.
- Reinvent Yourself – Realize that change is cathartic, energizing and can be very good for a career. It is easy to become stale and accept the way things are if we don’t shake it up every once and a while, even in our dress and our surroundings. Follow these ten tips and make your dreams come true! For more inspiration read: http://www.sbomag.com/2013/10/9-steps-to-small-business-success/