Sometimes big, scary over the top goals really push me out of my comfort zone. Recently I fessed up - I am a closet introvert. Yep, that's me, so big goals freak me out a bit. But that doesn't mean I don't want to achieve them.  With that said, and with the first quarter of 2015 almost done and the weather on defrost I thought it was a good time to review my progress. I’ll admit staying focused is more of a challenge than ever. But here are few key action steps I have found to keep moving forward.

  1. Don’t forget your “WHY”.

If you don’t know why it’s important then the goal won’t connect with you on a personal level, it won’t be important and it’s unlikely you will achieve it. Write down what will have improved when you achieve your goal. How will it feel when your goal has been accomplished?

Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words – hang a picture at your desk to remind you of the importance of your goal.

  1. Create a task list and checkpoints to measure your progress. Here’s a short list

Who do you need to contact? Make a list. Use your social media resources to connect.

What do you need to do? Create a specific time line.

What do you need to learn? Research your objective. Google and LinkedIn resources can be very helpful.

How much do you need to budget to achieve your goals? If you don’t have an unlimited budget then break down your goals into pieces that you can manage financially. It may take a little more time to get there. But you’ll do it with peace of mind. If you have the means, consider a small business loan.

  1. Schedule time to complete your tasks.

Choose one day a week to “check in”. Use this day or a few hours of the day to complete the action steps that lead to your goal. It’s ok to delegate the more mundane tasks to an assistant. Just be sure to follow up.

  1. Set yourself up to be successful.

This may mean you will have to make some changes in your behaviors. This is tough to do – but well worth the effort to achieve the goal.

  1. If you’re having trouble being accountable to yourself, find an accountability partner; someone who will call you out when you don’t do what you say you will do.
  1. Celebrate your success (checkpoints) along the way. Before you know it you’ll be celebrating how good you feel to accomplish something new.
  1. Share your success with family, friends and customers. No doubt you’ll inspire them too.

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