It’s something many of us do, usually without even being aware of it. We tend to define entrepreneurs within a specific stereotype. They have some source of wealth at hand to fund their business ventures. They are surrounded by movers in the business world. While these traits certainly can be true of some entrepreneurs, they are not true of all. In fact, they aren’t true of most.
One key characteristic that is true of entrepreneurs is this: they are driven to achieve a goal.
A goal-driven mindset. This is what sets the entrepreneurial spirit apart. Entrepreneurs are in it for more than financial gain or name recognition. These are side bonuses. Their unwavering commitment to reaching a personal goal is the one factor that keeps motivated.
When setting goals in pursuit of a brighter future, never forget why you started on your journey in the first place – so that upon reflection, you can look back and feel proud of what you have accomplished.
We know. You have a goal. Right? That’s why you want to set out as an entrepreneur. It’s the path to that goal that can be tricky. Where to start?
- Define your vision for your business. What are your long-term goals? What do you want to achieve? Once you have a clear understanding of your vision, you can begin to set specific goals that will help you realize that vision. Map out SMART goals to help guide you. You can find tons of templates online. The basics are: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-Bound.
- Set realistic and achievable goals. Let’s talk a little more about this one because it’s arguably the most important element of SMART goals. It is important to set goals that are realistic and achievable. If your goal is too lofty, it can be difficult to stay motivated and on track. Conversely, if your goal is too small, you may not be challenged enough to reach your full potential. Dreams are great, but how do you turn them into reality? It is imperative for you and your business to set goals that are challenging but still attainable.
- Make a plan of action. Once you have defined your goals, it is important to create a plan of action for how you will achieve them. This plan should detail the steps you need to take and the resources you need in order to reach your goal. Having a plan of action will make it easier to stay on track and ensure that you are making progress towards your goal. This should mesh with your business plan.
- Stay flexible and adapt as needed. As with any plan, you have to be prepared to make changes. There are so many things you cannot control as a business owner. (You need only think back to three years ago and the start of a global pandemic for this lesson to hit home.) That’s why a strategy to support your goals is so important.
Schedule your complimentary strategy call with Rich in Thought Consulting today. Let’s talk about how you can add value to your venture in unique ways. Are you ready?