“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” Walt Disney
With the fourth quarter of 2017 just a few days away, are you on track to achieve or exceed your business or career goals this year? If so, congratulations and keep your momentum going! However, if you’re among the many small business owners and professionals that began this year with great optimism and a sincere desire to enhance your productivity, to accelerate your results and to increase your revenue, but have fallen behind your milestones, it’s not too late.
Whatever your goals are this year, you can still work toward their achievement. How and where do you begin? First, forget about making excuses or regretting your current status. Focus your energy and efforts on modifying your behavior. This is a critically important step toward your success.
Next, create a 100-day action plan. This proven approach will help you chart your path forward, move you towards your goals and increase your ability to achieve them.
When developing your 100-day action plan, begin with your end game in mind. Based on your established goals for this year, what milestones can still be accomplished by year-end? What tasks must be completed to make the needed progress? What strategies will you employ to achieve these goals?
What are your biggest obstacles that can derail your ability to succeed? You must be completely honest with yourself. If you don’t address your unproductive behaviors, obstacles or issues, you can’t optimize your opportunity for success.
What tactics will you execute? Who will provide support and guidance for your plan? What are the key milestones and metrics that will guide your actions? And, most importantly, what does success look like for you?
It’s the fourth quarter, not the end of the game! You can still make progress on your 2017 goals and, more importantly, jumpstart your 2018 achievements! Defining success throughout your journey empowers you to visualize your road map to success and to set realistic expectations on what is feasible to achieve. This enables you to avoid being bogged down and to plan for potential the pitfalls and opportunities.
Success is achievable if you have the courage to fully and unapologetically pursue your goals.
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