To live your business dream, you must turn your goals into action.
Many business owners assume that staying busy or working long hours is a guarantee of success. They don’t establish any way to measure if they are doing the right things or if what they are doing will help them achieve their ultimate goals.
Here is a core list of success components you must embody for success to find you. Adhere to these seven success components:
- First, Set And Pursue Your Goals – not goals someone else set for you.
- Select The Skill Set You Acquire – not based on what’s easy or expedient, but rather what skills can you acquire that you can monetize (someone will pay you well for applying those skills to solve a problem/need)
- Apply the Ready, Fire, Aim Approach - You can’t afford to wait for guarantees. You’ll never know if you never try.
- ACT – Take action every day towards your goals. It could be a telephoning a prospect, reading a book, attending a tradeshow, writing an article, delivering a product, etc.
- Know What YOU Want - No one can discover this for you. Be sure you identify what you want in the positive (I want to generate a second income instead of I’m tired of being broke).
- Track And Measure Your Results – Goal achievement is in the results not the goal setting up front. If you don’t measure what you are doing, you won’t know how far you’ve come, how much you’ve accomplished. If you don’t track your results, you won’t recognize your growth, the insights and lessons learned or how much more value you’ve added to your product or service. Documenting your results is an opportunity to monitor progress and develop strategies to get back on track or improve performance. This documentation gives you more benefits to promote to your customers that you could not have offered before.
- Review, Refine, Repeat Continuous improvement is a principle of vigilance in seeking a better way. It’s learning by doing. It reinforces the value of finding ways to improve efficiency, cost-effectiveness and productivity. W Edwards Deming guided Japanese industry to become masters of continuous improvement after WWII.
Believe there are ways to achieve your goals. Whatever action is working and bringing the desired results – do more of it! Whatever action is not working or taking you off track – do less of it (or eliminate it if you can).
“If it’s to be, it’s up to me.”
Take ownership to find a better way and turn your goals into realities.