There’s a whole lot of talk in the business sphere about setting goals; however, achieving these set goals is a whole other ball game, so here are 5 steps to break big goals down into easy steps so you have a higher probability of achieving your goals.
As a business owner, you naturally dream big. You are the vision of your firm. Dream as wide as possible and as far into the future as you can is what is encouraged.
Because the bigger your goals and farther they are in the future, the more likely you are to keep at it. Long-term goals motivate you, challenge you, and add an extra ounce of pressure to the mixing pot.
Now that you have your big goals, you are instantly faced with the challenge of achieving these goals. What prevents entrepreneurs like you from achieving their big goals is the size and the time frame allotted to these goals.
Big goals present a daunting front and may confuse you about the first step to take when working towards their successful completion.
When faced with your big goal, the question remains ‘how to break your big goals into easy steps that’ll make them achievable.’
Applying the following five steps will help you mount that imposing mountain of goals and break them into bite-sized chunks or milestones that make achieving your goals easier.
- Clearly Set Your Goals
It may seem counter-intuitive to talk about clearly setting your goals when trying to explain how to break down big goals. One important thing to note is that clarity is being emphasized.
When your goals are clear, you can build actionable steps that can be followed without confusion. When your goals are unclear, it gives room for different interpretations which will cause different ideas and pathways to achieve these goals. You want the most direct path, of course.
Having clear goals means more to your business than just a few minutes outlining your goals. Take significant time to look at your business, study the industry, your target market, and many other factors contributing to the viability of your business in a few years before setting your goals.
- Highlight Some Milestones
Milestones serve as a way to break your activities into ‘success points.’ Milestones serve as significant building blocks in your business activities that signify your achievements on your way to the bigger goals.
When you set milestones, ensure that they comprise smaller tasks that come together to hit that target. By doing this, these milestones break down your big project’s complexity and provide a clear structure, so that the big goal does not seem overwhelming.
When writing your big goals, write these smaller milestones down too. This will help you focus on the smaller, more achievable steps and keep them in mind.
- Simplify the Milestones
Here’s where you highlight the tasks that make up each milestone.
Make sure that your milestones are set in a hierarchical order. Starting from the first steps to the last steps that will help you achieve your main goal or from the last step to the first steps. Simply break them down.
When you break them down, you can easily assign each task to a specific person or team in your firm. When you simplify each task, you further break down the milestones to show what tasks have to be successfully completed to attain those milestones.
Be more specific when simplifying the milestones by creating a task list. Outline each task clearly and carefully so that there are no misunderstandings or misinterpretations of your expectations.
Some contact management to-do lists can be customized to be more like my Prioritized Action List, which I think makes your list easier to tackle. Download my Free Sample Prioritized Action List (PAL) that everyone in your office can use, if you don’t already have something, by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/pal-sample/.
- Set a Timeline
There’s nothing worse than having a goal without a set timeline.
Without a timeline, nothing is challenging or motivating you to achieve your goals. Without it, you will keep making multiple excuses for why you have not grown your business to where it should be. Without a timeline, you are also more likely to postpone your goals for months or years on end.
When you set a timeline, you are challenging yourself to achieve your goals in that time slot. When you don’t feel like working, that timeline becomes a voice in your head that reminds you of the limited timeframe (month, day, year).
Setting a timeline for your goals also provides excellent time management skills. You will be able to make swift decisions, manage productivity, work efficiently, and do away with distractions that waste your time.
- Work on Your Goal
The first step can be the most daunting task. Taking the first step means committing yourself to the task you have set yourself.
When you have a big goal, the first step to begin your journey is to start with the first task. When you start working on your goal, everything becomes easy to attend to and manage.
While working on your tasks, you can learn important skills that affects more than your business life, it can impact your personal life as well.
Committing to your goals means breaking down your big goal into smaller steps that make them easier to achieve. Believe it or not, when you follow these five steps, it will help you join the small percentage of highly successful entrepreneurs and business people in the world, because most people know what to do but just don’t do what they know they should do; therefore, not ever achieving what they truly want in business and in life.
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