As a small business owner, you’re likely always looking for ways to improve your work so that you can reach the goals you have set for yourself. To take them from dreams to reality requires planning, thinking, and action. Here’s a three-step plan to make them happen.
- Know what you want. Be specific. When you order at a restaurant, you’re not going to give the waitress a vague idea of the food you want. It’s the same thing in business. Tell yourself what you want, and get specific. Get right down to the brass tax of what you think will make your business successful.
- Set deadlines. Deadlines will help you focus and work on what is essential. If you don’t have a particular deadline, setting one for yourself will help you stay focused and feel more organized.
- Make a plan. Achieve a long-term goal by setting and reaching short-term goals along the way. Create small tasks that you can complete to move you toward your ultimate goal. Having a plan increases your chance of success by more than 30 percent. That’s why you have a game plan before you start the game. It will change, guaranteed, but it’s easier to make adjustments to a plan than to make things up as you go along, and just hope for the best.