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BoomerBizTips January 13, 2014 - Set Your Goals
January 13, 2014

Set Your Goals

Last issue we were visited by the genie from the magic lamp who granted us three wishes. I hope you wrote them down. Because this week we are going to work on changing those wishes into real goals. Building a business without a goal is like setting out on a journey without knowing your destination - you will just wander around aimlessly hoping to stumble upon something interesting. Having goals will help you focus your energies in the right direction and keep you on track.

Plus we have a great new business builder for you!

It's going to be a great week! Let's do this!

Weekly Business Builder

This week's business builder is Google Alerts Google Alerts are email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on your queries.

Enter a search query you wish to monitor. You will see a preview of the type of results you'll receive. Some handy uses of Google Alerts include: •keeping current on a competitor or industry •keeping tabs on what's being said about you and your business

I have alerts set for my name, and the name of my company, plus the term "boomerpreneur."

Set Your Goals

The purpose of a goal is to take you from where you are to where you want to be. That means they have to be SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timed. I have 30 day goals, one year goals, and even five year goals. For the purpose of this course, I suggest you set monthly goals and yearly goals. Ready?

Step 1: Define each goal. Make sure it is SMART. For example, "By the end of 2014, I will be earning $5000 per month." Or "By the end of 2014, I will have written my first book." Do not set vague goals like "I will earn more money." Do not set unrealistic goals like "By June 30, 2014, I will be a millionaire."

Step 2: Rate each goal on a scale of 1 to 5. Which goal is most important to you and your wishes? That is goal #1. Then rate the rest 2-5. Now you have your list of 5 goals to work toward.

Why are we narrowing the list to 5? The more goals you have, the less likely you are to achieve any of them. Most people are able to focus on 5.

Step 3: Run your goals through a reality check. Are your goals realistic and attainable? Do they have a specific time frame for completion? Are they specific?

Check for any goals that include an escape clause. These usually begin with the words "if" or "when." Such as "...if my husband will help with housework." or "...when we stop working so much overtime."

Make sure that every one of your goals can be completed within the next year. If not, make a choice right now about which one matters most.

Check your goals against your current circumstances. We are not trying to set ourselves up for failure. Make sure your goals are realistic in your current situation. Better to set modest goals and achieve them than to set your sights too high and fail.

Step 4: Bring your goals to life with pictures such as the logo for your new company, or a screen shot of your website, or the house you will build, or the car you will buy.

Step 5: Print 5 copies of your goals. Put one copy in your prosperity binder. Spread the rest around where you will see them every day - next to your computer, on the bathroom mirror, near the coffeemaker, or on the door of your refrigerator. Look at your goals every day, as many times as you can, making sure to always put yourself in the picture.

Thanks for reading. Talk to you soon! Please let me know if you found this issue helpful.
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