“An average person with average talent, ambition and education, can outstrip the most brilliant genius in our society, if that person has clear, focused goals.” Brian Tracy
I’m a strong believer in setting goals. Goals keep you focused, motivated, and most of all, goals give you a possibility for success. Without setting goals, how will you know when you’ve succeeded?
In this post I’ll share with you why it is important to set goals and give you some ideas on how to set those goals. It’s good practice to set goals for your career, relationships, and other aspects in your life and consistently reflect upon them. I’m going to focus on setting goals for a handyman business here, but these same principles can apply to other aspects of your life.
Step by Step Goal Setting
- Decide what you want. This is by far the hardest step. If you are one of those rare people who knows exactly what you want in life, here’s a cookie. You already have a leg up on the rest of us and I truly envy you. For everybody else, I recommend reading my post on Lifestyle Design. Now, write down what you want from the lifestyle design exercises. These are your Top Level Goals. Imagine yourself running a marathon, the Top Level Goals are the finish line. These goals may not pertain to your handyman business directly. Some examples of these goals would be to own a successful business, drive a brand new truck, retire and travel the world by age 50, or live to see your 100th birthday.
- Research. In this step your going to figure out what it takes to get to those goals. For example, start a handyman business, eat healthy, or save $10,000/year. This step will lead to a list of smaller goals that you can begin taking action on immediately.
- Set a timeline. Give yourself a due date for each goal. Set some goals for the end of the year, the end of the month, the end of the week, and even the end of the day. Make sure to write these down and tell your friends and family. Sharing your goals with other people is super important and should not be skipped. By telling them, you are now accountable to take action. You’ll feel better when you achieve your goals, and you’ll be more driven to meet them instead of slacking off.
- Reflect. Did you meet your goals? Did you blow them out of the water? Make sure and reward yourself for meeting your goals, even the smaller ones. If you didn’t meet your goals, why not? What could you have done differently? Stay positive and set some new goals.
- Repeat. This is a constant cycle. What you want will change and your goals will change. The good news is you are equipped with the power to achieve those goals.
Setting Quality Goals
In addition to the above, there are a few more things to consider while setting your goals.
For your Top Level Goals, aim for the ideal and don’t restrict yourself. If you want a house with beachfront property, make it your goal. Think big and focus on what is truly important to your happiness.
While setting shorter term goals, aim high while being realistic. Obviously $1,000,000 in your first year as a handyman isn’t gonna happen, although $65,000 is a very real possibility. The idea here is to have goals that require you to push yourself and have a real chance to succeed.
As I write this post (going into my third month in business), I’m barely making any money with my handyman business and I’ve actually lost money my first 2 months. This doesn’t bother me at all because my goals for these months weren’t money related. I set goals like; design a good logo, setup a quality website, or get excellent business cards made. I succeeded at these goals and it feels great. It gives me more confidence to crush my next goals.
I can talk about setting goals all day long and hopefully inspire you to set your own and get your handyman business running. The important thing is that you take action now and write your goals down. Write down one short term goal that you can take action on right now. This goal can be as small as setting goals by the end of the day or making a list of services you will offer in your handyman business.
So, what are your goals?