3. Business goals and personal goals
Clearly defined goals are a critical element in developing a well-designed business strategy. A meaningful goal is specific, measurable, challenging but realistic and time specific and addresses key result areas. Business owners tend to focus on their business goals. Not surprisingly, as our business is what we do and it is imperative to have business goals. But these are just a conduit to achieving our personal goals. Our personal goals are the goals that need to be set as a priority. By setting our personal goals we become more focused. They mean more to us; they are the goals that will keep us persistent, assured and motivated. They are not broad. They are specific; they come from a personal place and have personal meaning.
Your personal goals need to be more focused; they need to be realistic and attainable. Make sure you get to the core of what your goal is. Be clear and concise and set your targets alongside your goals. When setting goals, we often keep them to ourselves. By telling someone about our goals, all of a sudden, we become accountable. This may mean the difference between achieving them, and losing focus. Telling friends and loved ones about our goals means that we are more likely to achieve them. They can help with motivation and keep our dreams alive
The nice thing about aligning your personal and business goals is that you’ll be able to reap many important benefits. For one, getting your goals in sync can add to your sense of identity and cohesion at work. If you’re an employee, your personal values will start to shine through in the work that you do. Or if you’re a business owner, your leadership style will become linked to your personality and personal values.
Bringing your goals and values together is a great way to lay a solid foundation in your career. In addition, by looking inward at your goals, you’ll probably force yourself to think critically about how you spend your time. The self-reflection may lead you to free up some time to enjoy the finer things in life or reduce the time you spend doing things you don’t enjoy. That way, you’ll feel happier, be more productive and feel more accomplished at work and at home.
See also: Goal setting. Business goals and professional development goals.