The new year is here, and with it comes the opportunity to reset and renew your mind and your goals. But setting goals isn't enough—the real challenge lies in achieving them. That's why it's important to be intentional about your goal-setting process and put systems in place to ensure accountability. Here are some tips on how to achieve your goals for 2023.
Set SMART Goals
You've probably heard of SMART goals, which stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound. A goal should have all these elements in order to be effective. When setting your goals, ask yourself questions like "What do I want to accomplish?", "How will I measure my progress on this goal?", "Is this goal within my reach?", "Is this a priority right now?" and "By when do I want to have achieved this goal?". Answering these questions will help you create SMART goals that are more likely to be achievable.
Create an Action Plan
Once you've identified your goals, create an action plan that outlines the steps you need to take in order to achieve them. Break down each task into smaller chunks so that you can keep track of your progress and make adjustments if necessary. This will also help you stay focused on what needs to be done along the way instead of becoming overwhelmed or discouraged by looking at the entire project at once.
Find an Accountability Partner
Having someone who holds you accountable can make all the difference when it comes to achieving your goals. Find someone who understands your vision and can provide constructive feedback as well as motivation when needed. It could be a friend, family member, colleague or mentor who is willing to help keep you on track and celebrate successes with you along the way!
Setting and achieving goals takes dedication and hard work but with a little bit of planning, it becomes much more manageable! Remember that SMART goals are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound; create an action plan that breaks down each step into smaller tasks; and find an accountability partner who can help keep you motivated throughout the process! With these tips in mind, there’s no doubt that 2023 will be full of success!
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Oftentimes on our entrepreneurial journey, we get discouraged because we’re not exactly where we desire to be, but insight is what allows one to see the bigger picture, and what’s to come if we simply persevere. At 13, Dr. Mya Smith-Edmonds began working at her father’s McDonald’s where she developed her strong work ethic, accountability, discipline and focus. Today she is the proud owner of nine McDonald’s restaurants.