We are all remarkable human beings capable of bringing our visions and goals to life. But, there is no one goal-setting strategy that is perfect for everyone—but there are many goal-setting strategies that are perfect for just one person.
Try these fun goal setting techniques or add them to your current strategies:
Brainstorm with Sticky Notes
The beauty of using sticky notes as a business planning aid is two-fold: You can create your own memory aid or category using different colors… and you can mix-and-match them. (Example: Moving them around a bulletin board as you brainstorm various approaches.)
Sticky notes are also less intimidating to many people, compared to writing things down in one static place. In fact, if you’re a perfectionist—the sort who has to completely print out a new Calendar page and redo it if you mess up one slot—it’s virtually guaranteed you’ll find sticky notes less intimidating for you.
Create Your Elevator Goal
Almost everyone knows the famous “elevator speech” exercise, where you try to summarize your business in one sentence after being asked “what do you do for a living” by someone you meet on an elevator.
Try doing this when brainstorming your big goal for the month or year:
Imagine you’re standing on an elevator, and either (a) someone you admire or (b) someone you hope will become a client or customer asks:
“What’s your main business goal for this year, and how will you reach it?”
(Here’s a prompt, in case you are having trouble getting started):
Brainstorm with Friends
Try brainstorming methods of achieving goals with friends, colleagues or peers.
Brainstorming is not planning: It’s just getting your creativity heated up—especially when it comes to taking things past the obvious ways.
Try setting a time limit and use a timer. Then challenge each other to come up with as many different ways to achieve your goal as possible within that time frame.
(And do record your brainstorming session—or keep notes!)
Successful entrepreneurs know that setbacks, including self-doubt, burn-out and other internal and external obstacles are all part of the process. So do your best to enjoy the process—enjoy the adventure—and don’t give up!
What are your go-to goal setting strategies? Share them in a comment below!