Goal Setting

goal setting puzzle imageYou’ve dreamed of being a stay-at-home Mom.  For years, you’ve had to wake your babies early every morning, bundle them up and drop them at the babysitter.  You missed all the school field trips and had to beg for time off when your child was sick.  Finally, you gathered your courage and said good bye to the business world.  Now you are ready to pour all your energy into your home based business and make it a success.

One of the biggest challenges for home based businesses is achieving goals.  While it sounds wonderful to work from home, there are an abundance of distractions at home.  The dishwasher needs to be emptied; the bathroom needs to be cleaned.  Kids get sick and stay home from school and your mother-in-law drops in for a visit because you are now “available.”  The day to day work on business goals is often set aside and after a week or a month you wonder what happened to that goal anyway?

What is a goal?

A goal is “an observable and measurable end result having one or more objectives to be achieved within a more or less fixed timeframe.”

Why Set Goals?

In 1979 Harvard MBA Graduates were surveyed and it was found that 13% had set goal for themselves; 3% had actually written their goals down.  Ten years later the graduates who had committed their goals to paper had earned 10 times as much as all the others combined!

How to Set Goals?

The single most important attribute about a goal is that it has to be something you will enjoy when you get it.  It has to be exciting!  For example, if your home based business requires going out and doing parties in other people’s homes, a goal to “do two parties a week” just isn’t exciting when the weather is inclement.  Instead, think about what you’ll actually get by doing two parties a week: such as money for a new car or a vacation.  That goal will not be forgotten so easily.

Keep Your Goal Front and Center

The next step is to make sure you remember your goals!  Commit the goal to paper, keep the paper where you can see it.  Get pictures of Hawaii and put them up around your house if your goal is a Hawaiian vacation.  Create a bank statement with the amount of money you want in your bank account, if financial security is your goal.  If you cannot create a picture of your goal, then it’s not a goal.

Once your goals are written down and reminders are posted you’ll be ready to get to work and create your successful home based business. It keeps you going when the distractions appear as they most certainly will!