It hasn\'t worked in the past. If you have gone through all the trouble to define and document goals for your business, only to look at them some time later and find that you have come up short, you might be wondering: \"What\'s the use? Documenting my goals doesn\'t work for me\". Unaccomplished business goals are painful and costly. If you have set goals, you probably recognize the feeling of disappointment when you have come up short. When you use traditional goal setting methods and don\'t achieve all your goals, you can pay some heavy prices. Unaccomplished goals can rob you of your confidence, motivation and energy. You don\'t like to be wrong about your assumptions. Goal setting requires making some educated guesses about what is attainable, often based on pretty sketchy information. There is a high degree of risk of being wrong and no one I know likes to be wrong. You don\'t want to be disappointed with yourself, or disappoint others, if you set goals and don\'t achieve them. You may see your goals as a public declaration of your intentions and if you fall short you may be judged, by yourself and/or others, as a failure. You think goal setting has to be a long complicated, tedious or hard process (it doesn\'t). This one stops a lot of people who would rather do just about anything but sweat over business goal setting.
Having a goal is not enough. You need a plan, and goal setting worksheets will help you organize your goals and walk you through the steps necessary for success. We have all been taught the importance of goal setting and, in truth, our everyday lives consist of a series of little goals that we are constantly setting and achieving, even though we are often not conscious of this process. Arriving at work on time, preparing for a business meeting, or even completing household chores are all examples of goal achievement. These same principles can be applied on a larger scale to help you work toward your longer term or lifetime dreams. Wanting something, or even spending a lot of time thinking about it, will not provide enough focus to motivate you to move forward with your goal. You need to write your thoughts down and create a blueprint or road map that is very specific and provides clear direction so you know exactly what you are working toward and what steps you need to take to get where you want to go.