Business development books and business consultants caution you not to take a step without goal setting. They tell you that goal setting is a vital undertaking for anyone who is serious about their business and that you need to have a clearly defined set of goals to ensure your success and without them you risk failure. Yet, according to my survey of small business owners, 87% do not use goals to ensure their business success! Why do so many smart people with excellent products and business potential avoid 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.