As an expert in your field, it can be difficult to watch the lack of progress of so many promising entrepreneurs. They have dreamed for so long about creating a solid, sustainable business, and yet, all they do is dream.
You know the people I am talking about. They attend conferences, sign up for free webinars, buy paid training, and sometimes even work with a coach or two. And yet week after week, month after month, year after year, they fail to make any progress toward their dreams.
Are they just lazy? No. It is something worse. They don’t know how to move from a dream to a plan, and they are stuck.
Start With the Long-Term
If you have ever been on a job interview and were asked, “Where do you want to be five years from now,” you might have thought it an odd question. But as a business owner, that might just be the most important consideration you can have.
Without knowing where you are headed in the long term, it is impossible to create a map to get there. You need to know what your destination is, so that every day, week, month, and year you can check your progress to be sure you are still headed in the right direction.
Once you know your ultimate destination, you can draft a plan for getting there, and create the interim goals that will help you stay on track.
For example, if in five years you want to be free to travel for 8 weeks every year, then you need to have a few pieces in place before that can happen:
With this list, you can then work backwards from your five-year goal, and create milestones along the way. If you know you will need to earn $150,000 annually in order to fund your travel plans, and right now you’re earning $60,000, then reasonable milestones might look like this:
With these milestones in place, it is much easier to figure out exactly what you need to do to achieve them, by setting monthly, weekly, and daily goals.
Create Small Goals
If you say to someone, you need to move from $60,000 to $150,000 in five years, that’s a pretty overwhelming task. After all, it’s a $90,000 increase, and most people will look at that and immediately dismiss it as impossible.
But when you break it down as we have above, and then again into smaller steps, it suddenly doesn’t look so daunting.
In the first year of the plan we have outlined here, your income needs to increase only by $10,000. That’s less than $1000 per month! Surely that’s easy enough to accomplish!
You can further break that down by week: $1000 per month is just $250 per week. If you sell just one more VIP package, or five more of a $60 training program or five more $60 massages or acupuncture session, depending on your specialty, you’ve already reached and surpassed your milestone.
That might mean sending one more email to your list, or investing an additional $20 per month in Facebook ads, or perhaps reaching out to one more JV partner. The point is, reaching this much smaller goal is far easier than thinking about that five-year plan.
So what’s your big dream? How can you deconstruct it into achievable milestones, workable goals, and finally, daily and weekly tasks? Tackle that elephant one bite at a time, as the old familiar saying goes. If you can do this (and you definitely can) then you can achieve anything in business and in life.
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