You have big goals for your own business or at your job with projects. Getting started is hard. Creating time to work on them with all the day-to-day stuff feels near impossible.
You know that if you don’t work on the big goals, you’ll get behind. You’ll be behind keeping up or leading the way with your clients, behind on filling your schedule with new clients or projects, behind on technology to become more efficient or effective and way behind on getting your business to the next level.
Today’s article has 3 strategies to give your big goals a kick start.
Take 15 minutes to write or draw the implementation steps.
Why this works: It cuts through psychological and emotional barriers because it forces you into the project. You’ll see it’s not as big as you’d thought. You’ll see a place to start.
You’re assessing the goal and the work it will be …. and that’s it for now. If you’ve been stuck, don’t you find that once you get into it, the actual work is less than what you thought or felt?
Talk through your approach to the big goal with someone else.
Why this works: If you’re a people connector, you need other people’s energy to get started sometimes. Or you simply need to hear yourself talk about the goal aloud, and things seems to crystallize.
Discussing the framework with someone gives you someone else who cares about the goal or about helping you figure it out. You may also get a fresh or different perspective. Or you’ll more easily identify whom you can enlist to work on parts of the big goal.
Create a deadline if none exists. Energy and momentum follow.
Why this works: If you work alone, deadlines to yourself are just that, fake… so we often don’t pay attention. They’re ignored, becoming part of the “calendar scenery.”
Figure out who else cares about this big goal. If you have a new workshop idea, pitch it to a group before doing lots of work. They become your deadline source and purpose, giving you energy to continue.
If you have employees, involve one in planning and you’ll have an accountability partner. [Don’t position it that way, but you’ll know in your mind you’ve got accountability.]
Would a client be interested in this big goal ? How could you use their energy and interest to give yourself a deadline? Talking about the idea? Involving them to test it out?
Bonus: Own your strengths
If you are a big picture, conceptual thinker, chances are, you’re not going to be as strong at breaking down a big goal into the necessary steps to get it implemented. I’ve seen people who are good at both but it is rare. Would you rather be good or great at something?
People who are good at the steps and details are not often as good as you will be at seeing the big picture. You have to wait for them to catch up to you or they may not see it and you’ll have to hold that context for them. So you need each other.
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