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I founded Core Business Solutions with the goal of helping business owners improve operating results, add value, and recapture the energy and passion that was present when the business was new. We also have the expertise to assist start-up companies create the foundational structure needed to provide the best opportunity for the business to grow and prosper in uncertain economic times. Our goal is to help the business entrepreneur/owner, through mentoring and coaching, develop or enhance managerial skills while providing that independent and objective advice and expertise usually provided by a board of directors.
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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Time to set SMART Goals for 2011

December is the perfect time to set your goals for 2011.
A lot of people create excitement around new goals and ideas, but then those lofty goals more often than not, fall to the wayside. Why is this?

To begin with, let's look at the excuses we use to justify why our goals fail.

Ever notice yourself using these excuses?:

1- I don't have time / I'm too busy

2-I don't have enough money

3- It's (insert someone else's name)'s fault

4-It's too hard / harder than I expected

5-I'll do it later

6-I don't know how

7- It's just not "the right time"

Let's talk about setting goals. You have to be SMART about your goals.

SMART goals are:

S – Specific

M - Measurable

A - Attainable

R - Realistic

T - Timely

Here are some common business goals:

A- Make more money (how much?)

B-Generate more sales (how many more?)

C-Meet more people (how many? /How?)

D-Generate more leads (how many more and what are the demographics?)

What happens if you don't meet your goals? It's ok! Just take a realistic look at what happened, and set a new milestone date. Just don't go back to the excuse list!

If you don't respect yourself or hold yourself in high enough regard, why should other people?

Learn to keep your commitments to yourself first [Self integrity], and then you will be better prepared to deal with the commitments to others in your life -your clients, family, and employees.

Watch how others start regarding you when you take yourself seriously.
What if you really don't have time? Oh right...you're *different*. The truth is, that everybody has time for the things that are important to them. If you don't have time, then maybe it just isn't really a priority for you (and, that's OK!?). You probably need someone to help you, so reach out and get help.

If someone offered you a million dollars to do something you "don't have time to do," would you find time?

What is achieving your goals really worth to you? If you did achieve them how much better would your business and your life be?

Keys to accomplishing your goals:

1-Write them down [Planning, sound familiar?]

2-Tape them to your wall, or carry them in a notebook.

3-Look at them every day.

4-Tell other people - enlist others in helping to make you accountable.

5- Ask people for help - don't assume people know what you want or need.

Try being direct, it's a rare trait these days.

In conclusion - being SMART about your goals, is the key to achieving them.

In about 2-3 weeks or so I'll review another subject designed to provide business owners with information they can use to help them work "on" their business.

Until Next Time : Live Simply, Speak Kindly, Care Deeply, Love Generously and Live In The Moment

All The Best,
Walt Morey
Core Business Solutions
Executive Business Advisor Accredited by the Institute for Independent Business


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