This email is a reality check. The end of 2018 is less than three months away, and its time to check your progress.
Will you have achieved what you set out to accomplish when the new year began? As entrepreneurs, we often set and forget our goals. We may start out the new year with big plans, but client catastrophes, technology bugs, and unforeseen financial problems derail us.
However, we are working on creating big things. We have set gigantic goals: to build a completely new business from scratch. To create jobs. Revenue. Value for paying customers. We are not the average individuals. We know how to set big goals and how to push ourselves to achieve them. But, just like every good human being, we also know how to justify our lack of progress and blame it on external factors we seem to have no ability to control – the economy, industry changes, bad employees, etc.
Peter Drucker wisely said: “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” Here are three very important questions to ask yourself today on Take Action Tuesday to check your progress:
Did I set good goals at the start of 2018?
If so, how close or far away are we to achieving them? And what are we doing right now to ensure we get there? If not, why not? Did I set the bar too low? Not at all? Why?
How did we get derailed this year?
All that stuff that ended up in our way – what could I have done to prepare or manage the situation better so that it didn’t derail us? Yes, there are things you cannot control, but, be honest with yourself, did you do your best to control the things you could? Why not? Life will always come up and attempt to take the wind out of your sails. Don’t let it. Be proactive in addressing the coming weather changes. Develop contingency plans. Ask your advisory board to identify gaps and risks that will get in your way. Ask what you might be missing. Step into that leadership role and lead the way. How you weather the problems sets precedence for how your team will.
Am I making big progress or am I limping along?
Sometimes baby steps are good, sometimes they’re an indicator of our unwillingness to set bigger goals and make greater leaps. Am I making big enough strides? Is my business growing? Are we finishing product? Are we closing sales? And if not, why not? Are we struggling with the same issues we struggled with last year? Ask yourself: why have I not yet solved these problems? Why do I hesitate to remove these roadblocks for our team? What is sitting there that I need to deal with? And how am I going to do that so we can make those big leaps and accomplish those big goals we know we’re capable of achieving?
You are not alone. We can help set your goals and stay on track. Send me an email and tell me what you’re struggling with. I look forward to seeing you over here at ASU Chandler Innovation Center soon!