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4 Simple Steps to Help You Set Your New Year Goals

Four steps to help you set obtainable goals in the New Year!

As you enter the New Year you are probably asking yourself, “Where will the New Year lead me?” “What goals and plans do I have this year?” Now is the time to set goals that you will be motivated to reach this year.
The beginning of a New Year causes us to reflect on the year that is passing and take stock of events that occurred, how we handled them, and what we want our next year to look like. It is the best time of the year to make both personal goals for ourselves and business goals. This requires us to have some quiet time to reflect and think about what we want for the next year and beyond. What? You say, “How on earth can I get quiet time now? There is too much going on for that!” We didn’t say it was easy to make the time. But, nevertheless, it is what we all need to do in order to be more satisfied at the end of next year.
Whether you are considering making a new start or going in a different direction with your career, or if you are an ecommerce business owner currently, you’ll want to look at setting some goals for yourself or your business. So, we wanted to help you get started and give you some tips on setting goals for the New Year!

First Step – Evaluating Current Situation

Jim Rohn was an internationally known entrepreneur and motivational speaker whose work focused on personal development. In his article “4 Tips for Setting Powerful Goals” on www.success.com he stated, “The most important benefit of setting goals isn’t achieving your goal; it’s what you do and the person you become in order to achieve your goal that’s the real benefit.” That’s interesting. Mr. Rohn indicated that the actual work you do to reach a goal through which you change and develop offers benefits that are even greater than achieving the goal. As true as this statement is, you still have to set a goal, and the first step is evaluating your current situation.
Where are you right now? What is the current situation—either in your life or in your business? And, are you satisfied with it? This may be a tough question to answer and require some strong reflection on your part. Answering this for you personally may be tougher than the answering it for your business.
Are you satisfied with your career? If not, what are you not happy with? Would you be happier owning your own business? Would you be happier with a more flexible schedule?
If you’re already an entrepreneur, are you satisfied with the growth of your business? All business owners want their business to grow, but many of us tend to stay with the status quo because we don’t take the time to evaluate what we need to do. How many sales did you have and how much profit did you make in 2019? How many marketing campaigns did you develop? Were you consistent in making your social media posts? Have you put in the adequate work this year? Then think about how you can do even more to grow your business further. Take an inventory of each detail that accounted for the 2019 business year in your evaluation.

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Second Step – Defining the Goal

In this step define your goals and even your dreams. You can think as big as you want to. Let your imagination go because if you can imagine it, you can do it! Your dreams can help you narrow the vision down to your specific goals. This step is about what you want. Give yourself time to figure it out. Do you want to change jobs? Do you want to travel? Do you want to spend more time with your family?
If you are setting business goals, you may be defining the profit you want to make in 2019. You may be setting goals for developing marketing campaigns, or for making actual sales next year. Remember, to make money you need to put in the work and advertise to reach your customers. Make goals and start working on a plan that will define your goals for 2019!

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Third Step—Developing a System

You may have heard of setting goals that follow the S.M.A.R.T. acronym, which means that your goals should be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and have a Timeframe attached to them. When you set goals that meet these guidelines, you can then create a system by which to meet them.
James Clear is an author who writes on topics such as living a better life and building habits that work. In his article “Goal Setting: A Scientific Guide to Setting and Achieving Goals,” he says that goals determine your direction and systems determine your progress in meeting goals. So, in effect, setting goals without having a system to meet them is a waste of effort. Clear maintains that you have to follow these 3 strategies when setting your goals: prioritize, specify and set an upper bound.
  • Prioritize

One of the greatest barriers to achieving your goals is the other goals you have. In other words, your goals are competing with one another for your time and attention. This means you have to prioritize your goals else you will have trouble reaching them. What is most important? What is least important? Be sure you evaluate each goal and eliminate those that are not necessary so they won’t compete with those that are.
  • Specify/Attach

It has been proven that you are “more likely to stick to your goals if you make a specific plan for when, where, and how you will perform the behavior. It is helpful to develop a timeline of when you want events to happen – For instance, “I will start my online business in 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, etc.”; “It is my goal to have my website up and running by ________”.
If you already own an ecommerce business This means that you should specify a goal (like 20 minutes of exercise) and attach it to a time or day (like Wednesday mornings) and location (like in the living room). A business goal for marketing your ecommerce business might look like this: “I will create my weekly social media marketing posts on Monday afternoons between 2 and 4 p.m.”
  • Set an Upper Bound

This means that you specify not only a minimum bound when setting a goal, but also a maximum boundary. For instance, instead of specifying that you want to do at least 2 blogs a week on your website you might also state that you want to do no more than 4 blogs a week. Clear says that “upper limits make it easier for you to sustain your progress and continue showing up.” Creating sustainable processes and systems will help you meet your goals.

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Fourth Step—Measuring

The last step in setting and achieving goals is the measurement. If you don’t measure, then you really don’t know how close you are to meeting them. If you have set goals that can be measured, then there are several ways you can use in determining where your progress is.
In the article “Measure Your Progress. How to Stay on Track with Your Goals” on www.coachingpositiveperformance.com, the author gives 5 methods to use in measuring progress:
  • Quantitative measurement – Find some way to quantify your progress in meeting the goal.
  • Stay on the plan – Stick with the system/plan that includes your milestones and timeframes.
  • Keep a record – Keep a record of your progress.
  • Use checklists – Create checklists made up of your list of tasks to be completed and dates to be completed.
  • Rate your progress – Develop a rating system that may be your subjective qualitative measurement of your progress.

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We hope you have found these four steps helpful in setting your goals for the new year. If you spend some time now evaluating where you are, identifying where you want to be, and setting a process up to get there, we know that you can make next year an even better one for yourself and your business!

Make a Plan to Become an Ecommerce Entrepreneur in 2019

Set goals, make a plan and how to become an ecommerce entrepreneur in 2019!

Here we are at the beginning of another new year. You are probably like many others who find themselves reflecting on your lives.  Is one of your resolutions to start a business? Have you always dreamed about being your own boss, but not sure how to become an entrepreneur? You may have the desire, but find it difficult to set goals, make a plan to reach those goals, and then actually perform the necessary steps to achieve the goal. That’s why we wanted to share some helpful tips  to become an entrepreneur that may make it somewhat easier for you to set the wheels in motion to make a change, set a goal and create a plan. Specifically, we want to help you chart a new and different course for yourself—one called “entrepreneurship”. Now it’s time to ask yourself these questions…..

What Do You Want?

First, you need to feel strongly that you want to make a change in your life. Maybe you’re tired of working for someone else. Maybe you find that you’re bored with your work and are just simply going through the motions. Maybe you want to feel that you fully own your accomplishments. Maybe you feel that you are not truly being challenged and rewarded. Maybe you are experiencing “wanderlust” and never seem to have enough time to travel.
Now, are you thinking about what you would like to change in your working situation? This could be a long list for you. If you’re coming up with strong feelings for the pieces of your situation that you want to change and reasons why you want to make a change, let this be the year you set goals to change the path you are on—and venture into entrepreneurship! But, spend time to arrive at what you want by researching and studying your options before setting a goal. Don’t be hasty in making a goal–you want to be sure your goal is congruent with what you desire.

 

What Goals Do I Need To Set? 

The next step is setting goals and making resolutions to make it a reality. At this time of year, we hear a lot of talk about “making resolutions.” Well, are resolutions and goals the same thing? Actually, they are not the same. The goal is the bigger picture, for example, “becoming an entrepreneur in 2019″. The resolutions comprise the smaller steps in making the bigger goal an actuality. In the example of becoming an entrepreneur, a resolution might be “researching different entrepreneurial avenues.” The resolutions are much more detailed, are specific, and have measurable timeframes.
Your goals need to be challenging, but realistic. A goal needs to be a bit of a stretch for you, but something that you know you can achieve with effort. When goals are unrealistic and too high, you are more likely to give up. If you really want the goal, make it realistic.
A very important part of getting what you want and achieving your goals is to clearly define and express what you want. You need to get specific with your goals and resolutions. A vague or nebulous goal is not easily achieved and will more than likely be dropped. It has been shown that by writing your goals down you will have a greater chance of achieving them. Putting them on notes and placing them where you can easily see them every day is a way to keep them at the forefront of your mind and intention.

How Do I Create A Plan?

Creating a plan is critical in achieving your goals. You must have action items (resolutions) that break down how you will achieve the goal into timelines and deadlines. In this way, you can measure your progress and accomplishments. You also create habits and routines that support achieving your goal.
Hold yourself accountable in working your plan – this will drive you to work harder. As you perform your resolutions, set systems in place that hold you accountable. Sharing your plan with someone like your spouse, a friend, a coach or mentor provides a support system that will help you in meeting those small steps to the larger goal. Be sure you celebrate when you reach those milestones, this will help drive you forward!

Can I Commit To My Goals?

You have to make a commitment to the goal, as well as, the resolutions all along the way. Without the commitment, you probably won’t meet the goal. Working toward a goal will take self-discipline, time, energy, and action—all of which allow you to stay on track.
Do you think you have an entrepreneurial spirit? If you think you want to create your destiny by becoming an entrepreneur, I encourage you to research to get a clear understanding of what it is to be an entrepreneur. Only then will you know if it is the right fit for you.

Articles to Get You Started

Here are some articles you may find helpful in deciding if you entrepreneurship is you!

Are You Ready To Become An Ecommerce Entrepreneur In 2019!

If you can see entrepreneurship as a great fit for you, start setting your goals to make it happen for yourself in 2019! Now is the time to start changing your life! Make your own destiny! Chart your own course!
To find out what we do at Pure-Ecommerce and how we can help you become an ecommerce entrepreneur in 2019 visit us at www.Pure-Ecommerce.com!

 

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