Success in business is not just about what you do—it’s also about who you are. The most successful business owners go into businesses that are aligned with what they want out of life. To get what you want out of life, you have to set personal goals.
What do personal goals have to do with your business? Every- thing!
If your business helps you to create a satisfying and success- ful life, you will love your business. You will look forward to going to work. Your enthusiasm will be contagious. It will be caught by your employees and your customers. Knowing your personal goals and aligning them with your business vision is a key step to business success.
Make a big list of goals you want to achieve in your life. What benefits are you seeking and why do you want them? By knowing exactly what you desire in life you are better able to plan your business.
Personal goals should cover every part of your life:
• Health and fitness goals
• Family and home goals
• Educational and spiritual goals
• Charity and community goals
• Travel and social goals, and
• Financial goals.
Once you have identified your personal goals, write a short summary to define your success. Here’s an example:
“I want to live my passion which is staging homes for sale on the real estate market. I want to train others how to run my business so I can travel the world with my family. I want my business to pay me $10,000 a month and be worth $1,500,000 when I sell it by the time I am 60. I want enough extra money to support my favourite charities. I want to work from home two days each week.“
The people who set goals are the people who become successful. Your personal goals should be specific, simple, measurable, time based and challenging. Try to prioritize your goals within two, ten and twenty-five year timelines. Commit to your personal goals by sharing them with people close to you.