Did you know that only 8 percent of people are able to achieve their goals? That is because most people don’t know how to properly organize their time and tasks to complete everything they must do to get themselves to where they want to be.

The year is already well underway, but it is never too late to set realistic goals and figure out what you want to achieve as a company, or even as an individual. Having clearly defined goals is what will make you follow through and adapt accordingly to keep yourself moving forward.

According to Forbes, 92 percent of people fail when it comes to reaching their targets. There are plenty of new businesses out there, but not all of them survive – the high rate of failure may be a factor associated with that. Avoiding such a fate is why we prepared a small guide to stay focused and reach your goals. 

The first thing you need to know is where you must aim. Are your current goals aiming too high or too low? If you are setting a large goal for yourself, you should work on it step by step. Not everything can be achieved in one fell swoop, therefore compartmentalizing each goal with its own due date and level of important keeps you staying hungry, rather than getting overwhelmed.

If you are working on a goal that is supposed to be achieved within a year, then work on it little by little. Don’t leave everything until the last minute. Small goals are important too, so don’t leave them aside just because you are working on something bigger.

It is also important that you set your own goals. Nobody knows your business like you do, so don’t let others modify or even create goals that they think will help your business.

As a business owner, you are the one who knows how your business works and its capabilities. If you let someone else come into the picture, it might interfere with your workflow and the effectiveness of your job. 

Finally, you need to have a clear picture of what success looks like, that way you can track your performance. You know what is important to you and your business, so if you have those priorities straight, then you will be able to measure your own rate of success.

Tracking your performance will also help you celebrate each small success, keeping you motivated to tackle the next one. Remember that if you are leading a team, you also need to share the progress that you are making with them!

Sharing that progress will keep everyone motivated to keep working on the one thing that you created and love.

by: Charles Jackson,
AFEUSA President

Charles Jackson President AFEUSA