With Q4 wrapped up, and Q1 kicking off, it’s time to hone in and think about not just our big goals for the year, but what it will take to reach those goals.
The excitement of a new year can leave us almost with a squirrel-like brain! We are still in a bit of a fog from the holidays, we have ideas coming and flowing to us and we think we need to jump on everything NOW! It doesn’t help that we are seeing things on social media that are telling us not to wait, to jump in head first, and that we should be at a certain point by now for Q1 to be successful.
In this two-part podcast series, I want to take you on a journey of creating the roadmap of your goals and how this will set us on the right path to creating a rock-solid foundation for the rest of the year. And like I mentioned, having this roadmap is really going to help curb the squirrel-like brain you may be feeling where nuts are falling all around you (whether that be on social media, in your work email inbox, talking to your friends) and you want to munch on them all. But, that’s not sustainable and it's hard to know which ones work best. Because as business owners, we are here to create lasting, sustainable growth, and in order to do that you need to have a plan and lay the proper groundwork for everything to be properly built on top of.
WHY YOU SHOULD SET A GOALS ROADMAP
During the first few weeks of the New Year, it’s imperative for small businesses to set concrete goals for the upcoming year. Without gaining clarity on what it is you want to achieve in 2023, and without connecting the dots…you are going to find yourself in the first sticky situation of the year- squirrel brain. If we go to the metaphor of our road trip, this is going to have you driving in circles all year, stuck in doing the everyday motion and it’s going to take you off the path of your aligned dreams. Having a path is essential in every road trip.
As you are setting these goals, I also encourage you to set milestone metrics with your new goals. These milestones help you and your team to identify the progress you are making and reassure you that you are on the right path! How much do you hope to make by certain points in the year, if you are running launches and sales… How much revenue and students do you hope to bring in and enroll? And if you aren’t sure what metrics to set, look at how well you did the previous year and what you want to grow by. This is going to give you a clear direction on where you need to go and help prioritize what needs to be done next. Kind of like setting your GPS for your road trip knowing which turns to take and which highways to avoid.
MORE FROM THIS EPISODE
Tune into Episode 150 to learn more about setting a roadmap for 2023 including communicating about your goals, getting team members on the same page, and much more! If you want more helpful business advice as you’ll hear on the podcast, be sure to joinThe Legal Paige Facebook Community where thousands of entrepreneurs just like you are getting real-time answers about running a professionally and legally legit business.