Like most people, you probably have dreams and aspirations for your life. If you accomplish certain tasks and perform specific activities, you may fulfill these desires.
But achieving your dreams is challenging, and developing confidence and a clear path to success can be difficult. How can we foresee the common pitfalls if we don’t know what they are?
When you take your first leap into entrepreneurship, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement. You’re finally free (or on the path to being free) from the constraints of an employer, a 9-to-5 job, and climbing the corporate ladder. You’re in charge of your fate now, and the freedom is exhilarating.
But, eventually, the excitement wears off, and you find yourself without a clear idea of where you want to take your entrepreneurial pursuits. You were so caught up in getting to the point of being self-employed, that you didn’t have a chance to think about what you’d do next. You find yourself wondering, Now what?
As an entrepreneur, does the following scenario sound familiar?
You start the day bright and early, coffee in hand and a list of tasks spread out before you. You’re feeling unstoppable, ready to crush your to-do list. But then, the phone rings. It’s a client, asking if they can add a few new things to the project you agreed upon. That call runs for an hour, and by then it’s already 10 am, practically lunch, so there’s no harm in taking a few minutes to read your favorite productivity blog (because, hey, if you’re reading about productivity it’s not procrastinating, right?).
If you want to get things done, you must set goals. Without goals, you’re just going to flounder without a reliable gauge of whether you’re making progress or not. Setting goals is the first step toward getting what you want out of your career and your life.
But as it turns out, just setting goals, any goals, isn’t enough. While having a goal tends to be better than not having one, you need to make sure you set goals in a way that will guarantee progress and eventual success. Yes, the way you set goals matters as much as the goals themselves. In other words, you need a goal-setting framework.