Friday 12 December 2014

Planning for Success

Business Planning
There’s something about standing on the cusp of a New Year that inspires us to reflect on the past year and evaluate what went well, what we achieved and what we’d like to do differently. The question is, are you really ready to make the change?

Setting objectives can bring us a sense of achievement, well-being and success, however you choose to define it. It’s worth remembering that it’s not where you start from but where you aim your sights that determines your journey and the final destination. Planning can help you get there. Without a goal in mind it’s easy to become distracted, diverted or, worse still, stuck in a rut, doing the same old things that you’ve always done and getting the same old results.

Sitting down to plan takes a certain mind-set but is worth it in the end. Here’s some tips to help you set your goals and stick to them:

1. Put your goals in writing
Be specific. Use action verbs. Include outcomes that you’ll recognise when they happen. Add dates when things need to be completed by and build in rewards when results are achieved.

2. Visualise your goals
This works particularly well for personal goals. Simply go through magazines and find pictures and words that visualise your goals and create a goals board. Pin it up somewhere prominent so you can see it every day as a powerful reminder of where you’re heading.

3. Enlist the help of others
Finding someone to share a common goal will help you stay committed and motivated. A mentor– someone you respect and who has already achieved goals you want to reach – can provide insight and advice on your journey. 

4. Keep it simple
Break down your goals into manageable chunks, so you don’t feel overwhelmed by the long-term goal. The first step is always the hardest, so be specific about what you are going to do and when and make sure you check your progress along the way.
Paula Finch, Business Development Coach

5. Enjoy the journey
Having motivated yourself into taking that first initial step, let yourself feel good about the progress you make. Prepare yourself for any obstacles that might stand in your way, stay focused and celebrate as you accomplish each sub-goal.

For advice and help with your planning, contact Paula Finch, a Business Development Coach and certified NLP Master Practitioner. Tel 01778 424640. Email: