Everyone struggles with staying motivated and reaching their goals. Just look at how many people go on diets, lose weight, and then gain it back again! Or even worse try to quit smoking. The reality is that refocusing, changing, or making a new start on something, no matter how small, is a big deal. But it's not impossible.
With the right approach, with the right attitude, you can definitely do it. So how do you stay motivated and on track with your goal? It all comes down to good planning, realistic expectations, and a stick-to-it attitude. Here's what you need to do:
First, know your goal. Start by writing down your major goal. Your major goal is the ultimate thing you'd like to see happen. For example, "I want to get our first product launched in 2 months," or "I want to get our service being used by 50 new clients". It's OK to dream big, be ambitious. Get motivated. That's how people accomplish stuff. You just have to remember that the bigger the goal, the more work it takes to get there.
Make it specific. It's easier to plan for and master a specific goal than a vague one. Let's say your goal is to get fit. That's pretty vague. Make it specific by defining what you want to achieve (such as revenue levels and number customer interactions). This helps you make a plan to reach your goal.
Make it realistic. Businesses often abandon their goals because their expectations are unreasonable. They set too high of benchmark, and/or too low of a target set. But the bigger risk is that you'll get so bummed out that you'll give up your long term dreams — and running — altogether.
Write it down. Put your specific goal in writing. You have to document your targets in a business plan. Research shows that writing down a goal is part of the mental process of committing to it. Write down your goals, and keep revising the plan and its targets.
Break it down. Your business plan needs to break down each of your tasks and goals, one by one. You need to pay constant attention so you don't get sidetracked.