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Goal setting activities for Christian businesses are vitally important and a necessary part of business if you want to grow. And, if you are in business, of course you want to grow, right?
Goal setting activities provide direction and allow you to track progress toward your dreams.
You have a dream, but in order to make that dream a reality, you need to set goals to get there.
Let’s say your dream is to earn $50,000 from your business and give $10,000 to ministries that are important to you.
That’s great, but how do you get there?
The Guide to Goal Setting Activities for Christian Business
Maybe you already know where you want to be. The dream has been birthed and you are here to learn how to achieve it. On the other hand, perhaps, you aren’t really sure what your dream really looks like, yet.
With these actionable steps and goal setting activities, you can identify your dream and put a plan in motion to reach it.
Start With a Dream or Vision
Grab a sheet of paper and something to write with and start dreaming.
In this stage, the dream or goal does not have to be realistic. It’s just dreaming at this point.
Don’t let your fears hold you back. Just get it all out on paper.
Here are some suggestions:
- Sponsor 20 children at Operation Child
- Give $10,000 to your church’s building fund
- Reach $100,000 in income
- Take the whole family on a cruise
- Hit 5K followers on Instagram
- Have the sessions to apply to Mediavine
- Leave your full-time job
Categorize Your Dreams or Goals
By this time, you should have a good list of goals or dreams.
Grab a few highlighters in different colors and start sorting them into categories. You might create categories based on how long they will take to achieve or financial-related. You might sort them into how important the goal is to you.
Look at the list and you will start to see common themes. Highlight the goals based on the category you have chosen for them. Let’s say green=financial, pink=short-term, yellow=long-term, blue=mission or charity-based.
As you categorize them, you may think of other-related dreams and goals. Go ahead and add them to your list. It’s OK and actually, encouraged to have more than one goal for your Christian business.
Time to Plan
Now that you have categorized your goals and dreams, you may be getting a bit excited. That’s a great thing! Look over your list and find one or two that you want to focus on.
If you are stuck at this point, I recommend stopping and praying over your list. Ask God to reveal His vision for you. Once you have clarity on your first focus, come back and continue the goal setting process.
One Bite at a Time
There is an old saying that the way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time. This is especially true for goal setting.
Looking at your big goal (say of earning $100,000 in one year) may be daunting, but don’t fret.
You are going to learn how to break your goal down into achievable steps with these goal setting activities. While you never want to lose sight of the big picture, your dream, tackling it one small goal or step at a time, will help you to build momentum and gain confidence to reach your goals.
Goal Setting Activities: SMART GOALS
SMART goal setting has been around for some time and it is here to stay because it works. It helps you to set goals that are actionable and attainable.
So what is a SMART goal?
SMART is an acronym for the attributes of your goal. They are most commonly defined as:
Specific: Clearly lay out what the goal is. Goal setting activities are the most productive when most specific. A specific goal is NOT: make a lot of money this year. A specific goal would be to earn $40,000 from my website/blog in 2020.
Measurable: Define the what, when and how much, if applicable in order to track your progress and assess if it has been. In the above example, “make a lot of money” is not easily measurable, but earn $40,000 in 2020 is.
Achievable or Attainable: Assure that the goal is realistic given your current time and financial restraints. If your business is currently earning nothing (perhaps it is a new business), a goal of earning $100,000 in two months, is probably not realistic for most Christian business owners. Another example would be if you had a goal that required a building or real estate but you don’t have the money to buy one in the near future.
Relevant: The goal must be relevant to the business. For example, a goal of finding a church in your new city would not be relevant to your business goal (it may be somewhat related but it is not directly related).
Time-Based: A date where the goal needs to be achieved. Setting a goal without a time to achieve it is difficult to achieve. An end date provides urgency in which to achieve your goal.
Here are some examples of SMART Goals based on the list of dreams and goals above:
- Take family on a cruise in September 2020
- Donate $10,000 to your church’s building fund by January 1, 2021
- Leave your full-time job by March 15, 2021
Tips for Effective Goal Setting Activities for Christian Business Owners
Check Your Bank Account
Let’s face it, some goals require resources. Ensure that you have the financial means to achieve the goal you have set.
Some goals won’t require anything but time (i.e.: grow your Instagram following to 5K). Other goals will require a significantly financial outlay (i.e.: open a restaurant).
As you set your goals, be sure to consider what financial resources are required to achieve it. If more money is required than you have on hand, you will need to decide if you should adjust the timeline or seek ways to fund your goal.
Determine Your Priorities
As a busy Christian business owner, you are sure to be juggling a plate load of priorities and a long list of to-dos. If you have any chance of achieving your goals, you will need to focus on your goal-oriented tasks, as well.
Be sure to regularly evaluate your priorities to ensure you are working on tasks that matter to reaching your goals and dreams.
Plan Your Schedule
It’s great to have goals, but if you aren’t scheduling time to work on tasks that will help you achieve them, you likely won’t reach them.
Every goal you set, every dream you have requires an investment of time. Some tasks on the way to your goal require just a few minutes each week. Others, days, weeks and months (and maybe even years) of time.
As you set a goal and break it into actionable tasks, be realistic about the time investment required. We are big fans of block scheduling to carve out time for tasks on your to-do list.
Being a business owner can be isolating. If you are a solopreneur, you should surround yourself with likeminded Christian business owners to encourage you and have someone to share your wins and struggles with.
You may wish to connect with an accountability partner or “business bestie”, as well. In this relationship, you have someone to keep you on track, celebrate your successes and provide a sounding board for new ideas.
If you have a partner, you should share your goals with them and involve them in your goal setting. Splitting the work and tasks between the two of you will help spur you to continued success and share the workload.
Bite Sized Pieces
Now you have your goal, you have identified help in achieving it, you have set your priorities and set aside time. Now what? Take your big goal and break it up into smaller, more achievable goals. It’s really about working backwards.
Let’s say your goal is to earn $5k by selling a course. What comes first? Well, you will need to sell to your list, probably, so you need to build a list.
Create an amazing opt in that really solves a problem for your audience. Create a landing page and a segmented list in your email provider platform. Create graphics for your opt in and share on your social media platforms, your blog and in Facebook groups.
While your list is building, create your course.
This, of course, is a very simplified example, but the point is, determine your goal and what steps need to be completed to reach that goal.
Remember, even these steps need to be SMART (especially, measurable and attainable). The smaller and more manageable the steps are, the easier it will be to hit your goal and to stay motivated.
Big goals take time to achieve. You might feel that the goals is too big or is taking too long to reach and you might even feel overwhelmed. To avoid this, we recommend, determining milestones and rewarding yourself when you hit them.
For example, if you goal is to hit 10K email subscribers by the end of 2020, set a milestone for 5K, 10K and 15K. Once you hit a milestone, reward yourself. Rewards might be a manicure, a course you have been eyeing or a day off. Think about what truly would feel like a reward to you and celebrate when you hit a milestone.
Keep Motivating Yourself
This one goes hand in hand with rewarding yourself, but it is distinctly different. You want to stay motivated while you are pursuing your goals. Make a playlist with songs that keep you moving forward. Create a vision board with photos, images or words to represent your goals and what you are working for.
You may even want to print your goal, in words and post in your office or near your computer. What keeps someone motivated is as unique as each individual. Consider what would keep you motivated and plugging away at your goal. It may be a combination of things, but don’t assume that because you are excited now, you will stay that way. Motivation can ebb and flow. Find a way to keep striving, especially during the low times.
One quick note on the “low times”. Google will have another algorithm change that may affect your traffic. Pinterest will keep changing their platform. You may even have a big sale that falls flat. None of those things mean you should give up. They are all opportunities to look at what you are doing right and what you can improve. If you need to improve, look at the area that you need a knowledge bolster and focus on that then try again.
Track Your Progress
I am a visual person, but whether or not you are, tracking your progress will help you see where you are in the process and can be a great motivator when you are entrenched in the process.
Check your progress daily, weekly, monthly or yearly, depending on the size of the goal and the time period you have planned to achieve it.
I check my progress monthly and when I’m feeling down about not hitting a goal, I’ll compare my progress to very early in the goal process and am usually pleased when I see how far I’ve really come.
Free Goal Setting Apps and Tools
- Free printable from Faithful CEOs
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GoalBuddy is a free online goal-tracking tool that helps you set your goals, track your goals and accomplish them. You can receive support of goal buddies who share similar goals, motivate you and keep you accountable to stay on track.
Goalscape is goal-setting software that is described as visual goal setting for success. It help you to define, make progress on, track and reach your goals. There is a free version as well as paid for more features and users.
Joe’s Goals is a simple yet powerful tool to make tracking your goals the easiest part of accomplishing them. Use the simple single page interface to setup daily goals and track your goal setting activities with just a click. Watch your daily score to gage your success and use negative goals (or vices) to confront and overcome bad habits that finally need to get the boot.”
Lifetick is a web-based software for setting goals and tracking achievements. Following SMART methodology, you can use it to set, track goal setting activities and reach goals for personal use, business and fitness/health. Free for up to four goals. Annual license available for five or more.
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Goal Setting Activities: Mistakes to Avoid
When you are going on a road trip, you usually know where you are headed. You may even use a map or GPS to get there. Goal setting is your map to get you to your success (as defined by you). There are, however, several goal-setting mistakes that can take you off course and delay your arrival time at your destination.
Goal setting or committing to your goals can be overwhelming. You might think, let me just do this or get to that point and then I will set my goals. Doing that, just delays you’re actually achieving your goals. There is no time to start goal setting activities like the present. Set aside time and start dreaming, using the steps above, and then tracking your goals.
Not Using SMART Goals
As discussed above, the best way to set a goal is to ensure that it is SMART – specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-based. Without SMART goals, you may be setting yourself up for failure right out of the gate and wasting valuable time and energy.
Not Prioritizing Your Goals
Goals are not something to be worked on occasionally or when you feel you have an extra pocket of time. Although, as busy Christian business owners, you likely have a lot of priorities that you are juggling but you should be carving time in your schedule to work on your goals every single day. Maybe not huge chunks of time, but at least some time every day. Goal setting requires regular, consistent progress and often frequent adjustments.
Not Rewarding Yourself or Neglecting to Motivate Yourself
It’s not hard to be so focused on the end goal that we lose sight of our small successes in between. By planning to hit smaller milestones, celebrating your successes and being aware of how you stay motivated, you are more likely to achieve your biggest goals.
Post in the comments or email us at [email protected] and tell us your big goal that you are working on (or are setting after reading this post) and what goal setting activities you found most helpful. We want to hear about it and cannot wait to see you smash your goals!