Seven Deadly Sins of Goal Setting Part I

Ginger Marks

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The new year is nearly upon us. It is time once more to visit the issue of goal setting. What are you planning to accomplish next year that you haven't previously? Do you see yourself as the top salesperson at your company? Do you desire to successfully increase your customer base; promote your business or maybe you simply want to save and plan for a vacation in some exotic locale?

We all have the best intentions when it comes to getting things done. However, for most of us there just aren't enough hours in the day. At times you may have wondered at the end of the week where all that precious time went. Believe me, you are not alone.

Goal setting, whether for mundane daily tasks or a billion dollar operation is an activity familiar to everyone. The larger our operating domain, the more important it is that we “get it right".

So just what can you do to effectively guarantee you achieve your goals? How do you successfully complete your tasks efficiently and effectively? I will attempt to effectively respond to these questions by helping you avoid some of the pitfalls of goal setting.

1. Failure to create a plan – Does that sound a bit strange? Actually 2 out of 3 people who have trouble in this area merely haven't taken the time to consider the actions necessary to achieve their goals.

2. Lack of or poor organization – Step back and look at the big picture. Think about what you wish to accomplish and how to complete the task within the time frame you have allocated. Consider all the aspects that will come into play. Draw on your resources whether they are materials or a human that will effectively guarantee your objectives are accomplished.

3. Fear of the loss of control – This one is a big problem for many of us. How often have you had the thought, if I could just have someone else do this simple task… only to discount that thought because you don’t believe it would be completed as effectively and efficiently as you could do it yourself. If you expect your business to grow beyond what you are able to accomplish yourself you have to be prepared to share responsibilities. Other qualified individuals or companies can assist you when the timing is right to take your business to the next level. You have to learn to balance increased production with increased overhead.

These are just the first few snares to avoid when initiating your goal planning. Successful goal planning is an integral part of business development. In Part II we will discuss the last four pitfalls of goal planning, how to overcome and succeed.

© Copyright 2005 Ginger Marks

Ginger Marks is the founder of DocUmeant, Your writing assistant. For more information, visit her website at . She is also the Copy Editor for Ladies First Magazine. is your first stop for business articles, profiles and resources for and by female entrepreneurs.


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