It’s nearly Q4, are you prepared to crush the rest of your 2018 goals in these last few months?
In January (or late in 2017), you created business goals for 2018. How are they going?
Have you been reviewing them regularly, measuring your progress, and updating your team on the results?
No matter where you are with your goals, let’s keep it going and finish the year strong!
1. Review your progress towards your annual goals.
At the beginning of the year, business owners tend to commit to a range of goals across all aspects of their business. From launching new products/services, hiring, or increasing revenue, those goals are varied and represent the direction you want your business to go. Measure your progress towards them and see where you’re tracking.
Then step back, because now it’s time to get focused.
2. Regroup and reprioritize
Of all your goals for 2018, which are the MOST important for your business? Which one or two goals are critical for your business’s ongoing direction and success? Focus on those goals.
With only one quarter left, it’s critical to be hyper-focused and realistic. What goals are possible? Is it one or two? Is it part of a larger goal that you can break into a goal that can be accomplished in Q4? Reviewing your business direction and accomplishments to date will help you dial in your one to two things for the rest of Q4.
3. Share your goals with your team
It is important to share your goals with your team. Sharing your goals helps keep everyone on your team focused and better able to prioritize. It also helps employees and partners see direct connections between their role and the business goals. In other words, help everyone understand how they can help the business achieve (and surpass) the Q4 goals.
One way to do this is to share the larger goals and help your team create individual sub-goals for themselves that ladder up to directly support the business goals. Reviewing these individual sub-goals helps keep team members focused and on track. It also shows the team first-hand your dedication to the business priorities. Which brings us to step number four.
4. Establish a cadence to review progress between now and the end of the year.
In order to achieve goals, they need to be a priority, not just for you but for your team. If you spend the time to create them, then it is critical to make them an important part of your business. When they become a part of your business, you can review them regularly with your team. In the remaining months, use them to check in with your team. Strategize around how to continue improving performance required to achieve the goals for Q4. It gives you a chance to be innovative and creative as you drive towards results.
5. Celebrate Your Wins
Sharing the business goals also includes celebrating and sharing the wins with the team. Everyone has a role in the success and growth of the organization. It’s important to remember that and share the successful achievements, ideas, and people who help us reach our business goals!
There is one entire quarter left in 2018. While it isn’t much time in the larger scheme of things, it is enough time to accomplish your most important goals, to continue growing your company, and to find ways to expand!
If you need help financing your goals, don’t hesitate to reach out to the Primary Funding team!