Think of the biggest, scariest loftiest goal you have right now. Take a moment to imagine what your life will look like when you reach it. It doesn’t matter how big or lofty it is. You can reverse engineer any goal as a successful woman entrepreneur. The cool thing about reverse engineering, is you’re starting with the end in mind. You’re thinking about the thing, and how you’re going to work backward to get it.

How Do You Do This? Goals of a successful woman entrepreneur

I’m a dreamer by definition, and I get all dreamy and distracted thinking about my goals. But as a successful woman entrepreneur, I have to be practical in my thought process and the actions I take in moving the needle for my business.

Be very specific about what you want. Whether it’s taking your business full-time or a monthly income goal, write it down, and then go backward by planning how you’re going to accomplish it. Break down your goal into actionable steps that are attainable for where your life is right now.

It helps to give yourself a timeline. Are you going to accomplish this goal in six months, one year, or five years? Whatever it is, put a date on it. Then break it down into individual steps. It’s so important to set attainable actions for yourself, so you don’t get burnt out along the way. Be kind to yourself. Leave room for rest, learning, and making mistakes in your timeline.

Once you have your steps in place, you’re going to schedule them. When are those actions going to take place? Commit yourself to the journey and stay on schedule. Being realistic is going to help you so much. That’s the crucial piece here. Commit to it, schedule it, put it on your calendar, give yourself deadlines, and stick to them.

Now you have the goal, the timeline, and all of the steps you need to take to reach the goal.

Don’t Ever Give Up

Always say yes to opportunities that will move the needle and get you closer to your goal. Say no to anything that won’t. If you need help from your family members, ask. Just say, “Hey, I’m going to give this goal of mine one evening a week, you have to take care of the kids’ baths, and soccer practice.” *Note If you’re having trouble getting your spouse’s support, read this blog post

Be kind to yourself while you work towards your goals. Know that it’s a process and keep putting one foot in front of the other. As you check off those actions that you’ve scheduled out, celebrate! It’s going to feel so good!!

At the end of six months, or a year, when you reach your goal, you’re going to feel like you can conquer anything. That feeling is essential for momentum towards your next goal. I believe full-heartedly that you should always be setting goals, visualizing big things for your life, and tackling how you’re going to get there.

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