Guide to New Year Goal-Setting

While many people subscribe to New Year’s resolutions, a more practical approach for businesses involves setting goals for the year. Often goals are abstract and easily forgotten. Don’t let this year be a let down, get organized and set real goals you can track and achieve.

Whether you’re setting yourself up for individual success, focusing on one aspect of the business or looking to motivate the entire business you can set achievable goals.

  1. Look for areas most in need of improvement. This can include everything from tangible financial issues to your own lack of passion about things like the menu. By focusing on areas you already know need help, you’re setting yourself up for success.
  2. Be specific. Whenever possible think of goals in terms of things you can see and measure. If you can’t measure the goal, how will you know you’ve achieved it?
  3. Write it down. Create a vision board, goal calendar or simply write each goal down in a notebook. Once you write down the goal it becomes real and something you can see often, not just in your mind.
  4. Make a plan. Now that you know what your goals are, decide the best ways to achieve them. Number the steps you need to take then check each one off once its complete. You’ll not only have an active way to reach your goals, but you’ll be able to reward yourself at every success along the way.
  5. Don’t be afraid to change your list. As your year changes, so might your goals. If an initial goal doesn’t make sense later on go ahead and take it off the list. It doesn’t mean you failed, but rather that you are aware of the present and future. Likewise it’s okay to add goals as they pop up.
  6. Involve others.Creating a culture of progression and achievement makes for a great workplace environment. Just because you’re wearing the chef coat doesn’t mean you have to go it alone. Get your staff in on the goal-setting process so they’ll feel valued and invested. Besides, it’s not likely you can achieve all your goals solo.
  7. Celebrate victories. When you make a big deal out of every little success that momentum builds to push you through the rest of the process.

Whether you are looking to help yourself professionally or your business this year, setting goals in a concrete way leads to success. Take the process more seriously than that personal resolution to hit the gym or eat less junk food and you can’t lose.

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