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We all have a certain turning point in our lives.   For some of us, that turning point comes when we've hit rock bottom and we have nothing more to lose.

It's your choice -- give yourself permission to turn the corner and head towards success.

My turning point came to me months into striking out on my own.   I had proposals out, making the rounds, I was choosing between putting petrol in the car and buying groceries and I had no money coming in.   My family was starting to question the decision I had made to strike out on my own.   I tried to be Miss Positive and had a few quotes from positive thinking literature waiting in the wings for a response to their questions.

At that point, I had nothing to lose.   It was €˜do or die' and I planned on doing.   But I had to change my ways, I had to take stock of the situation.   I decided I was just no longer going to tolerate nor suffer the typical things that weren't working for me.   At that point, I had to give myself permission to dismiss much of the advice that had been given to me to establish my business.   It just wasn't working for me.

Now you may think your traditional sales experience is just what's needed for your business, but I'm here to tell you that it's not.   What's worked in the past when you had a salary coming in is not what's going to work for you once you've struck out on your own.

Now, I had to hit pretty close to rock bottom to see this.   I had to actually tell myself that it's okay to throw out what was not working for me.   What I need to stress to you is that you do NOT have to reach rock bottom to get to this point.   Take stock of your situation now and give yourself permission to make the changes that are going to make your business successful.

Some questions that you should ask yourself at this point are:

•             What am I doing that's working to bring money in?

•             What am I doing that's not working to bring money in?

•             What can I do to reach more people at once?

What I did was I ditched the traditional selling, the one-to-one marketing methods that weren't working for me and I pieced together a whole new marketing and selling system.   But, it didn't happen overnight.   There's no miracle cure being offered.   Things will change quickly, but it won't be overnight.

So what I'm telling you is to give yourself permission to make the changes that are going to make your business successful. Be prepared to throw out the old methods and bring in the new.   You don't have to hit rock bottom to do this.   This isn't a one-time super-duper effort that offers immediate transformation.   But through a series of steps and manoeuvrings, you will see results quickly and you will see improvement straightaway.

Just don't wait until you hit rock bottom to start!

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Here's a question for you to think about: Do you run your business or does it run you?   Most people start out with a business idea thinking that when it's successful they will have more time and money to do what they want, yet that is seldom the reality. Too many business owners get bogged down in the day to day running of their businesses and end up working ridiculous hours just to keep it afloat. If you are smiling and nodding your head in agreement perhaps it is time that you sat down and re-evaluated your business strategies and your personal goals. Maybe it's time for you to get back in the driving seat and for you to run your business rather than the other way around.

Two Important Components of Successful Goal Setting

#1 Revenue goals form the backbone of your business strategy. They create a target for you to work towards and help you define budgets when implementing tactics to reach your goals. It is one of the first questions that I ask my clients: "What are your revenue goals for the next 12 months?" It is important that the figure you set is something that is tangible and achievable. Don't imagine that you want to be a millionaire and that it will just magically happen on its own. Your revenue goals need to be a target that you think is possible.

#2 Lifestyle goals relate to what you personally want from the business or your working career. This could be something like you want to only work a three day week, or you want to travel less and spend more time at home with your family. Now most people will sacrifice their lifestyle goals because they think that their business will suffer if they try to implement them. Yes, there may be a transition period where you earn a little less and have to implement the necessary changes, but most often when you implement lifestyle and revenue goals together you come out with a win-win solution. In my case I chose to relocate, move more of my business online and the results really paid off. Even though the transition was not without its challenges, I found I was more focused on my work efforts during your work hours and more motivated generally because I could see I was moving towards my lifestyle goals at the same time.

Things to remember when setting Goals

•       Quantify your goals. Put a figure to your revenue goals and clearly define what you want from your lifestyle goals. Don't make it dreamlike, be realistic about what is possible to achieve. Also define your goals within a specific time frame.

•       Your goals should be tangible and achievable but at the same time you should look at all possibilities if it is something that you really want. When you define your goals you should already have some idea as to how you plan to achieve them.

•       Be willing to put in the effort to achieve your goals. Don't just set strategies and expect them to materialize on their own.

•       Break your goals down into bite-sized chunks so that you can start implementing tactics to reach them.   Make sure each step you take consistently moves you closer to achieving your goals.

•       Your goals should be personally rewarding and meaningful as this will motivate you to work towards them. When setting your goals keep in mind the link and balance between revenue goals and lifestyle goals.

Setting goals is a way of defining your business and lifestyle strategy. They are absolutely essential if you want to feel fulfilled in your working career. Goals provide a meaningful framework in which you can implement short term tactics.   They also help you to stay on track and keep you motivated though the tough times. Having goals provides you will a big picture to work towards and ensures you are consistently moving in the direction you want your life to go.

Bernadette Doyle specializes in helping entrepreneurs attract a steady stream of ideal clients. If you want to get clients calling you instead of you calling them, sign up at http://www.clientmagnets.com

Setting and balancing goals will define your business and lifestyle strategy.

Setting and balancing goals will define your business and lifestyle strategy.

Here's a question for you to think about: Do you run your business or does it run you?   Most people start out with a business idea thinking that when it's successful they will have more time and money to do what they want, yet that is seldom the reality. Too many business owners get bogged down in the day-to-day running of their businesses and end up working ridiculous hours just to keep it afloat.

If you are smiling and nodding your head in agreement, perhaps it is time that you sat down and re-evaluated your business strategies and your personal goals. Maybe it's time for you to get back in the driving seat and for you to run your business rather than the other way around.

Two Important Components of Successful Goal Setting

#1 Revenue goals form the backbone of your business strategy. They create a target for you to work towards and help you define budgets when implementing tactics to reach your goals. It is one of the first questions that I ask my clients: "What are your revenue goals for the next 12 months?" It is important that the figure you set is something that is tangible and achievable. Don't imagine that you want to be a millionaire and that it will just magically happen on its own. Your revenue goals need to be a target that you think is possible.

#2 Lifestyle goals relate to what you personally want from the business or your working career. This could be something like you want to only work a three day week, or you want to travel less and spend more time at home with your family.

Now most people will sacrifice their lifestyle goals because they think that their business will suffer if they try to implement them. Yes, there may be a transition period where you earn a little less and have to implement the necessary changes, but most often, when you implement lifestyle and revenue goals together, you come out with a win-win solution. In my case I chose to relocate, move more of my business online and the results really paid off. Even though the transition was not without its challenges, I found I was more focused on my work efforts during my work hours and more motivated generally because I could see I was moving towards my lifestyle goals at the same time.

Things to remember when setting Goals

•   Quantify your goals. Put a figure to your revenue goals and clearly define what you want from your lifestyle goals. Don't make it dreamlike, be realistic about what is possible to achieve. Also define your goals within a specific time frame.
•   Your goals should be tangible and achievable but at the same time you should look at all possibilities if it is something that you really want. When you define your goals you should already have some idea as to how you plan to achieve them.
•   Be willing to put in the effort to achieve your goals. Don't just set strategies and expect them to materialize on their own.
•   Break your goals down into bite-sized chunks so that you can start implementing tactics to reach them.   Make sure each step you take consistently moves you closer to achieving your goals.
•   Your goals should be personally rewarding and meaningful as this will motivate you to work towards them. When setting your goals keep in mind the link and balance between revenue goals and lifestyle goals.

Setting goals is a way of defining your business and lifestyle strategy. They are absolutely essential if you want to feel fulfilled in your working career. Goals provide a meaningful framework in which you can implement short-term tactics.   They also help you to stay on track and keep you motivated though the tough times. Having goals provides you will a big picture to work towards and ensures you are consistently moving in the direction you want your life to go.

Bernadette Doyle is a marketing specialist who helps entrepreneurs become client magnets and attract a steady stream of their ideal clients. If you’d like to receive invaluable tips and advice on how to attract clients with ease, register at http://www.clientmagnets.com

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