How Will You Get From Here to There?
Part of the process of refocusing on my business and getting on the path to true success was setting – and writing – crystal-clear goals … and then coming up with a plan to achieve them.
I discovered Nick Usborne’s system of using tactics and strategies to meet your goals in his program Profitable Freelancing, and I’m making real progress now that I’ve started implementing it.
Here’s how it works:
If my goal is to visit Washington D.C., for example, my strategy could be to get my family to agree to go there on our next vacation. My tactics could be to show them pictures and websites of the places we could visit and talk about the things we could do in the nation’s capital.
My goal is the end result, my strategy is how I will accomplish it, and my tactics are what I need to do to get there.
We do this all the time without even thinking about it. But when we do it with intention … when we think it through and write it down … it’s very powerful!
So first, I had to define where I want to go with my business. I had to ask myself:
- What exactly do I want my business to look like?
- What clients do I want to work for?
- What projects do I want to work on?
- What kind of income do I want to make?
An even bigger part of my process was answering the question:
- How will I get there?
While it’s important to have goals, they won’t mean much if you don’t have a plan to achieve them.
After all, a goal without a plan really is just a wish.
Using Nick’s system, my plan looks like this:
I will be a recognized expert in helping wineries add value to and retain club memberships, engage with their customers, build brand loyalty, and attract new buyers. My clients will be wineries that retain me monthly for various ongoing web content and social media projects.
I will claim the title of “winery engagement marketing expert” and build my reputation so that wineries seek me out because working with me is so profitable.
I will speak at industry events on the topic of winery engagement marketing with web content and social media. I will publish books and my own web content on the topic (website, blog, and social media).
Do you see how that works? My goal is to be recognized as an expert in my niche (with a clientele worthy of a guru), so I have a strategy and action-specific tactics that will build my credibility as an expert and earn me that recognition.
Putting my own Goal-Strategy-Tactics plan in writing helped me to become laser-focused on achieving true success in my business. And it can help you do the same thing!
Have you already tried this? Leave a comment and let me know how it went.
Ready to try it for the first time? I’d love to hear from you, too.
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