How to actually accomplish your goals by creating an action plan
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How to actually accomplish your goals by creating an action plan.

Let’s talk about your goals and goal setting for a second. You remember… the ones you set at the beginning of the year! Have you started on them yet? If you’re like most people, you’ve already given up, or you will within the next few weeks. At least that’s what all the “experts” say.

The truth is, it’s hard to set and accomplish those BIG goals. We get so use to our routines and adding anything new can feel like a cumbersome task. I want to help. So, here’s one of my favorite ways to actually accomplish big goals. It’s all about the action plan.

Creating a solid action plan for your goals is the number one way to get it all done.

If you missed my previous blog where we listed out our goals, you can check it out by clicking below.

 How to set goals and accomplish them.

I also have a FREE Goal Planning Worksheet you can download that will walk you through creating your action plan. Click the link below and I’ll email it to you right away!

Download your FREE Goal Setting and Action Plan worksheet!

This process does require work on your part, so I want you to get excited about this and comment down below that you’re ready to work.

The goal is to list your 5, 3, and 1 year goals down on paper (or somewhere on your computer/smartphone for those techies out there). Start with your 5 year goals. Imagine what you want your life to look like in 5 years from now. Write it all down! Then, you’ll write down your 3 and 1 year goals. Think of your 3 and 1 year goals as milestones to your 5 year goals. At the end of the process, you should have between 3-5 goals per year. Don’t try to cram anymore than that into your life! You’ll get overwhelmed and burn yourself out.

Next, use the sheet from the action plan worksheet to write down every step you’ll need to complete for each of your goals. We even threw in some suggested questions to help you get those juices flowing and determine the steps your gonna need to take. If it’s easier, you can check out my video where I walk you through this process.

Let’s get back to the steps.

For each goal, you should have 10 – 20 tasks or steps. This includes listing out people you need to talk to that can help you reach each of your goals. Some of your goals may require you to learn some new skills. Make sure you account for those small details.  The idea is to make each of the steps small enough that they are easily achievable and lead to smashing the big goals.

After listing those steps out, we then need to put them in sequential order. One being the first step, and the last step being your big goal. Plus, I want you to set a deadline for each of those steps. A real deadline with a date and time. Make sure these dates are attainable. If you know you’re going on vacation in June, don’t schedule a step during that time.  Don’t set yourself up for failure.

Do the same thing for your 3 and 5 year goals!

BAM, now you have your very own action plan! But, don’t get too excited. There’s one more step we need to do. Put these steps and deadlines on your calendar. Block off time to work on each of these steps. If one of your steps includes making a phone call, block that time on your calendar to make that phone call. Calendar blocking is a great method. If you need guidance on calendar blocking, guess what…we have video on that too. You can check it out here.

How to set goals and accomplish them.
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How to set goals and accomplish them!

A new year means new goals and fresh starts. 

So, I’ve put together the top 6 steps you can take to set your goals and accomplish them. Also to help you out, I have created a Goal Setting and Action Plan worksheet, which is completely FREE to download.

Download our FREE Goal Setting and Action Plan Worksheet!

According to a study at Harvard, only 3% of people actually write down their goals. And of  those 3%, they make twice as much money.

 I bet you can guess what my first tip is.

  1. Write it down! It doesn’t matter how you write them down, but many experts say that handwriting is the best method because it resonates with your subconscious better. So, write that shit down.
  2. Make sure your goals are SMART! If you’ve never heard of smart goals, I’ll recap real quick S is for Specific. Ensure you know who, what, when, where, why and the how of your goals. M is for Measurable, that is can you track the progress of the goal. A is for Attainable, is this goal something you have control over? Is it something where you can be an impact? R is for Relevant, ask yourself if the goal is worthwhile and if it matches your other goals. For example, if you want to own a retail store in Florida, is it really a good idea to move to California? T is for Timely. When do you want to achieve the goal? Set a deadline for yourself so you’re not letting your goals fall to the wayside.
  3. Surround yourself around the right people! If you’re wanting to achieve success but you’re still partying on the weekends. You may want to reconsider who you’re hanging around. Don’t view this as a negative.  Instead consider this, how we spend our time determines where we will end up in a year from now.  If you’re not accomplishing what you want in life it may be time to reconsider how you’re spending your time and who you’re hanging around.
  4. Know you’re worthy of your goals! You can plan your goals, but if you don’t believe you’re worthy of them you’ll never achieve them. Hear me when I tell you, you are worthy of your goals. If you want to make a better life for yourself, it is absolutely achievable. But, you have to know your worth. This means not letting people treat you less than you deserve to be treated, not letting your past follow you into your future, and Stopping the negative self-talk.
  5. Be aware of the milestones you need to achieve to reach your goals! A goal is all about bridging the gap between who you are today and the person you want to become.  In between lies the milestones. So, break down your larger goals into bite size chunks, such as every day, weekly, and monthly goals.
  6. Create a long-term action plan!  An action plan is a step-by-step plan considering all of the factors that it’ll take to get you to your goal.  This is for anyone wanting to achieve anything big in life, whether it is getting out of debt, achieving a degree, climbing the corporate ladder, or starting a business, you need an action plan for every part of that goal.  

For those of you who want to achieve BIG goals in 2019, my next blog will help by walking you through creating an action plan for your 5, 3, and 1-year goals. Now go out there and make shit happen!

creating a life you love!
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Creating a life you love!

If you’re feeling unsatisfied with your life, here are 3 tips, to help you create a life you’ll love.

Creating a life I love has been a major focus for me the last 6 months. I have done a lot of self-actualization and work, and I am going to share three tips I’ve used to help me create a life I love.

  1. Tune out the noise.  – For many of us we were told that going to college and getting a degree was the only way to be successful in life. I graduated with my Masters Degree last year, and I was moving up in my career. I should have been happy. But, it didn’t take me long to figure out that I was moving in a direction that wasn’t true to myself. I started to tune out the noise. And by that, I mean I started to get real with myself about what I wanted. Not what I thought everyone else expected of me.
  2. Be happy with what you have right now. – This lesson has been a long hard lesson for me.  Being happy with right now is important so you can open yourself up for what is to come.  Being happy with your current situation doesn’t mean you don’t work towards your goals. It means that you are happy in the moment. If you’re unhappy now, you’ll be unhappy after you achieve your goals and that is a real downer.
  3. Practice positive affirmations. – Positive affirmations are a great way to reprogram your mind to be happy with the
    now. It also helps you create a positive mindset which impacts your decision-making skills, and your ability to handle difficult situations. With that amount of negativity, you experience daily through the news and other people, feeding your mind, body, and soul with positivity can be very productive. I want to note that this is even more important if you’ve faced a lot of tragedy in life such as abuse. You’ve gotta keep pushing positivity to the front of your mind.

Start practicing these three things and you’ll see changes start to happen in your life for the better. Also, check out our video on YouTube!  COMMENT BELOW and tell me about a time you achieved a goal, but you were still unhappy.

top 7 reasons your business should be on Facebook
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Top 7 Reasons you need to be using Facebook for your small business

Your personal life has been changed by social media, and it should be changing the way you work.  If you own a small business, social media MUST be part of your marketing strategy. If not, you may not be around in 5 years.

But, there are so many social media platforms, which one should you be on?  If you had to only choose one, it should be Facebook. Here’s why.

Reason #1: If you’re not on Facebook, you don’t exist.  

Facebook is the largest social media platform in the world with over 2.2 billion active users each month. These users are searching your business name on Facebook to check your credibility. This includes checking to see if you have reviews and if you’re actively posting. If you don’t have a Facebook page, it is hard for them to determine if you even exist.

Reason # 2: You can target your direct audience using Facebook ads.  

Facebook allows you to develop marketing campaigns based on demographics such as location, education, job titles, income, interest, life events, and behaviors. Let’s say you’re a divorce attorney in Florida and your target market is women. You can create a Facebook ad targeting women in Florida who’ve changed their relationship status on Facebook from married to separated. This allows you to market directly to your ideal client resulting in increased revenue and saving you from wasting your advertising budget on those who are unlikely to work with you.

Reason # 3: Your customers expect instant answers.  

We live in a time where people want the answers to their questions right away. Thanks, Google!  Your customers are sending you messages and posting their questions on your business page at hours of the day and night. They expect to receive those answers quickly, so they can make their buying decision. If they pose the same question to your competitor and your competitor is replying to them faster, you’ve lost a customer to your competition.

Reason # 4: You can gain insight into the needs of your customers.  

Let’s say you’re selling Tupperware. Your customers are leaving positive reviews on your Facebook page, but they keep commenting on your posts telling you they’d like more color options. Boom! Now, you know you can expand your Tupperware business by offering more colors. For that matter, you can engage with your customers and find out what specific colors they’re asking for. Think of it as a free focus group.

Reason # 5: Create a human side to your business.  

Facebook allows you to put a face and personality behind your business. At the basic level you can achieve this by engaging with your customers and creating content that reflects your companies voice. One of the best ways to incorporate the human aspect is by incorporating video into your Facebook postings. This creates the like, know, and trust factor that makes customers want to buy from you!

Reason # 6: Facebook is the new word-of-mouth.  

Let’s say Suzy and Dave are looking for a romantic restaurant for their anniversary date. Suzy posts on Facebook asking for a recommendation. Her friends reply to giving recommendations to their favorite restaurant. Suzy takes her best friends’ advice and looks your business up on Facebook. She likes what she sees and makes a reservation for Friday night.

Reason # 7: Reply to negative reviews.  

I’ve heard some business owners complain about the review feature on Facebook. Specifically, because they’ve received a negative review and they didn’t know what to do about it. You need to understand how to use this feature for the positive. Replying to negative reviews is an opportunity to resolve a customer’s issue and create a life long customer. It also shows potential customers that you care and can handle yourself professionally.

Download our Facebook Strategies Cheat Sheet for more information on using Facebook to increase your business sales and revenue…go ahead, it’s FREE!

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How to use Instagram for your business.
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How to use Instagram for your business.

Your niece uses Instagram to post selfies. So, how can you use this social media platform to promote your service?  The key to using Instagram for your business is to look at it from the personal branding side. It takes a little planning, but it’s an effective way to increase not only your visibility but also create the like, know, and trust factor so people will WANT to work with you.  I have put together 5 tips on how to use Instagram for your business.

Tip # 1: Optimize your profile. 

Your Instagram username should match your username on all your other social media platforms. I recommend making it your own name. This is especially important if you are a one-person shop. If you are not the face of the business, that is okay. You can use your business name. Just be sure to keep it consistent, so people can easily find you across platforms. Also, use the name section on your profile to highlight what you do. For example, my username on Instagram is Bonnie Anderson Consulting, my name is “Social Media Strategist.” If someone searches Instagram for a social media strategist, my profile will show up.

Tip # 2: Tell people what you do in your bio.  

When someone looks at your profile, they shouldn’t have to try and guess what it is that you do. That bio feature is there for a reason, to tell people what you do, who you do it for, what results they can expect, and what to do next. Be as specific as you can. If you crochet scarves and sale them through your online store, then your bio might look like this, “I crochet scarves for women who desire quality over quantity. My scarves keep you warm and last for years. Click the link below to order.” There’s no question about what you do, who you serve, what your customers can expect from your product, and where they can purchase them.

Tip # 3: Create a feed people want to look at.  

You need stunning and diverse photos. People don’t want to look at the same photos that have the same poses, background, or outfits. Mix it up.  Capture some behind the scenes, and add some personality that will shine through on your profile. This can include posting pictures of yourself at conferences and workshops, having a cup of coffee, or working on your business from your home office. Don’t forget to include captivating text on each of your photos. For example, if you’re posting a photo of yourself at a conference, include details that let your followers know what you learned at the workshop, and how you plan to implement it in your business.

Tip # 4: Use relevant hashtags.  

Before you even start posting on Instagram, make a list of hashtags that are relevant to your business. Use the search bar in Instagram and search for relevant hashtags. Come up with a good list of about 50 hashtags that have anywhere from 10,000 posts and above. Rotate those hashtags in your postings, using about 10 at a time.  Each time you use one, date it. This way you see which of those hashtags work best for engaging your potential clients.

Tip # 5: Make sure your feed matches your brand.  

If your brand is fun and flirty, your pictures should represent that. Maybe your business with a touch of creative, then your pictures and captions should reflect that. Any inspirational quotes you want to share, then those graphics should match your fonts and colors. Think of your Instagram profile as your online resume. What message do you want to portray to your audience? Now, go make your content all about that message.

These tips will help get you going on Instagram. You can follow me on Instagram by clicking here.  Shoot me a message and tell me “I got this!”

We also have a FREE Facebook Strategies worksheet to help you get started with tackling Facebook.

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