Saturday, March 14, 2009

A Couple Of Tips On Setting Goals

Accomplishing your goals while starting an internet business is a matter of getting from ‘here’ to ‘there’.

Most large and long-term goals are made up of smaller, short-term goals or objectives. Once you have written down your long-term goals and broken them down into smaller components, it’s time to identify the action steps that will move you toward accomplishing them.

Do NOT proceed with developing action plans for your goals unless you have been very specific about what you want to accomplish and why. Otherwise, you’ll just end up wasting your time.

Identify Clear Action Steps for Each Goal

Start with one long-term goal and its corresponding short-term goals. Action steps generally fall into two categories. The first pertains to planning and preparation, such as researching and educating yourself on the “how to”. The second category involves taking action to implement a step in your planning process.

When you begin to implement your action plans, be careful to avoid letting yourself become consumed by the planning and preparation steps. In order to get results you must put that knowledge into action.

What is important to focus and push forward on are productive action steps; the actions taken that will yield the greatest results.

You will want to identify action steps to be taken daily, weekly, and monthly.

Your Daily actions will be those actions you will do every day. Examples: post to your blog; comment on other people’s blogs and in forums; do keyword/niche/market research; work on the article you publish each week, etc.

Weekly actions are usually a bit larger in scope and take a little longer to complete. They would include things like publishing your article to article directories; finding new affiliate products to market; learning to write sales copy, etc. You may also have to take daily action to complete each of your weekly steps.

Monthly actions are those steps you will do to keep yourself on track. How well did what you do lead toward accomplishing your goal? Are there any steps or goals the need to be changed or updated?

Remember, working toward the achievement of your online marketing goals is a process – you can’t take action just once and hope it works. To attain most goals will require consistent and persistent effort and specific action steps taken day after day, week after week, and month after month!

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