In order to drive to an unknown destination we have to use a GPS right? Think of goal setting as a GPS to your life. You have to have a clear direction on where you're headed or you’ll never get there. In order to be successful in your business, whether it be a salon business, behind the chair, or any other type of business, you have to set clear goals for yourself . I recommend setting goals at the beginning of the year for the entire year. Salon owners, I recommend you set team goals and individual goals with each team member. Vision Boards are also a great tool as well. We can talk about that another time. Let’s get started. Here are some steps to get you excited about goal setting.
Be specific. When setting goals you have to be very clear on what you are trying to achieve. For instance, If you want a new car. You would write: I want a black 2017 Chevy Cruz, or Audi Q3. Whatever it is you want, describe it to a tee. I want to buy a house. OK! When? Next year? This year? I want a brick colonial with 3 beds an 2 baths in the West End. Be clear and be as specific as possible.
Be realistic. Set goals that are attainable. The last thing you want to do is be disappointed that you didn't hit your goal. For instance. If you want to save money. Start slow. Say you want to put $100 a week in my savings. If you can only afford $25 don't set the goal for $100. Be reasonable. Make sense?
Write them down. Make a goal sheet and hang it somewhere you can see it. The point of this is to motivate you . So don't hide it in a drawer somewhere. The best place is in your salon back room or in next to the bathroom mirror. This way you will see it every single day.
Talk about your goals. Share them with other people. What we think is what we become ,so share away.
Make Categories. Professional and personal. I usually set about 5 for each. Let’s say you have a great year in service sales and you hit 110k. The next year you would want to add 10% to that goal. Then you break it down per week so it doesn't look so daunting. In order to hit 110k in service sales I must do $2400 a week . Then you break it down by day. It's so much more attainable that way . GOT IT?
Check off as you go. Do a quarterly check in on your goals. See where you are and check off any goals you have already hit. Put the check mark in a bright color so you can see you are doing well.
CELEBRATE! Pat yourself on the back when you hit a goal. Be proud of yourself!
The biggest thing with goal setting is to stay focused. Wake up everyday and be grateful what you have. Take a peek at your goals and believe in your soul you will hit them. Put the work in, whatever it takes. Know that you are awesome ,and you can do anything you put your mind to. Believe, and you shall receive.
A great book on goal setting is the Achievable Habit by Bernard Roth