More likely than not, you take your goals very seriously, and you also follow through with them. You are a food truck owner, after all, and becoming a food truck owner in the first place likely involved you creating goals, and then achieving them one by one.
You don’t just luck your way into this industry, although a little luck never hurts.
You break into the food truck industry by achieving your goals, sticking with a plan, hustling and following your dreams.
With that in mind, if you want to take your goal-making process to the ultimate level, then you need to include the steps below.
You probably do one or two of the steps, but do you incorporate all of them when it comes to your goals?
Do You Include These Steps When It Comes To Your Goals?
- Reflecting, And Figuring Out What You Really Want
- Creating A Challenging — Yet Attainable And Measurable — Goal
- Coming Up With An Actual Plan
- Putting A Deadline Into Place
Reflecting, And Figuring Out What You Really Want
Before you make your goal, you should do some reflecting. You need to figure out why you really want something to happen, and why you need it to happen. What do you really want in life? Your goal should benefit you. You shouldn’t make it just to make it, because that will lead to you not achieving the goal in the first place, or not getting any closer to the person you want to be.
Do you want to make more money at your food truck business so you can afford to pay your employees more, so you can afford to pay yourself more or so you can afford to buy another food truck on top of the one you already own?
Your goals should be detailed plans that, ideally, lead you to your dreams. Therefore, figure out what you really want by reflecting, and then create your all-star goal.
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Creating A Challenging — Yet Attainable And Measurable — Goal
Okay, so you already have in mind what you want out of your goal … now’s the time to actually come up with the goal.
With this step, you need to make sure three things are in motion: (1) Your goal is challenging. (2) Your goal is attainable. (3) You can actually measure your goal.
Will your goal make you a better person, or get you closer to your dream? Can you actually achieve your goal in the near future, or is it too extreme? Can you measure your goal with numbers/figures?
Those are the types of questions you should be asking yourself. After all, if your goal is not challenging, then it might feel good to achieve it, and that is awesome, but you need to make it more challenging so you actually grow. If your goal is the opposite of that, meaning it is too challenging, then you are going to get discouraged when you never make it a reality (for example, making $20,000,000 by tomorrow when your business only makes money in the thousands). If your goal isn’t measurable, then how are you going to know how/when you achieve it? Sure, your goal might be opening another food truck, but you have to make it more detailed by saying something along these lines: I need X amount of dollars to open up another food truck.
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Coming Up With An Actual Plan
This step, of course, involves coming up with an actual plan.
You say you want to open up another food truck, but how are you going to make that happen? Perhaps you plan on entering an extra catering gig per month (on top of your other catering gigs, that is), you plan on staying open later, etc. The key is to come up with an actual plan.
Saying you want to make more money is great. Likewise, saying your goal is to make more money is also great. However, if you don’t get detailed with that plan by saying you are going to make $10,000 more in 2017 (just as an example), and you plan on reaching that goal by doing this, this and that, then don’t be surprised when you don’t make $10,000 more in 2017.
You can’t just wish for your goals to come true — you have to take action.
Putting A Deadline Into Place
The final step in this goal-making process is putting a deadline into place. When do you plan on achieving this goal? Come up with an exact date/deadline. That is how you hold yourself accountable to your goals, and actually make sure you are on track of hitting them.
If you don’t have a deadline, then you will push your goals off. You will wait for a more convenient time. Spoiler alert: There will never be a convenient/perfect time to start. Life isn’t that simple/easy.
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