Startups Lane - Goals & Mindset
The first thing as a startup is to make sure you have set your Goals - both personal and business and have a mindset of an entrepreneur, ready to take the risk and look for every opportunity and deal with adversity as and when needed.
A mindset closed against any negatives that can bring you down and goals will help you with that.
Why are Goals important and is it important to set them?
Your goals should start with a strong Why. Well you went into your business and I am sure you had a very solid reason to do so. Most people are happy to work for someone, get a steady paycheck, nothing wrong with that, but as an entrepreneur you are ready and taking the risks so your Why has to be very strong.
So what is your Why that drove you to start the business?
Do you have goals that move you to the direction of your business. This is why both personal and business goals should be separate but in congruence. List a few goals here and then later go back, think deep and make a list of your goals if you haven’t already.
Goals should push you. Get you out of your comfort zone.
List a few Personal goals here
List a few Business goals here
Are your goals SMART, can these be measured? See what can be tracked and measured can give you a marker for your progress.
Pause and Reflect on your progress a few times during the year. Quarterly is good. Every Quarter pause and see where you started and how far have you progressed. This will give you a good indication of if you need to change your strategy or path or not.
Don’t change your goals, change your strategy to achieve those goals.Change till you are on the right course and on track of where you need to be.
In your goals make sure you not only have goals of helping others but financial goals too, again goals that push you out of your comfort zone.
Mindset is of utmost importance, especially in Startups.
Mindset closed against any and every negative influence. Tightly guard your mindset.
The right mindset can give you the direction as do understand the road for a startup is not going to be a straight line, best of the plans would fail, best of the strategies will not work. There will be outside influences that would push you to your limits. This is where your mindset, your focus would be of utmost importance.
What we focus on Expands…. So what do you consistently focus on?
With Solid but flexible goals and a mindset primed for success you can achieve anything. Yes anything.
Written by: Raj Kapur
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