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    Jun 7 th, 2020
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    How to set Smart Goals

    Conceptional chalk drawing – SMART Goals

    In life, we have what we call the Pareto’s Principle. Some people do 20% effort and yield 80% results while others do 80% effort and yield 20% results. This is exactly why we need to set goals in our lives. Most people procrastinate on their top 20 goals which are normally the most important. They get busy on the least important goals because normally, these are the easiest. You have to ask yourself if what you are doing is urgent but not important, important but not urgent or not important and not urgent. This is why we are going to share on 6 ways to set goals today.

    1. Write down 10 goals.

    These can be anything but it is important to keep it business. It could that website your business lacks. It could be that KRA Compliance certificate. It could be a financial recording system. It could be hiring an intern. It could be a new modern logo. It could be changing your business environment. It could be a business loan. As long as it is linked to where you see yourself 5-10 years from now.

    1. Which one will have the greatest impact?

    This is where the hard work comes. Which one of the 10 will have the most impact on your business? This means that you rate all your goals on a scale of 1-10 where 1 is for least impact and 10 is for most impact. This will encourage you to go back to your business plan and think about where your business is heading. It may take more time than you think but at the end of the day, you go a long way into building yourself for success.

    1. Which is the second most important?

    They say the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Hence, you should be able to rearrange your goals from the one with the greatest impact to the one with the least impact. This then creates a step to step project that you can follow as you are building your goals or your brand. Once the first is done, it is important to know the next necessary steps.

    1. Work on the 20% all the time.

    Of your 10 goals, 2 of the first ones will form your 20 %. These are the main goals and that’s why at first, it takes a lot of time to identify. These goals will form the formative part of your success and they shall go on to lead to your 80% results. This can only happen if you work on the goals on a day-day basis. That is why the first thing you do before starting any work is having a look at your goals.

    1. Is this task in the 20% of your goals?

    Before you do anything at work, form a habit to ask yourself is this task among the 20% of your goals? If the answer is no, you should do away with it and save it for when you are free. Every time you sit down at your office or your store or whatever business it is, this question helps you focus. If you are active in the morning, then that is the best time to work on the 20% of your goals. If you are a night owl, then that is the best time to work on the 20% of your goals. They should be worked when you have the most energy.


    1. Resist the temptation to clear small things first.

    The thing about the 20% is that they are the toughest. They are those big goals that further have to be broken down into actionable steps that will then be done overtime. That is why it is common to be tempted to clear small things fast. When we start with small things, we don’t focus. We just use the easier way out and that is how we lose track of our journey.


    85% of wealthy people have one big goal that they work on all the time. 3 % of the financially challenged have one big goal that they never work on. When your goals are clear, you will come up with exactly the right answer at exactly the right time. We do hop you feel inspired and shall finally start setting your goals. We are excited since we know you are headed up. See you at the top!