Making big plans is easy to forget about when juggling the day to day responsibilities of your own consulting business. But big plans and an overall goal and vision are crucial in making every day decisions. Remember that all your little decisions become your life and your business. Many people don’t take the time to think that it’s the little decisions that shape who we are and how our businesses grow.
No matter what type of consultant you are, you’ve got to have a big plan. Who are your ideal clients? What direction do you want to go in? What are your financial targets? Where would you like your consulting fee rate to be in two years?
In order to set goals, you don’t need to create a 30-page document outlining every parameter; you just need some tangible targets. If you need help setting concrete goals, try the SMART system for setting goals.
Once you’ve got your goals in mind, the next step is to determine how you’re going to achieve them. And then stay true to your goals. Stay on track by measuring your everyday decisions against your goals. The small decisions that we make every day are what can either lead us toward–or away–from our goals.
Reevaluate your goals as needed. We all alter our goals as parameters change or as goals are achieved. When you do achieve a goal, be sure to make time to celebrate and recognize how far you’ve come. Then make another big plan!