It’s easier to understand the concept of goal setting when you look at sports. Many teams have a variety of players with a wide range of skillsets. However, the great teams have a common goal that is so clear, so powerful, so precise that it brings all those players together as a single unit. That’s the kind of power you can harness in your own life. Many entrepreneurs are not clear about the fundamental question of why their business exists. Without a clear direction, they are unable to make decisions that lead to success. At some point, all successful entrepreneurs have made a decision that has changed the trajectory of the business. It’s important to know what that one goal is that will change everything for your business.
Prioritize Your Goals & Find a Single Goal
A common objection is, “But my business has multiple goals. I can't just focus on one.”
Focusing on one goal doesn't mean giving up the rest. What it means is focusing on one for the time being, and putting the others on the backburner for now. “For now” could be just this week or the next few months. The important thing is that you're focusing.
You can decide which goal is the most important through prioritizing. Take a look at everything you're working on now. Which of these will have the most positive impact on your business when it's completed? This is the one you should focus on. You should also keep in mind your resources. You may have an important goal but lack the resources right now to carry it out.
Working Towards Your Goal is a Learning Experience
When you focus fully on one goal, you can learn valuable lessons from it. This is especially important if you're a small business or solo entrepreneur with little experience marketing your business. As you work towards your goal of employing marketing strategies, you'll learn along the way which work and which don’t, and how to carry them out effectively. You can use this knowledge for future goals.
For example, you may decide to write guest blog posts in order to drive traffic to your site and spread awareness. Once you get started, you realize that you could write an email template for sending inquiries. The template explains who you are, why you're an expert, and how your content could enrich the person's blog. This saves a great deal of time and you can send out more inquiries, which leads to more blog posts.
This is the sort of thing you may not have learned if you were bogged down with several goals or strategies at once.
One Goal and One Marketing Strategy
If you want to really focus and get results, try focusing not only on one goal but on one marketing strategy as well. As the guest blogging example above illustrates, choosing just one strategy allows you to learn, streamline, and hone your skills. You can then add this strategy to your arsenal of techniques that you've used before.
People in the business world still sing the praises of multitasking, but any time management expert will tell you that, more often than not, it kills productivity and leads to burnout. Instead, the key to success is to narrow down and focus, and then move on to the next.