Whereas we were fanciful and fantastical in the setting of your personal goals, we’ll be setting your business goals based more on logic, following a specific structure, and ensuring that your business goals fully support and lead you in the right direction toward attaining your personal goals. Again, please refer back to your personal mission, vision, and goals throughout this process to make sure that your business goals support and sustain your personal goals.

A very popular interview question and one that should play a big part in your business plan is, “Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?” That exact question has stumped many job candidates, especially those who have difficulty seeing ‘the big picture’. As a business owner, it’s imperative that you look into the future to find that ‘big picture’ so you can set business goals which will lead you to that exact place. Without goals or a plan, your business will flounder and possibly fail.

Remember, nothing is set in stone when it comes to making goals, so don’t be afraid to dream big when it comes to identifying your ‘big picture’. If you want to make millions like Donald Trump, then dream it. If you want to grow enough to have employees, write it down on paper. Identify your biggest dream for your business and let that be your end result.

If you want to emulate Donald Trump’s success, it’s not enough to just dream it. This is not the Field of Dreams movie; that catch phrase, “If you build it, they will come,” is not realistic. Just because you dream about making millions doesn’t mean you’ll wake up and have it sitting on the pillow next to you. You need to create smaller goals, which will act as the pathway to reaching that million-dollar big goal.

To avoid confusion, let’s label your goals as Long-Term, Medium and Short-Term. In this example, making a million dollars would be considered a Long-Term goal; it’s something that will take some time and require some work, and will most likely come as the end-result of meeting several smaller Medium and Short-Term goals.

In the next few steps, we’ll experiment with some different ways of visualizing and recording your goals, to see which one works best for you.

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