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How Do You Eat An Elephant? Part II

Surely, you must know the answer?

Well, I guess everyone knows the answer? One bite at a time! Someone reminded me of this recently when I was delivering an NLP programme as we were covering setting SMART goals ...

Whether you're going to eat an elephant or set SMART goals, they both need to be bite-sized!

Whether you're going to eat an elephant or set SMART goals, they both need to be bite-sized!

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Every single super successful business owner shares something with their fellow entrepreneur - they're disciplined in setting and achieving SMART goals. So if you want to achieve big results then you need to set bite-size goals or milestones along the way.

One of the students on Saturday's course was having big trouble getting to her end goal and that was because she didn't set any interim bite-size goals. You should have seen her face when, with a little bit of coaching, she identified her milestones and at long last really felt that she now could reach her dream!


For business owners their bite-size goals should be focused on revenue outcomes like:

  • Gaining more customers or clients,

  • Increasing spend of current customers or clients,

  • Developing a new product / service,

  • Updating you social media profiles and pages so they're current and appealing,

  • Improving working practices to make them slicker and more economical.

Or one of a million other bite-size SMART goals!


To begin to set really SMART bite-size goals then take one of your 90 minutes periods of working ON your business and review your current position. Perhaps you could do a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis? Once you got your list of ideas, prioritise them and then set your SMART bite-size goals and work on the top three first. Once you've completed them, get on to the next three and so on.

I don't know about you but I've never tasted elephant. I bet it's like the snake I had when I was in Brunei as that tasted just like chicken!

If you'd like to know more about setting SMART bite-size goals, then you can call me on 0333 335 0421 or click here to ping over an email and let's arrange a coffee and an informal chat to see how I can help you.

Until next time ...

KEITH HAYNES



More about Keith Haynes ...

Keith established BlueSpot Solutions to fulfil his highest intention of working with individuals and groups to empower them to ‘Be the Difference that Makes the Difference’.

Having 40 years’ experience in training and development working in engineering, F&HE colleges in England and Brunei (SE Asia) as well as private and public organisations in the UK, Brisbane and Miami.

Keith has a wealth of experience as a trainer, facilitator, coach and consultant. Keith is also a NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) Trainer, Master Practitioner and Master Coach.

Keith also works with sports people having completed trainings with Europe’s top golf coaches Karl Morris (Master Mind Factor Coach) and Brian Hemmings (PGA approved Golf Psychology Coach). Keith is the very first Master Mind Factor Coach in Northamptonshire.


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