Goals and Milestones: Keys to Performance

Today is Wednesday, so this post is on outstanding performance.

Outstanding performers set and achieve high goals.  Today is March 26, almost the end of the first quarter of 2008.  Amazing how time flies, isn’t it.  At the end of January, I did a post asking if you had written your 2008 goals.  I hope you did.  If have haven’t done so, I suggest that you take this opportunity to write them.

Sometimes goals, especially big ones, can seem overwhelming.  That’s why I always suggest breaking large goals down into more manageable chunks.  Milestones are the best way to do this.  Every year has four quarters: January, February and March: April, May and June; July, August and September; and October November and December.  The end of a quarter is a great milestone date.

Earlier this year, I blogged about setting a goal of earning 33% of my 2008 income from the internet.  I set two milestones with a first quarter 2008 timeframe to help me reach this goal. 

The first was to publish my new book Straight Talk for Success.  I’m happy to say that Straight Talk is now available at Amazon.com.  It will be in bookstores and at Barnes and Noble.com in a couple of weeks.

The second milestone was to set up my online store.  www.CommonSenseStore.com is scheduled to go live this week or next.  I will let you know when it is up and running. 

I’m pleased, because I have met two crucial milestones associated with my goal of earning 33% of my income from the internet in 2008.  I’ve made slow, but steady progress during the first three months of 2008.

I tell you this story not to brag on myself, but to illustrate how goal setting and milestones facilitate performance.  I have been thinking about e commerce for some time now.  However, I got serious about it in late 2007.  That’s when I set the goal of 33% of my income from the internet. 

This was definitely a stretch goal.  I have never sold anything on the internet.  That’s why I needed to set milestones.  Finishing the final work on my book and getting it published, and setting up my e commerce site were things that I thought I could reasonably accomplish in Q1, 08.  Setting these milestones, gave me the focus and energy to actually accomplish them.

The common sense points here are clear.  Goals drive performance.  Milestones drive goal achievement.  It’s the end of Q1, 08.  If you haven’t written your goals by now, write them.  If you’ve written them, review how you’re doing.  If you’re not doing as well as you would like, take this opportunity to create milestones for the end of Q2, Q3 and Q4 08.

That’s it for today.  Thanks for reading.  Log on to my website www.BudBilanich.com for more common sense. 

I’ll see you around the web and at Alex’s Lemonade Stand.


PS: Speaking of Alex’s Lemonade Stand, my fundraising page is still open.  Please go to www.FirstGiving.com/TheCommonSenseGuy to read Alex’s inspiring story and to donate if you can.

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  1. Ina Matijevic says:

    Would it be possible to purchase Your books from Europe and to ship outside America on Your new e commerce web site?
    Ina Matijevic

  2. Dear Bud,
    I’m happy to say that I did set goals for this year. I gave up on “resolutions” many years ago, but just recently switched to the idea of setting “goals.” I now make a habit of reviewing them, as well as keeping them in a prominent place in my home office to look at frequently.
    May I ask you a favor, please? I get your RSS feed on this blog, but don’t see any way to sign up for the COMMENTS RSS feed. Would it be possible for you to move the META widget (if Typepad has one, this is what they call it on WordPress) into your sidebar?
    Go to your PRESENTATION area of your adminstrative area, look for a WIDGETS page. If there is anything called “Meta” that allows readers to sign up for BOTH your Rss feed on posts AND comments (as separate buttons).
    Best regards,
    Madame Monet (in Marrakesh)
    Writing, Painting, Music, and Wine

  3. Madame Monet:
    Thanks so much for your comments and advice. I really appreciate them and am working on implementing them right now.
    All the best,

  4. Ina:
    Yes, you will be able to purchase books and have them shipped outside of the US via my new ecommerce site.
    Thanks for asking.

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