|Keep the above in mind. In other words, success builds upon success.|
For example, if you say, "My business will generate annual revenue of $1 million in five years", but you are starting from $0 or near $0, you may wonder how in the world will you get there. Three months later you may have generated $10,000 in revenue. You think, "Now I just have $990,000 to go!" That thought typically does not lift you up!
Progress Begets ProgressHarvard conducted a study that showed that employees have higher job satisfaction and greater performance when they feel like they are making good progress towards their goals. (Refer to The Resourceful CEO post, "Perceived Progress Is the Best Employee Motivator".) This doesn't just apply to employees; this also applies to small business owners and entrepreneurs like you! You feel more motivated when you feel like you are making progress.
Smaller StepsTherefore, to put yourself on the road to continual success that builds, you need to break your larger goals into smaller goals and shorter time frames. Returning to our example, break that $1 million in 5 years into $10,000 the first 3 months, $80,000 the first year, $200,000 the 2nd year, $400,000 the 3rd year, $750,000 the 4th year and $1 million the 5th year! Now your $10,000 in 3 months is a big deal!
|Be excited! Acknowledge all your achievements.|