Are you setting SMART Goals ?

Create SMART Goals

Here’s a great little reminder article from Philip Pilgrim at  SmartSupport ………………

“Last time, I wrote about Vision and the natural follow up for me has to be goal setting.

A clever man said “If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time”

Large businesses, successful people and winning athletes set themselves clear goals to achieve their specific objectives. However many smaller businesses lack these sort of focused goals. When I ask business owners what their goals are, I often get the response “survive”,  “get more sales” or “pay the mortgage”.

As the clever man said “If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time”

Whether you are a large   corporate or a small owner run business, your success depends on your ability   to set and achieve goals and the best way to do this is to adopt SMART goal   setting.

So, what are SMART   Goals?

S.M.A.R.T. is an acronym for specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and   time-based and will take you from vague goals that are never achieved, to   goals that will drive your business to achieve results.

So what do they actually mean?

Specific   – Great goals are well-defined and focused. For a banker “open 10 new accounts  per month for the next 3 months”   is more likely to achieve something than “get more sales! Ryan Blair, The Goals Guy   eloquently states, “Focus creates a powerful force: goal power. The moment   you focus on a goal, your goal becomes a magnet, pulling you and your resources toward it. The more focused your energies, the more power you generate“.

Measurable  – A goal which cannot be measured is like a football game without a score? If   you have quantified goals you can measure, you can check if you are on track, know if you are winning. Something as simple as a daily goal sheet can keep  you focused on delivering results and can have an amazing effect on you, your staff and your business.

Attainable – There is no point setting goals you cannot reach. If your dreams are large   you need to develop goals one small step at a time, which lead you towards your ultimate dream. Too often businesses set unreachable goals, fail and demotivate all involved resulting in future goals not even being tried for.

Relevant – Goals have to be relevant to the conditions you operate in. For example, if   the economy is in recession or you have new competitors it may not be  relevant for your goal to be to increase sales by 100%. Your goals have to work within the reality of your market and business climate.

Time-Based – If any time will do, any time will be when it is done! Without a time   structure, goals and objectives won’t be achieved. Whatever your goals are “to increase sales by 20 %, “sign up 3 new clients” or even “put in place a business plan to drive your business forward, make sure you have a time-frame written in to them.

Once you have created your SMART business goals, each one needs to have an action plan that supports it so that you undertake the necessary activity to achieve your goals. You will also need to review them from time to time just to make sure they remain SMART, that you are on target and to allow you to make any adjustments needed.

Goal setting for your business is essential to its success, but remember they have to be SMART and   to help you set them here is a simple goal   setting worksheet which you can use to focus your business.

If you think that you might like help setting your goals, or if you simply want to discuss something else in your business, why not take advantage of   our FREE Business Review Meeting . Simply email me and I’ll arrange a time to come and see you.

Until next time

Philip   Pilgrim

Business, Goals

Gill Fielding : Property Investing, why now… why 2012 ?

Of all the people I know, “Secret Millionaire” Gill Fielding is the one person who knows most about how to successfully invest in Property.

For Gill, property is her investment of choice. She started her personal path to financial freedom with a small 3 bedroom semi in Sussex when she was 19 and over the last 30 years has created for herself a Multi-Million Pound property fortune.

Every property Gill owns is full…

She doesn’t have a single empty property or even an empty room. This is because Gill invests in the right properties to ensure full occupancy. This is just one of the key property success strategies Gill would like to share with you at her 3 day property seminar.

If you missed Gill at PEN Kent in June last year then this is an excellent chance to see her speak. Having been personally mentored and trained by Gill, I can firmly say that I wouldn’t have been anywhere near as successful without Gill’s knowledge, help and guidance in the early days of my property investing journey.

If you are at all interested and would like to find out more please follow the link:


Business, Finance, Goals, Property

Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce B2B 2011 Exhibition

Yesterday PEN Kent attended the Business 2 Business 2011 exhibition in Ashford.

This was the first major opportunity for PEN Kent to exhibit and what an excellent response we received ! With over 110+ local businesses from all over Kent and further afield the exhibition was buzzing with enthusiastic attendees all looking for new business opportuntities or ways in which to grow and compliment their existing business.

The big million dollar questions for the day were “Can you still make profit from property in today’s market ?” and “Can I get started today with little or no finance ?”.

The short answers were a resounding YES to both, quickly followed by “this is exactly what our attendees get to learn from our guest speakers, experienced landlords and investors when they attend PEN Kent meetings”.

With a chance to win a bottle of bubbly being offered to all attendees the business cards and networking came thick and fast!

If you attended we trust you found the day as productive as we did and look forwadr to seeing you there next year.

Business, Goals, Property

Spending the day with Lord Sugar……

…..and others of course at the Progressive Property Super Conference this weekend!

The time has finally arrived – Rob Moore, Mark Homer and the team at Progressive Property have pulled off an amazing feat by securing Lord Alan Sugar to appear at this year’s Property Super Conference at Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge stadium.

It is claimed that anyone who’s anyone in property today will be – I’m not sure of that but I know I’ll certainly be there so looking forward to seeing you there too.

Let’s see if the Progressive Guys can smash the funds raised last year for Cancer Research which I believe topped £30,000!

If you’re going then come up and say hello !

Rick Walton

Business, Property