Setting goals is important to personal and business success
Happy New Year! It’s the start of a new year, and I think we are all looking forward to putting 2019 behind us and looking forward to 2020! The beginning of a new year is always a great time to set some goals for the coming 12 months. Setting goals is important to personal and business success. When I talk with farmers, I always ask them about their goals. It may be what their goal is for a specific project they are working on. Sometimes, we discuss “big picture”-type goals for the farm as a whole. No matter what type of farm you have or what stage you or your farm are at, goal setting is important. There are several things to think about when setting goals:
First, are your goals smart? I mean SMART–S-M-A-R-T.
S is for specific. M is for measurable. A is for attainable. R is for relevant. T is for timely. As you write each goal, ask yourself-Is it specific? Is it measurable? Is it attainable? Is it relevant? Is it timely? If it isn’t SMART, think about how you re-write it to make it SMART.
Third, are they everyone’s goals? A trick we use for goal-setting in farm-transfer situations can also be useful in setting other types of goals on the farm. It is a three-step process that involves developing, blending, prioritizing. In the first stage, developing, you come up with goals on your own. In the second stage, blending, you share and combine your goals with your spouse or siblings or whoever is in your generation on the farm. In the last stage, prioritizing, all people and generations on the farm come together to share their goals and create one, prioritizing list. Like I said before, we usually encourage this process in farm transfer planning situations, but there’s no reason you can’t do it for your other goal-setting!
Setting goals is important for any farm, as it keeps the business moving forward and striving for the next step.