One of the things that we, as business owners all tend to have in common, is that we utilize metrics to gauge our progress in meeting our goals from year to year. Business gurus have been telling us for years that when establishing goals, it's best to set-up "SMART" goals--i.e., goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-bound.
Despite the value and importance of these types of goals though, there is something to be said about "aspirational goals"; those nebulous thoughts that reside in our heart and in our gut that compel us to keep moving forward, even when we have difficulty meeting our SMART goals. Indeed, aspiration is such a powerful motivational resource, that it's one of the things that I always ask about when a photographer reaches out to me to explore a coaching relationship together. Specifically, I try to find out about their "desired state" for their photography/photography business.
So, I thought it would make for an interesting topic on which to run a poll, just to see what aspirational goals are out there in our community.
So, here’s the poll question: "Where would you like to see your business in three years?"
I’ve always used "three years out" when asking the question in my coaching practice because I think that asking about "one-year-out" goals might be too short-term and thus, not enough of a stretch for folks to test their imagination. I also don't want to make it so far out in the distance (e.g., "five-years-out") that it might be too long-term for people to wrap their heads around.
Anyway, I’ve set up the poll so you can click on more than one button (but no more than three). I hope you’ll take a moment to give this some thought, participate, and have some fun with it. Thanks everyone!
P.S. Please don’t hesitate share a comment too. It would be good to hear more about your aspirations.
P.P.S. Also, please feel free to use the comments section to request other topics you’d like to see covered in future polls.