Before you “hustle,” ask yourself what you really want to achieve and set realistic goals. You see, many people hustle and keep failing because they did not set specific goals in the first place. Everyone dreams but in order to succeed you must know the dreams you want to chase and be sure that they are not someone else’s dream.
If you decide to hustle, you should hustle right. Now that we are in the start of a new month, this is the perfect time to know exactly where you are going before you act.
This is also an important step for your team as they must be crystal clear on your expectations the end result, so they have the right ‘tools’ before they take massive action. Below are some of the reasons why setting goals and prioritizing them before you start hustling can make all the difference:
It May be Urgent But is it Really Important?
Being a hustler means always being on the go and because there is so much to do and very limited, anyone can get overwhelmed. If your goals and daily tasks don’t have the road map, it can be easy to burn out.
One of the best ways is prioritizing the goals as it helps you to differentiate what is important from what is merely urgent. For instance, you may waste a lot of time responding to urgent emails which may not necessarily be important instead of using that time to do something more important; or, may have phone calls to make, some of which are can wait until a later time.
You Will Stay Motivated
If you set specific goals, every small success will fuel you to continue with the hustle. You must have smaller short-term goals, apart from the bigger long-term goals, in order to maximize your potential. Short term goals and plans are what you need to achieve weekly or monthly that will shape the long-term goals.
A suggestion is to prioritize them into categories, such as A, B, C:
A tasks are those that are critical and necessary to accomplish within the next 2 weeks
B tasks are those from two – four weeks
C tasks are other daily tasks that can wait or can be done ‘whenever’
This helps to prioritize and plan for what is necessary from the daily ‘to-do tasks.
If You Don’t Set and Prioritize Your Goals, You Won’t Grow
Setting goals before you hustle keeps you focused and more organized in your hustle. If you don’t prioritize these goals, you will not have a clear direction on what you really want to achieve.
In order to grow and succeed in your hustle or business, you must know when you are succeeding and whether you are growing or not. But how will you know this if you don’t know what you want to achieve in the first place?
Having metrics in place to track your progress will ensure you’re moving in the right direction.
Prioritizing Your Goals Keeps You on Track
When you are a hustler, you work harder than everyone else. This means keeping longer hours and always being on the go, doing whatever it takes to achieve your goals. All if this effort may find you working and working, and it can be easy to do the work but forgetting what you are working for (losing sight of the goal.
If you prioritize your goals and review them regularly, you will be able to realize whether you are straying or whether you are still on track. This will help you get back to what you started out to do; stay disciplined and achieve your goals. It’s also important to take time for yourself so you don’t burnout and give up – setting boundaries is important, both personally and professionally.
Being in hustle-mode should be motivating but, if not planned for, can have the opposite effect. As Abraham Lincoln quoted:
“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”
If you or your team needs help with setting or achieving goals, reach out today to learn how we can help get you on the right path.