Goal Setting for Entrepreneurs: How to Set Smart Goals & Accomplish Them

Goal Setting and Setting Smart Goals

Want to know the secret of getting your goals accomplished? 

I’ve been fortunate to work with THOUSANDS of entrepreneurs…. as a practicing attorney, business coach and mentor.  

And when you’re that kind of trusted advisor, you see the good, the bad, and the fugly.

When you’re a lawyer, you see deep inside businesses – the stuff most business owners do not share with anyone else, including their spouse. 

You learn quickly to spot what’s working and what’s deeply broken.

And I’ve found there are 3 simple secrets to smart goal setting and to getting your goals accomplished.

Of course, setting smart goals is what actually moves the needle in your business and leads to real growth.

Whether you run a consulting business, you’re a life coach, you’re a financial advisor, or a dog walker, or you sell those annoying little fidget spinners that just seem to be everywhere all of a sudden (seriously, where did they come from?), if you want to be smart about goal setting and set smart goals you will follow through on and accomplish, it really boils down to 3 simple things.

If you can nail these 3 things, you can accomplish nearly anything.

Ready? Here they are.

#1 – Make Smart Choices

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How to Overcome ‘Victim Mindset’

victim mindset

Ever feel like nothing is going your way?

You know…

You got food on your pants.

That Big Client you wanted to work for won’t return your emails.

Your spouse is pissed at you (again).

Your clients are all upset – for one reason or another.

And you’re kicking yourself for not buying Bitcoin when it was 5 bucks.

We’ve all been there.

But… if you ever find yourself dwelling on the negative, over and over again….

Or you find you are spending a lot of time focusing on forces that are conspiring against you (like people who make you made) rather than appreciating the good which is all around you….

Well, I call this “victim mindset.”

What is Victim Mindset?

It’s a mental state where you focus on being a victim of the negative actions of others, often in spite of evidence of other positive circumstances.

A LOT of people struggle with this.

And it’s a major problem because when you dwell on negativity, it is hard to generate the energy and focus to produce positive results in your life (tweet this).

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Reader Survey: 300+ Websites You Should Bookmark Now

Recently I decided to “pay it forward” by asking my email subscribers to send me their website URL so I could share it with all of my readers.

My motivation was simple – I wanted to help more of my readers to get traffic to their website, and I wanted to foster more community among my readers.

I was overwhelmed by the number of responses – in fact, over 300 people replied and sent me their websites.

A number of people also emailed me individually and said they rushed to get their websites finished or revamped so that they could be included in this list, which was awesome. I love that this project lit a fire under a few people to get their websites done.

Other readers said they were touched by the gesture and sent me some very complimentary emails, and I loved that.

But mostly, I want this to be useful to you, whether you submitted your website or not.

This website – and now my business Rise25 with my business partner Dr. Jeremy Weisz – has always been about building communities and doing so at scale.

I want to help more business owners – particularly from professional services backgrounds like me – to learn how to build better relationships in business, and how to do so in a digital world.

So this whole project is one big lesson in that chapter book.

In fact, here’s a few great ways you can make use of this list.
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Stop Going to Conferences. Do This Instead.


Warning: I’m going on a rant here.

There are too many rah-rah conferences for entrepreneurs.

You know what I’m talking about. 2 or 3 days of drinking from a firehose with non-stop speakers back-to-back, spewing too many ideas.

Speaker after speaker telling you how you just need to “hustle more” and wake up early, and if you’re already waking up early, you need to wake up even earlier.

And if you are already waking up earlier, you need to just work straight through the night.

Because sleep is for the weak.  

And you need to pass out more business cards and you need to be on every social media channel and you need to master Facebook ads and don’t forget Instagram.

And Pinterest. And Vine.

Strike that. Twitter just killed Vine.

But you need to be on whatever comes next.

So you fill yourself up with too many ideas, get inspired and excited for 24 or 48 hours like a sugar rush, and then…  nothing.

You go home, and you’re not sure what to do next.

You have no clear plan.

No one holds you accountable.

Thousands of dollars down the drain.

It’s like gorging yourself on all-you-can-eat buffet but the rest of the year you’re still hungry.

Do these events REALLY move the needle in your business?

I see a lot of people spend THOUSANDS of dollars flying around the country going to event after event, while their business limps along.

People go to these conferences because it “feels like” they’re making progress on their business, but if you really look at whether there’s ROI or if you made serious changes and improvements to your business, it’s questionable.  [Read more…]

From $100 to $30,000 in 9 Months: My Review of Zero to Launch [with video]

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Imagine for a moment that it is Friday night.

It’s been a long, tough week.

You’ve just opened a bottle of wine with your wife or husband or girlfriend or boyfriend.

After taking a sip of your wine, you put down the glass and pick up your phone.

There, in your email, are two receipts for payments of $500 from two complete strangers.

It’s not a mistake. And it’s not a dream. You’ve just been paid while you’re having a glass of wine.

Incredibly, I’ve had this experience over the past few months. Even more more amazingly, it actually has become increasingly commonplace.  And… I can’t believe I just said that.

If you want to know how this became possible, I give a large amount of credit to Zero to Launch (affiliate link), a training program on how to create an online business.

In this post, I want to give you my complete review of Zero to Launch, including a video of what it looks like when you log in.

I also want to give you five reasons why I would recommend you sign up for the program if you are serious about growing your reputation and your business online.  I also have a special offer at the bottom of this post to make signing up for Zero to Launch even more attractive.

Now, what does this have to do with building relationships in business? On this blog, I write about how to use the new world of digital tools to build relationships, grow your revenue and advance your career.

Zero to Launch has helped me dramatically in that mission. And if you invest in it, I am convinced the program can help you to build your own profitable online business by building more relationships faster with more people, just like I have.

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How to find friends who won’t let you fail [video]

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It was my birthday this week, and I woke up on my birthday to a nice present: someone I had never met had sent me $500.

Now, that might seem kind of strange.

But it wasn’t some accident. And it wasn’t luck. The $500 was in payment for a digital course I had created.

I don’t tell this story to brag — that’s not the point. I mention it because about two years ago, I looked at my business and I decided I wanted to make some changes. Here’s the never-before-told story of how that happened.

What I Was Doing All Wrong in My Business

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