How to Create a List of Resources to Help You Reach Your Business Goals
“If you don’t know where you are going,
then all roads will lead you there.”
The quote above this paragraph is from Ivan Hall, my father. He was always teaching me to set goals. If I didn’t set them, I would get nothing done. He was famously urging me to take action and measure my progress. After all, if you don’t know where you are going, how do you know you got there? Set your goals and move forward!
As a new retiree, I collected a wide variety of information from every place I could find it. This included books, magazine articles, websites, business contacts, goal setting programs, and the like, to help me reach my business goals. But, I discovered to my chagrin, that because the information was unorganized, I could not find anything when I needed it.
Do you have that same problem? Frustrating isn’t it? Well, read on and see how I solved my problem (most of the time) using a critical tool: The Resource List.
Crucial Tool for Your Business Success
A list of resources can become a crucial tool for success. It doesn’t matter what niche you’re involved in, there are always some indispensable tools that you can use on a regular basis. Your goal is to track the things that you need so you don’t forget where they are or that they exist. A well-rounded resource list can literally mean the difference between success and failure.
A Good Resource List Can Help You Achieve Your Goals
Your resource list needs to include personal and business resources. This includes currently available resources as well as resources you hope to use one day. Anytime you make a new goal, you may need to add new items to your resource list because you want it to always grow and change as time moves on. Sometimes you’ll move things off the list, and sometimes you’ll add things to the list.
Every Goal You Make Needs Resources
When you make a new goal there are always things blocking your way to keep you from achieving the goal. That’s where your resource list comes in. Whenever you’re feeling blocked from achieving anything you want to do, simply take a look at the list to figure out what you have available to help you overcome the barrier to success.
Separate the Types of Resources
You want to be sure to categorize the list correctly. For example, some of your resources will be internal and some external. You’ll have resources that will help with your mindset, and resources that will help with actually taking action. Some resources will be time centered and others will simply give you support such as a Writers Support Group. Assign them whatever categories work for you.
Make a Private Web Page
One way to keep track of everything is to create a private webpage for your use only. If you use WordPress, it’s very easy to make a new page and simply put the links in the categories you want so that you can find the resources anytime you want. You can take this one step further by putting your own affiliate links in the page so that you can offer the list to your friends or fans when they ask what resources you use.
Create a Word Document
Start a new file folder in My Documents on your computer, or in Google Drive or in Dropbox, then it’s available to you in the cloud at any time you need it. Simply add the links to the document each time you find something you can use to help you in your business. That way it’s available to you anytime you need help. Don’t have Word? It is time to take the plunge! There is a free download for Apache Open Office that is free. Amazon has the free download but they will not let me link it here. Go to Amazon, click software, and search for Apache Open office. The free download is for both PC and Mac. The word processor is very similar to Word and the price is right!
Make a Notebook
Some people still like things done old school, which requires a three ring binder. You’ll simply print out your Word pages, and if they have links to websites, include the actual URL so that you can find it. You can even make a QR code so that you can easily link to the resource using your smartphone (the OR code is that funny picture the iPhone recognizes as a link).
A good book on setting goals is Make It Happen: Write Your Goals on Paper to Achieve Success by H. It has good reviews and is a simple system that works. You can review the book here.
Take Action Today
Whatever method you choose to use, developing your resource list will prevent frustration over not finding the information you need. The list will keep growing and become more inclusive as time goes on. You’ll sometimes remove things, and sometimes you’ll add things. But, the important thing is that each time you have a new goal, look at your resource list first to see what you have already to help make your goal come true.
Remember my father’s mantra: If you don’t know where you are going, then all roads will get you there. Take action now, set y0ur goals, develop your resource list and begin your road to success in building a home biz in retirement.