14 June, 2011


I've been thinking a lot recently about goals - personal, professional and life goals. Things you want to have done in one, five, and ten years in each of these areas.

It ties into legacy. I think we have to be intentional about what we want to be known for. What do you want people to say about you takes time, intentionality, and purpose.

Today, let's focus on professional goals.

Like I said - one, five and ten years.

They must be a statement,
and they must have something tangible in them.

A one year goal for me - get Let Them Have Faces registered as a 501(c)3 and have 20 partner organizations with Her Shoes.

Define words in your goals.

Partner Organization - someone who has regular contact with Her Shoes, who is giving or receiving direct benefit to the program.

It is different than a donor, a volunteer, an advocate. It is an organization who is more than a contact, to someone having an active role in the work.

Five years - have Her Shoes programs running along the West Coast and be moving into the Mid-West

What defines a program? That will come as Her Shoes gets more firmed up. But, for now, an active contact who has active contacts at the organizations working in their area for victims of violence.

Ten years -  Her Shoes as an international organization, working with organizations all over the world who work alongside victims of violence.

In the end, goals are fluid. But you have to know where you are going. If you achieve a goal early, then reset the rest. I have a hard time not meeting a goal. So, if you can't meet a goal, be realistic as to why. Take time to figure out what is not happening and what you need to change. Sometimes our goals aren't realistic, but other times we just need to find a new way of motivating ourselves or bring in other people to help.

We will cover personal and life goals later. But for now...

Where do you want your business to be in one, five and ten years?

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