Is It Really That Important to Write Down Your Goals?

Remember back when you first decided you wanted to try your hand at internet marketing and running your own business online?  If you’re anything like me you were incredibly wide-eyed and excited all while trying to do a million things at once.

First there was making sure you had all of your paperwork in order, then there was buying domains and hosting, getting your sites set up, writing content, getting traffic, and finally, seeing all that hard work pay off with your first affiliate sale or Adsense check.

Unfortunately, in getting caught up in all of the hoopla, you probably skipped one of the most important steps of all: coming up with and writing down your business goals.

One of the downfalls of jumping into internet marketing is you can get caught up in doing just that, and not ever really be forced to come up with specific goals you would like to achieve through or as part of your business.

I know that when I first got started I never took the time to write down what exactly it was I wanted to achieve though my business, and because of this lack of direction my business suffered.  After taking some time to really think through what it is I want to gain from my business, I finally took the time to write down my goals about two months ago.

Since writing my goals, I feel like I have been much more focused and my business has prospered.

So, to share with you, here are the goals I have written down:

  • Create a new affiliate site in a different niche each week
  • Make $1,000 per week by the end of January 2010
  • Make $10,000 per month by October 2010
  • Submit five new articles per day to article marketing sites
  • Grow my opt-in email list to 2,000 by the end of January
  • Have one $500 day by the end of January 2010

Don’t get me wrong, they’re pretty lofty, but at the same time I feel that if I really put forth the effort, I’ll be able to get it done.

Now that I’ve shared these with the world, I feel a lot more obligated to try my best to stick to them.  Don’t get me wrong, you knowing my goals isn’t the only reason I want to work hard to achieve them, but it certainly doesn’t hurt my cause to have that extra motivation!

What are your business goals?  Please leave a comment below and let me know what you would like to achieve.