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Your company’s goals will only be effective if you have a clear vision of what you as an employee want to achieve–and how. Establishing personal and business goals involves a fair amount of introspection into what makes your business tick, and what you want its future to be. Your goals will be more achievable and effective if you do. Here’s road map to setting(and achieving) smart business goals to set you and your business up for success in 2017.

Determine Your Long-Term Aims

Start by distinguishing your long-term goals from your short-term ones. Your long-term goals should have a timeline of about three to five years and should reflect your mission. These types of visionary goals usually fall within four general areas: service, social, profit, or growth. Regardless of just how long you want your long-term goals to be, be cognizant of how quickly they can change.

Create Short-Term Objectives

Next, you need to figure out how to get there. An easy way think about your short-term objectives for accomplishing your long-term goals is to make them S.M.A.R.T.: Specific, Measurable, Action-OrientedRealistic and Time Specific. Set a deadline to keep things on track.

Stay Organized and Focused

A growing business will have more than just a few goals. This is when a vigilant focus and a commitment to organization comes into play. For example, keep checklists of short-term goals, and each Monday morning, check in on the status of those goals.

Solicit Employee Input
You may have a clear vision of where you want your company to go, but it’s also crucial to ensure other employees and co-workers are working in the same direction business-wise as you are. Try co-creating goals with employees.

Build a Culture of Appreciation 
One important (and often overlooked) part of the business goal setting process is rewarding and celebrating achieved goals. This isn’t always a financial incentive, even a simple thank you or small recognition will go a long way to staying motivating and keeping morale high.