What is in this article?:
- Setting long-term goals allows farms to stand the test of time
- Focuses on important items
• If and when written goals are defined, they can be used to set in place a series of action steps to provide the vehicle to achieve the identified goal.
• The process of writing down on paper a goal creates something that is totally different from what would otherwise be just a want or desire.
Focuses on important items
It also focuses attention on those things that are most important to achieve. In building long-term goals, you should try to make sure they have “DRIVE”. Which when broken down insures your goal is:
Directional —The goal gives the desired direction to move the business.
Reasonable — The goal has some possibility of being achieved.
Inspiring — The goal is challenging enough to get the business motivated to meet said goal.
Visible — There is some means in place to monitor the progress being made to obtain said goal.
Eventual — A time frame in place in which said goal will be achieved.
Using the acronym above, you can quickly evaluate the ability of your goals to meet the overall success of your mission statement. Consider applying this acronym to your written goals to see if they are defined in a manner in which you and others can relate. A well-defined goal has the highest opportunity to be successful.
If your goal has these components then you have something that others can understand and if they choose to provide support, can help to insure its success.
It all starts with putting you goals on paper and then see what can happen when you share those goals with others.
Why spend time on goals as part of the transition process? It is very simple. Many people talk about what they want to do, but until you define the intent and actions that are needed to take place, it is just talk and seldom achieved.
When you put the goal on paper and share it with others, now you have accountability and the opportunity to gain the support and encouragement of others in your family and business.
Just think about what could happen if your entire management team, consultants, friends and family were all supporting one goal. What is the possibility of success?
Steps to get your farm transition plan in place:
• Complete essential paperwork – a will and/or trust.
• Are members of the family farm business setting goals?
• Develop a vision for the farm business that focuses to a transition plan.
• Balance farm and non-farm issues that impact the farm business transition.