Most people start a home based internet business to either supplement their monthly income or to build an income so they can retire from their 8 to 5 job and spend more quality time with their families. But most people have basic beliefs about themselves that, in most cases, will cause them to sabotage their success at reaching their goals. They do this in many different ways.

The first way people sabotage themselves is to say “I don’t need to set specific goals.” That statement is very true if you plan NOT to succeed. To be successful in any endeavor you have to have goals. You have to have immediate goals (what to do today to improve my business), monthly goals (what I believe I can accomplish toward my quarterly goals), quarterly goals (what I believe I will accomplish toward my yearly goals), yearly goals (what I believe…), 3 year goals (what I…), 5 year goals (…), 10 year goals, and so on.

I know this seams very simplistic to a lot of people but it is one of the major blocks in the success of start up internet businesses. Let’s look at a couple of these in a little more detail.

Immediate goals – What do I plan to do on a daily basis to increase traffic to my web site? How many articles do I plan to write this week? How much time will I spend each day in forums? How many blogs will I publish this week? How much time will I spend each day increasing my education and how will I prioritize the knowledge I need to gain to be successful?

Monthly goals- What do I plan to do to increase optimization of my web site this month? How much money can I allot to advertising? Where will I use my advertising allowance? What ads will I use based on the type of advertising I will be doing? How will I track the effectiveness of my ads? These are just a few of the things you need to consider each month to increase your traffic and cost per customer ratio.

Quarterly goals – What is my targeted increase in customer base, quarterly profits, optin increase, etc? These are things you need to have defined based on the actions you are taking so you can have a gauge to determine if your campaigns are working.

Yearly goals – What net monthly profit do you believe you can accomplish in the last month of the year? What number of optin subscribers do you believe you will have by the end of the year? These are questions you should ask and have projected numbers for by the end of the year.

Three year and up goals are very broad categories for which you should set goals of accomplishment. How much monthly income will I have, where will I live, what type of car will I drive, and so on.

Work on your goals, write them out and read them each morning when you get up and just before you go to bed. Take 15 minutes each day and think about the end result you are looking for. Not only will this help you accomplish it but it feels good to see yourself achieving your goals.