You know you want to achieve something in 2017 but you might not know where to start. You can take my advice on choosing one small action to take every day until your goal is achieved but this part might feel far away if you don't know what you want. As many of you know, writing a goal down or thinking about it never fills the action part that requires us to actually achieve what we want. Maybe you already started. You wrote down your goal and took your first action but the key is to keep going. How do you continue to move forward and stay motivated so that your goal lasts longer than the average of two weeks after the beginning of the New Year? Does my advice work? Yes, I would never give advice that I didn't test myself. It's not only proven by me but by other people looking for ways to increase their income. I started using this method this past year and launched a real business with signed contracts and clients. My goal of increasing my income by more than 1/2 of what I was brining in was achieved before Christmas while I finished publishing my 2nd Children's book. Do I have another job? Yes, I have several as an author, artists and designer. Yes, I kept another job because I wanted to experience working with a team and learning what it takes to manage in large corporation. I didn't want to give up learning from other team when we "clicked". Is having all these moving parts crazy? The answer is "yes" again but I find that I need to keep myself busy in order to stay organized. I am forced to stay organized and get things done quickly and efficiently. The other option is too lenient and I find myself slipping into sloth mode.
So how can you achieve everything you want this year and increase your income? Note: There is no magic to this process. You have to take action every day.
1. Write down what you want. This includes the realistic (or easiest) to accomplish in the least amount of time, and this includes ideas that might feel crazy to you. The point is to write them down and think about how you can achieve them. I share the same belief as Brian Tracy, another person who built their own corporation, "Most people are only one to two skills away from achieving what they want". You'll never reach what you want if you don't get started.
2. Stop looking or searching for the perfect formula and just get started. As soon as you finish your list. Choose one item whether it's easy or impossible and get one step closer. Yes, more than likely you'll run into something going wrong or something unexpected, such as additional information to fill out to start an online business. Take a breath and keep going. Maybe opening an account and putting up one product is all you can do in one evening. It's better than nothing. Take 5 minutes at a time until everything is done.
3. Stop looking at the whole mountain you have to climb because it is bigger than you think. Focus on the next stop, your first step. Things will continue to go up and down just like the stock market. Turn off the part that might get you down and just keep moving forward. Yes, celebrate adding more product or sending our your first email campaign but don't stop. Don't think about the numbers of clicks. The only time you should check them is to see if your campaign is effective or for reviewing on how you can improve your ads. Yes, hearing the sound of another sale is exciting but having a business or increasing your income over an extended period is tough.
4. Schedule your goals and review which one's you accomplished. One of the best things I started this year was writing down everything I needed to get done in one day on a calendar. Having it on my phone calendar was too easy to click away and forget. I wrote one action down every day and checked it off when I finished it. In the beginning, it didn't matter what time it was or how tired I was I didn't go to sleep until that one action was done. This was the only way I added another client, illustrated a 40+ children's book and published it, sent out my handmade products, and finished all my paid jobs for my clients.
5. Know what rewards you. The first few weeks of your action plan will feel great, then reality will set in. Maybe that's why so many people give up after two weeks. To fight this feeling and stick to your schedule know how you are rewarded. Are you rewarded by checking the action off your list? Or are you rewarded by buying something? Understanding how your body and mind are rewarded will only help you move forward. Not having the feeling of reward will make you another statistic. Hint - if you need to buy something, then buy something that reinvests in yourself or your business. I purchased equipment that will provide more services for my clients, such as a better lighting system for videos and photos.
6. Repeat the process of writing down your goals, scheduling one action, following through on that action and reward yourself. See where you're at after 30 days, I know you will be surprised with how much you can accomplish.
7. Never worry about the dollar amount in the first 30 days! Maybe this should be first. In the first 30 days, all you want to focus on with tunnel vision is what can you get done now. When you start from 0 you need your first sale, your first client and your first audience. Thinking about $$ or size of your audience will only overwhelm you. Turn that part off in your brain and retrain yourself to focus on the number of things you can get done in one day while being a reasonable human being who doesn't have to cut themselves off from everything.
Go get something done that will get you one step closer to what you want out of life and never stop! You're willing to spend hundreds on other things. Why wouldn't you invest the same in dreams?