Have you ever thought about just how much can happen in a year?
I remember the year when I was still working my full-time job in advertising and I decided that January that I would book a two week vacation for that October for myself and my husband and not tell my boss.
Why? Because the goal was to be out of there BEFORE October so I would never have to request the time for that trip. I knew what I was doing didn’t light me up inside and that was MY year to step into the life I deserved.
The only problem was… I didn’t have a real plan and I was trying to figure out a whole new world in business that I knew nothing about on my own. As the months went by, I realized that I wasn’t getting any closer to my goal but I kept trying because I’ve never been a quitter. For months I kept spinning my wheels over and over waiting for things to click and not getting why everyone made online business look so EASY. But at least I wasn’t quitting right?
That September, I walked up to my boss and asked for those two weeks off, pretending that I had just found out about the trip that was planned MONTHS ago instead of the reality… I was STUCK another year at a job that paid well but gave me no passion because I couldn’t make my online business work.
That following January, I started the year with not only a goal to never know what that feeling of defeat feels like again but a PROVEN PLAN. I was going to live out my dream by the end of 2013 and take massive action for it to happen… PERIOD.
By May of that year, I had made enough money to not only cover my income as a graphic designer at that ad agency but also the THREE part time jobs I was working at the same time to cover our student loans – all through that same online business that felt like a failure to me the year before.
- STEP 1: I made my mindset work more important than my business growth. You can be the smartest person in your industry but if your mindset isn’t prepared for this entrepreneurial journey.. the negative reel playing in your head will eat you alive before your business even gets fully off the ground. Period. End of story. It was a hard truth I had to learn because, to be honest, I thought personal development was way too “woo woo” for me. And that’s exactly why I wasn’t getting anywhere. I spoke defeat into my life daily and that’s exactly what I was getting… defeat after defeat because my business wouldn’t grow unless I chose to grow by getting out of my own way.
- STEP 2: I invested in my business and consistently applied what I learned. My months in the business were nothing short of a clusterfuck of me trying to learn everything and do everything on my own. I knew there were tools and resources out there but I gave myself every excuse in the world as to why I couldn’t afford them. Ever heard the phrase “scared money don’t make money”? Yep, I wasn’t making money because I was too afraid to invest into my future. I spent $65k on a college degree to learn the skills I needed at the time yet here I was trying to have a six figure business and afraid to invest $500? Yikes. Instead, I not only saw investing money into growing my business (thus, my dream) but also a challenge… to always APPLY what I learned and make DOUBLE the investment in PROFIT after any event, training or course I purchased. Let’s just say, that plan still continues to work for me – very well. 😉
- STEP 3: I surrounded myself with those who were going in the same direction forward.They say you are the sum of the five people you spend the most time with (and they’re right!). I’ll never forget the first week of 2013 when I decided to attend a business event. To be in a room with others who have that same drive and passion.. along with those who have already succeeded in reaching the SAME goal you have? It’s powerful! Before then, I didn’t even know other people out there had crazy big dreams like I did and it’s hard to stay motivated when you feel like the only fish in a big ocean. I knew from that moment I needed to change my circle and change it fast if I was going to succeed – and I did just that.
How different would your business be at this time next year if you didn’t have to guess your way through the process? If you had that PROVEN plan for success right NOW, in order to make this your breakthrough year?
Once I had a clear plan and mindset, everything changed.
The same can happen for you.
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