I forgot about my goals. I am always talking about the importance of writing your goals and reading them everyday and then I went and forgot about mine. Lately, I’ve been in burn out mode, just doing what I had to do to get by. I lost all excitement for my business as you can see by the lack of blog posts in the last few months. I hired a business coach and do you know what she said to me on our last call? She said, “it sounds like maybe you met all your goals, and maybe it is time to make some new goals”. That was a big a-ha, light-bulb kind of moment for me. She was right. I had forgotten about my goals. I’d forgotten to even look at them.
Earlier this week, I was listening to an interview with Barbara Stanny, the author of Secrets of Six Figure Women and I got very inspired. In fact, I plan to buy her book this weekend. She talked about how once you make a decision on what you want and commit to it things will just start falling in to place. While listening to the interview I started writing my goals. Within 5 minutes of the interview ending a client who has been MIA appeared in my email in box wanting to start up work again. Then the next morning I got a new client with exactly the kinds of projects I love doing.
Then today while participating in the VA Revolution’s Process Manual Accountability class led by Yvonne Weld we were reviewing our business goals. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that I had met most the BIG business goals I wrote back in May 2007.
Just like Barbara Stanny said... things started falling in to place – serendipitously. All these events were a great reminder to me to practice what I preach.
1. Write down your goals.
2. Write goals in positive present tense (ie. I am a six figure business owner. My desk is always clean and organized, etc).
3. Read your goals everyday.
4. Update your goals as you meet them.
Don’t do what I did. Don’t forget about your goals.
Remember to dream!
Suggestion: Stop what you are doing right now and write down where you want to be a year from now. Think about what kind of clients you want to work with, how many hours a week you want to work, how much you will be making an hour. Remember to date those goals so next year at this time when you find that sheet of paper you can give yourself a pat on the back!
I'm off to go purchase this book! Have a great weekend!