Just by taking a look at my computer files, the calendar on my wall, and the notes in my diary and you will immediately see that I’m a planner. I love ‘to-do lists’, I love lists for ‘to-do lists’. I’m a geek at heart. Do you know the difference between a nerd and a geek? I didn’t until today. Apparently a nerd is someone who is really smart, and a geek is a person who’s into really smart things. Do you agree with this definition?
My biggest downfall is my level of confidence. I come across as bitchy or stuck up but if I don’t know you then I will be quiet. I’m a woman of few words unless I have something to say. If you approach me I’ll enjoy a conversation but making the first move is not my forte. I fear and loathe rejection. But who doesn’t, right?
I’ve come to the conclusion though is that if you never get rejected you blow any chances of success. And that goes for any field, whether it’s making new friends or trying to get published. If you’re not putting yourself out there to get rejected you’re also avoiding attracting success. Salespeople get told that with each ‘No’ to the product they are selling, they are one step closer to a ‘Yes’. It just takes one to get you motivated to get going. I think that goes with anything as long as you continue to improve on your pitch.
Which brings me to pitching.
Once upon a time, like five or so years ago, I pitched dozens of story ideas to magazines, online and print, each month. I even managed to score a few publication credits to my name and earn an income. A small one but a regular one. Now my pitching is non-existent. No wonder I’m not getting anywhere with my goals.
My number one goal this year is to create a regular side income of $1500 per month through blogging, writing and paraplanning. That figure would make a huge difference to my bottom line and would ensure that I reached my other goals, including purchasing an investment property, building an emergency fund, increasing my share portfolio and possibly spending Christmas and New Year in Europe.
I like making plans. I love setting goals. This year, I want to achieve my financial goals and stop stressing about the future. I want to be able to focus more on today, to be fully in the moment when I’m spending time with my son, to have more free time to spend with my husband. I also want to have more so I can help my family, from my parents to my grandparents.
January has gone. February is almost up. And what have I done to get closer to my goals?
1 – I finally sent my fiction novel to an editor. I’m hoping to self-publish in May.
2 – I earned $110 in January and $60 in February from paraplanning.
3 – I signed up for ODesk (has anyone done this? what are your thoughts on the platform?)
4 – I’ve resumed study for my Diploma of Financial Planning and I should be finished by July/Aug
5 – We visited a mortgage broker to get a better idea of how much we can borrow for a property
They’re small steps, but they are steps in the right direction. I need to be more accountable, so from now on I will post my progress on a monthly basis. This will include my fails and my successes, my ups and downs, my side income and my net worth.
I’m always going to be a planner but it’s time I started becoming a doer to. There’s no point in having a plan without then taking some action. Are you ready to take action?
1 – Check out your goals
What are your objectives for this year? For the next five years? If they are big and lofty goals, you might be feeling overwhelmed especially if progress is slow and finding it difficult to get started. Or you could be the opposite, two months down and you’ve been super motivated to reach your goals. Well done to you! Now tell me your secret, haha!
Are your goals still current? Things change, circumstances change. That’s ok. You can always tweak what you wan tot
2 – Break them down
Pick a goal and break it down into achievable steps. I wanted to publish my novel. First I had to write it, edit it, rewrite it, learn about self-publishing, hire an editor, hire a graphic designer, and much more. I actually thought the writing was the hardest part, that was until I started learning about self-publishing. It’s hard work. That’s a letter of steps for just one goal. Here’s how you could break down a few of some common goals.
a – You want to pay off the mortgage quicker
Great goal. You’ll be glad you did it. But how do you actually go about doing it. It’s actually easier than you think and you can start immediately by:
– increasing your weekly repayment by $10, that’s right. Do that and you’ve save a couple of years and a few thousand dollars in interest.
– refinance with a lower interest rate and a shorter loan term
– rent out a room and pay the proceeds immediately into your loan account
– each time you want to splurge, step back and chuck the cash into your loan
A few dollars here and there mightn’t seem like much but it can make a huge difference to your long term goal of reducing your loan. Baby steps can have an amazing impact.
b – You want to run a marathon
Running 42.2k is achievable. Most people can do it but they probably won’t. If this is your goal you need to break it down.
– give yourself at least 4 months
– tell yourself, ‘this week I’m going to run 3 x 3km. I can take walking breaks if needed but I have to complete three runs. I’m going to get up before the kids and leave my clothes and shoes waiting for me so I don’t have to think about anything other than getting dressed and heading out the door.’
– next week, increase your mileage by 10-15% each week, and remember to listen to your body
– meet up for a run with a friend to stay motivated
c – You really really want to create a side hustle freelancing
Yes, I do. How did you know that? Well, many of us in the blogosphere want to do exactly that however the results vary from person to person. Some are making barely enough to cover hosting fees while others are traveling the world and working location independent. I’m no expert here but this is one of my major goals this year. I want to create a side income stream of at least $1500 per month. How, how, how?
– I figure out what I need to do. in my case it means writing articles and blog posts
– I’ve signed up to ODesk
– I’m going to invest more time in my own blogs
– I’m going to approach other blog owners for guest posts
– I will query websites, blogs, magazines, and newspapers with pitches
– I’m going to reach out to experts who are doing what I’d like to be doing in the future
– I will apply for two writing jobs each week
– I’m going to do this during baby J’s naps and two days a week I will wake up at 4:30am and get two hours writing time done before baby J wakes up.
– I will stay accountable by writing about my progress here on a monthly basis
3 – Take action
Taking action is the hardest step of the three. It means you actually have to do something. No more planning, no more sitting back reading about other people’s success. No, now it’s your time to shine. It’s time to get things done. It sound scary but it doesn’t have to be. Look at the smaller picture. Pick four things that you can do today to bring you closer to your goals.
i) Write a blog post for your own blog
ii) Source 10 blogs that you would love to guest post for
iii) Brainstorm a few ideas for potential guest posts
iv) Draft a letter of introduction and pitch to the blog you’d love to guest post on
That’s four things that can make a huge difference to your career and they won’t take you more than 1-3 hours of your time. Then repeat, the next day. Sooner or late you’ll find that you’re crossing off your goals and becoming your own version of success.
What have you been doing these past two months to reach your 2015 goals?