Challenging yourself and goals

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I recently set myself a bit goal basically to pay for my holiday in 6 months. From where I'm at now, I'd see that as a big challenge.

I have a decent amount of knowledge in IM, but clearly not enough to be 'killing it' and making this money already.

I am making money, just not enough!

I have lists, existing blogs (that I haven't done anything with since them getting slapped - these have made money in the past). I have also created my own product before.

I'm looking for some different ideas, ideas that I wouldn't have considered to create income streams, or develop existing ones, to get myself closer to achieving my goals. I know I've been very vague with my description of where I'm at - ask away if you're interested.

I'm also interested in how you set goals - do you shoot for the moon, then split it up mathematically, or set yourself an easy goal, nail it then set another one? I can see benefits to both approaches, but would love to hear from people who have actually achieved something with either approach.
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  • Profile picture of the author becksoliver
    Hey Matt

    With regards to setting goals, I set myself 3 large tasks and 10 small ones in each week. Write them down and hold myself accountable to reach these goals in 7 days. The three big ones should be things that will bring money / customers into my business. The smaller ones should be taking care of admin based tasks

    I think it sounds like you have alot of value to offer people on the forum - have you ever considered making a membership course teaching all the skills you have gained to newbies? Just an idea
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      Originally Posted by becksoliver View Post

      Hey Matt

      With regards to setting goals, I set myself 3 large tasks and 10 small ones in each week. Write them down and hold myself accountable to reach these goals in 7 days. The three big ones should be things that will bring money / customers into my business. The smaller ones should be taking care of admin based tasks

      I think it sounds like you have alot of value to offer people on the forum - have you ever considered making a membership course teaching all the skills you have gained to newbies? Just an idea
      Hey,

      Thanks for this.

      You approach makes a lot of sense - it's what I try to do, but sometimes struggle with accountability. Need to be able to pick what is important and I should be spending my time on, versus things that waste time and effort...

      I had considered it, but just hadn't got around to it. Definitely will put it on the long term goals for this year, although I'm busy with stuff right now.
      Keep your eyes open for it when I do.

      Cheers,

      Martin.
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  • Profile picture of the author DaniWright
    I'm only just starting out. I'm still doing mostly busy work with only a little revenue-producing work. Soon I'll be 'finished' with the busywork (it's never finished) and be able to swap focus.

    I treat it like a job. It's easy to slack when you work for youself, but I don't. I work for Wani. "Wani Dright" is a very strict and demanding boss, and she can make lazy Dani a little frustrated sometimes, but it's good to have clear goals and expectations. I set goals for myself weekly, so that I can reach my monthly goals so that I can reach my goals for the quarter so that I can reach my goals for the year. It's a business after all.

    It's sort of a way for me to keep myself accountable since I don't have an accountability partner. I got the idea from a Jenna Marbles video about your drunk name, haha.
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      Originally Posted by DaniWright View Post

      I'm only just starting out. I'm still doing mostly busy work with only a little revenue-producing work. Soon I'll be 'finished' with the busywork (it's never finished) and be able to swap focus.

      I treat it like a job. It's easy to slack when you work for youself, but I don't. I work for Wani. "Wani Dright" is a very strict and demanding boss, and she can make lazy Dani a little frustrated sometimes, but it's good to have clear goals and expectations. I set goals for myself weekly, so that I can reach my monthly goals so that I can reach my goals for the quarter so that I can reach my goals for the year. It's a business after all.

      It's sort of a way for me to keep myself accountable since I don't have an accountability partner. I got the idea from a Jenna Marbles video about your drunk name, haha.
      This sounds a little like you're doing stuff that you could potentially outsource, so that you can concentrate on whatever your other focus is?

      I found that this was the case previously with article marketing. Lots of writing, tons of work, little in the way of results, or money. It's great when it does finally happen, but I would never approach things that way again...

      Could you give some examples of your goals? I'm interested how far you're stretching yourself.
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  • Profile picture of the author illiptic
    Here's a quick little analogy I used in another thread on here.

    If you had a certain amount of effort to get 2 different outcomes...

    Outcome 1: All expenses paid 2 week trip to Bora Bora with fine food in a fancy hut right on the water

    Outcome 2: A weekend trip through Columbus Ohio

    Which would you work harder for?

    I have found that it is better to set a truly WORTHWHILE goal that will stretch your thinking and your vision, as opposed to just setting little bitty goals.

    I have much more passion and creative energy toward achieving that one AWESOME goal than the multiple small ones.

    Do this and all of the current dynamics of your business will immediately change just because of the quality of energy you are putting out there will change toward that one thing that really drives you and is worthwhile to you...whatever that happens to be.
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    • Profile picture of the author MartinPlatt
      Originally Posted by illiptic View Post

      Here's a quick little analogy I used in another thread on here.

      If you had a certain amount of effort to get 2 different outcomes...

      Outcome 1: All expenses paid 2 week trip to Bora Bora with fine food in a fancy hut right on the water

      Outcome 2: A weekend trip through Columbus Ohio

      Which would you work harder for?

      I have found that it is better to set a truly WORTHWHILE goal that will stretch your thinking and your vision, as opposed to just setting little bitty goals.

      I have much more passion and creative energy toward achieving that one AWESOME goal than the multiple small ones.

      Do this and all of the current dynamics of your business will immediately change just because of the quality of energy you are putting out there will change toward that one thing that really drives you and is worthwhile to you...whatever that happens to be.
      I agree with the big vision idea.

      I like to do that, to go beyond what I could imagine being able to achieve, then set smaller goals to achieve it.

      The big goal is the thing that motivates me personally - the big prize. Smaller goals, whilst initially exciting aren't as motivating than something that you'd be proud of yourself for achieving, and others would be blown away at your achievement. It achieves things on so many levels.

      Do you do the same thing?
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    What would be the cost of the vacation you are hoping to cover within 6 months, because some could have a great vacation with $1,000, while others need $10,000 for the same purpose.
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      Originally Posted by EllenMoore View Post

      What would be the cost of the vacation you are hoping to cover within 6 months, because some could have a great vacation with $1,000, while others need $10,000 for the same purpose.
      Shooting for $20K, suspect we won't need anywhere near as much as that.

      The size of the goal is unimportant, it's all about getting as close to achieving the goal as I possibly can do.

      It's going to be an overseas holiday, and we plan to do a lot of travel, and enjoy as many places as we can do.
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  • Profile picture of the author kevingiles
    Two thoughts for you:

    1. To breakthrough on "killing it" with making money, you need to get your subconscious mind focused on achieving your goals......to make that happen, you need to "get right with money" in your head to eliminate the internal limiting beliefs that are literally holding you back. The best method I have found to accomplish this is with hypnotherapy to let your subconscious mind "fix" itself.

    2. With respect to goal-setting, you should start with your end goal and deadline time fixed and work backwards from there on what you need to day monthly, weekly, daily, and even hourly to make that happen. Adjust action required based on results per action.
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      Originally Posted by kevingiles View Post

      Two thoughts for you:

      1. To breakthrough on "killing it" with making money, you need to get your subconscious mind focused on achieving your goals......to make that happen, you need to "get right with money" in your head to eliminate the internal limiting beliefs that are literally holding you back. The best method I have found to accomplish this is with hypnotherapy to let your subconscious mind "fix" itself.

      2. With respect to goal-setting, you should start with your end goal and deadline time fixed and work backwards from there on what you need to day monthly, weekly, daily, and even hourly to make that happen. Adjust action required based on results per action.
      Interesting point with number 1 - I agree that I don't need anything holding me back. I found NLP also very effective at achieving this too. Tony Robbins talks about it in his books too...

      2. Totally agree - it's an interesting prospect though - I set the goal, but dont expect earning to go up in a linear fashion, i.e. whilst it in no way affects how I am working, I expect it to be hard to get traction initially. Once followers, visitors, and interested parties reach a critical mass, then I expect things to grow exponentially. The key I think it to make sure things keep improving and aim to reach that critical mass as soon as possible. What are your thoughts?
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