If you haven’t read the “Squashing the Someday Epidemic,” post go HERE and read it first! Today we are going to discuss four additional tasks that will help you banish the word “someday,” from your vocabulary when it comes to initiating the steps to reach your goals.
Everything you want to do has to be part of a plan to make it happen.
Now that you have the goal written down, and the date attached to it, you need to write out a plan. You need to list all the things that have to happen to make it possible, attach dates to all those things, and start creating action items. I love action items. I actually feel like I say “action items” way more than one person should, but that is how important they are to making something a reality. For example, me deciding not to work on Saturdays anymore had to have action items attached to it. I had to decide what I was going to tell clients that inquired about working with me on Saturday, I had to create a marketing plan that would be even more effective and attract enough brides that I could still book the weddings that I needed to book and still be able to take Saturdays off. I even had to change my workflow some to accommodate me not working on the weekends. No matter how big or how small your “someday” item is, it has to have a plan to get it to the finish line.
Make yourself accountable, or find someone who will.
This is probably the hardest step when you are dealing with business owners. When you are the boss, who holds you accountable? We all need a check in person, someone who is going to make sure we stay on task. This can come in a lot of various ways. The biggest one is learning to become accountable to yourself. Stop letting things slide by, stop giving yourself a pass all the time. Having that self-motivation and holding your self-accountable is one of the biggest propelling factors in building a successful business. But in the beginning, it can be so hard, because let’s be honest, we all probably have some bad habits of not stepping up to the plate. So get someone else on board. Whether this is a spouse, a friend, a family member, an industry colleague, a child, we all have someone in our lives who is great at making us tow the line. Put that person in charge of helping keep you moving forward. Give them that power, and have them use it on you. If you really are committed and serious, one of the best forms of accountability I have ever experienced in my business is a business coach. There is nothing I dread more than my weekly Wednesday check-ins with my business coach when I haven’t gotten my stuff done. I don’t want to tell them I didn’t accomplish the goals I had. I want to be the “gold star” student. My business coach has changed everything for me and has put me on a higher level with my business because I now have someone who checks in on me and makes me step it up if I am slacking.
Outline how to overcome the obstacles
I am not so super motivated or naive to think that with every “someday” item, that there aren’t going to be obstacles to face. There will be. Undoubtedly, there will also be obstacles to face that you didn’t even think of when you were in the early stages of going through ideas. So for the ones you know are an issue, and as you are working towards the goals and they arise, take the time to sit down and outline how to overcome them. One big obstacle for me in deciding to no longer work on Saturdays was that last year over 50% of my income was made on Saturdays. So I had to have a great plan in place to deal with that. Remember, they are just obstacles, they are not impossibilities. Don’t give up. I have found in my business there are a lot of things that seem like a reason to give up. But just when you think you are at your breaking point and about to breakdown, is usually when you are right around the corner from a breakthrough. Face the obstacles and work through them, but again, even that can’t happen without a plan.
Get to work.
Nothing will happen if you don’t work for it. I look at all the time I have spent dreaming about things and wishing for them. I wished I would have spent that time working for them instead. Getting to the “I did it” phase is far easier when you are actually working towards it. Everything and anything in life, and in business, requires hard work. So if you really want something that bad, get ready to roll up your sleeves and do what needs to be done to accomplish it.
Nothing happens overnight, but there is no reason to leave the things you really want to do in the “someday” file.
There really just isn’t. You can do the things you want to do and live the life you want to live, but you have to be willing to take the steps necessary to make those dreams your reality. I work with so many people with so much potential that is lost and wasted simply because they aren’t willing to take the first step in making the things they spend their time dreaming about part of their reality. I look at the past decade of my business and I see how far I have come, but it took work and planning. It took me being able to let go of fear. It took the belief in the fact that I could do something more amazing with my life. I love the quote, “Those who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who actually do.” I believe that wholeheartedly. Maybe everything that sits on our “someday” list won’t change the entire world, but how could it change your world? No longer working on Saturdays didn’t have a life-altering impact on very many people, but it had a huge life-altering impact on my most important people. So we need to be brave enough to chase those types of things and make them come alive.
Trust me, if I can do it, you can do it!
Are you a photographer looking for a place where you are held accountable? Where there are monthly on-track challenges? Well, then let me introduce you to theblueprint™! 30 lessons, weekly live coaching calls, built in accountability and everything you will need to build a business that is a benefit to your family and not a burden! Let’s be #bettertogether!