Have you ever thrown a dart and not looked at the bulls eye? Or thrown a basketball and hope it lands in the net all while staring at the ground? Yeah, I didn’t think so. I’m not even sports-athletic-competitive-oriented-of-any-kind but even I know you have to aim for something to attain it.
At the beginning of this year I made a goal. I was new to making signs but thought it would be a good idea to have a dollar amount to strive for. It’s always hard diving into uncharted territory, then add to that, setting a goal for yourself when you have no idea what you’re doing or who will even like what you’re making, yeah it’s scary! You never want to set yourself up for failure or set your expectations so high that if you don’t reach them, you’re crushed. It’s kind of like when we unconsciously cross our arms over our heart to protect it in various situations. No one wants to get burned, me included.
I made that $$ amount small enough that I could make it in 12 months and large enough that it was a decent chunk of change. Either way I’d still be safe. What I didn’t expect was that only two months later, I’d actually reach that goal!
So, I spoke to my spiritual/business adviser (you know who you are) and she said I should up the amount. I mean it only took two months to make the first one, so I doubled the amount thinking I had plenty of time. End goal and all that right?! …crickets.
I don’t think I made another sale for another month or so. I don’t know anyone who is happy about making $25 in one month. But I kept the new goal in sight.
It wasn’t until July that things changed and I was able to reach my new goal. Yay!! Woo Hoo!! So I doubled it AGAIN.
Then of course the freak out set in. Not to mention the realization that I had 4 months to make my new goal and I didn’t know if I could pull it off. I mean I work and stuff!
Well I’m happy to report that it is now November and I am (as of today) exactly $116 away from my latest and greatest goal! I seriously don’t know how I did it, but I did!
Looking back on the year I’ve had so far, I’m one, proud of myself, and two, have a better understanding of my capabilities. All the struggles, anxiety, frustrations, (wish I could say weight loss but I can’t), and overall stress are just part of the growing and learning process. But the belief in myself that I can do it…well that’s just learning to have a little FAITH.
“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe,
the mind can achieve” – Napoleon Hill