Today we are on Day 2 of the Mastering Your Mindset for 2017. Yesterday I talked about why it is important that you have a positive mindset and what can happen if you don’t. If you haven’t read it right now might be a good time to check it out.
One of the most important parts of mastering your mindset is to have a clear focus. I don’t know about you, but I struggle with this one because I’ve got so many projects that I’d like to do. I’ve always had an entrepreneuer spirit and mind, but I would get frustrated because I couldn’t find my “calling” or one true “purpose”.
All I knew was that I wanted to earn money online and have the freedom that comes with that. The only problem is that I’d jump from one project to another and never really give one a chance. The problem with this was the fact when you start focusing on too many ideas you don’t accomplish anything.
Try Getting a Clear Focus in Mind for Your Goals
The same applies to goals. If you’re not specific and focused on what you want and you just say you want to be successful you’re not going to be able to get to what you consider successful.
By simply saying you want to be successful is not going to make it happen. You need a plan with actionable goals in order to succeed. Don’t be like others who don’t have a plan or no idea what to take action on to get you there.
Too Broad Of Milestones Won’t Work Either
Not having any type of plan isn’t good, but neither is going too broad. You won’t reach your goals if you do this. What is a broad goal? Below are some example:
- I want to be successful financially
- I want my business to grow
- I want to level up in my business
The goals above are so broad. They are all over the place and reaching them will be hard to do because they aren’t really defined.
When you make goals they need to be specific so that they can be broken down into actionable steps.
Instead of the one-size-fits all goals above you’ll need to dig a little deeper and ask better questions. Those types of goals don’t give you a road map. In fact, they are just contributing to your confusion and overwhelm. And when you’re first starting out you don’t want any more of those two feelings!
Dig Deeper With Your Goals
Instead of saying “I want to be successful financially” think what that means. How much money will make you financially successful? Is it $20,000 more a year, $40,000 a year, $60,000 a year or $100,000 a year.
Let’s break it down more.
If you say you want to make an extra $40,000 this year, that’s fine – but what are the steps that you’re going to take to get there. You don’t make $40K overnight – if it was that easy everyone would do it. You make it by taking the smaller steps that lead you to that goal.
You need to define these smaller steps that end up feeding into your larger goal. So instead of having a goal of making more money overall, set a goal of how much money you need to make each day or each week to meet that ultimate goal.
If you want to make an extra $40K, then you would need to bring in about $3,333 a month. Break that down by how much you would need to bring in a week, which is about $833 or about $119 a day.
When you’re first starting out $119 a day might seem like a huge number. So break it down even further.
If you’re a product creator that would mean:
- You’d have to sale 17 products a day at $7 each
- You’d have to sale 7 products a day at $17 each
- You’d have to sale 5 products a day at $27 each
- You’d have to sale 2.5 products a day at $47 each
That’s what you focus your goal on because when you make that $119 a day, it feeds into the weekly goal which feeds into the ultimate goal. And it’s not so overwhelming.
Working With Your Current Income Streams
If you have streams of income right now that aren’t moving you toward your goal, then you have to come up with a way to increase that income.
Here are 3 Ways to Increase Your Income:
- Offer an eBook
- Create Paid Tutorials
- Membership Sites
What you can’t do is sit down and think about your goal, plan it and then do nothing to move toward it. I’m really bad doing this. I’m a planner, but then there are some projects that I just plan out and never act on. Guess how many of those are earning me money now?
No – I’m not. I didn’t take action. I just made plans.
Wishful thinking or hoping doesn’t lead to changes or results. When you set actionable goals, it allows you to have a clear focus and helps you have the mindset to reach them.
You need deliberate goals in order to have a sense of direction. It allows you to lead your life rather than to be led. Plus, when you have actionable goals, it lets you keep track of your success.
If you know that you have to make $119 a day and one day you make twice that, then you’re ahead of the week’s goal. And that will help if you have a shortcoming on another day.
Today I want you to really think what it is that you want. Be specific. Tomorrow we’ll talk about why you need goals and how to set them for yourself.
Don’t forget to check out Mastering Your Mindset For 2017 – Day 1 if you haven’t read it already.