Hello! Today, I have a post from my friend Kathleen. She recently started a Kickstarter campaign for something I truly believe in. I recommend you check it out!
If you’re anything like me, you come to this site for some serious inspiration.
You look at Michelle’s income posts and wonder how exactly she can do all that. Sure, she breaks her income down into categories, but still you hesitate.
Maybe you believe you can start blogging your way into the kind of success she’s seen.
Maybe you don’t.
Maybe you think there’s something special about Michelle that makes it possible for her to do things you never imagined you could do.
Well, I’m here to tell you you’re right.
Michelle is really special.
But she’s a hard worker. She doesn’t pretend any of this is easy, and she doesn’t sugarcoat her work ethic.
But you? You can do amazing things, too. In fact, you can do anything you put your mind to.
Don’t be afraid to dream big. Take those big dreams and figure out how you’re going to accomplish them.
I created The Remarkable Year, a guided journal/planner/motivational book that will help you set goals and check back in on them throughout the year, for people just like you.
How it Works
There’s a guided brainstorming section at the beginning, which walks you through the dream stage. There’s a timeline, so you don’t get to wander too far afield. What do you want to do this year? The book is dated for 2016, so you set remarkable goals as long-form New Year’s resolutions, then it makes you get real.
Of all the things you want to do, which three are the most important?
Once you figure out your top three, then it breaks things into a timeline.
Example: Jane Wants to Quit Her Job by December 31, 2016
Let’s use Jane as an example. Jane is done with the corporate world, and wants to be more like Michelle, who travels all over the country climbing mountains and hiking.
Okay, that’s a concrete goal.
How does Jane make that happen?
Jane makes $36,000 a year, and would like to replace that income online before telling her boss goodbye.
Let’s break it down. By the end of December, she needs to be making $3,000 per month, so that means:
By the end of March, she needs to figure out what she’s going to build her business around. Is it writing? Web design? Social media management? Blog management? Whatever it is, it needs to be fully functional and live by the end of March. If she needs to take a class and brush up on her skills, all of that should be done in the first quarter.
By the end of June, she needs to have her first five clients. In the second quarter, she’ll be focused on approaching five new clients a week in order to get herself booked.
By the end of September, she needs to be making $2500 a month, and she needs to see how she’ll level up when she leaves her job.
See how breaking things down quarterly helps Jane narrow her focus and turn her side hustle into a full-time gig?
You might not believe me, but breaking down your goals into manageable chunks is easier than you think. It often doesn’t work, though, because we fail to break our goals into smaller pieces. In the scenario above, Jane decided to focus on turning her dream into reality. So, she knew that she had three months to pick a direction. She was looking into all kinds of options, but then she chose, and she found clients.
You can do it too.
I would love your support on Kickstarter. Thanks so much for checking it out! http://bitly.com/remarkableyear
Kathleen O'Malley Celmins is a recovering to-do listaholic and a storyteller. She believes everyone has a story inside them. She's a blogger, a blog manager, and an entrepreneur.
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