If you take a look at successful, creative women in your niche, I’ll bet you’ll find at least one thing in common. They keep their promises to themselves and to others. This means that when they say they’re going to do something, they do it.
This can include things that they don’t say out loud. Have you ever promised yourself that you’d work on your craft each day to get better and stopped after a week? Have you told yourself that you’d spend time marketing your products for 30 minutes each morning and found yourself talking to your friends on Facebook instead? Can you imagine what would have happened if you would have followed through?
Stop making promises that you aren’t going to keep. You can do this by setting realistic goals for yourself and your business, and then simply following through. Show up every day, and do the best that you can to keep your promises.
This simple change in your daily routine can make a huge difference in your personal and professional success. If you make a promise to yourself that you’re going to work out for 20 minutes each day, do it. If you promise that you’ll write a guest blog post for someone, do it. If you tell your husband that you’re going to work after dinner instead of watching trashy reality TV, do it.
Okay, I know you get the point by now. But just think how your business could change if you actually did what you planned on doing.
Put this Idea into Action
When you think of a goal that you want to reach, follow these five steps:
1. Make the goal specific and measurable. For instance, if you say that you want to increase your sales, it’s not specific enough, and you can’t really measure it. Instead, you could set a goal to make 10 sales per week.
2. Think about the goal carefully, and make sure that it’s realistic. If, on average, you make one sale per week, it might be unrealistic to shoot for 10 sales the next week. Instead, try to increase your sales to 2.
3. Write down your goal, and put it somewhere you’ll see it regularly. Even better, write it down three times, and put it in three different places. I suggest putting your list of goals next to your bed and reviewing them each morning when you wake up and each night before you go to bed. This will keep your goals fresh in your mind.
4. Hold yourself accountable. In my opinion, the best way to do this is to tell people about your goals. Won’t you be more likely to follow through if you tell your friend that your goal is to redo your shop banner by the end of the week instead of keeping it to yourself?
5. Reward yourself for meeting your goals. Everybody could use a little positive reinforcement. Something as simple as taking a relaxing bubble bath after reaching a goal can increase motivation.