A reality check can either put you on, or throw you off your square. When the moment occurs that the light bulb finally goes off inside your head it’s also a signal for you to take action. It could be a tragedy or triumph; a personal event or something you saw on the news. It doesn’t matter as long as it causes you to make a move. My reality check was that I didn’t require a special moment to make any moves. I have been in motion for quite some time now, and I’m happy to say that I’m making more progress, than causing myself to digress. The tricky thing is figuring out what I need to do first, versus what I want to do first. So, here’s the 10 step criteria I used to help me create my action plan for 2014.
1. Prioritize Goals
My main goal is to be efficient and effective in my business, and in my life. In order to achieve that there’s a lot that needs to be done on a daily. Right now, I work three jobs. My day job at Our Next Generation Community Center, freelancing as a writer/SEO Content Specialist for Interact Media(and whoever else I can snag as a client), plus I run my design firm TSX Design House(including 2 online stores on Zazzle and Etsy). However, I can’t put 100% into every little thing and expect a 100% return on my investment. A jack of all trades is a master of none, so I have to focus on mastering my business, and being really great at freelancing and working with the kids. My goal is to reposition my brand to be stronger, consistent, superior, distinctive and communicate strong thoughts and feelings to my customer segment creating loyalty and generating strong revenue.
2. Define Resources
It’s time to re-access my resources. My main resource is me! But I think I’m keeping good maintenance on my skillset and knowledge base. I believe in continuing education and my intellectual resources so I enrolled in some MOOC grad level courses to keep my mind fresh and stay current on design and business trends. My next thing to think about is financial resources. I have to work with what I’ve got, and I’m ok with that. I can seek other sources of income to help raise capitol for living expenses, marketing and supplies. It’ll be hard, but it’s not impossible. When I’m ready, I’ll apply for another business grant and ask my family to invest in my dream.
3. Accept Who I Am
I can only be me, and do what I do. I can’t dwell on how fast others are moving, or how far they have gotten in the quest to live their dream. I can’t allow my past to haunt me, it’s a part of what has made me who I am, and it has contributed to my success and survival. If I hadn’t experienced some the things I’ve gone through in my life, I might not have been strong enough to even get this far. I RESPECT the road I’ve taken and tip my hat to the old me.
4. Reject and Deflect Drama
Drama is a distraction from the tasks at hand. You have to distance yourself from people who are not on the same page as you, and who don’t respect your hustle. Otherwise all their petty crap will through a monkey wrench in your plans. I can’t afford to get side tracked one single minute, so if you aren’t trying to work to rise to the next level, I have to cut you loose.
5. Forgive and Release
Emotional baggage weighs heavy on a great mind. Anger and resentment can consume you, totally wasting precious time that could be spent being productive and innovative. As I’ve said in past posts you have to learn to bless your enemy. Forgive those that have wronged you, ask for forgiveness for those you have done wrong, and move on. You can’t see what’s in front of you if you’re always looking to see what’s behind you.
Trust yourself and your vision. It may take more than one attempt at achieving your dreams to reach that final product that will take you to the top. Apple’s first version of the Mac probably wasn’t as good as it the MacBook is now, so don’t get deterred by a few trial runs. And don’t be afraid to take on the big boys. If you conceive that your idea is a luxury market idea, then build it as a luxury market product. It’s ok to put yourself out there if you have what people want.
7. Enforce Accountability
When you say you’re going to do something do it. So set realistic goals with realistic outcomes. But if you don’t meet them figure out why it didn’t work, and what needs to be tweaked to make it work. It’s ok as long as you’ve worked as hard as you can to make it happen.
8. Work More Hours
I have to put in more hours. I like to sleep, eat, and I am a reality TV junkie. But I know that if I want to make more money, and be more successful I have to add about 14-20 more work hours to my week to make it happen.
9. Establish A Routine
Working from home it’s hard to establish a routine. But if I know that I’ll be writing everyday from 10am-noon and sewing from 9pm-11pm at least four days out of the week, I can plan those activities according to the order I want to complete projects. I can blog, tend to my social media and marketing and finish the rest of this collection.
10. Love My Family
Most importantly I have to make time to spend with my family. I have a 16 year old daughter and 4 year old son, and I’m very close to my mother. brother and other immediate family. Relationships are important, and regardless of whether or not I make a million dollars my family will always love and appreciate me. So I have to find time to nurture those relationships.
It’s all coming together and I can feel that my time is coming. I just have to make sure everything is in place when it all goes down. Opportunity doesn’t have to knock on my door, I’m out here making it happen on my own. Stay tuned, MUAH…aaand scene
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