I know you’ve been slacking. I saw the shine in your eyes when you decided to head down to the bar on Friday night instead of slaving away over a hot laptop. Want to know what’s deadly to a solopreneur? Losing motivation.
“Mercury is retrograde,” you told yourself. “This is totally normal. I’ll get back to making progress as soon as it goes direct.”
But that was days ago and you still haven’t done anything.
What are you going to do about it?
It’s time to get it together.
Get Your List Together
Remember back in January when you planned out the rest of your year and wrote out a whole bunch of goals, hopes, ambitions, dreams, or whatever you want to call them? Do you still have that vision board you made in March when you were already losing motivation?
Bust those out.
I want to see what you’ve actually accomplished.
Cross off all the tasks you’ve completed and then take a picture and tag me in it on Instagram.
For me, I wanted to hit 1,000 across all platforms – 1,000 blog subscribers, 1,000 YouTube subscribers, 1,000 Twitter followers, etc. Maybe you wanted to lose 10 pounds or save up enough money to take a trip to Africa.
(This one’s for you, Karen.)
Whatever it was, check yourself (before you wreck yourself?). How much progress have you made on your business? What’s left to do before you actually hit your goal?
Good. Now how are you going to get there?
You’ve got 97 days to get your shit together
A lot of people have been complaining that 2016 has been a really bad year so far. They’re annoyed by bad things happening and slow progress and sad things. Fine. Let them declare it a bad year. Seize the opportunity to make it better for yourself.
We have 97 days to make 2016 our best year yet. That’s a quarter of a year (plus a few days for you to run around freaking out because you’re going to have to actually put in work and effort, even (especially) over the holiday season and finals week and whatever other apparently life-ruining events happen between now and then that will just like totally derail your efforts because you’re a victim of circumstance rather than a fully-formed human being with free will who can make positive and powerful choices to meet your goals at any time of year).
Join me for my challenge
From now until the end of 2016, I’m going to bust my ass and do everything in my power to meet my original goals. I don’t want to see this year go to waste. And I definitely don’t want to see myself fail or slack off or roll over and give in.
We didn’t hop on the path of solopreneurship to give up. We don’t want a loss of motivation to be the reason why we fail as solopreneurs. We want to fail honestly – with dignity. After clawing desperately at every last chance for success. Not after wasting an entire week binge-watching Charmed on Netflix.
Maybe I won’t hit my 1,000 like I wanted to. That’s fine – I just want to know that I did everything I could to work my ass off for it.
(Plus, followers don’t pay the bills – sales do.)
Because if you fail after trying, you can sleep well knowing that there’s a powerful lesson (or several powerful lessons) that you learned in the process of failing. That’ll help you in the future. You’ll do well in the future because of your failures.
But if you don’t try – if you don’t sincerely put in the work and the effort – then the only thing you learned about yourself is that you’re a quitter. You make giving up a habit. Don’t master the art of quitting – choose to pick up a better habit instead.
We’re gonna get it done, 2016.