Achieve Your Goals for Your Organizing Business, Regardless of Obstacles
Today, we’re going to chat about what it takes to achieve your business goals for your organizing business, regardless of obstacles you may be facing right now.
You can be sure that life will at times be a twisting path of “potholes” around which you must navigate. You’ve likely been through phases of your life already where you wondered if your luck would ever change.
Then, things calmed down and you discovered the smoother, straighter road.
My story about becoming a professional organizer is really part of a larger narrative of gaining control over my mindset and my own life.
The fact that I could just use skills from my previous job experiences and get started right away as a professional organizer absolutely compelled me to launch my business in 2014.
I was not the confident person I am now at that time.
I had no clue how I was going to provide the life I wanted for myself and my kids on my own after getting divorced.
I mean yes, I had a college degree and business experience, but now that I was on my own, I didn’t even have my own computer.
I locked myself in a friend’s office for a long weekend in the summer of 2014 and came out with a website.
Shortly after that, I got my first client ever through a Facebook ad.
The day I walked out of that first consultation with a check for $2,029, I knew something major had changed in my life.
I had researched the ever-living-you-know-what out of the organizing industry as I was launching, and I knew this wasn’t the typical result. I had done something differently, and I had done it right.
Something inside me also smiled peacefully that day, and has never stopped smiling since…
…because I realized then that I had the knowledge of how to turn my skills into real money, and that no one would ever be able to take that away from me.
I’m not saying every moment after that was easy, but I truly experienced a shift in what I could do for myself and what I could be for other people through becoming a professional organizer.
Regardless of where your journey leads, it’s important to be able to continue making progress to meet the goals you’ve established for yourself. Through the tough times, staying focused on what you want in life will keep your spirits high and bring you joy.
The key, then, to a fulfilled life is to achieve your goals no matter what.
I’m going to give you five strategies that you can always use to keep obstacles from stopping you.
Try these tips to continue going for your goals even when life’s road gets rough:
- Know exactly what you’re after in life.
What do you want your life to be like? I’ve pretty much known I wanted to work for myself since I was a kid. I used to daydream about being in the kind of marriage I’m in now and even used to drive past the neighborhoods where I got organizing jobs, wishing I could just have the chance to step inside houses like them. When you’re sure about what you want, you can then plan your activities over the short and long term to help you achieve your goals.
2. Keep your list of life goals short and to the point.
Some good examples of life goals are“: Save 25% of my yearly earnings for kids’ education, vacations and retirement,” Take budget-friendly vacations out of the country every 5 years,” and “Retire when I’m 47.”
I believe in the power of numbers. When you have numbers, you can break your goals down into actual projects to work on.
3. Infuse elements of achieving your goals into your everyday life.
Let’s say one of your goals, a trip out of the country, will be to Paris 3 years from now. Have a couple of books about Paris laying around the house, on your coffee table and nightstand. Listen to music from France on your Pandora station. Follow Parisian fashion accounts on Instagram and watch French movies.
- Have reminders and tasks to do that are related to meeting your life goals throughout your home. As professional organizers, we know how powerful the stuff around us can be, so get rid of the things that keep you stuck in a small mindset and don’t remind you of where you’re going. Make your life goals part of your everyday life so that even when times get bumpy, you’ll be able to keep your eyes on what’s really important to you.
4. Talk positively to yourself.
It can be quite helpful to use positive self-talk. When you do, you’ll be more likely to keep working toward your goals in life. Say something like, “I’m in a rough patch right now, but I will still keep saving for my retirement and my kids’ educations.”
Something I still say a lot to myself is, “I know it’s hard, but you have to push yourself.” And then somehow, I do.
I have also been known to say to myself more than once, “if so and so can do this, so can I.” And that works really well for me too.
I’ve learned that I actually really thrive on challenge.
- Other examples of positive self-talk are “I can get through this challenging phase just like I did before,” “As long as I keep moving forward, things will be okay,” and “Life has in store many more wonderful adventures for me.”
- Using positive self-talk will keep your spirits up when you feel like you’re floundering in choppy waters. You absolutely have to figure out what words tend to motivate you and continue to tell them to yourself daily, as opposed to waiting to hear it from somewhere else.
5. Reflect on your efforts in order to reinforce them.
Even though you may be struggling, think about what you accomplished just this week to achieve your goals. Maybe you made a couple of phone calls, Googled and researched business stuff on your lunch break, or drew up a new budget to ensure you’re on target for saving for your life goals.
- The fact is you did something. And recognizing that will reinforce your efforts in your quest to achieve your goals. I promise you can excel in times of great challenge.
Above all, you have to stay inspired.
Keep working toward accomplishing your goals, even though life throws out more than a few obstacles at you. Know what you’re after and stay focused. Make your life goals a part of your daily life and use positive self-talk. And don’t forget to recognize and acknowledge what you’ve done to keep moving forward.
The old me, the self that I was before being tested with the challenges of single mom life would have given up because I didn’t want to look silly, or stupid. That alone was enough to stop me from trying things.
Now, I’m motivated to keep going (no matter what people think), because I simply don’t want to die with my music inside me.
I hope you’ll apply some of these strategies to help you consistently work to meet your life goals. If you do, you’ll accomplish whatever you want, no matter what.
Here’s what you need to do today:
Notice what you say to yourself.
- For one day, notice the types of things you say to yourself. Write them down so that you can potentially revisit the ones that show up a lot to dig into them further.
- How much of it is negative? How do you think this negative self-talk influences your attitude and results? How does it affect your ability to overcome life’s obstacles?
If you are a professional organizer (or really want to be one!) I’d love to connect further to help you move toward the business that truly supports you and your desired lifestyle. Let’s connect on Instagram @proorganizerstudio.