Good morning, can you believe it’s July already? We’re more than half way through 2016 already. It’s scary how quickly time goes! That is why regular progress reviews of your goals and aspirations are so important! They help to keep you on track and make sure that time doesn’t just pass you by with nothing to show for it.
My last progress review was back in the springtime. We are now well into summer (I wish someone would let the sunshine know), and it’s time to take a look at whether I’ve made good on my spring goal declarations.
Those of you who follow my blog will know it’s about my journey to financial independence using the internet as my vehicle to do so. My ultimate goal, which I declared back in September 2015 is to be in a position to give up my 9-5 job by January 2017. That date is almost visible on the horizon!
So, let’s see how I am getting on….
Back in March I talked about what I had and hadn’t achieved and set out some goals for this review. They were:
- to build my list to at least 500 people
- to create and launch my first product
- to get a blueprint in place for my first subscription site
Ok, this is a live case study so no cheating! I have not managed to meet these three goals 🙁
BUT this does NOT mean I have failed 🙂
Ok, hands up, I have not achieved what I set out too, but I have achieved A LOT and I feel I have made some really good progress. Let me share with you my take on a very popular visual representation of the journey to success. I am sure you will recognize it, the only difference being I’ve added an extra bit. The extra bit is my personal experience on the journey to success, and I do not believe for one minute I am the person who feels this way!
What I am finding is that journey to success, or even just to reaching my quarterly goals is riddled with road blocks, pot holes, hurdles, whatever you want to call them, this aint no straight forward journey!
Now this is not an excuse, it’s an observation, and the fact that this journey is filled with obstacles is absolutely fine by me. OK, it does get a bit frustrating at times, but mostly I am fine with it. The reason for that is because I have done a lot of work on my mindset and my expectations. Through out my blog I refer to the importance of mindset and having realistic expectations. I know that these obstructions are part of the process.
It doesn’t help that I am not the sharpest tool in the shed when it comes to technology and it frequently stops me in my tracks with it illogical behaviors, but because I am OK with the whole process I can see through all the obstacles and see the progress I have actually made.
So let me tell you where I am now.
I have an impressive 3 people on my mailing list, that’s right THREE! As my mentor said, celebrate the small achievements! But more than having three people on my mailing list, I now have a plan in place to increase this and build on it. In the process of getting these three people on my mailing list I have created a lead magnet, created and set up landing and thank you pages, linked them to my auto responder, found a source of free traffic that works well for me and is earning me a bit of money through affiliate links, conquered Facebook ads and how to use them to grow my list (this will be going live this week!), and how to use Facebook pixels to make the ads even more effective.
Not bad eh? I have also buddied up with a few people as part of an accountability group, and I have a blueprint for my first product. I also have a logo in the midst of being designed.
What I have learnt over the last couple of months is that when you are doing something you have never done before, you don’t really know what to expect or what will crop up. Maybe my list of goals was slightly ambitious, however everything that I have learnt and achieved along the way has gotten me much closer to those goals becoming realized. Looking forward, I am not going to set any different goals for my Autumn review, as I have not yet achieved the current ones, so my goals will remain the same.
Far from feeling disappointed that I have not achieved them, I feel even more motivated to do so. Writing this blog post has made me feel really pleased with my achievement so far and really excited for what I will be listing as my achievements come Autumn! Being part of an accountability group and having a mentor has been integral the progress I have made (along with the right mindset) and I would highly recommend looking into these things if you’re serious about building an online business. Keep an eye out for a blog post coming soon about the benefits of having a mentor. For now check out my mentor, Rob J Temple’s website.
I hope you have found this review helpful especially if you’re struggling a bit. Please get in touch and let me know your experiences of your journey to success and whether you can relate to my diagram!
Bye for now 🙂