Baby Steps

by on July 24, 2008

I’ve just realized the immensity of this challenge that I’ve set myself!

“Grow my business”! How vague is that? That’s really not going to cut it in the goals department. What I really want is to emulate my sponsor – a woman who has created a six figure income predominantly online. At home. In her pajamas. Six Figures!!!

Admittedly she has been in this business for many more years than I have, but I nonetheless hold myself up to her achievement and find myself wanting. A sneaky nagging tweak of envy, followed closely by a stomach-churning slide into self-criticism and doubts.

But all the while, over the whining and chattering negativity, there’s this quiet firm voice in my head saying “What are you doing?! You know better than this!
Hmmm. Here’s an idea. How about if I actually start listening to that voice? What if I begin to trust the Universe (and myself) enough to believe that not only the direction, but the pace at which I travelling is just right. For me. Right now.

Trust myself? What a novel thought!
I’ve always been a self-confessed self-improvement junkie. You know, the one who always buys the latest book, and listens to endless CDs in the car. But today, in the car, with Jack Canfield pouring wisdom from the speakers, I realised that all the booksmarts in the world is not worth a pinch against one small action.
Profound, no? I nearly stalled the car in my excitement.

So … my challenge has been narrowed down and honed into one brief statement:-
Each day I will take 5 small actions in marketing my business.
And the growing part should take care of itself.
So, here’s the plan for Day 1:

  1. Take candles and sample bag to the nearby shop-owner who expressed an interest last week. (Was it really that long ago?)
  2. Talk to Three people who don’t know that I have any other interests besides being the Goddess of Starbucks, and give them a 5 second overview of my candle business. Reminder to self –Do not attach to the outcome!
  3. Put my contact info on all my new catalogs (so I can actually hand them out). Do this while in front of the TV tonight. So as not to be called antisocial by the rest of the family.
  4. Spend 15 minutes attacking the clutter in the space that’s euphemistically called my office. Being able to see even half of the top of the desk will be considered a monumental achievement and grounds for a celebratory ice-cream cone.
  5. Update at least one page of my website to reflect my new-found abundance mentality, as opposed to the slight tone of desperate pleading.

OK, so I realise its actually Day 3 of the Challenge itself, but I think I needed all the energy and input that I’ve experience from every wonderful person I’ve met there to get me to the point of not just talking the talk, but actually walking the walk.

Or at least, a few baby steps in the direction of my dreams.



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