Are you getting ready to hit the freelancing scene? What does it look like to you? It sounds easy (and certainly desirable) to declare: “I’m a freelancer” while sipping on a cocktail. Everyone looks impressed and slightly green with envy. But what is the reality of your freelancing life ahead?
Now I don’t want to get boring, but have you created a list of your goals? Yes, that’s right. Goals. They work.
Imagine you’re setting out on a ship. In fact, you’re the captain, but you don’t know where you’re going. Or perhaps the destination is vague, an island with white sandy beaches and coconut trees. So, you set off and hit a reef or get lost, or sink somewhere in a storm – but you won’t reach your destination. Why? Because you don’t really know where you’re going. Nor do you check weather conditions daily and adjust your navigation instruments accordingly. You don’t pull into a safe harbour when there’s a storm coming.
After a while your fun voyage becomes a horror story and you ask yourself why you became the captain of a ship anyway.
Using goals to get you to your destination
Make your goals list – it doesn’t have to be a long one. Brian Tracy has great advice here. Or just sit and write whatever comes to mind – you can refine it later. Most importantly, look at it every day. I mean EVERY DAY. Otherwise you’ll start floating off course again. A goal is a destination. You might need to tweak it and that’s fine, but keep looking at it every day.
Research has shown that most people just do not bother to set goals! Successful people do. That’s the difference. It’s not rocket science, is it?
Goal setting is getting your left and right brains speaking to each other. The right brain has a great vision and the left brain has a great scheme of how to get there. You need both sides working for you. Then magic happens, otherwise not.
How to create goals
Point 2 above is where you get into the nitty-gritty and have fun! You can ask yourself questions like:
Getting help with goals
Sometimes you need help creating goals. You need help to see clearly. I recommend a business coach or mentor. They don’t have to be expensive. Your local government will probably run small business seminars where you can meet coaches who are often subsidised so that you pay a minimal amount. That’s what happened with me. I only pay $50 per hour for my coach and she is first-class. She has cleared through my muddles and helped me set clear goals.
So, to wrap it up:
I wish you every success. Let me know how you go!