We all have goals for each area of our life, whether that’s the big house, nice cars, white picket fence dream or something a little more unique like owning a larger than normal amount of animals ( personal goal of mine is to have at least 3 dogs, 3 cats, a plethora of chickens, ducks, guinea hens, and then ultimate goal, a Llama and Alpaca). Recently Clay was teaching the business coaching team about the importance of tracking your customer numbers or transaction numbers and how much profit you make from each individual transaction. Outside of the normal reasons for tracking ( finding your break-even point, meeting your weekly mark) He said something that I had never really thought about before. He said it is important to know what your number of clients you need to reach your goal so that you know when to stop, if not you would be on the never-ending rat race of chasing the all mighty dollar. This goes hand in hand with something Jon told me a few weeks ago. That the whole reason for working is so that you can live a happy life. So just pay the extra couple thousand for the house that makes you happy because when you die you can’t take that extra 2 grand with you but you can take all the happy memories you made in that home.
Having a specific end goal means delaying your gratification now in order to get where you want to go and then once you get there it is all about maintaining that level forever.
It is so easy as an entrepreneur or an “In-trepeneur” like myself to get caught up in the grind, which don’t get me wrong the grind is absolutely a vital part of life, but if you don’t have a goal a specific number or a specific mark then you will just work like crazy and feel like you are not getting anywhere. Having a specific end goal means delaying your gratification now in order to get where you want to go and then once you get there it is all about maintaining that level forever. One of the business coaching clients recently realized he could live his dream life 8 years sooner than he thought, 8 YEARS! That is 8 more years that he can travel and that he can own his dream home. As I was reflecting on this I started to realize that this principle has already taken root in my life. Before I started at Thrive I thought it would be years of apartment living before my husband and I could afford a nice house. Then thanks to the wonderful people we work with it was brought to my attention that owning a home was very affordable. Fast forward a few months Ben and I have placed an offer on a beautiful home and are very excited to break our apartment lease. This was only possible because we tracked our money coming in and going out and found the specific point where we could afford to make the jump to owning a home. I know that to reach our other business coaching goals it will take a lot of work but now I also know that those goals are a lot closer to being a reality than I previously thought.