I believe that goal setting has a place in the mind of every freelancer. It helps you to set up your day for success. You are your own boss remember, so it’s up to you to take charge of the day. That means deciding what you want to achieve each day, week and month, and setting goals to make it happen. Here are some effective ways to set your goals:
While I’m not of the opinion that simply visualising yourself as a multi-millionaire by the end of the month will make it come true, there’s something to be said for making space in your mind for a vision of success. When I was first freelancing, I printed out a calendar of the month and filled in all of the days that I was booked to work. I left clear spaces that indicated I wanted to fill them with clients, and eventually they did become full with paying work. To be clear, just because I printed out the calendar and blocked out time for more clients doesn’t mean that the universe handed them to me on a plate, it meant that I could easily and clearly visualise what I wanted, and every action I took from then on was a step towards that goal coming to fruition.
On the subject of goal setting, and while you’re visualising your ideal business, take the picture in your head and begin to work backwards to figure out everything that you would need to happen in order for it to come to life. For example, in my first month of freelancing, I saw myself simply making enough money to pay my rent and bills, so I wrote the amount of money I needed to make for the month on a big piece of paper, and then worked backwards to figure out how many clients I’d need, how many hours I’d need to work and what I’d need to be charging to make it happen. I fell short of my target in the first month, but only by less than £100. I’d say that’s not miles away from achieving my goal, which makes it a win.
Try and try again
If at first you don’t succeed, eat your body weight in the snacks you’ve reserved for sad times, and then get right back to it. Like I said above, I fell short of my target in my first month, but I didn’t take that as a sign that I should quit and get a “real job”. I took the £60-ish that I hadn’t made of my target that month, and I added it to next month’s target. Onwards and upwards with a new, bigger goal. Don’t be discouraged by a few ‘failed’ months at the beginning, you’re still learning the ropes.
How did you keep the right mindset when you first started freelancing? Or if you haven’t yet begun, what will you do to reach your goals? Let us know!
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