- Jun 15, 2014
And thus marks the start of the 3rd year of Builders sharing their monthly and annual business aspirations.
Some new members joined in on the fun here in the goals threads and within the Laboratory typing out their follow-alongs and case studies. Some promising old faces disappeared back into the woodwork. It's been long enough reading these that you can see a pattern emerge. You can tell nearly immediately who will make it and stick around or who'll ultimately give up.*
* It's all based on how they write their goals.
Some people show so much promise, but you can tell their fire burns too bright, they tire out and disappear. Some people put too much pressure on themselves and then project that pressure back onto the rest of us, and then are too ashamed to keep posting. Others can't take feedback and view every discussion like a combat scenario and ultimately give up. Some get too married to failing projects and stay seated inside the burning building. So many patterns...
There's also those who succeed and they all have some things in common. They set specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound goals (aka SMART goals). Not only are they these things, but they're reality-based and not built on lofty fantasies. They break each goal into actionable steps that have an actual chance of being completed, and due to these plans they can follow through until they're finished within the timeline allowed. They not only measure metrics, but they measure the right metrics so they know if they should repeat the last activity or not.
It's not about them, their fee-fee's, other people, money, excuses, or anything else.*
* It's about the work and getting it done efficiently and effectively.
These are your winners on the forum.
And these are the people you can emulate and learn from by reading their goals and considering the reasoning behind each one as you formulate your own.
No more waiting. Stop waiting. You don't need a certain amount of traffic, a certain amount of posts, a certain sized mailing list... do what you know needs to be done now, because your competitors aren't waiting. They know that the money is flowing now and so is time, the great enemy. They're working smart and hard while some of you are wondering when you should decide to maybe start monetizing your site.
The time is now. 2018 is the year we all rise to the next level. We're done with the stages we're at now. We want to leap up from this plateau and bust through to the next tier. This is the year we make that happen.
Take a look back at the previous three years:
What's working and what isn't? Double down on the needle movers and abandon the busy work. Outsource and automate. Scale and liquidate. Do what it takes to achieve the ascension. No more waiting.
Map out your game plan for 2018 here. You can come back and reference it any time, amend it, add or subtract from it, course correct, or keep your eye on the prize. However you play it, the benefits of defining your goals and keeping them in mind are clear. Take advantage of the collective support here at BuSo and let's all get this done together.
It works best if you're constantly refining and tweaking your methods, which is why we do this monthly: