I’m not a fan at all of resolutions. I think they’re lies we tell ourselves in order to wash away our guilt from the previous year. We promise to be good. We promise to achieve X, Y, and Z. And if we don’t? We’ll be back next year at this same time, making promises up the wazoo again.
So here’s what I’d recommend. Instead of spending this year making useless resolutions, make an earnings plan. Spend the time you’d waste wishing away those ten pounds actually doing something. Instead of empty promises and inertia, spend five or ten minutes with a calculator deciding how much you want to earn in 2010. Pick a number – any number. Yes, if you want to make $100K, choose it.
Got your number? Now divide that by 12. See that new number? That’s how much you have to earn monthly in order to reach that $100K. By my calculations, that number is $8,333 and some change. That’s how much you have to bill monthly. And yes, it’s possible.
But funny thing about goals is that unless you’re accountable to them, they’re no more useful than resolutions. So here’s what I want you to do. Once you figure out a monthly number you can live with, one that makes you giddy with delight but not dizzy with anxiety, tell someone about it. Tell a few someones about it. Find a way to be accountable for that monthly target. No cheating on this one – if you don’t own up to what you did or didn’t do, you’re as good as toast.
I’ll make it easy for you. All this past year I’ve posted my very own monthly accountability post right here. Go on, look. I’ll wait. It worked very well to keep me on track and always looking to my monthly target. So I’m continuing that into 2010. And guess what? I’m inviting you to visit here at the end of every month to report your own progress. If you commit right now to telling the good and the bad of your month, I’ll return the favor. You’re in good company here. We’ve all had super months and some pretty lousy ones, so sharing is our way of supporting and giving the much-needed pat on the back.
So who’s in? Let’s start right now. What’s your intended earnings goal for 2010? Let’s commit it to writing, shall we? Let’s not worry about how we’re getting there. That will come in time. Right now we want to challenge ourselves and take hold of our earning potential.