Monday, July 29, 2013

Blog Series: How Do You Define Success? Week 2

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2. Unsubscribe From Every Blog and Newsletter That Make You Feel “Less Than,” Icky, or Overwhelmed.

If it makes you feel icky, it’s not for you  simple as that. Nothing that you’re taking in should make you feel bad about yourself. Unsubscribe! Even if you think you should read it because everyone else is, or because they’re an industry expert, or whatever  if it makes you feel icky or small, nix it. Then bask in the feeling of empowerment that follows!

To take this concept a little further, think about this. It's natural to compare your shop and your work to others but does it really do you any good? Here are some reasons not to compare yourself to others: 
  1. People tend to blog their successes. What you don’t see are the stories about bad planning, extra costs, lower than expected sales, slow months. What’s the whole story?
  2. Where you are and where you are going is different from everyone else. What are YOUR goals? Where do YOU want to end up?
  3. When you are struggling, comparing yourself to the image of someone else's success is just depressing. Stop!
  4. Believe in your prices. If you have done the math and you feel confident, be confident!
  5. Stick to your unique market. Find the things that work in your niche.  Follow your plan and see where it takes you.

This is not to say there is not a time and place for comparison. Market research is an example of proper comparison.  Just remember. There is always more going on behind the scenes. 

How do you keep up your confidence and stick to your goals, even when it's hard? Tell us in the comments.


1 comment:

  1. This is great advice and something I've been trying to do to simplify things around me. I work at a crazy busy company, I have one of the most stressful positions, I come home to a crazy household, then try and weed my way through my crazy amount of emails, notifications, convos, and still try to manage the team. It gets overwhelming! My first step to simplify was to unsubscribe from email lists, blogs, newsletters, etc that I just didn't read. If I didn't read it 3 times in a row, I unsubscribed. Clearly I wasn't interested. The only exception is the Etsy newsletters as I fully intend (one day) to go back and read their advice.

    Sticking to my goals is hard though. And comparing myself now to how my business was several years ago is depressing. Getting back to how I felt in the simpler days will help with keeping my goals and getting my business back into shape.