Hello there! I don’t know if it’s having a baby or because we’re doing fewer things, but this year seems to speeding past. I can’t believe quarter three (July to September) is already behind us and October is almost over too!
There have definitely been three phases in this past quarter, as I alluded to in the title, and a limited amount of progress on my impossible goal. I’m sharing this quarterly review:
- So that you don’t feel alone if you’re also not making as much progress as you’d like;
- And as a pep talk to encourage you to make the most of what is left of 2020!
2020 impossible goal recap
My impossible goal for 2020 is to make £50,000 in my business on the 31st of December 2020 or sooner. I’ve broken down this big goal into quarterly milestones, as follows:
- Quarter one (January – March): £5,000 (check out my Q1 quarterly review here);
- Quarter two (April – June): £10,000 (check out my Q2 quarterly review here);
- Quarter three (July – September): £15,000;
- Quarter four (October – December): what’s left to get to £50,000 total.
Q3 quarterly review
I’ll cut to the chase here and say straight off that I did not reach my quarterly milestone. In fact, I made £17.70 last quarter… Which is still more than quarter two! That money came from Etsy sales – so even though I’m disappointed with my results, I’m still grateful for the people who have bought from me!
As I mentioned early, my mindset around my business went through three phases this quarter: feeling uncertain, going all-in and then giving up.
Q3 phase one: feeling uncertain
I took a break from creating content (here on the blog and on social media) to focus on the Uncage Your Business course I bought and the Full-Time Formula lessons inside the Perfectionists Getting Shit Done membership I am a part of. I wanted to focus on figuring out revenue-generating activities rather than just continuing with the status quo.
It was nice to follow a course and “just” do what the instructor says, rather than having to figure things out on my own. I didn’t properly finish Uncage Your Business because phase three “hit” (more on that in a minute).
Q3 phase two: going all-in
In phase two, I went all in! And I probably tried to do too many new things at once: namely launching a coaching service and a podcast, when I’d never done either before.
One thing that worked really well – and this might seem obvious – is emailing people to offer them a service, in this case, to be my coaching guinea pigs. I booked three beta clients in one afternoon! This confirms that when I take big (scary) action, I get big results.
Q3 phase three: giving up
What I’ve definitely learnt this quarter is that I can easily let uncertainty throw me and just do nothing. We received some big news in early September (more on that very soon – subscribe below so you don’t miss our big announcement). All of a sudden, things felt very different and uncertain. I just did nothing, rather than taking baby steps in the direction I had chosen, then changing something if it didn’t work.
I also gave up a bit on exercising as I didn’t have a specific goal in mind (e.g. a half-marathon, marathon, etc.) in sight. At the time of writing, I still don’t have a fitness goal, but I am recognising that exercise has its own day-to-day benefits and that I feel better on the days that I do move my body, even just a little bit.
Plans for quarter four
Even though I’ve made small progress so far, I’m still going all steam ahead to make £50,000 with my business this year. I’m continuing to pursue my goal, even without strong evidence it will work out, because:
- It’s a good example of persistence for Baby J.
- I’ll learn new skills and enjoy the process more than if I sit around and do nothing (!).
- Any money in the bank is nice! 😊
I’m planning on reaching my goal by:
- Consistently publishing blog posts on Tuesdays and Fridays;
- Putting printables (i.e. PDF guides and checklists) up for sale on my website;
- Possibly creating an online course.
Behind-the-scenes of making my goals happen
Prioritising my physical health makes everything else run smoothly. However it is quite grey and uninspiring outside, and without a race goal, I’ve been very tempted to hibernate. So instead of “pushing” myself to run, I’m now focusing on doing gentle yoga (indoors!) instead. I do feel really good when I go on a walk in the fresh autumn air though, so I’d like to do that more often, when our little one’s routine allows.
A key thing I want to keep doing is scheduling things into my calendar rather than working from an overwhelming to-do list. And then follow the calendar, i.e. don’t get side-tracked by shiny things on the Internet! As I mentioned in my last weekly update in the Living the Goodenough Life community, I’m making quite a bit of progress on this already.
And to make things all work smoothly, another key ingredient is going to bed nice and early, so that I can wake up the next day and not hate the world haha. Knowing that I have a murder mystery waiting for me on my Kindle by the side of my bed helps with that!
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Back to you
How did the last quarter go for you? Do you feel like you’re making progress on your goals? Share in the comments below!
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