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This is not about making more money. 

 

Lately, it seems that I can't open my rss reader without seeing a post about someone's five figure month. Or, from the really "awesome" people six figure months! Six figure days
 
Apparently, everyone in the world is measuring the success of their business in figures. And they're all large. And successful. 

Perhaps I'm especially sensitive to this right now because I just finished teaching a class about calculating profit and I had the chance to dig into real numbers from real people. 
And in every instance, the things that were not profitable were the things they didn't really want to do. They were only doing them because someone else did. Or someone "successful" said to. 

So I've got this unique perspective. I see the loud claims of showy success and I see the real insides of some amazing creatives. I see what really works and what is supposed to work and doesn't. 
 
But when you can't see the insides - when you're just you,  working away at making your dream real - all these "success stories" can wear you out, discourage you, or worst of all - kick off a new round of the comparison game, where you start measuring your success by everyone else's. 
 
No matter how many times you tell yourself to ignore it, it can be discouraging. You forget that gross income (or, the money you take in) is not the same as net profit (the money you get to keep after paying all your expenses)...and most people are talking about their gross income. You can think that every month is a big blockbuster month for everyone and that no one else has slim (and fat) months. 
 
{They do, they really do. In yesterday's Starship chat every single member present spoke up to encourage another and said: Yep, I've been there. Some months have big supply orders, but the sales come in later. You are not alone in this.}
 
All of this...confusion about what's real and the non-stop comparison game going on in your head is why you won't hear me talking about "secrets to six figures." I'd rather help you set a doable goal for the next three months and work towards that. I'd rather explore what you want, so you can pursue it wholeheartedly. I'd rather connect you with other explorers who are real and tender and honest. 
 
Because THAT is the real secret to how you get to those huge numbers - you slowly build to them step by step, sustainably growing your capacity and your audience. 
 
That's how you get the small successes (like the ones we've had in the Starship: increasing sales 200%, reaching an income goal, etc.) that lead to the bigger picture. 

It's not a sexy message, I know. But it's real and true and encouraging and full of so much HOPE. Your tomorrow can be different. If can be what you want, but you have to make it so*. 

Wishing you a week of peace and no comparisons, 
Tara


PS. As you move towards your goal you've got to get your loved ones on board. Today I answer Faith's question about family expectations, motivation and budgeting as a tool for earning more, over on OhMyHandmade.com. You can read the post here, and then join us for a live conversation about all these sticky issues at 1pm EST (that's in about an hour!). Details for joining in the Twitter conversation is here

 
*A Captain Picard nod for my fellow geeks
Your To Do List
  • If you haven't lately, remind yourself what you really want. 
  • If you don't know how to get there, start by making a map (you know so much more than you think!)
  • Share your stories of love + money with me at 1pm today on Twitter.
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