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You don’t want to get to the top of the ladder only to find out you had it leaning up against the wrong wall.

What’s the Reason Behind Everything You Do?

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What’s the Reason Behind Everything You Do?
So, you like to reach for the stars! Have you ever stopped to ask yourself, “Why do I want to touch them?” As I explore my next moves for the great year of 2011, I find myself being bombarded with tips and advice for handling great success. Premonitions? I hope so!

I quote Jack Canfield in saying, “You don’t want to get to the top of the ladder only to find out you had it leaning up against the wrong wall.” As I prepare to watch my business plan unfold before me, I’ve stopped to double-check that what I’m looking for is really what I want.

I’m pulling this next bit from Martha Beck’s article in the January 2011 edition of O Magazine. To paraphrase, Martha had clients coming into her office with big dreams, like having a baby and getting a huge promotion. When they got what they had been asking for, it turned out to be a different experience than what they had expected.

For instance, the woman who wanted the baby wanted to be loved. She imagined the baby arriving, nuzzling her, cooing at her, and growing up to admire her forevermore. What she got was a baby—who would do all that, but it wasn’t as dreamy as she had pictured it. That little person also came with colic, dirty diapers, and sleepless nights.

In the second case, the woman who wanted the huge promotion wanted more money and recognition. Of course that came with the job, but so did long hours, less fun, and an exhausting workload.

You can look at your goals and ask, what’s the reason behind everything that I do? When you examine it more closely, you come to realize that the feelings you desire—not the goal—are what you’re looking for more of in your life. If you start feeding your spirit these feelings you desire, you will work toward your sense of wholeness now—and the goal won’t be too far behind.

In the exercise, Martha Beck asked that you close your eyes and imagine yourself achieving that big goal you have for the year. Then, open your eyes and describe what you felt in three adjectives.

For example, my goal is to have great success with the Energy Shop this year. When I close my eyes, I feel:

  1. Excited
  2. Fulfilled
  3. Accomplished

Now, I need to look at my current life and ask myself, how can I feed the desire to feel those three things? Well, I get excited when Handmadeology publishes another one of my posts! I can hardly wait to read what the community is going to say when they find it!

I feel fulfilled when I’m serving others. Whether it be a nutritious dinner and mouth-watering dessert for my family or quality customer service for my shop, it feels good when I give my all in service.

Finally, I feel accomplished when I fully complete my business. I mean, don’t you? For instance, how does it feel when you not only finish your orders, but then clean up your workspace too?! I feel good when I look around me, and see completion–everything as it should be. That sense of accomplishment keeps my energy positive and forward-moving.

Lately, I’m making a point to feed my spirit what it craves by doing more of what I’m dreaming of. Record-breaking sales at the Energy Shop, HERE I COME!

What are your dreams? And how do you feed them?

Join the Discussion with Marketing Creativity on Facebook and Twitter. Until next time, Lisa

Timothy says:

Creative Etsy Success : Your Etsy Dreams

Every Etsy shop owner has big dreams for their business, but sometimes a shop begins to flounder, fizzle, or fall—exhibiting warning signs.  This declining path is wide and easy to go down unknowingly.

This chapter explores these warning signs and helps you see why some shops on Etsy flounder, fizzle, or fall – yet can still reach success. 

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  1. Great article & I’m totally agree with the bit about completing your business. I stayed up until an ungodly hour last night cleaning out my work area, drawers and all. I woke up feeling refreshed and ready to tackle all the other nagging “to-do’s” because I had a nice (clean) area with less distractions around me! Here’s to tackling all of our goals in 2011!

  2. Thank you for this article that hits why I opened my shop. I start wanting more and more sales and becoming anxious when they don’t happen immediately. I’m going to relax that thought and focus more on quality products.

    Clink of glasses toasting a Grand New Year!

  3. A few weeks ago I posted how discouraged i was that I wasn’t getting any sales in my shop. Something it what I said in that post moved a woman who had been selling successfully for three years on etsy to contact me and offer to help. he has become my mentor. I have since worked on changing my shop section names and item titles to be more Search Engine Optimized and getting more views to my shop. Now I am rephotographing all my items an having the time of my life.

    They say when the student is ready the teacher will appear and that certainly is true in my case. I am getting the shop make over I really needed before I become truly successful.

  4. This article rings so true especially in our business. It made me re-evaluate what was feelings and what was aspirations.

  5. Great post. Thank you so much for the insights.

  6. What an excellent article! I’ve been precisely revising my Goals and objectives for this year, and the first in line is to get ready my real business plan. I say real because last year I merely made a sketch, though I opened my shop, and even if I know I’ve been not 100% into it (different obligations in my personal life), I sold 50% of my items more or less, more if I count the handbags sold out of Etsy!. So now I’m ready for it! And this articles goes great because I’ve been feeling as well a bit down lately, but I guess it is just a state of mind. It is very encouraging to read the thoughts of someone that is very much alike me (I thought I was reading a description of myself!). I guess we all in this crafting world love to serve, to give our 110% when doing something for others.. now it is the time to drop all that intention in our own items and shops to get them out there and hit the record sales!

    Thanks for your inspiring article!!


  7. Great article. Makes you think about what you set as goals and where those goals will take you. I will definitely contemplate this exercise a bit more.

  8. As Raige Creations one year anniversary is fast approaching, I have been doing a lot of thinking about where this new year will take it. The lessons learned by those who reached thier goals with different than expected results was a good example of how we forget the unpleasant things that come with our successes. These are things we shouldn’t forget along the way so that we may savour our successes so they are truly realized as success.
    Thank you for this reminder.
    And I hope you do achieve record breaking sales along with a true sense of success.

  9. Great article…makes me stop and think…what do I really want and how do I get it without getting more baggage…I want to attain my goals in the simplest way possible! Thanks for jarring my thoughts!

  10. Best of luck to you all in feeding your dreams! Thanks for your comments ♥

  11. This article is so helpful.
    You’re describing a process that we can use to understand ourselves better.

  12. I needed this reminder that my reason for ‘doing all I do’ is to create a certain essence unique to my own life. Thanks for writing such an inspiring article!

  13. Great article, thanks so much!

  14. This is a very good and inspiring article I’ve been seraching and digging reale deep this year about my life and what I really really want and where do I feel my most fulfilled and how I naturally feel happy all of the time and I smile and don’t even realize it and that’s when I’m doing what I do now. I do what I love and I’m loving what I do each and everyday and that’s be at home keeping my grand children during the day taking care of my home and enjoying being at home with my husband each and everyday creating and running my business it’s the entire life style that I’m creating for myself I have and take the time each day to go outside sit on my patio and play with my grand kids. Look out my window when I’m creating and enjoying the trees, the birds, just to be able to relax.

  15. Thank you for the great article. It makes me take a step back and really look at why I am doing things – looking within and find out what inspires me, and what makes me move forward.

  16. This is an insightful article, along the lines of “Be careful what you wish for.” I wish to create art and have a successful 2011. However, my shop is slow and steady, because that is where I am at. If I was selling more my shop would outpace me! Thank you for giving me even more reason to plan and envision what I really need and wish for.

  17. Wow – eye opening! My three feeling goals are: independent, peaceful, secure. Really easy to apply this to relationships, business, daily tasks, etc. Awesome!

  18. Larrys Leather Work

    I enjoyed reading this. thank you

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