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Back in January, I signed up to be a Sipologist with Steeped Tea. I wrote about the many reasons I think this is a great side hustle for anyone. Since January, I’ve been having a blast with this job, adding to my team, and sharing tea with everyone! “It’s who you share it with!”
A few weeks ago, I got a call asking me to speak at the INAUGURAL Steeped Tea USA Conference in Nashville, TN. I wasn’t expecting that! But, I said, “Yes.” Because I was asked to speak on goal-setting and these tips apply to everyone (not just Sipologists), I thought this post might be a good place to start my new Tea Talk Tuesday posts.
Hi! I’m Heidi. I live in central PA with my husband Brian and our 3 children. I’ve been a homeschool mom for the past 19 years. Last year, after my second child graduated from our homeschool, I started thinking that it was time to find something fun for me to do. I’ve had side hustles over the years, and currently, work an at-home job while homeschooling my 12-year-old son. I didn’t think another direct sales company would be in my future; but then I discovered Steeped Tea!
A friend had a party, I connected with Laura, and the rest is pretty much history! Once things opened up in January, I signed up right away. It’s been a little over six months, and I’ve loved every minute of this journey so far!
When Sandy called me last week and asked me to speak on goal setting, I was in the middle of making Kombucha! I got off the phone with her and said to myself, “What?! Why me? What do I know about goal setting?!” So, I got on Facebook and asked friends for their best goal setting tips. Some of them mentioned the SMART method, which I’m sure you’re familiar with if you’ve ever heard any motivational speakers talk about setting goals.
But, guess what? I’m NOT a motivational speaker. I’m a homeschooling, work-at-home mom. And I was feeling inadequate to the task. Then a friend said something like, “Heidi, you set goals all the time! You plan and save for Disney vacations, you homeschool your kids, you do menu planning!” And I realized something — I do set goals, but they are incorporated so much into my day to day life that I sometimes forget they are goals because they’re so much a part of me. I’ve taken my one-income family to Disney many times and barely paid a dime. I’ve graduated two children from our homeschool and my current goal is to get my son there (in about 6 years!)
So, from a normal every day woman who is not a professional goal setter, here are some tips and tricks for setting goals:
- Gather some goal setting tools. These are going to look different for everyone. For me, this includes a good planner, some colored pens, and a small bulletin board to use for your vision board. Maybe for you it’s a nice notebook for making lists, or a wipe off board, or whatever! You may also want some specific tools for specific goals. For example, when I first signed up with Steeped, I was bound and determined to meet all the Success Start steps. I printed out two copies of the game board. I placed one in the front of my 3-ring binder for inspiration and another right inside the cover. This second copy was the one that I used to reach my goal. As each qualifying party was held, I wrote the name of the host under the number on the game board.
- Find someone to keep you accountable. I don’t know if Laura even realized this, but I used her. I think every time I reached a level on the board, I messaged her to let her know. She has so many people under her that she probably didn’t even care, but she was always SO encouraging.
- In addition to long-term goals, set smaller, easier to achieve goals. When it comes to Steeped Tea and me, this looks something like this: My long-term goal is to reach leader status and to earn enough money to take my family to Disneyland. (These are things that are on my vision board.) But, from the get go, my short term goal was to complete Success Start so I could get all the prizes. And that leads to #4.
- Reward yourself when you reach your goals. My daughter and I have been on a weight-loss journey for the past 8 months. My long-term goal was not to reach a certain amount of weight lost, but rather to reach a place where I felt comfortable in my own skin. (I’m getting there, but still have a little way to go!) In any case, we sat down early on and wrote down short term goals for ourselves. The first goal was to lose 10% of our weight. When we reached that goal, we went and bought ourselves a little something. I wanted to wear clothes that had been packed away in my closet. The other day, I had to go buy new pants in a smaller size than all that I had packed away. So, another reward!Steeped makes the reward part so easy for us because THEY provide the rewards – we just have to reach the goals!
- And, maybe most importantly, DO NOT get discouraged when parties don’t qualify or things don’t go your way! Everyone faces setbacks along the way. It’s how you deal with them that matters! Rather than getting discouraged and wondering how you’re going to meet your goal now, brush yourself off and go make some connections to get some new parties booked (or whatever it is that you need to do to meet your goal). Some of the most successful people have reached success through failure. My personal favorite example of this is Walt Disney! He had a rough childhood, and his career dreams got shot down time and time again. He faced bankruptcy on multiple occasions. Everyone expected him to fail. Yet, I can’t think of anyone who has achieved more success. And do you know why? Because he didn’t give up! Sure, there were times that he wanted to; but he kept pressing forward. And YOU CAN TOO!
I know these are really simple tips, but I hope that I’ve helped to inspire you, maybe just a little bit. In conclusion, incorporate your goals into your day to day. Get your family involved in your goal setting and achieving! And, most of all, have fun along the way. To quote one of my favorite pirates, “It’s not the destination so much as the journey.”
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