They say that if you believe it, you can achieve it.
Obviously, there are a lot of steps in that process. But there's a flip side to that platitude: you'll only be as successful as you believe you can be..
In the last few years since we've started our business, our biggest goal has been to simply pay our bills while working for ourselves. It's taken a lot of hard work, but in the last four years, we have managed to pay all of our bills. It's not always on time, and we don't have much left over, but our bills are paid.
Goal achieved. Right?
But paying for just the bare necessities doesn't make for a very exciting life. And I can tell you from experience that without a little playing around money, life gets very weary, very fast. Especially for someone like me, who mostly just wants to buy records.
The other day, we had a revelation. We've been able to pay our bills, because we made that our non-negotiable, must-get goal.
But what if we set our goal a little higher?
We've been consistently able to make our goals. If we shifted our bar, why couldn't we make that goal too?
If we made a $60k salary our must-get, then why couldn't we make that goal as well? If we made saving for retirement or paying off our debt in a year our goal, then we could just adjust our life to make sure that happened.
The only thing that's standing in our way is believing that we can actually do it. If we don't think that our business would be able to support our dream salary, then we won't even bother trying to make it happen. In fact, that's been exactly what we've thought, and in the last four years, we have never paid ourselves a regular wage.
And so, we've taken things back to the drawing board.
We're dreaming bigger dreams for ourselves. And we're actually going to believe it's possible.
Because if we don't, then we've already made up our minds.