Episode 10: Setting Goals for Your Business

Our last episode of the season! Thank you so much for following along with us in this first season of Scrap Paper! We've learned a ton and have had so much fun along the way. Thanks for listening, Scrappy Babes!

In this episode, we're talking all about goals. What goals are (hint: not to-do list items), why they're important, and how we can use the data we have and/or our intuition to set them. We use this episode to map out our goals for the 4th quarter of 2017 and 2018 as a whole. We hope this episode will inspire you to think of goals as big dreams that you're going to do the work to actually achieve!

Topics Discussed in This Episode

  • The difference between dreams and goals

  • Emily & Sarah’s definition of “goals”

  • How setting goals is a way of measuring our growth

  • How to set goals when you have no data: using your intuition as a marker to set your goals when you first start selling your product

  • Numbers-based goals versus feelings-based goals

  • Our 4th quarter and 2018 goals

  • Being off social media for one week

  • How our tendency to meet our own and others’ expectations affects how we meet our goals

  • Truly trying in your business

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Show Notes

Emily’s definition of goals: “Something that I want to achieve that feels just within the realm of possibility. It has to be ambitious, but also I need to feel confident that if I work hard I can get there. I need to acknowledge that there’s going to be work to do to get there.”

Sarah’s definition of goals: “Goals are a measurable accomplishment to work towards that help us reach our own standards of success.”

Resources & References for This Episode

You’ve Got Mail (aka the best movie ever)

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

Goal Digger Episode 10: Goal Setting with Lara Casey

The Sunroom

Minted

Creative Babes

One Week Unplugged from Social Media - Sarah’s recap of Babes Unplugged

Invisibilia: Our Computers, Ourselves

Scrap Paper Interview with Hilary Buchanan

How to Check Your Instagram Usage

Happier Podcast by Gretchen Rubin

The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin

Hashtag Authentic: On Really, Actually Trying with Sarah Von Bargen

Yes and Yes by Sarah Von Bargen

Creative Pep Talk: An Easy Trick for Unlocking Your Most Successful Side Project

The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson

Quotes from This Episode

“Sometimes you can set a goal and you can trick yourself into thinking that you’re working towards it, but you aren’t. You’re sitting there and without even acknowledging it, you’ve downgraded your goal into a dream.” - Emily

“When we can’t measure and see the work that we’ve done, it can breed a lot of insecurity.” - Sarah

“Especially now with all this talk about 6-figure incomes, it’s almost perpetuated the idea that small goals aren’t worthy.” - Sarah

“You can still not even be a person that wants or believes in that ‘quick fix,’ but there are still mindsets from (this idea) that are trickling down into the way we plan our lives.” - Sarah

“If you don’t set goals, if you aren’t mindful about how time is passing you by, then fear can keep you from doing the things you want to do indefinitely.” - Emily

“I get disconnected from my own voice by opening up the app and letting all of these other voices in.” - Sarah

“As much as it might suck to have these self-awareness breakthroughs, all you can really do is try to turn them into empowering knowledge.” - Emily

“You are not your business. Don’t feel like if you’re not meeting a business goal that it means you’re not exactly the person you need to be.” - Sarah

“When you make a goal, it’s your way of saying, ‘this is what’s important to me at this point in my life.’ And that’s all of the pressure you need to put on it. If it’s important to you, it’s important.” - Sarah

Want to know more about Sarah and Emily’s businesses?

Sarah Harste Weavings

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Written Paper Goods

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