Do you focus on your ideal level of home staging business success up ahead on the horizon? It’s great to have a vision for where you want to go, since it will certainly help you get there. But this has a dark side too.
When we’re always focused on future home staging business success, we can end up feeling like a failure despite all the achievements we’ve already had. It never feels like enough and this can make us miserable! There’s always more that we can do. There are thousands of ideas and choices.
We don’t say to our 5 year old “How come you can’t read a book yet?” Instead we say, “Wow, you tied your shoes today. That’s awesome!” We recognize that our kids have to learn, and grow and develop as they start to go out into the world. The same is true of you and your new home staging business.
If you’ve been a home stager for awhile, you’ve probably had many successes in your business, but you could still be beating yourself up for not achieving more. You still have too many home stager to do items and you haven’t yet lived up to that ideal level of success you can see on the horizon.
I’ve fallen into this “gap” many times as my business coach Dan Sullivan calls it. “The gap” is the space between where you are now versus where you ultimately want to be. When you’re focused on the gap, you can’t see or appreciating how far you’ve come.
But if you compare where you are right now to where you were yesterday, last week, last month or last year, you realize that actually you have made a lot of progress. This assumes of course that you have productive times when you stop procrastination and get things done.
One of Dan’s suggestions for getting out of “the gap” is to write down three “wins” from the day— every day. Sometimes, depending on what is going on with your life, your win might be a bigger or lesser thing, but it is a win for whatever stage you are at right then.
Home Staging Business “Win” Definition Changes
When I was at the early stages of recovering from surgery recently, three “wins” for the day became as small as showering, getting dressed and walking around the block. The fact was, I really didn’t feel like doing any of those things. I just wanted to stay in bed and watch Damages on Netflix.
Two weeks of that and “wins” became slightly bigger.
Cooking a healthy meal and hosting Staging Diva Dialog, my small group coaching call for new and established home stagers. Now I’m up to writing blog posts and doing media interviews. I even managed a home staging consultation because it was in my neighborhood, which meant I only had to be strong enough for the meeting without having to cope with travel.
Next week, I’ve got a paid color consultation with a client booked because I’ll be strong enough to actually carry my full color kit up and down the stairs.
All I’m saying is that what qualifies as a win will change depending on where you are and what is going on in your life. Wins can be personal and professional.
Perhaps you finalized the name of your new home staging business which will now let you move forward with your business cards. It might feel small if you’re comparing that home staging business success to making $100,000 a year as a home stager, but we all start with that same point. You can’t get to $100,000 a year in your home staging business without having a business name and a professional looking home staging business card!
Find 3 Home Staging Business Wins Today
Try to find three wins from today and everyday and write those down. Thirty days from now when you find yourself saying, “I didn’t get anything done. I’m such a failure. My business isn’t what I thought, etc.,” you’ll be able to escape that negative spiral. You’ll pull out your list and look at the 90 awesome things you got done. It will be clear how far you’ve moved towards your dream.
My goal is to keep you moving forward in your home staging business. When you feel inspired and find that forward momentum, you’re going to be amazed at how far you’ll progress. Before long you’ll be collecting your own wow moments as a home stager!
I’d love for you to share your feedback on this article. Please take this opportunity to declare 3 wins you’ve had so we can all help you celebrate them and find our own inspiration in what you’ve achieved.
Debra Gould, The Staging Diva®
President, Six Elements Home Staging and Voice of Possibility Group Inc.
Debra Gould staged hundreds of homes before creating the Staging Diva Home Staging Business Training Program to teach others how to earn a living doing something they love. She has written 5 guides and appears on HGTV and in numerous magazines and newspapers.