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From Dream to Reality: The Power of Goal-Setting

By: Bailey Holtz

Goals: we have so many of them, but rarely do we see them through to fulfillment. Why is that? Often, we set unachievable goals for ourselves. We set too many goals for ourselves and can’t pursue them all at once. Plus, we become distracted by the minutiae of our lives and lose track of them. Too many times we don’t set concrete parameters around our goals. Therefore, there is no way for them to ever be accomplished. 

In short, there are so many more ways for our goals to go wrong than to go right! That is why we at Pure-Ecommerce want to provide you with a roadmap toward successful achievement of all your goals. With a little bit of thinking, a little bit of diligence, and a little bit of mindfulness, you can turn all your wildest dreams into a reality. We know from experience!

Setting goals is particularly important when it comes to our professional lives. So often, we let years of our precious existences slip by. You keep working in the same old nine-to-five but don’t really even like it. Then you become complacent and comfortable, but never truly happy. That’s when we let our jobs provide us with all that we need to survive. Meanwhile, the lives we truly desire are still with us in our thoughts every minute of every day. We are just waiting for us to grow the courage to seize them!

We want you to be able to seize them! Stop settling for a life half-lived and take the leap of faith toward your dreams to love what you do!

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1. Take Time to Reflect!

Before diving head-first into a career in pottery or farming, stop and take a breath! You need to be sure that you aren’t committing yourself to a path that isn’t a true career goal of yours. According to Mindtools, it is critical that you set goals that motivate you in the long-term. This means you’ll have to dig into your soul. It’s time to examine what matters to you on a fundamental level.

Write down goals both large and small that you have held for many years. They can be both profound, for example, “I want to be fully in control of my own life. And simple, “I don’t want to commute anymore!”.

If you’re struggling to do the sort of introspection needed at this step, here is a helpful worksheet that will get the juices flowing! Answer the prompts and soon you’ll have a better idea of who you are and what truly matters to you.

For many professionals, the concepts of autonomous work and self-reliance are hugely important. No one likes to feel beholden to a giant corporate overlord. That’s why so many people are turning to the internet to start their own businesses. Simple, effective, and completely under your control, online businesses allow you to achieve your goals—plus some you didn’t even know you had!

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2. Pick The Goals to Pursue

Once you have a list of your goals, you will have to pick which ones to pursue at this time. While we are big believers in goal-setting and think it has the power to radically transform lives. We also know its limitations: you just can’t pursue all of your goals at once. 

This step is often considered to be the most difficult. Because we don’t want to pick; we want to achieve all our goals right here, right now! Letting go, even temporarily, of any of our goals can already feel like a failure. Don’t let it! Gently put aside any negative self-talk; it does not help anything or anyone—certainly not you! Instead, make a list of your goals in order of priority. The lower numbers can happen later!

Also, take a look at this Medium article by Chris Sparks. It contains some prompts that can help you order your goals well. For instance, it asks that you consider what “you would do in order to lead the most unsatisfying life?” Priority, then, will be to get rid of all the things that make your life unsatisfying!

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3. Be S.M.A.R.T.!

S.M.A.R.T. is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Timebound. Once you have decided what your goal is—to start an online business, for instance—you need to be smart about it! Don’t just drop all your commitments and leap into the great unknown. This may lead to you falling for a long time!

It is important to carefully set parameters for your goal and give yourself a leg-up. Put a plan in place to achieve your goal the S.M.A.R.T. way!

  • Specific: Start by setting a specific goal. For instance, you have a passion for home design so you want to open an online furniture business.
  • Measurable: To make your goal measurable, you will need to set metrics for yourself. That’s where Pure-Ecommerce can help. We offer our clients exceptional learning tools through our eLearning Library. You will be able to work through our 10-step process at your pace. This will help you have more measurable results as you start your business.
  • Achievable: Be sure you are setting a goal that is achievable. Often, we set goals that are far too high, thus dooming ourselves to failure. You can’t expect to have business success overnight. When starting an online business it takes time, dedication and hard work to get your business start. Get in touch with us and we’ll explain more about our process and how you can get started! 
  • Realistic/Relevant: This means your goal is something you truly care about and is attainable. Plus, it means you feel the goal will help you grow as a person.
  • Timebound: Perhaps this is the most important component. Being timebound means you set time limits on the achievement of your goal. Otherwise, you might spend the rest of your life slowly inching towards it, and never fully reaching it. The team at Pure-Ecommerce is here to encourage you to keep yourself on track as you work through our process. It is up to you to work at a pace that best fits your lifestyle and ultimately achieving your goals of becoming an ecommerce entrepreneur!

It can be difficult to set good goals for yourself and sometimes you need some support as you move towards them. You’ll find a comprehensive overview of the S.M.A.R.T. method at SmartSheet.com, and you’ll find a cheerleader and supporter at Pure-Ecommerce!  

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4. Overcome Obstacles

And now, as if we haven’t had to do enough introspection and self-assessment already, there’s one more piece: obstacles. Specifically, yours. Don’t worry, we all have them! None of us is perfect and we all stumble sometimes. The important thing is knowing what your own personal obstacles are so you can anticipate them before they trip you up. 

Perhaps you are a procrastinator and you love pushing things off until the very last moment. Or perhaps you lack organizational skills and are often defeated by your inability to locate an important document. It doesn’t matter what they are or how many you have. As long as you can face them dead-on and come up with a plan to leap over them when they come to get you. 

This Medium article contains some excellent tips on how to overcome your obstacles. One of them includes “Seek out necessary resources.” Pure-Ecommerce is a great resource for you! By working to work with our team, you will find people who truly care about helping you start your internet business. Plus, assist you to overcome any hurdles when getting started. 

Goal-setting can change lives when done right. The key is to be conscientious, to be careful, and to set yourself up for success before you embark on your journey. If you feel ready to realize your goal of becoming the owner of your very own internet business, Pure-Ecommerce is here to help you make it a reality. Our resources and expertise are boundless, and we can’t wait to apply it to your goals. Get in touch today and soon you’ll be elevating all your goals to the next level!

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50 Motivational Quotes to Inspire You in the New Year

Motivational Quotes to Inspire You to Be the Best YOU in 2020!

By: Bailey Holtz

New year, new you, right? That’s the old saying? But what if you don’t feel like a new person yet? What if you don’t have the “oomph” you’ve been hoping for to kick off the new year? What if you’re still in hibernation-mode, not yet ready to seize the chance at a fresh start?

Firstly, feeling sluggish during the winter months is completely normal! According to News in Health, the National Institute for Health’s monthly newsletter, many people feel blue and unmotivated around the holidays and the winter. Luckily, in most cases, these feelings can be cleared away by a little sunshine and some helpful motivation from your friends at Pure-Ecommerce

Psychology Today reports that humans are motivated by the need for power, the need for affiliation, and the need for achievement. Sometimes, though, we lose our connection to those motivating factors. When we forget that we desire achievement, when we forget that we desire affiliation, it can be helpful to read words of wisdom from powerful people we admire. 

If you’ve got the blues, we’ve got just the words to get you back to your happy, productive self again! Here are 50 motivational quotes we adore. They always get us up and raring to go, on even the coldest and darkest of mornings!

Quotes to Get You Out of Bed

“Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.”–Buddha

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.”–Marcus Aurelius

“Lean forward into your life. Begin each day as if it were on purpose.”–Mary Anne Radmacher

“When you do something noble and beautiful and nobody noticed, do not be sad. For the sun every morning is a beautiful spectacle and yet most of the audience still sleeps.”–John Lennon

“Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow’s reality.”–Malala Yousafzai

“Every great story on the planet happened when someone decided not to give up, but kept going no matter what.”–Spryte Loriano

“For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”–Steve Jobs

“There is no greater gift you can give or receive than to honor your calling. It’s why you were born. And how you become most truly alive.”–Oprah Winfrey

“It’s OK if you fall down and lose your spark. Just make sure that when you get back up, you rise as the whole damn fire.”–Collette Werden

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”–Mark Twain

Quotes for When the Future Seems Uncertain

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”–Eleanor Roosevelt

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”–Maria Robinson

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”–Harriet Tubman

“Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”–A.A. Milne

“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.”–Marie Curie

“At any given moment you have the power to say: This is not how the story is going to end.”–Christine Mason Miller

“Once you choose hope, anything is possible.”–Christopher Reeve

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.”–Amelia Earhart

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”–Eleanor Roosevelt

“Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass. It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.”–Vivian Greene

Quotes for When You Need a Dash of Humor

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”–Zig Ziglar

“I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.”–Lily Tomlin

“I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.”–Oscar Wilde

“People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.”–Winnie the Pooh

“You can’t have everything. Where would you put it?”–Steven Wright

“Bad decisions make good stories.”–Ellis Vidler

“I’ll probably never fully become what I wanted to be when I grew up, but that’s probably because I wanted to be a ninja princess.”–Cassandra Duffy

“A clear conscience is a sure sign of a bad memory.”–Mark Twain

“I didn’t fail the test. I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.”–Benjamin Franklin

“Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It’s already tomorrow in Australia.”–Charles Schulz

Quotes to Lose the Fear

“If you want to achieve greatness stop asking for permission.”–Anonymous

“Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.”–John Wooden

“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.”–Anonymous

“If you are not willing to risk the usual you will have to settle for the ordinary.”–Jim Rohn

“Trust because you are willing to accept the risk, not because it’s safe or certain.”–Anonymous

“Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life–think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.”–Swami Vivekananda

“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.”–Walt Disney

“Good things come to people who wait, but better things come to those who go out and get them.”–Anonymous

“If you do what you always did, you will get what you always got.”–Anonymous

“Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”–Winston Churchill

Quotes to Inspire You to Change the World

“You can make things happen. You’re in control of change.”–Dyllan McGee

“I believe it’s time that women truly owned their superpowers and used their beauty and strength to change the world around them.”–Janelle Monae

“I spend my life building the world I want to live in.”–Robin Chase

“No one changes the world who isn’t obsessed.”–Billie Jean King

What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”–Jane Goodall

“Knowing what must be done does away with fear.”–Rosa Parks

“We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.”–J.K. Rowling

“I believe in change. I believe in the power it has to unite us and ignite us.”–Uzo Aduba

“Women speaking up for themselves and for those around them is the strongest force we have to change the world.”–Melinda Gates

“Every single person has the power to change the world and help people.”–Laura Marano

We hope the above collection of motivational quotes has helped you to regain some of your steam! Remember, winter doesn’t last forever; stay focused, stay positive, and before you know it, your hard work will have paid off!

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