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In ZENWSP, we spend a lot of time checking whether your goal is relevant to the 7 elements of sustainable prosperity which include Sanpo-Yoshi. Therefore you will end up setting a very different kind of goal from a goal you would set based on conventional motivational success philosophies.
I have changed my goal income completely after checking the relevancy. When I started English coaching, I remembered a method I was advised to use by a seminar back in the days, which was to set a goal of earning $10,000 a month. The idea of earning $10,000 a month was attractive to me because it would definitely upgrade my financial situation and it would be the proof that I will have transformed my way of thinking and doing. I decided to give a shot. Before I did, I opted to check the goal and see if it was congruent with my ecosystem.
The first thing I did was look at how I could achieve the goal. According to my research, there were two ways I could use to earn $10,000 per month as an English coach.
- First, I could increase the number of my coaching sessions. Since I intended to charge $50 per session, that meant to achieve the goal, I was supposed to give 200 sessions per month and 50 sessions per week. For this method to work, I needed to find many clients, which required me to do some major advertising and socializing so I could hand out my business cards to various people. It meant I would be working 12 hours a day seven days a week. That meant I wouldn’t get time to spend with my family, friends, and even be in nature.
- The second way was for me to hike up my coaching fee to something such as $500 per session. This was a lot of money, but many coaches charged that kind of money. By charging this much, I wouldn’t need to find a lot of clients, and my sessions would have been fewer. My monthly sessions would be 20, and my weekly sessions would be 5. For me, one session per day and not needing to look for a large number of clients was magical. However, with that said, it was extremely difficult to get clients who were willing to pay such a high fee. It wasn’t congruent with my value either. It could even have damaged my reputation.
After looking at the two ways, I concluded that they were both not coinciding with my ecosystem and that changed my goal of earning $10,000 to earning $3,000 a month, which was more relevant to my ecosystem and values.
There could be more ways to achieve the first goal, but you still need to think about what it takes to obtain it and whether it is worth it.
In Japan, we have a summer holiday starting tomorrow, so I won’t be able to post a blog for a week. I will be back on the 17th.
Also, my talk on August 19th will be postponed to October 14th. I am sorry for the inconvenience.
Well, I hope you have good summer, and I’ll see you in a week.