It’s clean out time once again! Periodically, I like to let go of the clutter and sell off some of my clothing and accessories to make room for mental and physical space and redirection! As an ex retail executive, I actually enjoy the process of selling online. In the past, I sold things through eBay and decided to switch to Poshmark this fall to try something a bit different. My goal is to clean out unwanted and underused items from my closet and to make some extra cash doing so. I also love that my once loved articles of clothing are reinventing themselves with a new life in someone else’s wardrobe! Even more rewarding if in selling something for a fraction of its original cost, I may be supporting someone in snagging an item they really love and would not be able to otherwise afford.
Yet it can be frustrating selling clothing online when people want everything for “free” or close to free! So, it is challenging to remain composed when you are selling a never worn item with sales tags on it that read $148 and someone is offering you $18 dollars for that item! Yet here are the take-away lessons learned which are all about the richness of understanding our relationship to goals and goal setting.
Everything in life comes down to choices.
I can sell the item. Or not.
I can set a goal to earn a certain amount for my time and energy to do this.
So, when someone offers me $18 for a piece of clothing or even $10, should I sell it?
At first glance, the answer would be no way! Why should I give things away?
AND yet…the Universe is funny that way… because often what we give we also get.
Often, there is more than one way to realize a goal! Here are my choices in this scenario:
- I can opt out of doing this in the first place and make no money and donate my clothing.
- I can opt out of doing this and live with the clutter.
- I can sell my clothing only for prices that I think are reasonable.
- I can sell my clothing for the highest prices this online market will allow.
So clearly, I have many decisions that I can make. It is easy to get caught up in the logic of it all. After all why sell a $148 dollar item for $18? Yet, if you do the math…if you sell even one item of clothing that you are no longer using every day for 365 days and you sell it at $18…at the end of the year…that $18 is $6570 dollars!
So here is my point in all of this…
Whatever your goals are, be flexible in how you execute them. If you set the goal, guess what? You can alter that goal as well! Remember to look at the bigger picture and to be aware of altering your path toward your goals.. Maybe selling that dress for $18 seems a bit low, maybe not worth your time…and yet…over time– your work, the steps you take, the overall benefit really can add up. The process and the growth may well be worth the investment.
Where in your business and in your life are you missing the bigger vision? Where are you not putting in the effort because it seems meaningless, only to discover that you are not taking action at all? Where are you using your energy in an abundant and open manner…allowing in the possibility of what the Universe is sending your way and allowing out what you no longer need? Where are you the driver of your goals?