If you are still hanging on as a reader of this blog, I would like to start by apologizing that I haven’t updated it frequently and that almost 4 months have passed since the last post. However, I do think that it can be turned into a lesson that I find most people are struggling with and that I myself have had a hard time with in the beginning of my online business career.
I have talked about the topic of FOCUS before but I find that it is important to remind ourselves about it from time to time. If we haven’t got a clear and precise goal that we can keep our focus at, we will often drift from one thing to the next and get very little productive work done. I don’t know if you have ever tried it but I have personally done it so many times that I stopped counting.
Ever since I started a challenge based on a webinar I heard on the Keyword Academy where I am a member, I have had no problem keeping my focus and been able to work consistently and effectively to achieve the goal I sat out to reach. The plan was a one year plan but because of my focus and the fact that things gets easier when you are doing them consistently, I have almost reached my goal already.
Reaching that goal as doubled my online income and from the looks of it, I am going to double it once more before the year has passed. That means that listening to a webinar, keeping my focus and taking massive action will most likely result in a 4x increase of the monthly earnings.
What Have You Done Lately?
So now you know why I haven’t taken the time to post on this blog and what I have spent my time on instead. Even though I enjoy writing these posts I am not making any money from it and when time is limited it will therefore be kept at a minimum and when I feel that I have something valuable to share.
But what about yourself? Have you taken the time to look back at the first 4 or 5 months of this year and made up how far you have come towards your goals? Because you do have goals, right?
If not, now is the time to set some goals and start working on them. It doesn’t have to be money goals. You can set goals about all kinds of stuff. Health goals, travel goals, family goals etc. But without them you can’t focus and without focus you will always tend to drift.
Don’t drift through life. It is simply too short to not make the most of it. Focus on what you find is important and start taking action towards it TODAY.
To Your Success,
WOW!!… Because of The Keyword Academy and the methods these guys teach, I have never (ever) been as productive as I have been in the last 3 weeks. I know this might be a strange statement considering that I am running a decent online business already, but what I learned from one of their recent webinars has revolutionized my business.
I don’t want to sell you their program (even though you can get access to everything for $1), but merely explain some of what it is that I have learned through the TKA membership.
More Virtual Real Estate Means More Income
When you are making money online from websites that bases the income on traffic, you will need to focus on getting more of it. Now there are at least two ways to receive more traffic and they are: 1) getting more links to improve ranking and 2) adding more content to your sites so that they can rank for more terms.
Both of these will to a large extent involve content creation and whether that content is placed on your own sites (expanding your virtual real estate) or place on other sites (article directories, guest posting etc.) with links back to your sites, it will increase your traffic.
So what it all comes down to is to create more content. You can write the articles yourself or you can outsource the creation. Only key point is that you must make sure that it is quality content.
Some will argue that any kind of content can work and I agree. The difference between crap content (spun, scraped etc.) and quality content (unique, written by a human) is that quality content will work for you long term.
If you plan on staying in this business and not running a “business” that has to outsmart the search engines all the time, you need to focus on quality and on quantity. Both are needed to grow your business long term.
So what did I achieve in the last 3 weeks? Well, to be honest I am quite proud of having expanded my online business with a total of 100,000 words of quality content (about 70-80 articles). I have had help in the form of VA’s and hired content writing, but I did write a large part of it myself as well.
In comparison this equaled what I did in about 4 months in the end of 2009. Talk about in increase in productivity. And all of this is due to a single webinar from TKA that made me realize what I needed to do.
To Your Success,
Have you made a habit out of listening to motivational and personal development talks and lectures yet? What about reading books on personal development and achievement as well as biographies of people that have accomplished great things in their lives? If you answer is “no” then you REALLY need to start making this into a habit ASAP. If you haven’t even considered listening and reading material like this I can only encourage you to stop reading this post right now and go pick up your first book or CD.
But enough “call to action”
What I really wanted to talk to you about is something I re-learned from listening to a 2004 Jim Rohn leadership event training.
In that training, one of the speakers is the well known Denis Waitley and even though I had heard this lecture several times, then one of the things he talked about hit me and I therefore want to share that with you as I believe it can help anyone that is struggling or who feels discouraged or impatient.
Becoming a Master at What You Do
We live in a world where everything is happening at rapid and increasing speeds and still we’re struggling with accepting the speed (or lack thereof) and most of us feel that things should happen even faster (especially the success we seek). I don’t know about you but I find it to be a very strange phenomenon even though I also suffer from it from time to time.
In the seminar Denis talks about the fact that it will take 7 years and 10,000 hours of practice to become a master of your field. 7 years and 10,000 hours! That will probably seem like forever for most people.
But when you think of it then it probably makes sense. Practice makes perfect and whatever you job or education is I am sure you can agree that you didn’t become a master in that area in a year or two. You will definitely get better and you might even become “good” in a matter of a few years but mastering the skill takes more time than that.
So if you take this as a fact and apply it to your online business or in your search for financial independence, then ask yourself if you have really spent 7 full years and 10,000 focused hours to get to where you want to go and master the skills of that particular area? My personal answer is NO and I therefore know and accept that I am not there yet and that more work, trial & error and education are needed. But when you have a deadline that says “7 years and 10,000 hours” it isn’t quite as difficult to accept as when you work without a definite goal and timeframe.
It will still feel like a lot of time on days where you’re in a bad mood or feeling discouraged but that is when you need to remember that it will take 7 years and 10,000 hours and if you choose to do nothing for a week, you’re only postponing the deadline.
But What If I Can Only Find 1 Hour Per Day?
The short answer is that it will take you more than 7 years but still about 10,000 hours. This might not be what we want to hear but I find that it is even more important that we stop lying to ourselves. Lying to yourself or living in denial is one of the easiest ways to waste your time and end by giving up. So stop doing that. Call a spade a spade and get going.
The more action you take, the more momentum you’ll get and momentum creates the results that will be required for you to stay motivated to keep going towards the 10,000 hours of practice and trial & error. 1 hour per day will not create a momentum in most cases.
If you can’t find more than one hour per day, then tell your family that for the next long period of time you will need to have Saturdays or Sundays for yourself in order to work on your dream. Lock yourself in your room and plug away. If you cut back on sleep and eat fast, you should be able to crank out at least 15 hours of work in one day and that kind of action is what creates the momentum and generates the results that keep you going.
But since I am not always around to remind you, please (for your own sake) go find some motivational tapes or CDs and start listening to them on a regular basis. They are great when you’re driving your car, vacuuming or before you go to bed. 30-60 minutes per day is enough and it will change your thinking in a way that you will not believe until you have tried it. I promise!
To Your Success,