Focus, organize, follow-through!… How many resolutions do you have?
As the year winds down, we start thinking about “resolutions” and what we are going to do differently in the new year. I don’t know about your list.. but mine is quite daunting!
I literally wrote down about twenty things that I’d like to improve, change or do better; both online and off. Everything from promoting certain programs more, to building my blog subscriber list, to getting back into bodybuilding, to following certain marketing strategies, to starting a new blog called “Every Thing Phil Says”, to following through on my second blog “Almost Smoking” to playing more games with my kids.. to to to.. arrrghhh..
Where to start??
Oh Oh Oh, I know this answer.
We Just Start! We stop making excuses for all the “Why we Can’ts” and we start finding ways to make the things we want to change, change.
My big excuse is that life is busy and I can’t find the time. Excuses excuses, get over it Phil. I can find the time to do a lot of things, so those things must have priority over the bigger picture and where I want to be in a year. Not tomorrow… a Year.
Tomorrow is too soon, but a year. I think I can whittle away at some of my twenty resolutions in that time. Now I just have get past the “F” Word.. FOCUS.
Carl Bailey wrote a post this week that I’ve been reading over and over again. Carl often writes some pretty thought provoking shit, but his latest is a fantastic post to start the new year with.
I’m still reading and dissecting it, and I’ll probably do so for the rest of January.
Carl was nice enough to allow me to use it as a guest post on this blog so I wanted to share it with you today. Whether your a newbie to the online money making scene or a seasoned veteran who is still struggling with the “F” word.. I encourage you to read Carl’s post and then read it again.
Focus, organize, follow-through! by Carl Bailey
Focus, organize, follow-through!
I have a couple of busy websites that relate to online marketing.
As other admins and site-owners can probably verify… BOTH the front and back doors of any busy site, are in constant need of new hinges!
Newbies come out of the woodwork on a daily basis, from all parts unknown… lol
They open the front doors of many, many programs… and then fall prey to a MASSIVE information overload, as well as myriads of new and unfamiliar activities.
After juggling like maniacs, for as long as patience and pocketbooks holdout… this seemingly endless stream of newbies, bolts out the backdoor, faster than their impressive entrance!
Overwhelmed and unprepared, they succumb, as sacrificial lambs to the marketing slaughter.
Why does this happen – AND SO OFTEN?
In my opinion, this happens as a direct result of unrealistic expectations.
I honestly think that most newbies believe there is something magical, money-laden, and miraculous about online marketing!
If they are lucky enough to be in the right program, at just the right moment… it may spill HUGE PILES of money on everyone involved!
I know this sounds flip.
But, honestly, many newbies seem to believe that money can rain down from an internet business, without much, or any, expenditure of time, money, or effort!
Moreover, it seems that they might also believe… online marketing takes ZERO skill, education, or experience!
Now, few people would approach any “off-line” business with that ridiculous belief-structure in place.
As with any off-line business, newbies MUST:
- FOCUS on one activity at a time
- ORGANIZE their efforts for that activity
- FOLLOW-THROUGH to fruition, with that activity
That is the EXACT same formula that we all utilized while growing up!
It’s how we learned the rules of the games we played, how we found our groove in little league, how we learned to function in school, and how we found out how to perform at our first jobs.
Just because one turns to the internet to earn an income, doesn’t mean one can throw out this basic formula!
It only means that we can work at home, in our underwear… lol
Yes, I admit it!