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November 22nd, 2009

Lifes a Journey, Chapter 2

Figure Skater girl

The Answer to Product Overload.

Lessons life has taught me about Internet marketing.

When I was a young girl, I was passionate about figure skating. There was nothing in the world I wanted to do but skate. It was my love. I would do anything in order to be able to skate.

I was an only child in a fairly comfortably off family. When I was about 11 or 12, I was training for figure skating competitions. I skated about 5 to 6 hours a day, six days a week. My coach-teacher taught me two ½ hour sessions each day when I was in the pre-competition phase, and usually one ½ hour session a day otherwise. The lessons were frightfully expensive.

The lesson was given, and then it was time for me to do the practice part on my own. Being all of 11 or 12 at the time, and expected to tend to my own practice routine, was probably more than any usual pre-teen should be asked to do.

It was part of the routine. I learned it a little at a time, but I learned that in order for my coach not to give me a rough time next lesson, I had better show him that I had indeed practiced the previous lesson. I did just that, I was diligent, self motivated, and self-disciplined and self sufficient. Now, that was a lot to ask of any child.

So my first life lesson I learned was diligence, discipline and how to be a self starter. That’s more than most people learn in a life-time, and some never do.

Do I have to add that these are some of the best things for Internet marketers to have too? Most of us usually work alone. So no boss telling us what we need to do that day, (Yayy) BUT, someone needs to plan our day and set the schedule.

Here is where a lot of new marketers fail. So here we are our first week or so in our new ‘job,’ we sit staring at the computer screen. Where shall I start today? Oh, I know, how about the inbox?

Oh NO… (don’t do it…don’t do it) oops too late.

So there you are, Gee, here’s a good one, and probably just what I need to be able to make that million bucks this year. Oh dear, you know the rest. About 3 hours later, you still haven’t done any ‘work’ but you’ve worked all that time. So you take a break time, have some more coffee, and start back all refreshed and excited.

Anyone who is a home worker, needs self discipline, and self motivation, along with being a self starter, and be able to plan each days work ahead of time, so the work needed is the work that is scheduled for that day.

Come on now, if an 11 year old spoiled little girl can do it, surely you big hunk can do as much. Well, yes I did have a head start on you (lol).

Well, what you need to be effective in your at-home work, is a plan, and a schedule. My mentor, Alex Jeffreys, started our first lesson with what he called, “Forward to Basics,” because you needed a plan to go forward.

He taught us how to plan out each day, each week, each month, each 3 month period and finally a whole year. Then that was our first homework. But he showed us something very important that I’m passing along to you right now.

You plan the day, and you have a notebook and write down each thing you did each time, and how long it took you. He called it the “did list.” At the end of the first week you will start to see where you are losing time in non-essentials (to the work schedule). Then you take that schedule and re-work your daily plans.

I’ve found the biggest waste of working time, is the inbox! If I can avoid that until a later allotted time, I can actually accomplish a lot more work each day. But the biggest thing is sticking to a list of the tasks set for the day. As you learn to discipline yourself to that, you will have beaten the biggest hurdle new home workers have.

So, this week or this month, set yourself to be as disciplined as an 11 year old in a Tu-Tu, and determine to be that person that doesn’t need a boss to direct you.

How do you eat an elephant?

… One bite at a time!

Here’s how it works, first you determine what you want to accomplish for the year. Then you write down what it will take to do that. This is planning, but you need to write it out as you plan it.

Then, figure how to divide that year into 4 quarters of 3months each. Now that year is getting easier to accomplish. At least it should be. Well, it looks good on paper anyway.

Now, you rough draft each quarter. Put them into steps, the biggest one first, (that will be your last quarter) then each of the next ones. But only the basic plan for each until you’re ready for the last one.

The 90-Day Plan is the most important one. This is planning out what you will be doing each week, in detail. Say your 90-day plan is to increase your list by 2000. That really is going to take some planning. So if you divide that into 3 that means you’re looking at about 665 each month. Then you write out all the ways you could do that, and which ones are most feasible, and how to accomplish each of those means. What it takes to accomplish each one of those, maybe you will find you need a certain product or you can’t do it on your own and you may need some outsourcing.

By continually breaking down the jobs into smaller tasks, suddenly it’s no longer a huge thing (like an elephant) looming over you, ready to stomp on you, but just a dish you can eat – - one bite at a time.

Ok keep up the good work, and stick to each days tasks, that’s how you will succeed.

More next time, Be Happy

P.S.  Did all my diligence and discipline pay off?  YES,  I became a world class figure skater,      winning almost every competition I entered.   But what is more important,  as I grew up I used those same traits to become successful in every business venture I went into,  and was so successful in some of them that I was named  and appear in Who’s Who in professional and executive women.

Here’s to your success in becoming a diligent Internet Marketer, or any other field you desire.