Before I started making money online I was in a pretty bad place in my life. Right before I started trying to make money for myself online I felt simply "defeated" in all of my previous efforts. I felt as though I gave my all for a company that didn't care about me, abused me and ripped out part of my soul and then stomped on my spine while I was down. I'd rive to work feeling miserable, feeling like I had to change my life or this would be the death of me.
It Was That Feeling That Fueled Me….
It's also a feeling that has somewhat faded as life has become more comfortable. Recently I've had to refuel some of that anger (in a good way), refuel the fire and re-revaluate everything inside of me once again.
I know the holiday season is now completely on us and usually that means we all suffer from a lack of time.
However, I want to caution putting everything on hold during the holidays. While it’s good for us all to take a small break during the holidays it’s often bad to put your business on hold.
Don’t Forget Why You Started…
When you’re brand new to making money online (or been around) it’s easy to come on strong or “on fire’ so-to-speak but over the course of a few months it’s easy to forget why you started this in the first place.
Was it for….
- A better life?
- A better job?
- A way to supplement your income?
- A profitable hobby?
- More family time?
No matter which of those things it is (or anything else), it doesn't’t matter. Whatever the reason is something personal to you. Do not give up your passion, do not quit, and do not forget your own personal war.
It’s easy to quit when you’re not successful immediately. I’ve been there; I remember what it’s like. But, I will tell you that if you stick with it and persevere, there is a great reward for you.
No matter what your personal goal is you CAN do it and quitting should never be an option.
Sadly, as the holidays hit it’s easy to completely ignore your goal and it’s easy to fall into the “I’ll start again after the first of the New Year” trap. Have you ever said that about something before?
- I’ll lose weight in the New Year
- I’ll quit smoking/drinking In The New Year
- I’ll dedicate myself to something in The New Year
- I’ll change this or that in the New Year
How often did you really dedicate yourself to it in the New Year? Ever?
Hey, I’ve been there and I can tell you first hand my list of didn’t-do’s is larger than my did-do’s.
So I want you to do a couple things with me this holiday season.
Well just 3 simple things.
- Rededicate yourself to your own personal goals.
No matter which goal you have for your online business, do it. Rededicate yourself and write it down!
- Set aside an hour of so of QUIET free time where you can get into a creative zone.
Never tried to put yourself into a creative zone? Check out John Cleese discussing creativity. It’s brilliant. I highly suggest watching it all the way until the end. He also riddles his speech with jokes and humor within which only adds to the appeal of the entire speech.
Also please notice that I said "QUIET" if you're getting interrupted it won't work.
- After reflection – DO IT.
After you’ve had time to think about being creative use anything you’ve written down or any ideas you’ve gathered and go do it. Whether you’re starting a new niche, building a new website or just adding onto your website – do it.
I do also want you to take some time out this season to spend with your family. It’s extremely important to have that good quality family time as well.
But, in the process don’t forget what you started this online venture for. If you have yet to start then that’s fine to — do it. But, dedicate yourself to it and put in the effort and it will pay off.
If you’re so new that you’re looking for a place to start I just opened a new course with Justin Lewis here.
It’s a great place to start and you’ll get all the help you need making money online.
It comes down to refueling yourself during tough times and rekindling your desire for what you hope to achieve for you and your family….. DO IT.
Thoughts? Feelings? Ideas? How do you fight through the chaos of daily life and focus on your business? What are you going to work on or do? Comon! Don't be shy, share.
Bonus points if you watch the full Cleese video above and can name his 5 points for creativity.
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