The Secret to Success

“The Secret of Segmenting”

If you want to get a goal done, and done right, then you need to learn the secret of breaking your goals up.

It’s not enough to break your goal up into 2 or three steps.

No, to really be successful, break those goals down into yearly, quarterly, and seasonal goals.

Here’s where most people miss it…they pick a goal like weight loss—–That’s it. Come on, people, how can anyone lose weight like that? Actually, everyone. Because there is no accountability to a goal like that. “Um… yea, I think I lost some weight….my pants do feel a little bit looser”. Vague goals like that only serve to salve our conscience or set us up for failure, because for a goal to be attainable, it must be well defined.

  1. You want your goal to be specific, attainable, and measurable.
  2. Then, very clearly define your goal.
  3. After that, break your goal down into actionable, daily and maybe even morning, afternoon, evening goals.

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How to Order your day

Charles Schwab who owns the famous investment company which bears his name, tells a story he had with a mentor. Mr. Schwab asked the mentor to tell him how to be more productive.  Rather than scheduling a mentoring session, the advisor simply told him, “Mr. Schwab, I will give you one piece of advice, and if you think it is worth anything, you can pay me $10,000.” Charles agreed.
One week later, Charles wrote the advisor a check for $10,000. What do you think his advice was?  When I first heard this story, I really thought that the secret was stocks. Or maybe some other investment strategy, like buying up precious metals.
No, the secret that Charles Schwab received is so brain dead simple, that I don’t think he would have even looked at it twice if the advisor had not designated a value to it.
It really is that simple.
And that profound.
In fact, it is so profitable, I would attach a million dollars to it’s worth.
So what was the advice?
I almost hesitate to tell you lest you find it too elementary.
Write down the three most important things you need to do today.
Gah! Is that it? Is that really it? Yup. In fact, chances are, you have probably heard this same story, or a version of it, at least once before now.
We all know this is good advice. Why isn’t it working for us?
Here’s a story that describes our problem:

Whoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

And every one that hears these sayings of mine, and does them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

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Vision Casting

There was a man who was preaching a message to his audience. All of the sudden, he stopped in the middle of his sermon and cried “Wait. Don’t jump! The answer is in your briefcase!”.

The preacher’s audience looked baffled, and he was as well. He honestly couldn’t tell you WHY he said what he said.

A while later, he found out why. While taking a train home from a business trip, another man, a lonely man, contemplating taking his life, decided to first listen to a tape his loved one had packed away for him. He thought it was an “inspirational tape”, not necessarily a sermon.

Actually, it was both. Here’s why. When the lonely business man started that tape, he heard it played at exactly the point where it said, “Wait. Don’t jump! The answer is in your briefcase”.

He went to his briefcase and found that the one he loved had also packed away a Bible.

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Why you have “shiny gadget” syndrome, and how to focus

Reader, do you find yourself spending hours on your smartphone or computer, but getting nothing done? Does it seem impossible to stick with one task and one task only as a million, “Are you KIDDING ME”? type of ads swirl around your screen? Do you find your self checking out “just one more article” Despite your best,  most disciplined efforts to stay on track?

Hyper one, it’s not your fault (well, not entirely).

Blaming Your Brain

Does putting a bum rap on your own brain cells and cerebral wiring make it easier? Not really. But it’s sort of true; your brain is wired to give you a “pay off” everytime you see something new or interesting. Here’s the hard truth that you desperately need to here, and I hope you love me for boldly sharing it:

You’re an addict, Creative One

Yes, it’s true, creative soul; your brain releases dopamine everytime you see something new and cool. You’re addicted to the stuff. It’s the reason you click away from one perfectly good article to another one. It’s the reason you keep checking facebook every five seconds. It’s why you can’t

Focus.

You need that Dopamine hit. All smart phone users do. That’s why this is called the “never look up” generation. Sad.

Wonderful distracted human, there’s simply no way around it. What you need is

Total Detox

This means, you need to retrain  your brain but first.  You absolutely Must, must must set limits on your gadget time. Your PC time. Even normal phone calls, and definitely texting. Yes, you must rigorously schedule set times for these things, and make them the same time each day. Otherwise, you’re nothing but an electronics junkie.  I know, I know. That phone is ringing, “you’ve got mail” and you just can’t seem to stop thinking about that latest “trending now” snippet you saw. Bite the bullet. Go completely cold turkey from all gadgets for two weeks if you just can’t help yourself. Here’s what will happen

Focus.

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Suddenly, your brain will be bored.  Bored. Curious. Understimulated. And reader, that’s a very good thing! Your brain will tell you things like, “I just KNOW someone left me an important message…I feeeeel it”. But reader, your brain is lying. Because someone most likely DID leave you a message but reader, the truth is, it’s not important. At least not as important as reclaiming your focus.

Right this moment write down the three most important things you need to do…today. And do nothing but those three things. Do it with no interurptions or distractions…no matter what. Here’s why;

Evertytime you break away from an important task, it takes 10 full minutes for you to fully refocus on what you were initially doing. No wonder nothing gets done in your world!

Look, you are going to have to make a choice. Do you want to be a twitching, unfocused, distracted and non productive human forever?

Starting now, decide on definate, set in stone times to answer all your gadgets and try to make it ONCE A DAY. Will you need to change your phone number? Quit Facebook? Give the impression you’ve left the planet? Probably.  A better way though might be to inform your clan that you are going AWOL for a season of detox.

Then stick to your plan of only checking your gadgets during that time. And let me know how it works; we’re in this together.

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Internet marketing success

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This video is so inspirational, I would call it almost as fundamental as having a daily schedule.

If you get this one thing right, you will always succeed.
Here’s to your success!
–Sue

P.S.>The Rock represents Jesus

All of us have things in our life that we would say take priority over other things, but we don’t always live like it. In the video (which I still strongly suggest you watch, you don’t need speakers to get the point), there is a man with some sand, some water, and one big rock. He wants to fit all of these things in the vessel, but there’s only one way to do it…and that’s by putting the main, or “meatiest”, pieces in first, in the proper order. I think the symbolism is obvious here. As internet marketers, we need to “seek first the kingdom” and keep the main thing the main thing. I’ll write more on this tomorrow. Please watch the video even if you have read about this concept before. It is powerful!

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