Defining your Goals.

Reader. Before you do anything else this morning, sit down with your Creator and decide what it is that you really want.

Be specific.

Now, ask yourself. How is each task I have scheduled impacting these goals?

Before you check your stats, post an article, or comment on a forum, before you upload content, determine how much weight each of these tasks is lending to your overall goal.

For example, if you are spending all day clicking the “like” button, posting articles, and commenting on forums, how are each of these actions bringing your goal into view

Is your goal big enough? If your goal is just to get traffic, ask yourself…what if I get traffic, but no one buys?

Or, what if everyone signs up for my ebook, but I never hear from them again?

If your traffic and your lead magnet responses result in sales, that’s great. But if they don’t, why are you relying on them?

No, a better goal is to have a time-tested sales funnel that makes you money. It’s all right here

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God and the Universe

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A lot of marketers talk about the law of attraction, and for the most part, what they are saying is actually biblical.

Writing down your goals is Biblical

Habakkuk 2:2    And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.

So is:

Withrdrawing, Analyzing, and Brainstorming

Proverbs 4:26

Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.>And I even agree with confessing, that is, calling out what you believe God wants to happen (provided it doesn’t move into the area of presumption and/or manipulation).

But now, one of the areas that greatly disturbs me, is when people talk about the law of the universe. And they talk about the universe as though it were merely some impersonal force with no personhood–

But God is a person. And if these law of attraction people would refer to their source of power as God, rather than, the universe, I might agree with everything they say.

Dani Johnson wrote an ebook about this. She talked about the laws of the universe and it the last section, explained that this was a person, that is, God, whom she had been referring to. She then told her readers that she waited to identify her source as God, because she knew that she would lose her readers if she started off talking about God.  And I’m okay with that strategy

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But how about this, law of attraction people…how about you start, today, giving the Almighty, Jesus, God, you know,,,,the Creator, all the glory and credit
Hebrews, Chapter One

God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,

Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

 

Keeping the vision before you

 

image002If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time, then you know that I am big on “writing the vision and making it plain”.

One thing that can really help you do this is a time-line of your business.
Your business should be growing everyday, and you should be able to see some growth in your business.

Some people spend years and years promoting something that isn’t working for them.

This may not mean that they are in the wrong business, but it does mean that they need to withdraw and analyze.

When you are in an online business, it is so important to keep the vision before you. Ask yourself, where did I hope to be at this point in my business when I first began?

Then, withdraw and analyze.

If you find that you are not where you should be by now, then ask yourself some questions:

“Was I unrealistic in the amount of time I thought it would take me to succeed?
And what is success”?

“What accomplishment at this point in the game would cause me to think I am successful”? Remember, goals must be actionable and measurable.

If you take inventory and are disappointed with where you are, then ask yourself… “What goal must I reach this year in order to be successful”?
Once you determine what that goal is, break it down into each season, and then each month.

Now, write the vision and make it plain. Determine exactly what your goal is for this month, and make sure it is a reasonable goal. If you can’t reach it by the end of this month, then you need to ask yourself…how long am I prepared to work on this goal?

It’s easy in internet marketing to lose sight of our goals, and to get on a treadmill. But if your internet marketing business isn’t getting you anywhere, then you need to find out why.

How to Start a New Habit

Establishing a new habit

A lot of people have a new year’s resolution of “always” and “never”

“I’ll never smoke” “I’ll always exercise each morning”. These are called habits, but no one, absolutely no one, gets there over night (unless they have a miracle deliverance, or they suffer through, or they have a heavenly download of yearlong motivation  and strength that never wanes).

But habits aren’t made or broken that way.  If you are stuck in the rut of “always” and “never”, then your verbage needs to change to:

“Begin”  and “taper off”

How to start a new habit

       Decide what you can do.

If you know, for example, that you aren’t going to, without fail, do your goal consistently, then don’t set it. That’s where everyone misses it. They set these impossible goals, miss one day at it, and quit all together. No, that’s setting yourself up for failure. Instead, start with a goal that  you know FOR SURE you will do daily, or weekly, or whatever time slot is reasonable. So if you know that you want to  run every day, then run every day. And make it your goal to run every day. That’s it. That’s your goal. If you just start with the goal of running every day, you can’t lose. And trust yourself. Tell yourself, “You only have to do some running every day”. As in, out  the door and to your car. And then Back in. Or, just to the kitchen and back to bed. That’s it. You just ran. Now. Can  you commit to just running, any amount, every single day? Sure you can. And I bet you know what I’m going to suggest next. Yup[, that’s right. Each day you’ll go a bit further.  One guy named Zig Zigler made it his goal to lose a hundred pounds and he did by running to the mailbox each day. That was his only goal. I’m sure you know where  that achievable goal got him. That’s right. It got him running every day. And he didn’t get there by saying “this is lame, any loser could do this”. No, he got there by encouraging himself. “Hurray, it’s January 15th and I’m still running every day”.

In case you haven’t figured it out yet, Zig Ziglar ended up running a mile a day, and becoming  a self-improvement coach.

So start with what you know for sure you can do

Build on it. Each day, try to do a bit more, but don’t make the “bit more” your new goal. Remember, you goal is just to do some of this each day.

Train yourself to encourage yourself. When you miss a day, (and don’t think it can’t happen) DON”T QUIT. Remember what a new year’s resolution is. It’s something you resolve to accomplish in the new year, not something you have to do each day. Your New Year’s resolution should be to establish a consistent (not perfect)  life habit of running. Your goal to reach that is to most days, run some.

Remember, you have all  of  this year to establish the habit

So go easy on yourself.

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My one and only New Year’s resolution

tieEarlier, I told you that a lot of people make the mistake of stopping their New Year’s resolution, when they don’t do each and every day one specific thing.

The one thing I didn’t emphasize to you, though, was how.

How to do that resolution every single day. I probably gave you the impression that it wasn’t possible to do something each day, hence, look at the year as a whole.

But this morning, at the breakfast table, I had an epiphanal moment. I realized that I can reach each and every goal I want to, and do the accompanying steps each day, if I just

Write down every day what needs to be done

Schedule a time

Adjust as needed.

Yes, reader, that is my one and only daily goal, and it is all I ever need to do in order to reach my New Year’s resolution.

I already do it, just not each morning. I think it is the most important daily goal one can have, and it is my only goal. That is, to

Wake up every morning and write down what needs to be done that day.

That’s it.

Okay, well, almost. See, I also work off of several Categories.

Category One: Businesss;

Daily:

  • Post an article and schedule
  • Add tags.
  • Work on (current) ebook
  • Check feedback
  • and notifications
  • Add tags and categories to missing articles

See what followers are up to

Category Two: Health and Hygiene.

I’m a marketer. And I know I’m not the only one who has ever neglected their health, drooling on a keyboard at 2 a.m. cranked out on coffee and no sleep. So this year, I’m not resolving to fix anything. I’m just getting  up in the morning to write down what I can do today in this area

  • Make salads (so I’m not skipping this, I make a loaded salad with grapes, croutons, onions, every single green in the fridge and I load it in a ziplock bag so when I’m craving something, it’s ready.
  • Write down what exercises I’m up to.

Come on, people. I’m not a teenager. Do I really think I’m going to run around the block in January, lungs searing, legs aching? Get real, self. No way. I’m going to watch aerobic videos on my rump and feel exhausted just watching.

Forget that! But I do know what will work….every day, I’ll wake up and do a few

  • arm circles
  • a few leg lifts
  • a few SECONDS (reality check people) of running in place. And maybe ten minutes of brisking up my business walk ( you know what I’m talking about. Your circling the dining room table talking out your future. Own it. Or, the mirror talk)

Okay, so now I’m running around the table, speaking out my future, and it’s time to jump on the keyboard and

POST EVERYDAY. Oh reader, listen, when it comes to the blogging department, forget every other goal and make it your goal to do just one post a day.

What you want to do is to think up the major categories in your life, think of the three most important things to do in each category that day, and then schedule a time for all of these.

Well, that’s how I do it. I wake up and write it down. I schedule it. I look at it. And here’s the secret to me reaching my goals. If I get up every day and JUST WRITE IT DOWN it will get done.

If I don’t get it all done, the next morning I get up and write it all down. And listen; if may take you several weeks to fine tune your list and schedules. Make it a singular priority to get your schedule and list in order (everything flows from it)*

Try making this your ONLY New Year’s Resolution, for a month, and let me know what you think

*(Write the vision and make it plain that he may run that reads it)