Everybody knows the working parts of a successful online business. But logic and implementation are two different things, so what you will see unfold is a strategic plan to streamline your success as an online entrepreneur.
People throw the word streamlined around a lot, but do you know exactly what that means? It means you make your business more efficient and effective (successful) by using faster or simpler working methods.
Becoming an online entrepreneur is overwhelming for so many people. It is like you just got a huge load of information dumped on you, and now you must sort out the puzzle of how to put it all together.
Every day, your business should include the same ingredients:
- Cultivating the Right Mindset
- Planning for Profits
- Furthering Your Education
- Networking with Others
- Working Toward Completion
- Positioning Yourself in Your Niche
If you are missing any of those elements, then you are slacking. So, we are going to cover each one and talk about the reality of just how long it takes to implement these systems – because let us be honest, some of you out there reading this are complaining that you do not have time to do it all – and I am going to prove to you that you are lying to yourself.
Cultivating the Right Mindset
Ask any six or seven-figure marketers, and they will tell you that mindset is everything when it comes to determining your success or failure. And it is not something that happens – it is not something you are born with.
It would help if you cultivated it – make it happen. You do this by planting the right seeds and nurturing the right mindset as you weed out a vision that does not align with what you want.
The first step is to analyze what is wrong with your current mindset. No one has a perfect one. Even if you are all rainbows and unicorns every minute of every day, there would be a fault with that because you must predict things that will go wrong.
For most people, it is not all happy when you are building your own business. You have things like:
- Self-doubt is your abilities.
- Fear of failure
- Self-esteem issues
- Confusion and frustration
- Envy of others…and so on
You need to have a long hard look at your innermost thoughts – as well as what you verbalize because your natural self-talk can have a huge impact on whether you succeed or fail.
If possible, try to be aware daily of your emotional state. Are you feeling intimidated? Ugly? Worried you will not get something. Keep a journal of emotions for about a week and see if any overwhelming mindset issues creep up on you day after day.
To fix the issue, you must be honest. Ask your spouse or others if they notice any mindset issues with your efforts. Sometimes it is easier for them to pick up on your lack of confidence than it is for you to see it.
Make a note of how often you use certain debilitating words, like:
- Will not
There is an old saying that goes, “Don’t should on yourself.” It means you are basically crippling your efforts to succeed when your self-talk is so full of doubt and regret. “I should be able to handle this, but I am not.”
Blog Posts and Social Media Posts
Look back on past blog posts and social media posts as well as emails between yourself and others to see what your raw emotions were before you were trying to be aware of them.
Look at the mindset of those you admire. This is especially important in allowing yourself to soak up the experiences of others. Have you ever heard that phrase, “You are who you keep company with?”
That is true in Internet Marketing, too. When you are around a bunch of whiny, negative Nellies all day, reading their posts in forums about how bad they are being victimized or how often they cannot get things done, it rubs off on you.
Change that pattern! Block out those people – at least until you fortify your own mindset – and start making it a point to engage with successful people every day. It does not have to take long.
Please read one of their blog posts or social networking entries. Follow them on Twitter. Watch their YouTube videos. People who are hugely successful and who have a passion for helping will share their knowledge.
Order a book that promises to improve your outlook. Each day, you should read a chapter or a small section of a mindset-changing motivational book. Many are great for Internet Marketers, including:
- Time Warrior by Steve Chandler
- E Squared by Pam Grout
- The Power of Story by Jim Loehr
These are just a few, ranging from no-nonsense slants (Time Warrior) to gentle, healing content (The Power of Story) that can help you begin altering the victimization viewpoint you have had of this experience and start feeling empowered to make things happen your way.
Because you are looking for streamlined success, that means efficient learning and training. Not getting bogged down in trying to absorb dozens of concepts and hundreds of pages all at once.
You should slowly dig into these resources, whether it is people or books – and do small snippets every day for a little dose of inspiration. Spend no more than 10 minutes on each one – just enough to rev you up for whatever is next on your to-do list.
Embrace daily mantras to retrain your brain. Mantras are something that a lot of people feel are hokey, but others embrace. Even if you think it is “not for you,” you should give it a try.
Conscious and Subconscious Mind
That is because your brain is wired with your conscious and subconscious mind, and it is the subconscious mind that we are working on changing with the mantras. When your subconscious mind hears or reads these positive sayings day after day, it gets ingrained so that even when you are not actively thinking about it, your brain retrieves this message and helps you avoid sinking into despair.
Some people have a hard time grasping what the subconscious mindset is. They understand their conscious state because they are observing it in action. So, let us compare it to your body.
When you think of your body, you think of your skin, head, arms, legs, and so on—the stuff you can see, basically. But inside, a lot is going on at a cellular level. Things so tiny you would not even know they were happening unless you had access to a microscope.
Yet what those cells do is extremely important to your life. It is the same with a subconscious mindset. The conscious mindset is what you observe right now – but behind the scenes, hidden to you, is your subconscious mind – and even though you cannot observe it in action, it is there, working for or against you in terms of your online success.
And just as you want to eat the right things and exercise to help your body at a cellular level, you also want to nourish your subconscious mindset to benefit you and not contribute to your mental despair.
Practice one new mindset, strengthening exercise each day. So here are a few ideas for this issue. At the end of the day, keep a specific journal for what went right – not what all happened that went wrong.
Write at least 3 things that went right. It does not have to be monumental things that happened – small things are okay. Maybe you successfully interacted with someone you admire in the online business arena, or you got your inbox cleared out. Even something such as “Contributed 6 full hours to my business today” is positive.
If you do not have anything positive business-wise (think hard), then start with things in your personal life that went right. Maybe you spent time colouring with your child or got all of your holiday decorations put up.
The key is to start training your brain to focus on the good, not the bad. Over time, this will become your new normal, and you will not see life as a struggle anymore. This exercise should only take a couple of minutes – no need to write pages about it, jot down a phrase or sentence saying what went right.
Learning From Your Failures
Have a system to learn from failures. This is a big mistake many marketers do. They fail and want to run so far from it that they never look back to see what happened. This is an invitation to fail more.
If you do not take a moment to figure out what happened, you will likely repeat the same errors. This is like spinning your wheels in the mud. First, look at what happened and see if you can brainstorm what went wrong.
Was it a price point? Your graphics? Did you fail to secure affiliates or JV partners? Once you have some idea, try the approach again, with the corrections in mind. If it still fails and exhausts your ideas of why things are not working, then reach out to someone and let them know what you hoped to achieve, what you did, and why you think it went wrong.
A good place to ask is in a marketing forum, or on social networking sites, such as in a Facebook group. Do not be whiny about it, though – marketers love to help go-getters; they are repulsed by people who see themselves as a constant victim.
Let us get blunt here, too – if they think you are whiny, they may not help. Why? Because people who play the victim role latch onto other marketers and then email them constantly wanting hand-holding.
If you approach your request for help with confidence and professionalism, you will get more answers because people will know you are independent. And they do understand that we all need a helping hand occasionally.
All these small, limited-time exercises will help you cultivate the right mindset. Do not expect to wake up tomorrow feeling like you can rule the world. Give it time and focus on trying to become a positive, success-minded marketer.
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