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I’d like to start this blog post off in extreme gratitude for what my life has become. Honestly it’s amazing looking back over the past few years and seeing just how much my life has changed and all I can do is be thankful for everything I have.
Here is a shot from current condo’s upstairs balcony in Costa Rica (I’ll be leaving here next month to go check out the Dominican Republic since my girlfriend and I have never been there)
I am extremely blessed and am living the life that I dreamed about while going to college and when I started building my Internet Marketing business. I spent years upon years re-investing any money I made into my personal education and into growing my business.
I paid coaches, went to seminars, bought products and spent a LOT of money on testing things.
No, it wasn’t easy. But it has been a hell of a ride…
I’m going to show you this picture. The image on the left was a “dream board” type image that my friend Marshall Wayne did for me a few years ago to help me re-calibrate my mind to a wealth mindset. The picture on the right is an Armani suit I bought in 2014 without thinking twice about it. I knew I wanted an Armani suit and once I put it on, it was mine. (I did have to wait for it to be tailored though)
So what is the point of this and why am I showing you these?
The simple answer is ….
These are things that I wrote down as what I intended to have in my life. I didn’t simply “hope” or think that the “law of attraction” would just give these things to me.
No, it wasn’t instant success.
No, every thing I touched didn’t “turn to gold”…
in fact, most of it failed miserably.
But, some of it succeeded.
What made the difference in that?
It’s something that I tell people all the time when they ask me questions and if I offer any type of personal coaching or mentoring.
I ask…. “have you written down your goals yet?”
If any of my friends who I’ve helped with their business are reading this, I’m sure they will say “yep, that’s what he says”…. and the next thing they’ll most likely agree with is me asking my follow up question… “have you tested it? and then tested it again…and again….and again?”
It’s funny, but with marketing it’s all in testing what you’re doing. You test something and it either works or it doesn’t. Then, if it did work, you use that result as your main numbers to beat and you test against it.
It’s constantly testing A vs B, then if A wins, you test A vs C..
You guessed it… if C wins? You test C vs D…
and on and on. This is how you find positive ROI’s and the beauty of it is that once you find something that is giving you a ROI like 200%…you can test something and maybe, just maybe, you can beat the 200%…
and then you test again.
Okay thats a little off the topic of “Have you written your goals down yet?” but you get the idea… testing is very important.
Let’s get back to goals.
One of the best definitions of goals that I’ve heard is…
“A goal is a dream with a deadline.” – Napoleon Hill
While i’m not 100% sure it was only Napoleon Hill who said that, that is who some resources i’ve read credited.
and damn is he correct.
Dreams become realities when you actually break down how you can accomplish them.
I hear people all the time say things like “I wish I could quit my job and travel like you do” or “I would love to build a business that funds my dream life”
and then you hear that word…
the B word…
not bit$H, but….
and that’s when the excuse comes out. …. but I don’t have the time. ….. but I don’t have the extra money…
That’s an excuse.
You do have the time, we all have 24 hours in a day… even Warren Buffett and Sir Richard Branson.
The difference is that they found a way to use that 24 hours in a way that helped them build their business and accomplish their goals.
Sure, they were probably tired a lot when they were getting started… I know I was.
But the thing that they did first was write down their goals.
Some of them probably terrified the writer when they originally wrote it.. but now that it’s become a reality they are glad they wrote them down.
Sure, writing down something like “make enough money to quit my job” might sound stupid to you right now, but if its your dream to quit your job and build a business, it’s something worth writing down and working your ass off to achieve.
Now what exactly should you be writing down?
That is an even better question….and the better questions you ask, the more likely you are to get answers.
When writing down your goals, you’ll want to write down exactly what it is you want and exactly when you want it to happen.
Let’s say you have a job that makes you $50,000 a year.
That’s $4,167 a month or $137 a day of income.
Alright, so we have a starting point of what number we’re going to write down as a part of our goal.
So you can start off by writing something like “My intention is to create a business that makes me $4,200 a month….”
great start! You’re getting clear on the outcome..
now when do you want to have this?
Be reasonable, don’t just expect it to happen overnight. That’s not how it works, initially.
I’d recommend with either a 3 month or 6 month deadline to your goal. Some people might think thats a little too short of time for something like that to happen. I believe differently though.
If you’re familiar with procrastination (I am VERY familiar with it) then you understand that when your back is up against the wall, you make it work.
Have a month to do a paper? Ever done it in a night? I know I have.
You will find a way to accomplish your goal when you have a must hit deadline, it’s just part of being the badass human that you are.
That’s why I like the 3 to 6 months goals instead of 1-5 years. I have a hell of a time thinking that far in the future, I could be a completely different person by then and my goals might change 100% or 100X bigger, who knows.
Okay so let’s get specific on this goal…
“My intention is to create a business that makes me $4,200 a month by DATE (90-180 days away from when you write this)”
The next thing…
Don’t just think this, grab a piece of paper and a pen.
Do it right now, i’ll wait.
okay, now that you have these things get to writing down your goal.
It might not be financial, doesn’t matter.
Write the damn thing down.
You’ve taken the first step towards achieving that goal.
The next thing that is going to happen is that you’re going to have to get to work on finding the right resources and actually get to work.
I know, I know… you wish it just happened when you wrote it down.
(I do too)
But that’s not how it works.
Now is when the Universe separates the talkers from the people who are willing to actually DO THE WORK and achieve the goal.
It’s not going to be easy, but it is actually easier now that you’ve written your goals out.
Want to know why?
Now you know exactly what you need to do and know the deadline. No second guessing of “oh I need to make a few thousand a month” or “I donno, I think it’s like $5k a month to supplement my job income”
Now get to work.
A few months back I did an interview with Eric and Jarod of http://www.backofficelab.com/ about lifestyle and Entrepreneurship and finally got around to uploading it to my blog here and to be able to share it with ya.
Click here to listen (You’ll be redirected to the Apple iTunes link)
The first one should be my interview, you’ll see “Who Is Chris Hughes” there and can just click it to listen.
Over the last few months I’ve been actively building up my business, along with building up quite a few other things to be able to sell in a few years.What that meant is that I’ve ignored my personal blog here because it doesn’t directly put cash into my pocket.
I do however feel that it would be valuable for me to start blogging again, at least a little more than I have been. I’ve been learning a lot in business, marketing and advertising along with mindset training and of course I have been surfing everyday.
As of today, February 9th, I live on the beach in Costa Rica again. From where I’m sitting, I can see the ocean and hear the waves crashing. This is a shot from my living room looking out. You can’t see the ocean from the picture, but it’s right on the other side of that little wall.
I’d love to have you listen to the interview and learn a little bit more about myself, how I’ve built up my ideal business and how you can do the same.
In the interview you’ll also learn where I was at when I was at my lowest and had absolutely no idea what I was going to do with my life. Click here to listen.
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Have you celebrated any of your successes lately?
In business it can be extremely difficult to celebrate our successes.
I know from personal experiences that it felt weird celebrating things like my first lead, my first sale or even my first $3,000 day. I wonder if it goes back to my childhood and me struggling to truly celebrate things. I’ve always immediately thought “what’s next?” after accomplishing anything.
When I first learned how to juggle 4 balls, my immediate thought was that I needed to learn how to juggle 5. No hesitation, just straight moving on quickly.
I’m not sure if you know what I’m talking about with that, but it can be difficult for me to celebrate my successes. Lately I’ve been working on this more and more and have found that I feel better after relaxing, stepping back away from work and actually having a mini-celebration for a success.
For instance, I hit 1 million fans on a fan page I have the other day before recording that video. So instead of immediately thinking “I want 2 million!” (which I actually did think), I decided to go enjoy the beautiful sunset and not worry about 2 million… yet 😉
I believe its human nature to not truly stop and appreciate our successes and I’m happy to share with you that my celebrating that success had led to some great ideas during and after the celebration.
So wherever you are in your life or business, take the time to celebrate your little victories.
Maybe you’ve generated 5 leads today, or made your first sale.
HIGH FIVE! That shits awesome!
It sure is a great feeling, you should do a little dance and pat yourself on the back. That’s something that a majority of people will never experience and you’ve done it!
Try this out the next time you experience a small or large success and let me know what ya think in the comments below!
Here’s a short little video of my place while I’m living in Playa Langosta, Guanacaste Costa Rica.
I remember a few years back creating a vision board and having a house on a beach just like this!
My walk is about 3 minutes to the spot I surf and about a minute to putting my feet in the ocean. It’s absolutely perfect.
While I know this condo won’t be permanent (I like to travel too much) it is a great place for the time I’ve been living here. I’m extremely grateful for being able to live this lifestyle thanks to my internet business.
Have you ever created an MTV Cribs style video for a place that you’ve lived?
If so, leave a comment below about what you think of my crib and a link to the video you created if you created one!
One thing that I’ve learned while creating hundreds of videos is that it is super important to get closer to the camera when you are doing video marketing.
Well the simplest reason is that it allows people to see into your soul…
okay, okay that might be a little deep but you get the idea.
It is the quickest and easiest way for a “cold prospect” to learn more about you. Sure you could write millions of words on a website and hope that people will just magically understand what you’re trying to communicate and buy everything from you, but that’s a little harder than just creating some videos.
By getting closer to the camera when shooting your videos you are taking full advantage of the “picture is worth 1,000 words” idea. While I’m not sure how many words a video is actually worth, I’m sure its at least 1,001 words.
Putting yourself out there can be pretty scary though and I admit when I first got started with shooting videos I had the camera really far away from my face because I thought people needed to see my whole body for some reason.
It wasn’t until a little over a month ago when I found out about this little video marketing tip that I started to implement it…
side tip: when you learn something that is working well for a lot of people, implement it immediately.
Well, not real magic.
But something awesome did happen. More and more people started commenting on my videos and leaving their thoughts when I was asking them to.
People were actually listening to what I was sharing and actually doing what I asked them to.
It’s a pretty great feeling when that happens.
So my video marketing tip for you is to put that camera closer to your beautiful face. It’s going to be a little frightening at first, but I promise it’ll be alright. No one will come out of your camera lens and eat you…unless you’re REALLY good at lucid dreaming and are actually asleep.
My challenge for you is to actually do this.
The next time you shoot a video, put it up closer to your face and record it. It’s a simple little tweak that will have a major impact on the way people react to your videos.
Go ahead, give it a try and leave a comment below on what you learned while doing this!