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.