The days, weeks and months pass by and still, you’ve not made a penny online.
Those courses you were sold on or that event you attended that promised you a freedompreneur lifestyle came to nothing but more debt and increased overwhelm.
Your mind is opened to the new possibilities and you see more sponsored Facebook ads keep popping up on your news feed. You opt in for free giveaways, ebooks, Webinar trainings and your email inbox is now filled with endless content from different masters in their niche and opinions of the “right way” to go about business.
You ask yourself- ‘I know I want it but how do I get there? Why is it that everyone else around me makes it look so easy!’
Of course it is, any one either starting out in business or already in business will be going through this or has experienced it to get to where they currently are now.
Why? Because it’s not easy! When you first start out you don’t have a frickin’ clue where to start and when you do finally have an accumulation of knowledge to get going, you face overwhelm, procrastination, confusion about where to focus your energy and fear of judgment from others when it comes to dominating your online presence.
It takes hard work, consistency and the ability to lose your ego and have an open mind.
That said, I see so many people struggling to make any movement in the online space, this was my life too for a very long time until something clicked.
I’d like to take you through 5 of the biggest lessons I faced and how you can get focused and be successful online.
F.O.C.U.S – Follow One Course Until Successful.
The tipping point for me in my business was when I stripped back all of the overwhelm and got focused. Although the information overload and endless learning I had dedicated myself to did serve a huge purpose, it was also the biggest thing that held me back. This resulted in not only making no money but also, I hit complete exhaustion taking on too much, which then effected my mood and energy levels to continue. As I mentioned above, the countless emails, events and courses, all from different people with different opinions, views and strategies, completely blew my mind. All this does is put you in to a constant state of confusion. You’ll find yourself dipping in and out of different strategies, focusing your time in all the wrong areas because you have no system in place, because, well, you’re just so confused with where to start! If only there was a complete A-Z system to take you there!… (I’ll cover this in point 4) 😉 My advice would be to strip back everything, sit down and make a list of the main things you want to focus on and WHY. Right now you may have got so bogged down with so many strategies that it’s taken you completely off course and you’re doing a tiny bit of 10 things with no results instead of focusing on one main priority and making progress. Make a list of the main thing you’d like to make work and then F.O.C.U.S until you start to see the results.
Income generating tasks.
For a long time I would do tasks that would take up my time but were in fact not increasing my bank balance. I’d create more free content, edit branded images and post inspirational posts on Facebook. I’d sit behind my laptop tweaking, trying to perfect the online course I’d built and ultimately feeling like a failure when nothing would happen except for more bills go out of my bank account. This was mainly because I didn’t have any guidance and as I mentioned above, when you start out you have no idea where you should be focusing your time and energy. Over time I realised that along with F.O.C.U.S, my main priority should be focusing on income generating tasks. I actually thought at the time that this was what I was doing! But still, no movement was happening. I’ve learnt, failed, won and gained a shed load of knowledge which enables me to share this with you right now. The biggest thing that transformed my business and income was building my brand, being visible on Social Media and consistently connecting with people following the strategies I’d learnt in my primary business.
Lose your ego.
One of the biggest things that held me back was fear of judgment. Fear that I was being criticised from others either in the industry or on my Facebook page from people that didn’t understand what I was doing. I even spent 9 months building an online course and when it came to marketing it I was too scared because I worried what others thought and whether the content was even any good. We all fear judgement and failure, by putting ourselves out there we are open to criticism if we do fail and no one likes to feel like they’ve failed. But, if you want to really change your life then it’s time to lose your ego. Feel the fear and do it any way. I saw a quote recently which I LOVED, it read- “At first they’ll ask you why you’re doing it, later they’ll ask you how you did it.” Lose your ego and be coachable. If you want to change your life then you’re going to need to do what ever it takes. At first, like with anything new, this will feel uncomfortable, but like with any thing we repeatedly do it will soon become easy and you’ll finally start to reap the rewards of your hard work.
Find a complete system.
Email marketing, Opt in forms, Clickfunnels, Website building, finding an email provider, creating a product, building a brand, being visible on Social Media, knowing how to share your product without being salesy, finding a mentor, looking for team support… The list is endless. I sat at my desk daily with around 10 website browsers open, clicking from page to page trying to learn and implement all of this stuff. By the end of my days my brain felt so exhausted I couldn’t even think straight, I’d lay on my bed, brain fried and burnt out with the sheer information overload. Still, I told myself, ‘I have to learn all of these things to start making money in my business’ and I’d repeat the same routine the following day. If only there was a complete system that included everything I needed in one place I’d tell myself. It wasn’t until I experienced 12 months of frustration that finally, I found one. This was the biggest turning point in my online career, all that I mentioned above plus the product, coaching, support, instant high ticket commissions and business set up was all there in one place!! I’d suggest that if you are struggling to find direction and get the results you desire then find a complete system and make that your primary business. There are so many incredible affiliate programs available out there, I’m currently a part of 4 and each of them are priceless! They all have the product, the support, the team, the systems and everything you need to make it online. Find a complete system, F.O.C.U.S, lose your ego, focus on income generating tasks and be consistent. You can’t not win.
Consistency is key! Look, I’m going to be blunt here, shit won’t just fall on your lap! It takes hard work and consistency. This is why people fail, give up and don’t even try in the first place. If you’re wondering why every one else has the results that you’re currently dreaming of, it’s because they consistently showed up and put in the work. If you’re wanting to build a brand online you need to be consistent with posting, sharing and creating. If you want to become a better person in life and be a leader in your niche, you need to consistently work on your personal development to become that person. The problem is that people try here and there, get put off with the lack of results, give up and then make up all the BS excuses as to why it didn’t work. Remind yourself that this is a journey! Be patient, be consistent and dedicate yourself to changing your life. Dedication will soon become a part of your daily routine and it will make you feel so good from growing and succeeding as a person that you’ll never want to go back to the ways in which didn’t serve you.
So, these are my 5 top tips. As I said, I’ve learnt, failed, won and experienced a ridiculous amount of business and personal growth to get to this point. I want to share with you value that will help you to fast track to freedom, share my lessons and experiences so that you know you’re not alone and support you on your road to success.