I have a confession to make.
Starting something new sucks.
Yup. Plain and simple I'm impatient and when I see something I want, I don't want to have to go through the growing pains of getting it to where I want.
Can you relate to that?
For example, many of you know that I'm relatively new as an information marketer. I started my career almost a year and a half ago and some people would say that I've enjoyed a fair amount of success in such a short period.
I would agree and I'm very happy with the progress that I've made.
However, being surrounded by marketing gurus like Alex Mandossian, Armand Morin, John Childers, Jim Edwards, and Matt Bacak, I see that I have a long way to go.
I know for a fact that these guys make hundreds of thousands of dollars a month on complete autopilot and their income only grows every year.
In addition, I've enjoyed watching their students implement the strategies they've learned from these guys and then experience all kinds of success. Now the key word there is IMPLEMENT!!
It didn't take me long before I learned one of the most valuable lessons of my career. You should memorize this because it will help you get more done, faster and you'll be up and be making money quicker and easier.
Here it is. Write this down.
You Don't Have To Get It Right,
You Just Have To Get It Going.
Success in life is nothing more than a series of small wins. However, most people try to tackle a HUGE project or idea and they get so overwhelmed that they never even begin.
Think about it...
Bill Gates didn't create Windows XP before he created Windows 2000, or Windows 95 or even Windows 3.1. But let me ask you a question...
Do you think he would have the market dominance he has if he had waited until he had completed Windows XP?
All he did was get going. I guarantee you many of the ideas he had in the later versions of Windows were initially dreamed of when he first created Windows 3.1 but he didn't wait for it to be absolutely perfect.
He just got going.
So, I sat back and started asking myself questions. I was looking for answers as to why people like Alex, Armand and John just keep on experiencing tremendous success, project after project, and why I was struggling to get my projects up, completed and making money.
Through this reflection, I saw something that was holding me back. Perhaps you've experienced this yourself.
Here is the problem:
I was trying to tackle the whole project all at once instead of breaking it down into bite-size pieces. This resulted in me getting irritated, overwhelmed and disheartened.
Then within the exact same week, Armand Morin showed me something that really hit home.
I had proudly opened my laptop and started my mind mapping software where I had brainstormed all kinds of new product and business ideas.
With passion and excitement, I enthusiastically began to tell him what I was planning on doing. Then he did something I will never forget.
He grabbed my computer mouse and closed my mind mapping program.
I was dumbfounded. Was he kidding or was this some kind of lesson?
Here is what he said:
"Stop Generating New Ideas And Start Implementing The Ones You Have!!"
Talk about a wake-up call!!
Generating ideas was my form of procrastination. That was a "lightbulb moment". I wasn't getting any of my ideas completed because every time I came across an obstacle I would stop what I was doing and start brainstorming on something completely different and unrelated.
Can you relate to that?
So let me ask you a question...
What form of procrastination is preventing you from getting your projects completed?
Armand explained his point by making another demonstration. He opened his computer and logged on to the internet and took me to several of his websites where he has products available for sale. Then he said "I want to buy what you have for sale. Take me to your website".
I didn't have one.
I only had two explanations why - I didn't have any completed projects for sale and/or I didn't have a sales page up for my completed projects.
You Can't Make Money Until You Launch Your Projects
He hit me square between the eyes by showing me what I was doing to sabotage my success. His outside perspective seems so obvious in hindsight but I can honestly say that without it I wouldn't have made the $111,000+ I did on my most recent project.
Completed projects can do wonders for you and your business because they BUILD MOMENTUM.
You can't build a BIG snowman until you create a snowball and get it rolling. The same principle applies to your business. You can't make $1,000,000 until you make $100,000. Similarly, you can't make $100,000 until you make $10,000 and you can't make $10,000 until you make $1,000.
So often we are trying to go for the million right out of the gates and we get disappointed and frustrated when it doesn't happen.
So the moral of this story …