Surviving the tough times

How do you eat an elephant?

You may have heard that one before and maybe not. Either way it does have relevance to what we’re going to be covering here.

In my last post I asked how prepared you are for tough times. Too many people are only one pay day away from real suffering if that pay day was suddenly removed, something that is happening to a growing number of families at the moment. But it needn’t be that way. People all over the world are discovering some very simple ways that the Internet now provides for adding some extra income and even replace that 9 – 5 merry-go-round that they’re on.

Today I want to start you on the road to financial freedom so that you are not reliant on a regular paycheck coming in.

So, why am I asking you the question ‘how do you eat an elephant?’ and what the heck does it have to do with your financial freedom? Well, I’m going to tell you but first we need to cover some key points that most Internet Marketing coaches shy away from. The reason that the majority of teachers of Internet Marketing do not cover these points is because people don’t want to hear them. They are often feeling acute pain from mounting bills and diminishing income and want a magic bullet, a cure-all pill to take the pain away.

… and I can understand them feeling like that, I’ve been there myself not that long ago so I know how it feels. What I found though was as soon as I changed my approach, my attitude, things started to change for me and I haven’t looked back since.

So to begin with I want to talk about mindset, your mental attitude. Now bear with me here, I know this isn’t sexy like social networking or driving traffic or the latest greatest way to get on the first page of Google but it is crucial to your success in anything – online or any other way. I know it isn’t included in most Internet Marketing courses that you buy and I believe that it not being there is responsible for the many failures online.

So what am I talking about here. When you start any business there are some key things that you need to identify right at the beginning.

What do you want to achieve?

It is really important to have a very clear picture of what you want your business to look like when it’s done. How much income per month does it need to provide. If it needs to replace your current income identify what that is and write it down. If it needs to provide some additional income alongside your job write down what that is. Some people enjoy their job and don’t want to give it up but some additional income would provide a better lifestyle. The most important thing here is that you need to be specific. ‘More money to pay the bills’ isn’t specific, ‘I want to be rich’ isn’t specific. How much you need to pay the bills is, it needs to be $x per month (or pounds or whatever your currency is). If you want to be rich, identify what rich is, what does that mean in terms of income, money in the bank etc. what is it.

When do you want to achive this by?

Having decided how much money you want to generate the next stage is to identify when you want to achieve it by. Now I know if you are struggling you want to achieve it by NOW. Unfortunately, that isn’t going to happen despite what many of the emails you receive tell you. It can happen very quickly but I don’t want to sell you a line that it can happen overnight when the truth is it will take some time if you’re starting from scratch.

Set realistic goals and you will achieve them quicker than you could ever imagine.

Stay focused

The biggest problem we face today is overload. We are bombarded with one offer after another of the latest greatest thing that’s going to make you money overnight. When you need money NOW it is very difficult to stay focused on one thing. So you identify a product or system that will provide you with a route to making money, buy it, download it to your hard-drive and are determined to get going with it.

Then you get another email that promises faster, better results and off you go again. All too often I find people who just end up going round and round this money-making merry-go-round like a hamster on a wheel, and 6 months, 12 months or years later they are still where they started but more broke, more dissolutioned and sick and tired of trying.

Too much to do

The volume of email that we’re getting now all telling us the techniques we must use to be successful have another impact. … and that brings us back to our elephant. How do you eat an elephant – well one bite at a time is the answer. Faced with a mountain of things that we feel we need to do to be successful it’s too easy to do nothing. We freeze like a rabbit in the headlights of an on-coming car and put off getting started on our road to financial freedom.

Getting started online is actually very easy, if you take it one step at a time. When I coach my clients I teach them the one-step at a time method.

Next time, I’ll begin taking you through the simple steps you need to take to get started.

Until then Remember,

“Nothing Happens Until You Take ACTION”


Trevor Greenfield

I'm a UK based Internet marketer. I've been generating an income online since 1997 and teaching other people to do the same since 1999.

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