Your Internet Business – Part 2
Of all the questions that I get asked relating to the Internet, the most common is “How do I get Started?”
I’ll cover the nuts and bolts of setting up your online business in a moment but first I want to cover something that I consider to be the most important step in setting up any business and that is what I call ‘getting your head straight’.
Have you ever wondered why some people seem to succeed at everything they do and yet others always struggle no matter what they do? Do you know anyone that seems to be ‘accident prone’? They drop things, they seem to have more accidents in their car, they tend to look on the ‘black’ side.
Many people go through their lives like this without ever considering that there may be very good reasons why this happens.
I believe that probably the greatest discovery of the 20th century was that we become what we think about. If you haven’t come across this concept before you may think it a bit strange to include it in a book about starting a business.
This concept isn’t new. Wallace Wattles described these principles 100 years ago in his book ‘The Science of Getting Rich’. These principles have been practiced by a small group of people over the years to create phenomenal results in their lives.
I have been studying these principles myself for 30 years now and the more I study the more I discover about the laws that govern everything we do in life and in the process have created a life for myself that is already beyond my wildest dreams of 30 years ago.
It’s all about attraction
Many of you will have come across the book and DVD ‘The Secret’ that has caused such a stir. The ideas that ‘The Secret’ explores are based on Wallace Wattles works and so aren’t new but they are as relevant today as they were when he wrote them all those years ago.
The basic message in The Secret is that everything we are experiencing in our lives currently we have attracted into our lives. If this is the first time you have heard this you will find it hard to take. You will think of situations that have happened in your life that you will feel you couldn’t possibly have attracted.
The fact is that whatever our lives are like we have attracted it, like it or not. The good news is that once you accept this as a fact your life will begin to change beyond anything you have ever experienced before.
These principles have been used to improve health, cure major health problems, develop substantial fortunes, build business empires and improve quality of life and personal relationships for the select few that have taken them to heart and made them a fundamental part of their lives.
There is no doubt that we attract into our lives the people and circumstances that harmonise with our dominant thoughts. If we think successful thoughts we will be successful, if we think negative thoughts we will attract negative, unhappy people and circumstances into our lives.
Just as important as our thoughts are our feelings. Our feelings are the guidance mechanisms that tell us whether we are on the right track or not. If we feel good about things our system is telling us we are moving towards our goals and if we feel bad about things we are moving away from our goals.
Good feelings include passion, happiness, belief, optimism, hope, contentment. If we feel any of these feelings then whatever we are doing to make us feel like that we should continue to do more of. Bad feelings include Boredom, pessimism, blame, anger, jealousy, hatred, revenge, worry, frustration, fear/despair, guilt. If we feel any of these feelings we are not on track and need to make an urgent change to move into the good feelings area.
Isn’t it interesting that we have more descriptions of bad feelings than we do of good ones? I believe the reason for this is because as many as 98% of people spend their lives concentrating on the things that they don’t want in their life.
The Philosopher and author, Thoreau, observed that the vast majority of people live lives of quiet desperation. How sad that is when it is possible for everyone on the planet to have, be or do anything they want once they understand and practice the basic laws of the universe.
Before getting started on any business venture I suggest you read ‘Think and Grow Rich’ by Napoleon Hill, The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace Wattles and look up some of the books by Bob Proctor, Joe Vitale, and James Arthur Ray to name but a few.
For many years I followed the advice of lots of the self improvement ‘Gurus’ and wrote my goals down. I made them personal, I wrote them in the present tense as if I already had them, I included minute details of my goals to make it easier to visualize them, in fact, I did everything I was being told I should do but still I had only mediocre results.
You see, what these experts weren’t telling me was that it is not just our thoughts but our feelings that attract results into our lives. What’s more this works whether our thoughts are positive or negative.
You see our mind cannot distinguish between positive and negative so if, for instance, we are thinking about getting out of debt, if we are constantly pre-occupied about all of our debt and are programming ourselves that we have no more debt, that we are debt free, we are actually not pushing it away. We are attracting more debt.
That’s why people who think they are scatty and accident prone continue to be scatty and accident prone. That’s why people work for years visualising that they are getting out of debt and yet stay in debt, and even get into more debt. That’s why we see the same patterns showing up in people over and over.
There’s a saying that the ‘Rich get richer and the Poor get poorer’. Why do you suppose that is? It’s because the rich are thinking about being rich so they get ‘more rich’ and the poor are thinking about poor so they get ‘more poor’.
Make another commitment to yourself now to think only of the life you want. Picture yourself living your new life every day as if it were already here. By picturing yourself living the life you want on a consistent basis you will be sending a message out to the universe, a positive vibration that will attract the picture into your reality.
This will be difficult at first but have faith that it will change, keep your mind on your goal and be happy and grateful for what you have in your life now, even if it doesn’t seem like you have very much right now. It’s amazing how quickly things can change when we practice an ‘attitude of gratitude’ as it is often called.
OK, that’s given you a small insight into some of the things that turned my life around and will do the same for you. Now let’s get down to some more details of getting started.
A good place to start with any business is to identify a few things about yourself. Ask yourself a few questions.
- Why did I decide to go into business?
- What are the underlying reasons for starting my own business?
- Do I need to earn a supplementary income?
- Do I want the freedom to do what I want, when I want?
- Do I hate my job and want to do something different?
- Do I wish for something better or am I determined to make a change?
- What thoughts am I holding in my mind?
- Do I have a clear picture of what my perfect life will be like?
- Do I feel emotional about it?
- Do I see myself in this situation as if it is already a reality?
- Am I in the picture or am I looking on as an observer?
If you are always an observer then your goals will always be in the future. You need to a part of your vision – taking an active part.
- What am I prepared to do to make my dreams a reality?
- How much time am I prepared to invest?
- Hours per day or week
- What am I prepared to give up to make the time?
- Television, pastimes, socializing etc.
- How much effort am I prepared to put in?
- Am I prepared to learn new skills?
- Am I prepared to invest/re-invest financially to make things happen?
- Am I suited to this type of business?
- Do I have the skills needed?
- Can I acquire the skills?
- Can I buy in the skills?
- People that work ON the business rather than IN the business tend to be more successful
- Do I have the determination to keep going when things get tough?
Getting a clear picture about your motivation, your skills and your mental state will help you keep on track. The most important thing to remember is that whatever we keep in our minds on a consistent basis will determine our success or failure. Extensive research has proved that our success tends to have little to do with our education, or ability but everything to do with the thoughts we hold in our mind.
Some of you may feel that this chapter has little to do with starting an Internet business. You may be thinking that all you want to do is learn the steps to take to get your online business going now.
I can understand you being impatient, especially if you have tried lots of other business opportunities before. Hopefully you will take the points that I have made in this section to heart because they really are the keys to success in anything you do now and in the future.
Next time we’ll start working on our business basics. The simple steps you need to take to get your business off the ground
Until then, work on the principles I’ve outlined here and remember
“Nothing Happens Until You Take ACTION”