What Do You Want To Do and How Are You Going To Get There?
So you have a rough idea of what you want to do, so what next, do you jump straight in and either swim or more likely drown? or do you sit down and work out a plan?
Sadly I believe for the majority of us first starting out in this business we all aim to jump straight in and hope we can keep our heads above water.
That is what happened to me; I just jumped in and tried to survive.
I was not a planner and I still have to push the discipline on myself to plan everything I can. It does take will for me to do it, even though I want to organize my business, the urge to avoid a plan is still strong.
If there is one thing you take from this post, please always plan everything you do.
It does not matter how much you know, or think you know. You can always make a small simple plan to follow and add meat to the bones as you go along.
Once I finally decided I should have a plan I made it nice and simple, to set up a free gift page, to set up an e-mail follow up and to drive traffic to it.
Now of course the first two were actually very easy. I found someone else’s product, set up a product page to promote it and used some of their e-mail swipes to start me off.
That is the simple in way for everyone in this business, start as an affiliate, find you feet then start to create your own products and drive traffic to them.
I Have A Plan!
The above title is called the planning process part 1 and I intend to let people in on how my crazed mind eventually made sense of everything and finally started to plan out what I wanted to do at each step.
So for my planning process, the first thing I did was that I imagined what I would like to achieve, what I want out of life and more specifically where I wanted to be 12 months from June 2013.
Any plan needs some goal to aim for and your imagination of what you could achieve is as good a goal as any. Do not be afraid at how big your ultimate goals maybe, as long as you are realistic in the short term, why can’t they be achievable in the long term?
“My aim is to be ready to go fully self employed with an online business by June 2014”.
Now I did not originally publish this thought, probably for fear of failure, or biting off more than I could chew. But like many, I need a goal to aim for and actually by announcing it, it reinforces my need to achieve that. I have stated this in public and I have to now try and achieve it.
It is just like working with a mentor who gives you tasks, you want to succeed and not let your mentor down. They are there to push you and to be your reason to achieve something. In all of us there is a feeling that we cannot break a promise, even one to ourselves if it is made public or told to someone else. The desire to succeed is often strengthened through the desire not to fail others.
So will I make my target? I cannot see the future, but I am going to give it a really good go. I do not want to fail me or you.
Now this sort of statement can become a weight around your neck, dragging you down, if you are not yet ready to fully commit yourself, so do not think you need to come out with big statements like this if you do not want to.
Just give yourself a long term goal, ideas where you want to be and one for a year from now. These will give you something to work to. You do not have to share them unless you really want to.
Then work out how exactly you will achieve your goals.
You could make a simple statement each week or month if you want:
“This week I will set up my own blog and make two posts”.
Simple plan, simple statement and very easy to do, if you know how or have a reasonable idea how to do it of course.
If not, your plan could instead be:
“This week I intend to find out how I can set up my own blog and then I will do so”.
So what if you try this and fail? Well, that can be good.
Failure is good, as long as you learn from your mistakes. You will fail, probably a lot. I did, am doing, will do. I am hopefully learning and growing as I do so and if you try, then you will too.
You only won’t fail if you don’t do!
So if you are just starting and want to know what to do first, it is make a plan of what you want to achieve.
Have ultimate long term goals and a year goal. Maybe if you want put in shorter month goals so you can more easily keep tabs on how you are progressing.
Before you choose a way you would like to make a living online, before you fully choose which niche or subject you are going to focus on, before you start learning all the many things you need to know to progress in this business, just create your goal plan. Where do you want to be in a year or even ten years time.
After this comes the real work.
Happy dreaming and planning.