How to Create Success
On my Increasing Your Income page I posted an epiphany I once had that I’ve now shared many times. “It’s not what you don’t have, it’s what you think you need that keeps you from being successful.” This insightful thought came to me while listening to a talk from Simon Sinek called “If You Don’t Understand People, You Don’t Understand Business” and he told of an experiment he did with a homeless person.
He found a homeless woman who would go out every day and hold up a classic sign that said something to the affect that she was homeless and needed people to give her money. This lady would receive in 8 to 10 hrs somewhere in the area of $30.
He talked with her about trying something else and changed her sign to say “If you only give once a month, please think of me next month”. From that she made $40 in two hours, then packed up and was done for the day. His point was to make the experience about the other person, not about yourself.
What I really took away from that was something he said as a side note. That she was homeless because she decided that she only needs twenty to thirty dollars a day to live. She found a way to hit her financial barometer and when she obtained it, she naturally quite doing something that would have increased to her financial standing by four times.
While we aren’t normally so drastic in how little we look for, we each have a financial barometer. An amount in our mind that we NEED to survive and an amount that is REALISTIC or COMFORTABLE to us. We will naturally do the things required to make whatever that amount is. Even if we daydream of more, of the greener grass in another pasture, we never make the travel plans nor take the actions required to get there.
Believing Is Seeing
Ultimately, it doesn’t matter what you want if you can’t believe in it. Take a moment and consider what is your financial barometer set at right now? Now ponder on where you want it to be, a hundred thousand, five hundred thousand, a million, a billion… and realize that whatever that dream looks like for you, people earn all that and more all the time in life. Not only is it possible, it’s possible for you! Everything that is made in this world first was sparked with a thought, a dream that was envisioned and then sought after.
Next Set A Goal And Make A Plan
I was in church one day and a very wise man told of an experience he had many years ago while he was driving to work. He was on the freeway and saw three hitchhikers each holding a sign. One sign read “Los Angeles,” while a second carried the designation “Boise.” The third cardboard sign held aloft, however, simply said “Anywhere.”
He went on to say how we have each been provided divine attributes to guide our destiny. The power to think, to reason, and to achieve. That we must visualize our objective and how individual effort will be required.
Much like with Alice and the cheshire cat, if we don’t know where we want to go, then it doesn’t matter which road we take. No plan, no objective, no goal. The road to anywhere is the road to nowhere, and the road to nowhere leads to dreams sacrificed, opportunities squandered, and a life unfulfilled.
Once you get your mindset right for achieving your goal in order to setup a plan of action I have found it best to reverse engineer it. Once you have the end goal envisioned, contemplate what it will take to get there.
For me I wanted the freedom to create my own schedule and spend my time where it matters most, with my family. I also love to make a difference in the lives of people. 95% of the U.S.A. struggles most with their finances, relationships, and health. Their mindset and finances are the gateway to resolving other issues. So when I started this site I was looking for a way to bring value in one of those ways, while earning at least 100k a year. My own personal research said that while most serious affiliate marketers made around 60k-80k there were some who made up to 500k.
While none of that was a guarantee that I would even make anything at all, it was at least a road I could go down that had the possibilities of helping me to find the fulfillment in life I was seeking. I started reverse engineering and looking for tools on how to do it. After trying many things I finally found Wealthy Affiliate and was delighted with their training and tools they provided as well as my results I received.
Plus they made it to where even if someone didn’t share my same passion, I could point them the same direction and they could still find success in there own personal niche that floated their boat.