A Plan Plus Action Equals Success

A Plan Plus Action Equals Success

Welcome, all! I hope this weekend is finding you well!

I have fabulous news!

You can now sign up as an accountability partner via my Free Newsletter link above or my side banner.

What Is An Accountability Partner?

An accountability partner is what I’ve called a subscriber to my newsletter because I want to foster a two-sided community.

Of course, you are more than welcome to join my newsletter and be a fly on the wall for as long as you like.

But when you like, I encourage you to feel free to email me directly, participate in the community’s blog comments, suggest blog posts, etc.

I also look forward to hearing from you regarding what videos you’d like me to make when I get to that point.

This is very exciting, and I hope you are excited too!

You will receive an email each week when I publish my blog and special emails when I learn something that might immediately be useful to you.

Oh, and of course, you’ll get some gifts for signing up. I’ve got two videos from my mentor, Dean Holland, describing the death of traditional affiliate marketing and a blueprint for successfully beginning an affiliate marketing business system in 2024.

Direct From Dean

I enjoy being a partner in Internet Profits Accelerator Pro. Not only do I get a small group meeting with Dean Holland once a month, where our small group can ask whatever questions we have, but I also get direct access to Dean via email. In our February meeting, Dean reprimanded us for not using this opportunity enough. He said he expects an email from us each week at least. What!

Honestly, I thought I would be bugging him if I contacted him that often. I hadn’t reached out in a long time because I knew what I needed to work on and didn’t have a specific question.

But now, I’ll heed the call and reach out to Dean weekly. I’ll have a section of my blog each week titled Direct from Dean and share with you what feedback I get.

In this week’s email, I suggested that I was trying to do too much all at once and described what I was working on, and Dean agreed with me.

These are his words of wisdom. He stated that I should take the time to pause and get caught up with the Affiliate System’s first steps before I move forward with learning my traffic strategy. Technical one-off actions need to be done before I move forward with the traffic strategy.

That might sound obvious, but it hadn’t been to me. I was considering a new traffic strategy before Affiliate System training began.

When Affiliate System training started, I tried to add those steps to what I was already doing. I should have hit PAUSE, worked on the Affiliate System, and worked the process forward.



So, this week, I didn’t do what I had planned. I expected to learn all about social sharing. Instead, I’m working on what I’m behind in.

More wisdom. I’m going to share it all because it was so valuable.

Dean said, “Move at your own pace, but don’t stop moving.” You need to focus on what you need to do where you’re at. You will naturally get caught up when you do what you can with the time you have available.

Be careful not to procrastinate because you feel overwhelmed.

You’ve got to let go of those expectations of where you want to be and deal with the reality of life as it is.

The only way forward is to take action on that single next step.

Forget the notion that I’m behind. You’ve got the time, and you’re doing the best you can. The only way to make progress is to focus on the next step. Think I am where I am, and I’ve just got to do what I’ve got to do and keep moving forward.

In my email, I commented that I only work two hours daily on my business. Dean pointed out that’s 60 hours a month. With a clear plan, I can get my business to make progress. He said, “If you take fast, imperfect action, you can get so much done in 60 hours a month.” Consider if you worked out 60 hours in a month, or if you walked 60 hours non-stop, you get the point. It’s a huge amount of time. The need is to have clarity on the plan.

Regarding my traffic strategy, Dean stated the platforms are pushing short-term videos.

He offered the opinion that my goal is to get in front of new people, and short-form content offers a vast opportunity.

In the future, he suggested I combine the two options, using long-form video to nurture and develop the relationship while using short-form video to catch new attention.

Social Sharing Lessons

Given that my focus changed for the week, I’ve decided to learn social sharing lessons by doing rather than research.

Lol! That is different from how I usually do things!

So this week, I will publish my blog, email my subscribers, and then share it on social media. As Dean said, “If you take fast, imperfect action, you can get so much done in 60 hours a month.”

Well, I will dare to move forward by figuring it out as I go along. I’ll make sure to share how it goes with you next week.


All in all, Dean said I was just trying to do too much at once. I need a plan with small steps.

I’ve created a schedule for myself. I have daily tasks I do each day. In addition, I’ll do the tasks that vary depending on the day of the week.

So, on Saturdays, I’ll publish my blog, send my email, share on social media, and blog hop.

Sundays, I’ll wrap up blog hopping.

On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Tuesdays, I’ll either work on Affiliate System training or learn my new traffic strategy.

On Thursdays and Fridays, I will write my blog.

I feel so much better having tiny steps to follow.

With a plan and focused action, we’ll find success!

What part of Dean’s advice resonated most with you? Would you like me to continue to share these golden nuggets of wisdom?

Please feel free to leave a comment and share my post on social media if you find value.

And most importantly, please join me as an accountability partner! I look forward to meeting you and building our community!

Ciao for now,


36 thoughts on “A Plan Plus Action Equals Success”

  1. Hello! You are so fortunate to have this close and personal time with your mentor! And, having a mentor with heart and courage to tell it to you straight is priceless. Yes, small steps work for me but I do need to be careful about how I send my time and what small steps to take. Your recipe on what you do each day sounds good and doable. I may replicate some of your steps, if okay with you. 🙂

    1. Oh, absolutely, Ernie! Let me know how it goes 🙂
      I feel so privileged to be part of the Pro program – right place, right time. It sounds so simple when Dean says to focus on doing the right steps, and you will make progress. I’ve found I need lots of advice to make sure I’m choosing to do the right things in the time I have. I will be checking in with my trainers to ensure I’m on the right track more often.
      Have a fabulous week!

  2. Great post with some great ideas especially the Direct from Dean section. I like the part where Dean says “Move at your own pace but don’t stop moving”.
    60 hours a month is an awesome effort so keep up the good work and hope all goes well in your business.

    1. Thank you, Regina! I’ve realized that 60 hours a week is a week and a half at a full-time job. That’s reframed my way of thinking! I am super encouraged to see how this week goes.
      Thank you so much for your well wishes!

  3. Sometimes when are are close to a project you can’t see clearly. I’m exactly the same! I’m glad you found his advice helpful. He does have a special way of calming us all down, it’s like having weekly therapy sessions!
    I’m looking forward to seeing your videos and hearing about your traffic strategies.

    1. That is so funny! Dean is a bit of a therapist for us. He definitely encourages us and focuses us on a hopeful perspective on the process. And, as he says, he’s been where we are, so he totally gets how we feel.

      I’m so encouraged to hear you’re looking forward to my videos! I’m not there yet, but I’m going to see how far I can get this week.

      I’ll keep you updated.

      Cheers to you and your efforts!

  4. Nakina, thank you for sharing this. Dean’s advice on focusing on one step at a time and taking fast, imperfect action to make progress in your business is incredibly valuable. Your commitment to creating a plan and following a schedule with small, manageable steps is inspiring. It’s great to see your willingness to share these golden nuggets of wisdom with your audience and continue learning and growing in your affiliate marketing journey. I look forward to hearing more about your progress and experiences. Keep up the fantastic work!

    1. Hi, Alison!
      I agree. Dean’s encouragement is always balanced with actionable advice.

      I appreciate the encouragement to stick to my plan. I can already see I may be tempted to stray by jumping ahead of myself. I haven’t done it yet, but I can see how I will think I know better than my plan at times. I’m not going to give in. I’ll stick to the plan, be patient, and see how awesomely it goes. I think I will be impressed with the progress made by taking small steps at a time.

      I aim to share all my experiences with you as we build our businesses alongside each other. I’m glad you’re enjoying the ride with me!

  5. It is a great strategy to map out the to-do’s on certain days of the week! Many successful entrepreneurs do exactly that. Naturally as you grow, the plans can be adapted, but week by week, tweaks can be made!

    1. Hi, Kate!
      I’m glad to hear that you know of some successful entrepreneurs who do just that. That’s so encouraging!
      Yes, each week, I’ll need to tweak the specifics and be open to change. That’s a good point.
      Thank you for that insight! Keep it coming, Kate! 🙂

  6. Some really great ideas in here, and inspiring. I really like that accountability idea, and encouraging interactions, and I love the idea of contacting your mentor every week via email – especially since he’s told you to, and sharing what he says – that’s going to add some great value. Good idea to catch up on what you need to do, rather than adding more on to your plate

    1. Isn’t that the truth, Nathan!
      I do believe I am fortunate to have Dean as a mentor.
      I know you’re a bit ahead of me with your Masters of the Universe blog, but I’d love to have you as an accountability partner.
      Sign up; we can bounce ideas off each other!

  7. Hi Nakina,
    This was a great post and thank you! Dean always has such good advice when he speaks, and you laid it on the line with everything. I’m trying not to get ahead of myself too these days, but we are so eager to get to the finish line that we try to skip the process in between. We all must be patient and diligent then we will get there. I look forward to your next post. Thanks!

    1. Hey, Meredith! Isn’t that right? It’s the eagerness that is tripping me up. The excitement is not bad, but maybe I should focus it like a laser on the small steps in front of me. I should keep my head down during my focused times while looking ahead and dreaming in between!
      I’ll keep that in mind!
      Thank you for your comment!

  8. I appreciate your honesty with the post. I have have been mentored by lots of internet Gurus like Jeff Learner, Anthony Morrison, and Dave Sharpe, but I have to say I find Dean’s fun with affiliate marketing to be very refreshing. His version of encouragement is best of all.

    1. Hi, Scott! Dean’s encouragement is the best! He’s never put me down when I’ve admitted where I’m at. He’s never negative, but he doesn’t let me get away with anything, either! Lol!
      I’m not sure how he achieves that, but I fully appreciate it!
      Thank you, Scott!

  9. Nakina, well done for getting your newsletter up and running. I have subscribed and double opted in. I noticed what you said about asking questions to Dean. I used to be reluctant because I thought I was intruding or taking over. However, I realised that if I don’t ask questions, I won’t learn. Also, Dean said so many times that we should constantly be asking questions. In fact this probably a problem if we don’t. So I always ask questions and I’m finding that it helps others as well because they were also thinking the same thing or it’s something they didn’t even think about. Keep up the great work thanks, Atif
    Atif Perwiz recently posted…The benefits of successful behaviours in Affiliate MarketingMy Profile

    1. Atif, I’m so encouraged! Thank you for your kind comments!

      It’s true. Dean insists that we take advantage of the coaching opportunity we have each week. I should have known he’d want to hear from me each week as well!

      I appreciate your questions. So often, you ask the question just ahead of where I’m at. It’s very helpful! I’m glad to be in the Affiliate System group with you, and I’m so excited you joined my newsletter!

      Cheers your way in the coming week! I’m enjoying following you on TikTok!

  10. Hey Nakina,

    Dean is a top guy, very down to earth. I have known Dean for several years now and he has to be the most humble bloke in the online world.

    SPOT ON: “Move at your own pace, but don’t stop moving.”

    Keep up with the great work of blogging! 🙂


    1. Thanks, Chigs!
      Dean is humble, isn’t he?

      Thanks for the encouragement! I want to encourage you as well. I read your very first blog post. I’m very excited for you!


  11. Hi Nakina,
    Having accountability partners on your subscribers’ list is a really good idea as well as encouraging people to email you directly, as well as asking what videos people would be interested for you to make.

    You are building great relationships with your subscribers and email list!

    Good feedback from Dean to be careful of procrastination as it leads to overwhelm!!

    I also like the advice he’s given you to use long-form videos to nurture and develop relationships and short-form videos to introduce yourself to new potential members.

    Comparing yourself to others is when you start thinking you’re behind (I do that sometimes) so I love that you are competing only with yourself and focused on the next step and moving forward taking ‘imperfect action’.

    I also love your plan of a daily schedule of tasks and it is helpful as I am working on mine.

    Thank you.

    1. You are welcome, Eleanor! I see in your blog that you are working on your business and personal goals. I can attest that it’s important not to let those personal goals fall by the wayside as you focus on your business.

      I’ve become so sedentary in the past year as I’ve focused on mine. I need to make health a top priority again. Working only two hours a day during the week will allow me to get some exercise, too!

      I really appreciate your encouragement. I’d love for you to be one of my accountability partners so we can keep each other on track!

      Have a wonderful week!

  12. Hi Nakina,
    Thank you ever so much for the clarity – I’m a Pro subscriber myself and contrary to what you’re going through, I always feel as if I’m not doing enough – and, to boot, I’m on vacation for close to 3 weeks…
    So, since I’ve already pre-recorded my weekly blog entries, I figured that I’d take the time during my vacation to review WHAT type of Social Media outlet I’d use to get the word out for my business.
    Trying to do too many things all at the same time would definitely not help; so having clarity is definitely a big plus.
    Wishing you all the best (btw, I’m in if you’d have me with your group as an Accountability partner).

    1. Oh, please do join, Marc! I’d be so happy to have you in our group!
      I hope you’re enjoying your vacation! I believe you live in Canada? I hope you’re someplace warm 🙂

      I was talking it out this weekend with my husband, and I realized I’m so new to social media that maybe I should take it one platform at a time. I’ll start with Facebook and get comfortable there first.

      Your subtle advice has cemented it! I should definitely start with one platform.

      Have an amazing vacation, Marc!

  13. Great blog post! I love how you spell it out as much for yourself as you do for us. At times, I will go back and watch one of Dean’s training videos because of his wise and thoughtful comments about how we feel at any given time. There have been times when I was blown away to learn how he knew exactly how I felt and explained that I must keep moving forward no matter what. It’s like you know that Dean has experienced everything we are now and knows how to conquer our fears and insecurities. His support, along with Glenn and Sophie, is immeasurable and has been the missing link from all the years before trying to succeed in this business.
    I look forward to your next blog post. Thank you for being so transparent.

    1. Absolutely, Vanessa!

      I think it helps a lot that Dean was in the trenches for four years without success and came to the brink of desperation to make it work or give up, and he didn’t want to give up. From time to time, he says it was so awful it seems like just yesterday. He hasn’t forgotten what it’s like to want what we want. Glenn and Sophie have been there, too.

      They are very genuine and empathetic.

      I’m glad you found the post so helpful. I’ll keep them coming 🙂
      Have a wonderful next week! Best wishes for your success!

    1. Hi, Sharel!
      It is hard not to! It’s so easy to start doing everything all at once and think I’m orchestrating it beautifully!

      In fact, I’m looking at my morning plans and wonder if I’ll be spending them in the best way possible. I’m going back through some Affiliate System training that I’ve heard, but I wasn’t to those steps yet, so I need to make sure I got everything. And I think, oh, I know what I’m doing. I don’t need to backtrack. And I know that’s not true! Lol!

      I will stick to the plan for a few weeks. I’ll see how awesome it goes, and it will be easier to take it one step at a time in the future.

      I love that you can relate, Sharel!
      Have a great week!

  14. LOVE THIS!!!

    Nakina you are so impressive… You take advice and you truly not only listen but act on it and that’s very clear to me and all around you.

    Additionally, you’re not keeping it all to yourself, you’re shring the value to help others which is amazing!

    I’m excited for you “Account ability Partners” 🙂

    1. Oh, thank you, Dean!
      That means so much coming from you!

      I’m so excited to implement the plan and begin the community factor! It will be so much fun joining others in our online endeavors.

      Thank you for the encouragement!

  15. Nakina, I’m so glad to hear your Newsletter is up and running! I know that’s a huge accomplishment in your online business and I have no doubt it will serve you exceptionally well. I am very impressed to hear that you labeled your signup as “Accountability Partners.” This is such a great idea!

  16. HI Nakina,
    Having that mentor connection is so critical and it’s awesome you are utilizing it. I need to utilize it more. I really like how you’ve planned out each day with the tasks you need to complete, very organized! If I could choose a take away from your Dean’s advice it would be “If you take fast, imperfect action, you can get so much done in 60 hours a month.” Focused effort in that short amount of daily time can make a huge difference. All the best as you move forward!

    1. Thank you, Denny!
      That focused action is what I’m focusing on this week.
      I’m really glad Dean stressed the importance of focusing on the task at hand at all times.
      My mind is prone to jumping ahead. I tend to have so much going on all at once.
      It’s helping to laser in on the one task in front of me.
      I’ll let you know how it goes.
      Cheers to you, too!

  17. Nakina,

    It is defiantly important to run your own race and stay focused on the path ahead. Sometime we feel the need to try and skip things to try and get ahead only to become overwhelmed and stuck.

    I know I can get caught up in all the distraction and loose focus on what I should be doing. I’ve had to learn to stay focus on the current task and blocking everything else out. It’s not easy but it has lower my stress level and I’m getting more accomplished on my journey.

    Thanks for sharing Dean’s sound advice.

  18. Hi, CJ!
    I hadn’t realized how unfocused I was until I tried to focus. Lol!
    This week has gone better. I’ve caught up three weeks in some training, and I’ve almost got my next blog ready to publish tomorrow.

    What worked best was that focusing took so much of the pressure off! I couldn’t feel like I needed to do more when I was focused on what I was doing. I keep hearing that once I’ve learned how to deal with the things I need to go through and grow, I’ll have a breakthrough in my business.

    I can believe it! I’m making much progress by zeroing in my focus this week!

    Best of luck to you, CJ! Thanks for the comment!

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