Alex Jeffreys Gave Me Some Advice

Alex Jeffreys Gave Me Some Advice

No, LOL! I didn’t pay thousands of dollars for the advice Alex gave me. I got really lucky! I got it for free! Can you believe it?

We had a virtual event at Internet Profits, and Dean had Alex join us for an hour (Alex was Dean’s first mentor and mentor currently, so he did Dean a favor). A couple of people in the group asked Alex the same question in chat, so we got an answer. A very unexpected answer!

The question: What do you do when you hit an emotional/mental block in your business?

Ready for this? Da, da, da….

Make a bigger goal.

What???

This blew me away.

You’re having trouble doing “A,” so do something exponentially bigger than “A.”

You don’t wanna walk the track? Why not try pole vaulting instead?

What???

You’ve got to be kidding!

Making Sense of Alex’s Advice

As he explained what he meant, I related his advice to what a friend recently told me about her weight loss goals. Her goal was to lose the same 20 pounds every year for many years. Each year, she completely failed. She’d lose but gain it back, lose, gain it back…..

Someone asked her a few years ago, “What if you forget the 20 pounds? What if you shoot for optimum health instead?”

Guess what? She lost the weight that year, and each year since, she gets closer to her goal of optimum health.

Make a bigger goal.

It works.

What This Means To Me

I’ve been trying to make money. My goal has been to start a profitable business and share my progress along the way.

No more! I’ve been focusing on the tasks first and sharing what I’ve done with you second. It turns out that that doesn’t motivate me.

My new goal is to help other people first. I’m going to share my challenges, process, and success to inspire others to take a chance and start an online business themselves.

I can take for granted that if I focus on this larger goal, the tasks themselves will be accomplished.

By the way, if you’re wondering about my confidence in my business strategy, check out this book that I’ve used as the foundation for my business.

If you’ve already got a rolling business, please join me on the ride also.

The more the merrier!

I’ve been showing up for you when I feel well enough to have done the tasks already.

Now, I will just show up and keep you apprised of my progress.

I’ll share not just my success but my progress. Everything.

It’s a subtle shift in mindset, but it’s exciting to me! This is a purpose I can be excited about in the morning!

Why? Everybody’s got their own very specific challenges to starting a business. I’m going to share mine, and I think that’ll spark others to also give their dreams a shot!

I think we’ll create a very exciting environment as we delve into making progress together!

A Shift in Strategy

I’ve encountered another shift in my business that I’ll go ahead and share in this post.

I had an incredibly horrible migraine for a month 1/2 during Oct-Nov. The clarity that followed allowed me to see my trouble with my traffic strategy is not me. Well, not in the way I thought.

I thought I wasn’t working my Quora strategy because I wasn’t focusing hard enough, I didn’t like it, I didn’t want to do it, etc. It hadn’t occurred to me that I couldn’t focus on it and couldn’t write the answers to questions. Some days, it was so easy, and most days, it was almost impossible.

When my head is clear, I can answer five questions quickly. Most days, I can’t connect with the questions, and I can’t put together the paragraphs for answers.

Solution? I need to change traffic strategies.

I highly recommend getting some advice before doing something so drastic in your business.

I did. I spoke with Glenn Sheppard, a mentor at Internet Profits, who said my situation warrants a change in traffic strategy. I was thinking of doing blog hopping instead, but he advised against it since I have trouble with mental clarity.

I can certainly talk, so I am working through some training to set up a YouTube channel and using that as my main traffic strategy.

Nothing is set in stone, but I will see what activities are involved. I’m hoping it’s much easier for me to accomplish.

Why I Think YouTube Might Be Better Than Quora For Me

From what I hear, there are a lot of tasks involved in YouTube. I think that might be better than simply answering one Quora question at a time, and I’ll share why – because I’m sharing everything :).

I work my day job with a company that places people in a call center environment. One of my most recent jobs was doing health surveys with patients. The calls lasted about three minutes. They were usually exactly the same. Calls came in so quickly, one after another. That job was so hard for me! By the time I got off my four-hour shift, I felt like I had been on the teacup ride at Disneyworld! I had literally worked myself dizzy. It was a crazy, easy job, but I had a most difficult time doing it.

Now, I have a job that is much more complicated. Every call is different. Each caller has a question whose solution varies depending upon their situation and I have to investigate the answer. It’s a bit like being a detective.

The job should be much more stressful than the survey job, but I’m able to do it more easily. It’s challenging, and I can focus on it one call at a time.

I’m unsure how to explain how my brain works, but I hope the YouTube traffic strategy will be similar to my day job experience.

It’s more complicated than Quora, but I hope I’ll be able to do the tasks needed. If not, I’ll explore an avenue that does work.

I’m convinced I can do this online business. I just need to find a path of less resistance. It doesn’t have to be easy, I just need to be able to do it.

By the way, I’m going to be posting my blog on Saturday mornings. If I don’t post, I intend to post that I’m not well enough to post. After all,  I’m now sharing my progress not just my success! Be sure to be on the lookout for my email. To get on my list, you can watch Dean’s free training video in the upper right corner of my blog.

Conclusion

What do you think of Alex’s advice? Does it surprise you as much as it surprised me?

If you face a block, make a bigger goal.

I think that’s a profound solution! What do you think?

36 thoughts on “Alex Jeffreys Gave Me Some Advice”

  1. Hi Nakina,
    I really enjoyed your post! Yes, Alex’s advice is different, and I guess that difference is it coming from a huge success and master in affiliate marketing! I love the way you unraveled it further and made it easier to digest! Definitely going to make a difference in me moving forward. I look forward to your next posts and your YouTube channel. All the best!
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  2. This is a true testament to the power of thinking outside the box! Your decision to shift your focus from mere task completion to helping others is not only noble but I am sure will prove to be a strategic move that benefits your business journey.

    It’s great to see how you’ve taken Alex Jeffreys’ advice to heart and are adapting it in a way that suits your unique circumstances and strengths.

    I’m excited to see where this new direction takes you. Keep pushing forward!”

    1. Thanks, Tony! One of my goals this year is, “Repeat.” I’m completely intimidated by the idea of consistency because I have such a hard time doing it. But, I can just repeat and make efforts today. LOL! I trick myself into success. Here’s to pushing forward!

  3. If you don’t know where you’re going, how will you ever get there?

    Brilliant advice from Alex Jeffrey I believe. I have a really big goal, one that keeps me going no matter what!

    Thanks Nakina, great post

    1. Thanks, Katrin! That is good advice. Big goals give great purpose. I’m reading a book about doing what you want 10x by Dan Sullivan: 10x Is Easier than 2x. I’m really intrigued by his idea that you should have a want that’s not based on what you need and let that want move you forward. Not the way I usually do things. I’m learning!

  4. Hi Nakina,
    How fortunate to have the opportunity to hear Alex Jeffreys’ discussion! It was a great day! I feel your take on shifting gears will be beneficial for you and for the growth of your business. Stay positive and keep moving – one stepping stone at a time!
    All the best!
    Milissa Neirotti
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    1. Milissa, it was a splendid day! It was a great way to celebrate the end the year and focus on what’s to come. Moving forward one step at a time. Focusing on where I’m at instead of the looming goal makes that much easier!

  5. Hey Nakina, what a breath of fresh air reading thru this, thanks for taking the time to share whats going on in your thoughts and the progress you are making. I really like Alex’s advice, and the example about the weight loss journey is so profound, focusing on the outcome rather than a particular measurement (that might turn out to be too narrow anyway) is gold. My own journey thru setting goals has resulted in a similar shift. I have come to realise that the journey itself is in fact the destination and I intentionally set out to seek enjoyment with the challenge that I am confronted with right now in this moment. Everyday, it turns out is a good day. I wish you well and look forward to watching your progress. thanks for the insight and wisdom.
    cheers
    Rose
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    1. Thanks, Rose! You are right! The journey is where the fun happens. I tend to get so nervous about the outcome and if I’m “doing it right,” that I’m missing out on the excitement of the journey. There is definitely a crucial shift happening in my imagination – for the better 🙂 I appreciate your encouragement!

  6. Hi Nakina,

    Thank you for sharing and refreshing my mind with Alex Jeffry’s answer, the way you said, with the example, made me think about my biggest challenge. Imagine, that for me to leave a comment on a blog I have to carefully read it two or three times to interpret it correctly, if there is something not clear enough to me, I have to use a translator and then make my conclusion of what you are saying. so, to answer is the same process. so even Iam don’t feel comfortable writing or commenting on a blog, I have to do it, and now more often than before. This way I will do it better every time. So, thank you for sharing, I wish you all the best in your journey.
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    1. I think that’s very courageous of you! Not only are you starting your business, but you’re also doing so in a second language. I used to teach English as a second language. You’re doing very well. Best wishes to you, too!

  7. Love this; make a bigger goal! And I commend you for knowing yourself and how your mind works and having the intuition to pivot in order to align with the strategies of your business that work for you best!

  8. Nakina,

    Alex’s advice makes perfect sense. Sometimes we get bored with what we’re doing and it doesn’t motivates to reach new heights. As Alex mentioned, to cure this you need to change strategies and set targets to something you truly can get excited about and will motivate you.

    Also, your shift to put others first is critical to success. If your are constantly putting others second it will show in the growth of your business.

    Zig Ziglar says if you help enough people get where they want to go, then you will get where you want to go.

    Thanks for sharing your pinitol mindset change.
    CJ

  9. I can relate to your experience about answering questions on Quora.

    Sometimes, I end up staring at the screen for one hour and still haven’t answered a single question.

    Especially when there are so many people answering the same question, sometimes you feel pressured about coming out with a much better answer.
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    1. That’s true, Alan! I used to wonder how people came up with their answers. Their answers are so similar to each other and would be so different than mine. It made me feel like my answer might be less valuable than theirs or maybe even wrong. It turns out, as you’ve probably concluded yourself, they google the answer or use ChatGPT. I’ve also noticed that I get upvotes and comments on answers that I’ve given almost flippantly. I think it’s because my genuine voice is obvious and it’s a more simple answer at those times. All this to say, it’s hard to know what a better answer is. Sometimes simple is better. Best of luck to you!

    1. Thanks, Michael! I’m feeling very encouraged! It’s strange that bigger action is easier than small. No matter the seeming paradox, I’m loving the changes I’m making. 🙂

  10. Hi Nakina,
    Finding the perfect avenue to grow your business can be very daunting!
    I’m happy to read that you’ve taken a couple of steps back, reviewed your processes and possibilities and will go forward from there!
    Reaching for bigger goals can also seem daunting but hey, “Dream Big!” is definitely one of my motto’s (I even published a blog on it in December).

  11. Nakina, the ability to change and adapt is a key area in being able to reach your goals. The fact that you re-focused and adjusted, is admirable in itself. So many in business are so afraid to make a change, that it fuels their decline… And creating a Bigger Goal as an intentional motivator is Awesome. So many would do just the opposite. Well Done and push forward!
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  12. Nakina, great post.
    Like the advice from Alex, I often set goals that I know I can achieve. Thinking bigger is a challenge for me.
    I couldn’t agree more with your take on Quora. There were times when I spent 4-5 hours answering 3 questions. But my biggest challenge was to compete with AI-generated answers. After a while, I was able to easily spot the comments perfectly crafted by the robot and I couldn’t see too much value in posting mine.
    All the best!
    Tom

    1. Just a whim of a thought I’ve been thinking: Perhaps the key to making a bigger goal is focusing on why the goal is essential to you personally. What do you ultimately want to achieve? Perhaps making the goal that is most important to one is the key to thinking big rather than focusing on the steps to get there. I’ve been wondering about the key to thinking bigger, myself! It is a thought in process… Quora is a challenge. The other traffic strategies will also have their difficulties, but I’m hoping I’ll find one I’m better equipped to deal with. Thanks for the encouragement, Tom!

  13. Strangely, making a bigger goal may be too much for me right now, because it’s all coming at me at once!! My back went out yesterday (much better today) and I too have been suffering with migraines. Today is a new day!! Grab it when we can!

    1. Oh, I hope you are feeling better, Kate! One of my favorite phrases is, “Do what you can do, when you can do it.” I love it, because it takes the pressure off days that action isn’t possible but is empowering for the good days. Best of luck to you!

  14. Hi Nakina, Great blog post! I really like how you are open minded to trying different things and different methods. It really is good to think of the big picture as well, and to do things that are comfortable for you as well.And your layout on your blog page is amazing.Really cool how you have done it. Keep up the good work and I will check in with you later.
    Jim

  15. Nakina,
    Oh my, what a great way to look at and tackling a goal. Find a bigger goal and the smaller goal will take care of itself. Love this. Sorry to hear about your migraines. I suffer from them myself. I can tell you are determined to make your online business a success. Good luck and keep us posted on your You Tube journey.
    Sherri
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    1. So sorry to hear you have migraines! Yes, I’m determined to make my business work. Where there’s a will, there’s a way! I will definitely keep you posted. Thanks so much for your encouragement!

  16. Nakina, a really great post thank you. Alex is absolutely right, we always aim low or what we are comfortable with. If we aim high then even if we fall short we have done amazing. I am also on Quora and it’s becoming stale. I haven’t posted for a while. I am also thinking of changing to YouTube, TikTok and Instagram. It’s scary to be so public but something has to change. I wish you well and look forward to what happens next for you. Keep going! Atif
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    1. I agree, Atif! It is scary to step into the wider world and state my wild dream to start an online business. What will everyone think? But you’re right! Something’s got to change for me as well. Thank you for your best wishes. Best of luck to you too!

  17. Hi Nakina,
    Alex’s advice makes us think deeper about our motivational behaviors. You want to be good, try to be very good. The karateka who breaks a wooden board, don’t look the board; he looks through it. A car driver who fix a point will crash into it. He needs to quickly unlock his sight, look somewhere else, and aim there. I see the same kind of rationale with Alex here. If you see a block coming, change your mindset, chose a bigger goal, and you will meet the first one and beyond. Thank you for your excellent post.
    Martin

    1. I like your examples, Martin! I can relate especially to the car example. I remember learning to drive and being told not to focus on the curve but just beyond- where I want to go. Otherwise, I’d drive off the road! Brilliant example! Thanks for sharing those! Something to ponder and keep me on track 🙂

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