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.
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?
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.
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.
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?