Why Motivation Does Not Work

why motivation does not work

Before I get into why motivation does not work, let me first tell you a story…

3 years ago, I watched a video.

After watching it, I was touched and happy at the same time.

I felt it was such a nice feeling if everyone in the world can live in peace and harmony – no wars, crime, or anything like that – just us humans getting to know and respect each other from different parts of the world with different cultures and beliefs.

Now, 3 years later, I still am touched and elated after watching this video again.

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Get Out Of Comfort Zone – I have. What About You?

get out of comfort zone

Sometimes Most of the time, in business (and in life), to be able to make a breakthrough, you almost always need to get out of comfort zone (YES your own comfort zone) and do things that you’re really not comfortable with.

What do I mean by that?

Well, that just means doing things that you know ARE GOING to move you forward, even though doing them makes you uneasy and uncomfortable, so much so that you feel like giving up before you even try.

Everybody is guilty of this.

You and I are. So do your best friends, your friends, your colleagues. Everyone. PERIOD.

Let me illustrate a real life example.

Back in September, I FINALLY recorded a training video on how to do FAST backlink analysis using free tools. I was VERY nervous when I recorded that training video because of my CRAZY Asian accent. I was afraid that my audience (the majority of them being Americans by the way) wouldn’t have a clue what I was saying in the video.

Turns out I was DEAD wrong!

I received a number of comments on my blog and support desk THANKING me for the video and that it provided valuable and awesome training.

I was thrilled!

Who would have thought that an Indonesian guy with this crazy Asian accent would be thanked for making a training video? You know what was going through my mind BEFORE I made that video?

Yep, I was trying to convince myself:

“Nahhh I can’t do it. My audience won’t even know what the heck I’m talking about. I have this Asian accent, so it’s impossible!”

But I went ahead and made that video ANYWAY and REGARDLESS of what was going to happen. And I was in for a surprise because my audience actually liked it…

…And boy was I thankful and glad that I made it! If I hadn’t made it, I wouldn’t be making more training videos now (more on this in a moment…)

The point I’m trying to get across to you is:

Doing things that you know will move you forward, even though you’re NOT comfortable with doing it, will pave a way that will lead you closer towards SUCCESS.

You will be a step closer to your goal.

This is true. Try it before you whine and make any negative judgments.

If I hadn’t made that video, I will always be wondering (for the rest of my life most likely) if I really could share my knowledge and expertise through videos.

And the answer to that will most likely be “NO, I can’t possibly do video training because of my Asian accent bla bla bla”.

And this WILL hunt me for the rest of my life. I know it will…

Here’s what I’ve learned by getting out of my comfort zone:

1. Your original fear BEFORE you step out of your comfort zone is very insignificant. Most of the time, you’re A LOT better than what you think of yourself, so give yourself more credit!

2. Doing that uncomfortable thing that you really don’t like for the FIRST time is the hardest. Once you’ve done that for first time, doing it for the second and consecutive times become much easier and more natural.

3. You’ll be REALLY glad that you’ve stepped out of your comfort zone because by doing so, you’ll inevitably move forward in whatever you’re trying to achieve. Why? Because you’ve just learned how to overcome your fears by doing things that you really are not comfortable with.

When similar circumstances occur in the future that require you to step out of your comfort zone, you’ll be ready.

Because of that training video I made in September, I’m using my courage I attained by the thankful and grateful comments about that video to make more additional training videos.

(…just a little side note, I’m currently in the process of creating a coaching program where I show and teach people how to build a real, profitable Internet business from scratch; more information on this coaching program to follow, so stay tuned okay?)

Almost all of my interactions with YOU so far (with the exception of that first training video I made in September) have always been in the form of text. I want to connect more with my audience, my prospects, and my customers on a DEEPER level.

And that means YOU!

So you can expect more video interaction from me in the future (and please forgive my CRAZY Asian accent and FOCUS instead on the VALUE I’m delivering on these videos alright?)

Anyway, that’s all for me now.

What are your thoughts on stepping out of YOUR own comfort zone? Have you stepped out of your comfort zone or are you simply just one of those persons who PROCRASTINATES all the time by LYING to yourself “Yeah I’m gonna do that SOON… but not now since I’m so busy with bla bla bla…”

Come on PROCRASTINATORS; defend yourself by proving me wrong. Leave your public statement below that you’re going to get out of your comfort zone TODAY!

Do These 5 Steps In 2009 To Ensure Great Success

2008 is almost over and 2009 is coming up in just a few days… How was 2008 for you?

For me, 2008 is definitely a great year. It moves me a step closer to my ultimate goal, which is to achieve a dream Internet lifestyle. :smile:

While I’m currently enjoying a decent 4-figure online monthly income, I’d certainly want to make that to a 5 and 6 figure on autopilot as I continue to build upon my online business.

Do you want to know how I was able to quit my job and earn a nice 4-figure online monthly income?

Let me tell you a Secret…

I was able to do that because I took massive ACTION!

Rather than planning and analyzing every single possible detail, I simply took Action…Massive Action.

While my friends partied all night long, I’m sat in front of my laptop building my Internet business and online assets every weekday, at times scratching my head trying to learn new Internet Marketing skills.

Yes, I don’t know everything and I’m proud to admit that I don’t know everything about Internet Marketing. :razz:

And you know what?

No Internet marketer on this planet knows everything there is to know about Internet Marketing! If they tell you they do, they are lying to you simply just to impress you or they are simply embarrassed to tell you that they don’t know everything.

But me… I’m proud to say that I’m always trying to learn new things to keep myself updated. If I don’t do this, I’d be annihilated sooner or later by the fierce competition out there.

But hey that’s okay – we all need to keep learning don’t we?

Coming back to the topic at hand, I became a full time Internet Marketer at the beginning of 2008, and I created my first ever product in March 2008 (for the Indonesian market – which is where I’m from).

From then on till today (December 2008), I have developed and marketed a total of 6 products in the Internet Marketing niche.

5 for the Indonesian market, and 1 for the International market (Beginners Blog Profits).

I consider myself very lucky and blessed to have come this far. Although it is by no means an excellent feat, I’m still proud to what I have achieved nonetheless. :mrgreen:

Why am I telling you all these?

You see, 2008 is almost history and 2009 is coming up in just a few short days.

I want you to have a fantastically successful 2009. Picture yourself living that dream Internet lifestyle. 99.999% of the time, you won’t be able to live this dream lifestyle in the span of just one year. It takes more time and hard work.

But that’s okay because as long as you are moving closer to your ultimate goals with each passing year, you are in good shape.

Success in any endeavor, not just in business, is built upon consistent hard work and perseverance. This is a very important fact you must keep in mind. With that said, the next time someone promises you instant riches without having to do any work, RUN as far as you can!

Okay, so these are the things I want you to do TODAY to start carving a path leading towards success in 2009:

1. Always arm yourself with the right mindset and attitude

The first step that you MUST (no exception) is to start believing in yourself that you can become a successful Internet entrepreneur.

No exception! :evil:

Think about this carefully and seriously

If you don’t believe in yourself, how the heck do you expect others to believe in you? If you have this kind of weak attitude, your customers, affiliates, JV partners, team members will NOT believe in you either.

I mean, why should they believe in someone who doesn’t even believe in himself? I certainly won’t, and I bet you won’t either!

Let me tell you a harsh fact – if you don’t believe in yourself, you will 100% definitely FAIL!

Only when you start believing in yourself can you start to make things happen.

However this doesn’t mean that you will surely succeed even though you believe in yourself. It takes more than that, even though believing in yourself is a very good first step towards achieving your goals.

So let me take you to the next step I want you to do…

2. To achieve real Success, Failure is a MUST

Before you jumped at me shouting: “That is so not true, because I know some people who have achieved great success without experiencing any failure at all!”

Let me tell you that these people who have achieved great success without any failure at all is very, very, very, very, very, very rare. :cool:

The reason why I said “To achieve real success, Failure is a must” is because 99.999999% of the time you will fail first before achieving any success, unless you belong to the group of people who are very, very, very rare.

By preparing you for the worst (failure), you won’t be as disappointed as had I not equipped you with this kind of mindset and attitude, when you indeed do fail.

When the time comes for you to fail, I advise you to fail graciously, learn from your mistakes, and become even stronger and wiser to move closer towards your goals.

3. I want you to think ahead what you want to achieve for 2009. What are your goals?

Write them down on your whiteboard so that you can see them and be reminded of them every single day. If you don’t have a whiteboard, write them down on a piece of paper and stick it in your room.

I’m serious…

We need to be reminded of our goals every day. If not, we’ll get sidetracked and spend time and do things that are totally not related to what our ultimate goals are. When we do this, we are wasting our precious time.

There are a lot of distractions out there, and by seeing our goals every day, we’ll always be reminded what we should be doing and what we should not be doing.

Stop that useless chat on Skype, MSN or Yahoo Messenger!

Stop checking your freaking inbox every 5 minutes.

You have better things to do – and that is to build upon your business consistently, so start thinking today what you want to achieve in 2009 and write down your goals.

4. Start taking Massive ACTION

Simply having a goal or goals that you want to achieve is not enough. You need to take Massive Action.

Plan on how you are going to achieve your goals. What will you do? What strategies will you undertake?

Don’t spend too much time planning though, because if you do you’ll probably end up planning all day long without actually doing! And that is a disaster because you’ll remain where you are now come end of 2009 – still the same, old you.

We don’t want that to happen, so start taking Massive Action once you have done some kind of planning.

Remember – don’t try to be a perfectionist who needs to have every single little detail planned out first before taking any kind of action.

Just do it first, and correct as well as improve as you go. Garner the momentum and start doing first and the rest will follow. :wink:

Trust me!

5. Do It TODAY!!!

Most people who have read this far will think and say to themselves: “Yeah I agree with all of the above Welly, but since this is the end of 2008 and new year celebrations is coming, therefore I’ll just take action at the beginning of next year.”

…and you know what?

YES, these people will NOT take any kind of action come beginning of next year. They will continue to procrastinate forever

But I know you, loyal reader of this blog, is different from them right? I know you will take massive action TODAY and start moving towards your goals! :lol:

By taking action today, you are slowly but surely building your business every single day. It is through consistent action and perseverance that one will actually succeed in his or her endeavor.

Alright, I’m going to sign off for now. Remember to do the 5 steps above TODAY to start carving your own success path in 2009!

Don’t let others determine your destiny, create yours TODAY.

Cheers, Merry Christmas and to a Happy 2009 New Year! Please leave any thoughts or comments below…

Stupid People Succeed Faster?

When it comes to Internet Marketing or business in general, the hardest part is making that first move.

That first elusive move or action that has the ability to turn around your destiny.

Yesterday while I was driving to pick up my girlfriend from work, I tuned in to a local business radio station.

There was this talk show called “Stupid people succeed faster”. Although it didn’t say faster than what, I can only assume faster than smart people? :roll:

Anyway, the guy behind this “Stupid people succeed faster” talk show is a somewhat well-known local businessman in my country. I have heard of his name before, though I forgot where. Maybe it’s through the local magazines or newspapers portraying his businesses and how successful he is.

The radio show went on to talk about how “stupid people” with only junior high or high school education, because of their ignorance, are not afraid to try new things.

These “stupid people” are not going to analyze all the possible scenarios before they try on something new. They would just go out there and take action, and if any problems arise, they just deal with it on a case by case basis.

Contrast this with the way how “smart people” (you know those with bachelor’s or master’s degree) would do things. These guys would plan ahead and analyze every possible scenario.

They would not take any action at all unless everything is planned out carefully and flawlessly. As you might already knew, nothing is perfect and you can’t expect to embark on something new and don’t face any unexpected problems along the way.

That, in a nutshell, is basically what the radio show is trying to convey.

I agree with the speaker to a certain extent in that unexpected problems do happen, and we can’t be perfect trying to plan everything before we actually take any action.

I do, however, disagree that we have to take action without any planning at all. In my opinion, if you fail to plan, you also plan to fail. :cool:

My view is that you still need to plan what you want to do. Just don’t try to be a perfectionist trying to plan and analyze every possible scenario before you actually take action. This will lead to action-paralysis, and eventually you take no action at all.

And if you take no action at all, then you achieve nothing!

I was once a perfectionist-wannabe as well. I would over analyze things down to every last detail.

And you know what, the more I analyze and plan, the more confused I became.

Fast forward a few years later (which is now) I have finally learned to take things a little easier and just let everything flow without much analysis. :mrgreen:

It does not mean that I don’t plan and analyze before I do something. I still do, it’s just to a much lesser extent.

Mind you, I certainly don’t want to suffer from brain damage!

What about you?

Do you over analyze and over complicate situations and problems?

6 Traits You Should Possess To Succeed In Internet Marketing

In my previous post, I’ve laid out 5 reasons why most people attempting to make money online fail.

Today we are going to look at what traits or characteristics you really need in order to be successful in building a real Internet business.

There are 6 traits that you should possess:

1. Just do it

Human beings tend to over-analyze and over-complicate things and situations. This is especially true if you’re new at something.

Beginners trying their hands in making money online typically suffer action-paralysis. They are so afraid of making a wrong move that they end up not taking any action at all.

Doing something, even though it’s wrong, is still better than not doing anything at all.

If you just sit there and do nothing, you are bound to learn and accomplish nothing.

If you do something, you are bound to learn something and may or may not accomplish something.

Hello? Can you see how you are missing out when you don’t do anything at all? :shock:

And the other thing is that people tend to want to become perfectionists.

How can you do things perfectly when you’re just starting out and you don’t really know much about the subject?

Heck, even advanced Internet marketers still do wrong things every day, yet they continue to make money!

So my advice is to just do it! Just like Nike’s slogan J Making that first move is always the hardest, but once you start going, it will be easier consequently.

2. Open mindset, positive attitude, and a desire to learn

You must possess an open mindset and a desire to learn so that you can learn and absorb new things every day.

Your attitude plays a major role in determining your success in whatever field you choose to indulge in, not just in Internet Marketing.

Be confident of yourself, think positive. DO NOT say discouraging things to yourself such as “I can’t do this” or “I’m not a techie guy therefore I can’t succeed” bla bla bla…

Have you heard of the saying “You become what you think”? Well, let me tell you that this is very true indeed.

So instead of reinforcing negative beliefs that you are not capable of doing this and that, why don’t you install positive beliefs to yourself? :razz:

3. Treat it as a real business

To succeed in any endeavor, you need to focus and put a lot of effort and time in doing things that will eventually lead to your goals.

You must treat Internet Marketing as a real business, just like you would if you were to open a brick and mortar business.

You can’t say things like “Well, I’m just trying so it’s okay if I don’t do this right”, or “I’ll just try and see if this works, if not then I’ll try something else different”.

The problem with saying these kinds of things to yourself is that you don’t treat it seriously and if you don’t treat is seriously you simply can’t get any results!

4. Stay consistent

Do small things on a consistent basis to ensure that you build your online assets over time.

Success in the Internet business or in any kind of business is not about doing what is required only once or twice or thrice. It’s about putting in your effort consistently.

When you are just starting out, you can definitely start working on your Internet business part time. It’s definitely not a problem.

Hey, I started part time too 2 years ago :P

The important thing to always remember is to build your Internet business on a consistent basis over time.

Little baby steps can eventually lead to big results too.

5. Stay motivated

Initially when you are just starting out, you won’t see any results. You must, however, stay motivated and just keep on going.

It’s not because it’s Internet Marketing that you are not seeing results. It takes time and dedication to see real results, and it applies to any new endeavor you embark.

When you are feeling down or discouraged, seek ways to motivate yourself by going to your local bookstore and buy motivational and inspirational books, audios, or videos. You can also go to Google and do a search on motivational sites.

Get yourself pumped up whenever you are feeling down alright? :mrgreen:

6. Stay humble

Always stay humble.

Yes, even when you are already making some money, do stay humble please. :lol:

Nobody knows everything, and by staying humble you’ll always be able to learn new things.

If you are arrogant, you will think that you know everything and that you are the best out there. When this happens, you stop learning.

Given the rate at how technology advances every day, when you stop learning you will eventually be left behind. When this happens, be prepared to say goodbye to your Internet business!

If you’re serious about REPLACING YOUR JOB On The Internet, then you REALLY should be inside my GOLD Coaching program where I’ll coach you in a STEP-BY-STEP format.

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5 Reasons Why Most People Fail To Earn Money Online

If you’ve spent any amount of time online trying to make money on the Internet, there is a high chance that you haven’t made any money online. Or if you have, it’s probably a few dollars here and there.

Am I correct in saying that?

Why do I say that? Am I here to disgrace and discourage you?

Of course not!

You see, according to Business Week, “64.2% of the businesses failed in a 10-year period”.

What about Internet Marketing then? Well, even though I don’t know the exact figure, I can confidently tell you that the failure rate for beginners trying to make their mark at this Internet Marketing thingy is surely higher.

Not only is the failure rate higher, they fail much faster too! :shock:

And usually these beginners or newbie who haven’t made any real money online are skeptical about the whole concept of “earning money online”. But hey, it’s natural for them to feel this way. You can’t really blame them.

I, too, felt the same way 2 years ago when I was just getting started on my Internet Marketing venture.

Anyway, let’s get back to topic of why most people starting out in Internet Marketing fail. Well, there are 5 few reasons why:

1. They want instant results

Most people want instant results. They read some Internet Marketing ebooks or video tutorials today and they expect to be making money tomorrow. They treat these ebooks or video tutorials or home study courses like some kind of magic pills.

Well, well… nothing could be further from the truth…:roll:

When they don’t see instant (or fast) results, they whine and say “I’ve tried everything, but all of them don’t work!”

Sounds familiar, eh?

2. They are VERY lazy and they don’t want to work hard

Typically, people are lazy. It’s fine if they’re just lazy and they don’t expect any results.

But when you are lazy AND you expect to be earning lots of money online, then something must be really wrong with you.

There are no easy money, both online and offline, to be made. If it were easy, everyone would be rich. This is clearly not the case!

There is no Free lunch, my friend. If you want to earn big money online, then you must work hard and work smart consistently. You must be willing to pay the price. :grin:

I paid my dues by sacrificing my TV time, my hangout time with friends, my sleep time, etc.

3. They give up too easily

When these people fail to get any or little result, they simply give up.

They complain (yet again) “I’ve done everything, why is this not working for me?”

To be successful in anything, not just making money online, failure is a process one must experience. There is no one who is really successful at what he or she does who hasn’t had any failures in the past.

Failure is a process one must overcome. Unfortunately, most people do not realize this and they simply give up when their efforts are not yet yielding any results.

Think for a second: when you were a little kid trying to learn to ride a bicycle, did you miraculously manage to ride it successfully without falling off the bicycle at all, or did it take you some cuts and bruises on your hands and knees before you eventually learn how to ride it? :lol:

4. They don’t know where to start

Most people don’t have a clue where to start. They suffer from “information overload”. I sometimes suffer from information overload as well :)

What is information overload?

Information overload simply means that the amount of information you receive on a subject is way too much, so much so that you eventually don’t know where to start and in the end you don’t do anything at all about the information you’ve absorbed.

This leads to action paralysis = NO ACTION = No RESULTS!

5. They try their hands at everything

Today they’ll read an ebook about making money through Adsense, and then they’ll start implementing a few of the strategies covered in the ebook.

A few days later, they stumble upon this site about Forex trading, and they start doing some forex transactions.

Then a few weeks later, someone offers them a video course about marketing on MySpace and they’ll try to implement the tactics in this course.

You get where I’m going right? :mrgreen:

The point is: they’ll try their hands at something new, without going deep on the things they’ve already learned before. Eventually they end up nowhere with a little bit of knowledge here and there.

Now that we’ve taken a look at the 5 reasons why most people fail to make money online, it’s time for 3 tips on how you can reduce your failure rate:

A. You must work hard and smart

Understand that to achieve real results in Internet Marketing, you need to put in conscientious effort, time, and dedication. There are no such things as overnight success! Realize that Internet Marketing is hard, and that you must put in extra hard work in order to make real money online.

B. Do not give up easily

Do not give up easily. Strengthen your mentality. Realize that to achieve success, failures are inevitable. If you fail, you get up and try again. If you fail again, try again.

As the saying goes, “there are no failures, only feedback”. Each failure is one step closer to your goal.

C. Focus on 20% of the work that leads to 80% of the results

Do you know that not all techniques and methods of making money online carry the same weight? What I mean is that there are some techniques and methods of making money online that are more important than others.

Have you ever heard of the 80/20 rule: the Pareto Principle? This is how Wikipedia defines it:

“The Pareto principle (also known as the 80-20 rule, the law of the vital few and the principle of factor sparsity) states that, for many events, 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.”

This simply means that 20% of our work determines 80% of our outcome. Conversely, the reverse is also true, which is 80% of our work determines 20% of our outcome.

Your task is to identify the 20% work which will determine 80% of the outcome.

For example, if you’re just starting to learn about Internet Marketing, it would be silly to seek out big name joint venture (JV) partners and ask them to collaborate with you. You’re still a nobody, and they are already somebody. 99.99% of the time your proposal will be rejected.

Try putting yourself in their shoes: what would you do if you’re a well-known Internet Marketer and a guy who has just started to learn Internet Marketing seeks to collaborate with you?

I don’t have to answer that right? :P

If you’re a newbie, it would be a lot better if you learn the basics of Internet Marketing first rather than buying that e-book about how to secure JV partners.

The point I’m getting is: think for a moment and reflect on yourself where you are right now in the Internet Marketing business.

Identify the techniques and tactics that you do not need right now, such as securing JV partners as mentioned above. Once you’ve identified these techniques, be sure not to spend time learning them.

Your time would be better spent on learning the things that matter most to you right now :wink:

NOW it’s time to TAKE ACTION and actually start DOING something that will REALLY help you REPLACE YOUR JOB on the Internet.

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