Warning: This is going to be a bit of a rant about how I was angry with myself this morning. If you have tried Internet Marketing for any length of time, you may have gone through this or are going through this right now.
So why the rant you ask?
I was driving to work this morning, stuck in a traffic jam, crawling at snails pace on the Monash Freeway. This was after getting out of bed at 5 am and getting on to the freeway at 6:00am in the morning. I was frustrated, thinking ‘Why am I up at this hour and struggling through this to get to work?’ You see, my wife is a nurse (and so were both my parents, so I’ve seen the effects of this kind of work on health and life before), and being a nurse she works rotating shifts. Most days I leave home at the crack of dawn (at about 6 or 6:15am), to get to work. On days that she works mornings, we get to spend some time together, but on other days, we hardly get to see each other. I was thinking, ‘How long am I going to sustain this kind of lifestyle?’ As I was thinking this way, I also started thinking about the lost opportunities and wasted time, in the past.
If you’d read my first couple of posts here, you may have noticed that I have ‘started’ on the process of transitioning from a IM newbie and a prospect, to a Marketer. This progress has been frustratingly slow. Not because of anything else, but because of ME. That’s what’s frustrating. I’ve been procrastinating over so many things that it’s not funny any more. What I’m noticing from my daily task sheets and did sheets is that I put too many tasks on there, and get too less done. It’s not the system that I’m following or technology or anything else for that matter that’s the constraint in this journey to success. It’s ME that’s the constraint.
As I’d mentioned in my first post, I’m not the most organised person in the world and am struggling with getting organised. I KNOW that getting Organised is the KEY to POSITION myself to make the most of opportunities. See, everyday ‘opportunities of a lifetime’ pass right in front of us. Why do we miss those opportunities, while others may not? It’s because we haven’t POSITIONED (prepared) ourselves to see those opportunities and take action. I also thought about all the WSO’s, ebooks, software and videos sitting on my hard-drive on my computer. All that information overload, information hoarding, distraction and lack of pin point focus. I’ve also noticed that I’ve become ‘The King of Excuses’. I got that phrase from one of my loved songs (that was playing in the car) – In the Light by DC Talk. Although the context of that phrase in the song is very different, I realised that I indeed was a king of making excuses.
What I’ve decided to do about it?
Well, when you’ve realised that YOU are the hurdle in your business, you need to work on the areas that make you the hurdle. I’ve recommitted myself to working smarter with the time I have everyday. This means not straying from my task list to do anything, except something very critical that cannot be avoided. No more making excuses to avoid doing the tasks that NEED to get done.
I’ve decided I need to redo my 90-day and this month’s plan. I’ve also decided to actually put deadlines in place for myself. Knowing me, I work better under pressure. If there is no pressure, I just take things too easy and lose sight of the goal. I need to make myself accountable not just to myself and my wife, but also to all my readers and fellow IMers who are supporting me. I’ve got to breakdown each challenge into small achievable goals and get them done. I need to tackle the hardest tasks first (to prevent procrastination and sliding back to my comfort zone). I need to sit down and mind map the projects in progress (some of which I’ve completely lost track of).
Now is the time to take action and position myself for this opportunity and grab it with both hands, now that I can see it.
Have you guys struggled with yourself? Have you ever felt that YOU were the constraint to your success and the success of your business? Have you ever felt that you were sabotaging your chances of success? Do let me know in the comments section. Also if you have gone past this phase successfully, what helped you in the process?