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How Do You Spell Success?

Aug 17, 2007
Starting a business on the internet is definitely exciting. Email after email are flooding your inbox with promises of a dream house on a golf course, and most of your time spent with a laptop at a quiet cove on your favorite coastline. The figures they quote to you are so big they border on indecent. $10,000 a month in 90 days, they say. Your mind fills with images of long numbers in your bank book, high rise apartments with your name on them, the car of your dreams, and your children graduating from the most prestigious schools. Best of all, you allow yourself to imagine saying that one thing you've always wanted to tell your boss. "I quit!"

The hard cold facts aren't quite so glamorous. A few lucky people actually do achieve the lifestyle of their dreams, but far more fall by the wayside, muttering about how internet businesses are all scams, and bemoaning the alarming amounts of money they lost trying.

The statistics are bleak. 95% of the people who start with such glowing hopes don't ever see a profit at all, let alone change their lifestyle. Of the few who remain, only a small percentage achieves what we would call financial freedom or success.

The amazing thing is that these statistics haven't stopped you from getting started. You are sure that if you study hard and proceed carefully, you will be one of the lucky few.

You know what? You're probably right! The fact that you are reading this article already shows that you have advanced beyond at least 50% of home business starters, and the formula for success you will learn in the next few lines will equip you to make it through all the obstacles and pitfalls along the way to success. Notice I said 'equip', not 'guarantee'. I can't know what you will do with this information, but I do know that if you understand it, put this spelling for success up on your wall near your computer, and ask yourself which area you are weakest in each day, you will succeed. That's a promise.

So how do you spell success? Simple. Here's the answer.

S - Specific Goals
U - Unquenchable Enthusiasm
C - Clear Vision
C - Consistent Effort
E - Enduring Discipline
S - Specific Knowledge
S - Steady Action

Specific Goals

This is the single most important factor in your new business. Where do you want to be 5 years from now? How about one year, six months, or 90 days? How much money do you want to be making? What kind of daily routine do you want to have? Where will your business be? The more specific your goals are, the more attainable they will be.

This is so important, that there are courses and seminars all over the world on goals training. Good goals result in success. No goals results in failure. The very first step in your home business should be to take time to study and implement some goals training courses such as Simpleology or Jim Rohn's goals training course.

Unquenchable Enthusiasm

You will be working at home in front of a computer screen. Who will know whether you drag yourself despondently to the computer and bang away at the keyboard with tears streaming down your face, or whether you happily hop to your desk and bubble happy songs as you type? The results will be the same, right? Wrong. Whether you see the glass as half empty or half full will make all the difference in the actions you take.

There will be many disappointments along the way. Plan to spend at least ten minutes a day reading something that inspires you. Start with "As a Man Thinketh." It's easy to find on the internet. Download it for free, print it out, and set it by your bed.

Clear Vision

What will your life be like a few years from now? Can you see it in your mind's eye? Why did you decide to start working from home? Did you want to buy something? Get a picture of it, and put it up where you will see it often. Did you want to spend time with your family? Put up a picture of them. Did you want to have more money for charity? Get some world vision pictures up there. If you can actually see what you are working for, the bumps and bruises just won't seem so important.

Does this seem silly? Do some research. Almost all of the successful people have done some variation of this exercise before they actually achieved their goals.

Consistent Effort

Here's where the rubber meets the road. It's surprisingly easy to think you are growing your business, when in reality you are just checking your email, chatting in forums, and organizing your desk. Make sure you take positive action to grow your business every day. It doesn't have to be a big job. Small things add up, but if your business isn't growing, then it's losing ground, because like it or not, there will be a lot of competition out there.

Enduring Discipline

How are you going to spend your days? What level of exhausted is going to stop you from carrying out your plans? Most people who succeed have gone through some tough times.

Obviously, you can't quit your day job until your home job bypasses it in profits. That means that the hardest part of your internet business will be done on weekends, and in the evening after work when you're already tired out, used up, and otherwise unmotivated. And, contrary to the glowing testimonials you read on the sales pages and emails you seem to be bombarded with lately, it's going to take at least a year or two before you begin to see a significant profit.

You're going to need some serious commitment in order to get over the hard times. Just remember that the results are really very, very worth it. Not one person who decided to just try an internet business to see if it would work for them has made a profit. The ones who succeed tell themselves, "I'm going to make a success of this no matter how long it takes, or how hard it turns out to be. This business is going to succeed, or I am going to know the reason why."

Sound extreme? Ask yourself the big "what if" question. "What if I don't put in the effort and discipline required to succeed? What if I fail? Where will I be 10 years from now? What will my life be like?

Specific Knowledge

Believe me, you will learn more in your online business that you ever did or would have in college. Each aspect of the business is a separate science, and in order to succeed you will need to know them all.

Don't try to learn it all at once. You will be a victim of information overload and find yourself unable to proceed. Don't let a day go by without learning at least one new thing, though. Plan your study systematically, and tackle one thing at a time.

Steady Action

Did I mention that you needed to take action to grow your business each day? It's so important it needs repeating. Don't let a day go by without doing something, no matter how small to make your business grow. Just one phone call, one more ad or one more blog written will add up, and before you know it, you won't be able to stop the forward motion.

This is something I can say with assurance. If you will write down your specific goals, fill your mind with enthusiasm, see clearly what you want to achieve, discipline yourself to work at it consistently, keep increasing your knowledge of the business and make sure you take action on a daily basis, you most definitely will see results. It will take some people a little longer than others, but you will definitely become one of the lucky few who achieve their dreams.
About the Author
Debbie Penner, a successful internet marketer, has a webpage that lists and compares legit opportunities for making money online. You will also find the goals training recommended in this article. The webpage, as well as a special message for you is at ExponentialProfit.com .
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