This post was most recently updated on February 23rd, 2014
Being an Internet Marketer, you must live on a schedule to get things done. Internet Marketing through Social Media can be done at practically no cost at all, but it requires steadfast effort. In paid media, like pay per click, you must budget your money.
The Social Media approach may be free, but you must still budget your time. You may not be spending money, but you must spend time building relationships online, learning, writing, teaching, and working on projects. You need to write down on a schedule and really stick to it.
Otherwise, you find yourself “overwhelmed” or feeling like giving up. This is why such a small percentage of people are able to turn their Internet Business into a successful one. In fact, only 3 out of every 100 people succeed.
Take a look at the leaders in the industry of Internet Marketing. They are not slackers. You won’t find them floundering or being overwhelmed. Why? Because they have a schedule to stick to and they act upon it. I’ve been watching lots of people grow in this industry in the past year and have witnessed that the ones who do not give up and are on a schedule. The consistent action-takers are the ones that are succeeding.
Let’s consider this: we all have our personal lives to contend with. That’s part of the schedule too. We balance out our children, parents, etc. along with our business.
But what happens when Life Throws You A Curve Ball?
Some one passes away. A family member is ill and needs your attention. You may have to move to a new home. You may have to care take an elder person. You might become ill. These are just a few examples.
This happened to me last week. Sudden changes in my life put a stop to what I was doing in my business. The first knee-jerk reaction was ANXIETY! To relieve anxiety, I had to come to terms that there are times when I have everything on schedule. I am going about my day with my golden list (top priorities) of things to do and “life” things to do.
Then all of a sudden…BAM! A family member needs help. My off-line business explodes. There is a leak in the ceiling. You know, those simple curve balls in life that take you away from the routine that you MUST adhere to if you are going to succeed.
For me, it turned into ANXIETY! I immediately went to the place of “Should-ing” on myself. I forgot to practice what I preach. “Don’t Should on yourself” I tell my clients all the time! I found myself doing the same thing.
With anxiety comes the feeling of doom. How can I keep up with my Internet Marketing daily routine when everything in my life stopped me cold in my tracks for 5 days. I had the feeling of drowning. Then I stopped. I recognized that there is a another reality I was neglecting. Those times when things snatch you from cyber-space and ground you in the 3-dimensional world.
So I made time for it. I did the best I could, putting all of myself into the situations that demanded my presence. I gave myself permission to do that and the anxiety lifted. The “Shoulds” lifted. I knew there was a job out there I am fully committed to but I simply had to “pause”. Was I overwhelmed? No. I just stepped aside myself and delt with the issues at hand.
Going through it was no joke but I am sure it has happened to you, too. Moral of this story: Pause is Essential from time to time. So Pause, but don’t Stop. Persevere through the obstacles. You can’t avoid them, but you can perservere. In short: Never Give Up!
Life can take you to many paces, but you must pursue what you have started and are doing. You cannot know when something will take you out of your situation, but need to know it exists and the more you give it your full attention, and fix the problem, the quicker you can get back to your passion… Internet Marketing.