am suppose to be updating Top Blogging coach with at least 2 posts per week and that is meant to be Mondays and Thursdays but unfortunately, I was unable to publish anyone last week because I was having some issues with my Internet Service Provider (ISP). Although I did not publish but I have posts in mind that I wanted to share with you. So the question I want to ask you now is….. DO YOU MISTAKE ACTIVITY FOR ACHIEVEMENT?
I know you may not be able to answer this question now because you might not even understand it in the first place until you finish reading this post, so I plead with you to relax and read to the end because you might be making this same mistake without knowing it. Let’s get started.
I remember watching a football match on TV last Sunday that’s 11th Nov between the ultimate Barcelona and Mallorca and I observed something great, this is not the first time I’ve noticed this particular thing though but it never occur to me to share it until now. The Mallorca team seems to be playing the Barcelona’s because they were all over them yet when you looked at the score, Barcelona’s kept pulling ahead strategically. The match finally ended up with 4-2 of which Lionel Messi scored 2 out of the 4. Did you watch the match too?
This particular issue always happens whenever Barca is playing with any club, their opponent always struggle while Barca keeps pulling ahead without mush stress, I don’t know if anyone has noticed this also or is it only me? I’m not a football fan but I like watching Barcelona because of their unique way of playing.
However, while watching that match, we were arguing on so many things and someone among us made an interesting comment that I will not forget in a hurry. He said “Don’t mistake activity for achievement.” I’ll always remember that. Just because Mallorca was playing hard didn’t mean they were playing smart.
This particular issue can equally apply to our everyday lives and more directly to our internet marketing/blogging careers. As we all work hard to make money online and make money at home you should always ask yourself this question, “Is what I’m doing right now going to help me move my business forward?”
I am also as guilty of this as anyone. I keep doing so many irrelevant things like checking my email over and over again clicking on the send/receive button looking for new messages that say something like “Congratulations You Have Made another Sale.”
It is so easy to constantly log into a program and check my stats over and over. What’s the point? If they do change it isn’t enough to even merit the time it takes to do it over and over. Now, I’m not saying that it’s wrong to check your email, but it can be wrong if you do it at the wrong time.
What about these ones…..Getting carried away with social networking sites, watching movies and Reading posts in forums until your eyes gets blurry. That’s o.k. if you are involved in the community and making some posts as well. You might as well get your link out there and posting is a great way to learn something as well. But you have to post once in awhile and make sure it’s bringing results too.
Now, let’s look at the key to getting yourself past the activity mode and log into the achievement mode.
Write down 5 specific things you want to accomplish everyday to help you grow your internet marketing business. Here is an example of this.
1. Make 5 new posts in forums
2. Comment on other blogs
3. Make at least 1 guest post
4. Place my ad in 5 free classified sites
5. Call 5 of my home business prospects
Now what is the key to these 5 things above? Well for starters they are written down. Next it is an advertising and marketing driven list.
If you aren’t spending some of your time on advertising and marketing your home business then you have no right to complain when you aren’t growing at all. It is that simple.
You have to write down action items for the day and the majority of those action items have to be doing something to advertise and market your business.
Every one of us has different amounts of time we can spend every day working to make money online. It isn’t how much time you spend, but how you spend it that will determine your long term success.
Another important thing is to know when you are wasting time unnecessary.
Now, let me ask you a question: If you saw time as money, would you be more careful with it? For example; if wasting 15minutes of your time a day meant you would lose $500, will you be more aware of how those 15min were spent and what would constitute wasting that 15min? I bet you will.
Therefore, assuming you have an entertainment blog, watching movies would not be wasting your time and if you’re in the hospitality niche, browsing new restaurants would not be wasting your time or money as well. The answer will be different for each of us. I think we all know when we are squandering time.
The assignment for you is to find out where and how you spend most of your time and access how much money you’ve invested in doing so. All the money in the world cannot replace a lost time, so proceed accordingly.
Now, Do you love Barcelona, Why or Why not? let me ask you this question once again……… DO YOU MISTAKE ACTIVITY FOR ACHIEVEMENT? I know you can answer me now, so let’s talk it over in the comment section. Your response to this question is much appreciated. And please I will like you to also share this post with your friends if it interests you.
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