There are two schools of thought on how to plan correctly. One if that you can just take massive action and blast through unreasonably short deadlines to get things done.
The second is to take strategic, planned action.
I much prefer the second. There is less waste.
Bruce Lee was obsessed with minimizing his movements to be the most efficient. He was extremely strategic. The classic book, The Art of War is all about strategy also. So is chess.
Today you can see people moving fast and going nowhere – which is not success.
I've seen too many people try to build an online income without having the proper strategy in place – without thinking through a strategy that would have all the elements of your business working in conjunction.
Take a few minutes and step back.
Think about your business. What you're doing well, and where you need to improve.
All you need to do is ask yourself these 5 questions:
- How is your marketing? Is it producing results? Not so much?
- How is your lead generation? Are you able to create pages that convert? Are you struggling with creating a presence?
- How is your branding? Do you have a cohesive brand? Do you feel like your business is a series of random events?
- How is your closing? Are you able to close, or is your inability to ask for the sale hurting your business?
- How is your personal management? Are you wasting time in your business? Buying affiliate products you don't really use or need?
Take a few minutes and really answer these questions.
Then, resolve to tackle the bottleneck. The bottleneck is the one that is preventing you the most. For example, if you have a page without any traffic, maybe you need to focus on your marketing and learn ONE strategy for delivering consistent, predictable traffic.
I like to go to a quite place, or I pop on my BOSE noise-cancelling headphones (which are my number one productivty tool, by the way!) and without distraction, take some time to really look at each of these areas in my business.
I like to do a mindmap using a free mindmapping software in the cloud (like this one). And I usually print it.
And I take some time to look at the mindmap.
Then ask yourself those 5 questions again. You will find out what is really holding you back from success.
By the way, I am re-engaging in a new direction, and I want to know what kind of VALUE I can provide to you in the back half of 2015.
This is a really short, one-question survey.
And it will dictate what kind of FREE trainings and content I'll be producing over the next 6 months.
And I'd really value you taking the time to answer it, as I will be personally going over each and every answer. (Probably with a cup of coffee and my BOSE noise-cancelling headphones.
Did you learn anything? Let me know. And please, take a couple minutes and do the survey!
Hey, I'm Andrew. I moved to Lisbon, Portugal from Canada. Follow my journey here.
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