Six Months Already
So far I have completed the first six months of the year and not attained a single one of my goals. I feel very disappointed about that but have also learned a tremendous amount about myself and running a business. I must admit that I relied on a few people with experience for feedback and never received any so I still don’t know if the product I am creating is as good as it could be. I know understand that the only person I can truly rely on is myself, and therefore it only stands to reason that the only person I can blame for things not working out is myself.
I have learned that I am not the best at planning. Sure I can lay all the work out but allocating the right amount of time for a task is a big stumbling block. There are two main reasons for this.
The first being that I have never created a product to sell online before and keep finding things I need to put in place for the whole sales process to run smoothly. It’s not just a product, its sales pages, jv pages, creating web forms, writing email follow ups and a whole ton of other stuff. I never allocated any time for learning how to do all these things. I could have outsourced but I really don’t think that I would have been able to until I have learned how everything fits together.
Creating Not Marketing
All the time I am creating or learning to operate new software I am not marketing or selling myself which really seems counterproductive and something I need to address. I noticed that the most successful marketers put either themselves or their products out there at every opportunity; a great example of this is when people get added to a facebook group without being asked. The majority bitched, complained and left but the successful guys just took it as an opportunity to market their wares and then left.
The second thing was focus, not only on the project and the task in hand but also on maintaining a positive mind set while doing the work and living life in general. I had no trouble doing this while things were going to plan, but then I got stuck, writing emails for my affiliates. I researched and studied a few courses I owned and even had a hunt around for ideas and created a few swipes as a framework to set stuff out. The writing just would not come and holding the positive mental attitude or focus became increasingly difficult.
I had also not accounted for the effect of outside influences. Struggling for the creative juices is hard enough but when everything in your personal life starts to take your attention away from your work that positive mind set is very hard to hold. I am not talking about being distracted by email, Facebook or the television but big stuff that involves hours of paperwork, phone calls and important things like keeping a roof over your head.
In my quest to become the next internet sensation I have managed to run up a fair bit of debt. I am not proud of that but at the time I sincerely thought I was making a good investment, I could not have dreamt up the set of circumstances that arose from that initial decision. I even followed advice and get myself a mentor, several in fact. The thing was that the marketing for the product was great but the reality was far from it,
I was looking for advice and coaching but got told to watch videos and struggled to communicate via help desks often taking months to resolve simple things or simply not getting a response at all.
The thing is that some of these so called coaching programs are not cheap and in the end I had spent a lot of money and made none. I really felt like I had paid a plumber to install a bathroom but they just brought all the parts to the house and left me to figure out how it went together.
I was working hard and making good progress until I got stuck, I could have coped overcome inertia but being hammered by my creditors on a daily basis by phone and conventional mail just shifted my focus and I lost my momentum. After taking some advice and setting in place a repayment plan the negative onslaught has finally stopped, but trying to pick up where I left off has not been easy as I have misplaced things and notes that made sense at the time do not now.
In order to get back on track I have set myself these goals so that the year won’t be a total loss.
Complete my first product and have it ready for sale by the 31st July
Complete my affiliate recruitment and launch my product on the 12th September
Reach a sales target of $100 a day by 31st October
Complete my second product ready for sale by December 10th
Build a list of 1000 quality subscribers by December 31st
My intention is to be fully accountable for my goals and keep those interested updated by regularly posting my lasted progress here on my blog. Will I succeed or fall flat on my face?