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  • #2554

    Donna Merrill
    Participant

    Do you use a hit and miss approach to your business? Do you take one step forward and 2 steps back? Do you get things all set up and ready to go, but just can’t pull the trigger? Or, do your have 10 projects 75% complete, but 0 actually in motion? I think a lot of hesitancy, procrastination, fear and fumbling about, results from a lack of conviction that you are heading in the right direction. So I’d be interested in hearing if and how you know that you’re on the right path?

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  • #2555

    Bruce Hoag
    Participant

    I never know for sure if I’m on the right path.

    I’ve been down so-many dead-ends that I feel like I should be a cartographer.

    Getting better, however, at recognizing what won’t work.

    Just last night, I realized this about one of my squeeze pages.

    So now will have to be fixed. And it’s not a five-minute job, either.

    Bruce Hoag PhD
    The Internet Marketing Psychologist
    The Mindful Writer - for deep and persuasive copy

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  • #2558

    Malik Ahmad
    Participant

    That is a great question.

    For each project that I start I have goals and bench marks, if I am hitting these targets I will keep going and with every mile stone reached that further cements in my mind that I am heading in the right direction.

    If I am missing my targets, I will have to stop my project and ask some questions about my endeavor.

    I also like to keep everything simple (as few steps as possible). I have often heard it said that your business plan should be able to fit on a cocktail napkin.

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    • #4102

      Donna Merrill
      Participant

      That’s a great system to follow, Malik.

      Simplicity is such a complicated thing, eh?

  • #3568

    Bob Moore
    Participant

    Two things — accountability and goals. Assuming that you didn’t already have a coach, this site now takes care of the accountability issue. Without goals, you’ll never know what you’re accomplishing, if anything.

    If my aim is to get my squeeze page up and running today but I don’t accomplish it, I haven’t met my goal. If I want to write three emails but I write only one, I’ve fallen a bit short.

    Granted, you’re not going to accomplish everything you set out to do every day. Life happens. But I think just knowing what you want to get done and focusing on just that keeps you on the path.

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    • #4118

      Bruce Hoag
      Participant

      One of the challenges, Bob, is learning how long things take.

      Although there’s some truth to Parkinson’s Law – “Work will expand to fill the time available” – many of us still overestimate how much we can accomplish within that time.

      Might be worth keeping a record of how much time you spend on each task.

      Bruce Hoag PhD
      The Internet Marketing Psychologist
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  • #3606

    Gregory Bey
    Participant

    You know when you are on the right path when you make up your mind that you are

    You know you are on the right path when you are going to succeed, what ever it takes and you get your happiness out of your work.

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  • #3607

    Gregory Bey
    Participant

    You know when you are on the right path when you make up your mind that you are

    You know you are on the right path
    when you are going to do
    what ever it takes to succeed
    and you get your happiness out
    of your work.

  • #3608

    Gregory Bey
    Participant

    On the right path

    You know you are on the right path
    When you make up your mind to do
    what ever it takes to succeed
    and you get your happiness out of your work
    Gregory Bey

  • #3615

    Scott Hogue
    Participant

    Since 9 pm I have written over four thousand words. The wife is in bed asleep and I could do it all night, but have trouble getting up in the morning, so I reluctantly close the laptop and go to bed.

    I had got stuck trying to make something work and then I walked away. When I came back I let it happen.

    I think we know in our heart, but we won’t allow ourselves to believe it is possible to make a living or it has value so we have uncertainty.

    An old coaching trick is when someone says I don’t know, say I know you don’t know, but if you did…..?

    I also think you will find little signs along the way.

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  • #3625

    Sean Mize
    Keymaster

    thoughts on knowing if you are on the right path

    Sometimes I think you just know that you are on the right path

    Sometimes if you are doubting that you are on the right path . . maybe that’s a sign.

    Or maybe it means you have to dig deep and find out.

    Sometimes folks spend so much time going through the motions, while something in the back of their head is asking, am I on the right path?

    Maybe instead of going through the motions, you step back and figure it out . . what is my path?

    Of course, there’s always the other side . . sometimes you ARE on the right path, but as humans we tend to always be looking for greener grass, we tend to always be a bit unsatisfied with what we have RIGHT NOW . . .

    So sometimes I think it’s about being on the right JOURNEY

    but some of the paths inside the journey are useful, some are useless, some are training . . .

    So sometimes the path we are on inside the journey . . . may need tweaking

    but maybe our journey is what it is . . .

    maybe what’s most important is simply living the journey . . .

    and impacting others along the way

    (life is a journey and maybe our purpose is to learn to love others????)

    Sean

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    • #4104

      Donna Merrill
      Participant

      Hi Sean,

      I can certainly be a sucker for “going through the motions.”

      It feels good to be “busy” but sometimes I know I’m off he path, but still, I feel the need to keep churning until I figure out I should be doing.

      Totally backwards I know, but still a compelling motivation sometimes.

  • #3861

    Julia Rotgers
    Participant

    This is a great question!

    I did an audio on this just a few days ago.

    The topic was on how you can know you have clarity and not just acting on a current distraction.

    Like most things that have to be put into practice, it is difficult to put into a few words.

    For me, there is always a moment of simply knowing I’m on the right track.
    Next, I have a defined and measurable goal and action steps.
    When your’re clear about where you’re going – each action builds on the next, no matter how small.

    If you’re not going anywhere or find yourself back in the same place over an over again, chances are you need to get more clarity on where you want to go OR you need to add time to reevaluate whether or not what you are doing is working.

    One thing I find missing in a lot of entrepreneurs life is a simple evaluation of;
    “What worked – what didn’t – what do I need to do more of – what do I need to get rid of”.

    I learned how to do this as a part of public workshops and community events.
    There was always a time immediately after the event to get feedback from the crew on what we could do better next time so each event was an improvement on the previous.

    As “solo” entrepreneurs we don’t always evaluate our actions on a daily or weekly basis.
    And because of this, we often travel down a path we don’t mean to for longer than intended.

    When if we’d just looked around and asked some good questions we could get ourselves back on the road we want to be on.

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    • #4049

      Bruce Hoag
      Participant

      So much depends on the feedback we get; and when you’re still trying to get everything off the ground, you don’t get much. So it feels like you’re not making any progress.

      And that’s when you question what you’re doing. You don’t feel like you’re making any progress, and so you look for something where you can make progress.

      “Oh, look! A BSO!” 😉

      Bruce Hoag PhD
      The Internet Marketing Psychologist
      The Mindful Writer - for deep and persuasive copy

    • #4103

      Donna Merrill
      Participant

      Hi Julia,

      things to “get rid of”… that’s probably my biggest challenge.

      I always take on too much and it is so important to streamline and grab those blinders to anything that doesn’t help you get to your destination.

  • #3877

    I think you know you’re on the right path when you can break what you’re doing down to one part of a plan that has many parts.

    If it’s going to benefit part of your overall plan, be that product creation or marketing, you’re on the right path.

    I look at everything I’m doing online that way, nowadays. Helps me steer clear of the shiny objects I don’t need that don’t lend to the overall vision I’m working to achieve.

    EDIT: I want to add something based on what I read from the other responses. I think even if you have to scrap a squeeze page, or rewrite pages, that doesn’t mean it’s a loss. It just means you’re that much closer to weeding everything else out to get to the end goal of completion. I’m a novel writer, though…I wrote a couple of fiction books before switching my focus to internet marketing. So I can attest to scrapping pages and even full chapters of a book midstream to rewrite them before eventually reaching the finished product.

    The real question is, do you HAVE an end goal in mind?

    Like the quote about Thomas Edison about trying 10,000 times before inventing the light bulb. He reportedly said, “This doesn’t mean I failed the other 9,999 times. I just discovered 9,999 other ways it will not work.”

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    • #4106

      Sean Mize
      Keymaster

      I can’t even count how many sales letters and various pieces of copy I’ve written and never used . . . a veritable gold mine on my harddrive of copy I’ve written and it didn’t feel write. Rewrote it from scratch the next day . . . but the old copy still sits there.

      And sometimes the more you do, the more you write, the better you get 🙂

      Sean

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  • #4977

    Sean Mize
    Keymaster

    Here’s an idea:

    When you are on the right path, you have a decided targeted direction and then you are doing that direction . . .

    each day, are the actions of your day getting your closer to you big defined goal?

    Sean

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  • #4979

    Dana Cassell
    Participant

    Such a great question/topic, Donna! And such useful responses. A variation I find is how do I know which of the many options do I follow. It seems as if decision-making gets more difficult as the years and experience roll by – not easier. Too many options keep piling up.

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    • #4982

      Bruce Hoag
      Participant

      Dana, here’s an idea you might try.

      There’s a lot of educated guesswork in it but, given your experience, you’re probably pretty good at it.

      Make a list of the top five options. You’ll have to decide what the criteria is.

      Then next to each one, estimate the probability that it will occur.

      Then multiply the probability times the value of the opportunity.

      The highest score wins.

      Bruce Hoag PhD
      The Internet Marketing Psychologist
      The Mindful Writer - for deep and persuasive copy

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    • #4983

      Dana Cassell
      Participant

      Thanks, Bruce – I like that; it’s similar to processes I’ve used in the past and makes sense to me. I’ll try it on several decisions I need to make this month.

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