I was over on the Warrior Forum the other day. Really popular site for internet marketing… and one that I hardly ever visit. But, I went over there and poked around for an hour or so (it was actually on my to-do list that day. 🙂 ).
I was AMAZED by the amount of “shiny objects” over there. TONS of people both offering and seeking whatever will make them money. Just one big “bizop” support group, really.
Now, don’t get me wrong…. the Warrior Forum is a valuable forum and there is a TON of great information over there. That said, it is WAY too easy to get distracted and leave just more overwhelmed and confused than when you went in there.
It got me thinking….
THIS is what most bloggers are dealing with ALL THE TIME.
Not only that, when you dabble in the world of internet marketing (as I do), it is all too easy to get led astray. Look at these big “time sucks”:
- Forums (like the Warrior Forum)
- Google +
- Other Blogs
All of these, in this world of internet marketing, are just PACKED with bizops, strategies, tactics, and “oh, this is cool”‘s. Youtube videos, links, events, etc. All of it takes your mental energy and scatters it.
And another thing…
In this world of internet marketing, it is ALL too easy to fall prey to self-invalidation. Perhaps you’re struggling with self-confidence (I see SO many bloggers struggling with this).
You’re confident in other areas of life, but in this one, you feel small. What fuels this? Well, it sure isn’t helping that you’re constantly looking at all that stuff above, getting overwhelmed in the process, but assuming they all have it figured out. And, if THEY have it figured out and you don’t, what’s wrong with you? Or so you think.
Time To Unplug
First of all, there’s nothing wrong with you. You just need to re-think a few of your assumptions and then SIMPLIFY.
See, it is likely that you assume that you NEED all that information to stay atop of what’s happening. Guess what…
I get a chuckle every time somebody asks me about “the latest traffic strategies” or something like that. The “latest”? As if it has changed? No, the basics of traffic are the same as they’ve always been. But, the fact you asked tells me you’re operating with this assumption that things are changing so fast, that you’re barely hanging on, and that you need to pay attention the whole time.
So, its time to unplug.
Start off by giving yourself a certain period of time (perhaps a few days, or a week) when you purposely DON’T read other blogs, don’t tune into Twitter, don’t go to Facebook, etc. Instead, you just work on your business, your blog – whatever is important to you. Maybe write your first ebook or a product. You might be AMAZED at the increase in efficiency simply by removing the distraction and the source of what makes you self-invalidate (comparison with others).
While you’re at it, disconnect from the news. Today’s news media is a cancer on our minds. F**k it.
After this disconnection period is over, slowly reintroduce some of these things to your life, but with heavy evaluation on what it adds.
Likely, you’re going to realize that NOTHING has changed and nobody missed you. 🙂 You’re just getting more done and you feel more mental clarity.
As you add these things back, you need time constraints. And, if you find it adds little to nothing to your business, drop it.
Honestly, you don’t know how close I am to dropping off of Twitter. I’m already not as active there as I used to be. (Might need to re-evaluate making Twitter such a big deal at the top of this blog. 😉 ) A lot of people have been asking themselves this question recently with Google Plus. Do we REALLY need another social network? For many, Google+ is just another distraction point. It has taken our attention and spread it even more thin.
So, unplug and re-evaluate.
I know it might be a little like shooting myself in the foot to recommend not reading blogs for a week, but seriously, I’m all about helping you guys succeed and if you need to tune me out as part of that exercise, you go right ahead. 🙂
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The course will be succinct and to-the-point, and will not be a big honker price tag (that would defeat the point). I don’t know the exact timeframe for this yet, but this product has been waiting in the wings for too long now and it is about time to get it out there. So, if you’re interested in being on the announcement list for this, head on over to this link and simply opt-in.
Lastly…. I really encourage you to try out that disconnection exercise above. Even if just for a day or two. You’d be amazed at the effects of the information we let enter our heads. 🙂