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030 How to guarantee that you are making progress with your Online Efforts

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Today’s episode is relatively short and to the point.

First, I announce the winner of Last week’s Contest.

If you don’t know, I ran a contest for a Free Coaching Session, where I will do a full coaching session with someone who gave a great suggestion for a topic for me to podcast about.

If you missed out, make sure to stay tuned for any other contests in the future.

Then, I get into the meat and bones of the episode, where I talk about what to do to guarantee you are making progress online.

I’m not going to give away all the details in the show notes, but I do talk about what I’ve been doing over the last few weeks, and how what I’m doing is virtually guaranteeing that I’m making progress. Then I talk about simple things you can do to guarantee the same.

Lastly, I make a very special announcement. It has to do with next week’s episode, which is one that you don’t want to miss. It’s going to be my first time doing what I’m going to be doing, and I’m excited.

I actually recorded the episode already and I’m just waiting to put it up for you, so stay tuned. What am I doing different? Well, if you would just LISTEN to the episode, you’ll know exactly what it is.

So, do you have any questions, comments, or suggestions? You know what to do – leave them below and Call the Hotline at (888) 835 – 2414.

Take care and God Bless!

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3 Responses to “030 How to guarantee that you are making progress with your Online Efforts”

  1. Matt August 23, 2011 at 3:43 pm #

    Hi Leslie!

    I’m EXTREMELY excited and honored to have been chosen as the winner!

    You really put things in my language with this episode via the fitness angle. In internet business, as in life, I think it’s so easy to get stuck in the ruts of comfort. Unfortunately it’s only when we have the courage to expand our personal context that we allow ourselves to grow. In order to do that, we often have to get beyond the silent limitations we frequently put on ourselves.

    There have been times in my own fitness journey that I’ve had whispers of doubt attempting to sabotage my progress. Early on I had the hardest time making the jump from benching 130 lbs to 135 lbs, which I believe was simply because benching 135 lbs meant graduating to the big 45 lb plates from the 25 lbs and some change that I’d used up until that point.

    Throughout my inaugural month of training I’d watched all these beefy workout nuts warming up with a 45 lb plate on each side. Many of these guys were BIG! Some were so muscular that they could have used my belt to hold up one of their socks. I became pretty darn intimidated, and it caused me to significantly doubt my ability to lift the 45 plates SO much that it bordered on fear. Hell it was fear! Fear of failing and fear of looking crazy stupid when I did fail filled my thoughts. I could honestly hear a little voice in my head whenever I even thought about trying saying “You can’t lift these, you’re an accountant for gosh sakes.”

    Finally after weeks of going to the gym and just going through the motions, I became so frustrated with my lack of progress that I FINALLY vowed to start lifting the 135 come hell or high water. If I could only do 4 reps for the first set, I’d do the 4 and then continue adding weight in 5 pound increments for 3-4 more sets. You know what happened? The 135 became my warm-up weight, and I was off on to the next challenge, which happened to be benching more than my body weight.

    How does this fit in with internet marketing?

    Take the story above and replace the “beefy workout nuts” with the internet marketing nuts (said lovingly) like Yaro Starak, Darren Rowse, Pat Flynn, Ramit Sethi, Leslie Samuel, etc. :)

    They are the “beefy workout nuts” of the internet marketing gym, and though there’s no doubt that their success inspires us all, it can also be pretty intimidating.

    The 45 lb plates could represent the action that we’re not doing right now that we could, if only we could get comfortable with feeling uncomfortable. It could be creating our own podcast, writing an eBook, committing to posting weekly or daily, hiring a VA, whatever. We see our internet marketing mentors doing it all, and doing it all so effortlessly that it sometimes FREAKS US OUT! We fear failing, and perhaps above all we fear failing publicly.

    The thing to remember, and the thing that I keep trying to remind myself, is that all the mentors out there have done the “lifting” required to get to the size and to the level of success that they enjoy today. They’ve been where we are right now, and they’ve made it work by putting in work.

    It can be daunting to try new things because they’re out of our context, meaning they’re not part of who we’ve been, or who we are right now. But that NEVER has to mean that they’re not a part of who we can become, or even who we’re meant to be.

    “Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain.”
    ~ Mark Twain

  2. Tai@TraveltoStLucia September 1, 2011 at 6:08 pm #

    Leslie I can’t believe that I take a break to focus on my sites and I missed the contest! Ugh…Oh well I will have to keep up with the podcasts!

    • Leslie Samuel September 1, 2011 at 9:00 pm #

      I was wondering if you were still alive Tai :)

      Hope all is well.