This is a guest post by Alan Johnson, be sure to check out his $1,000 contest over at TheRatingBlog.com.
What are your plans for the future? Where do you picture yourself a couple of years from now? What are your goals? Many people make the mistake of not thinking big and, in the end, such an attitude will get them nowhere. For example, some might give “I want to be a blogger” as an answer to the first question, or “I don’t know, I guess I see myself as being a fairly good blogger”.
You don’t know? A “fairly good” blogger? Why don’t you want to become “the best blogger” around? Most online entrepreneurs settle for far less than their true potential, and that is simply a shame. In other words, they do a lousy job of answering the question.
Striving to become the best at what you’re doing is the way to go, and thinking otherwise simply proves that you have low confidence in yourself. “But being the best would mean that I make millions,” you might say. So what? Are millionaires and billionaires robots? Of course not, they are human beings, just like everyone else. There are countless success stories of webmasters who have become millionaires and guess what, all of their websites have started out with one visitor, just like yours.
Why would you think that you are not capable of achieving such results? You can’t expect to be successful if you start out with the wrong attitude, it simply wouldn’t make sense. If you just want to become a “fairly good blogger” then that’s exactly what you’ll become, and you won’t like it. Never be afraid to set high goals, even if they may seem out of reach at a certain point.
That doesn’t mean that attitude alone will help you achieve those goals, not by a long shot. But setting high goals is a great starting point, a solid foundation upon which you can build. Of course, you will not be able to reach your goals overnight; expecting immediate results is another mistake you need to steer clear of. Divide everything into smaller and more manageable goals, take it one step at a time.
Is your long-term goal making a million dollars a month as an online entrepreneur? No problem, but it won’t happen right away. In order to earn 1 million dollars each month, you must first cross the $1k, $10k and $100k monthly milestone; it’s only natural that things work out this way. Why would you make the mistake of settling for $10k monthly, for example, if you know that you have the potential of making so much more?
Do you think big? Do you believe in yourself and in your potential as an online entrepreneur? Don’t let yourself get discouraged by the long journey you have ahead of you. Believe in yourself and you will enjoy every minute of it since, in the end, being successful never comes from reaching a destination; it’s all about knowing that you’re on the right track; it’s always about the journey in itself.
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