Do You Know What's Holding You Back?

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Do you know what is holding you back from success or increased success?

Sometimes whether we want to admit it or not we DO know what is holding us back but for some reason or other we do nothing about it as it is easier to just shrug it off than it is to deal with it.

For me it is about the "getting personal" aspect of Internet Marketing.

Although I have been successful in taking my business from 5 figures to 7 figures in
just under three years I know I could have done it sooner if I would have been willing to put myself out there more.

I am not comfortable in front of a camera, I don't like the way my voice sounds with audio and I don't feel I could address a room full of people with me on a stage.

Because of this I have passed up opportunities for interviews and speaking engagements. I have also lost out on a crap load of traffic, sales, subscribers and networking opportunities which would have been a serious boost to my business.

I am now at a point in my marketing career where I can no longer ignore this and need to take steps to get past my social inadequacies in order to take my business to the next level.

This was something I realized right from the very beginning but chose to ignore and
looking back I wished I would have taken action to just deal with it and do it.

I am now working to overcome this and personal branding and "getting personal" is something that will be an integral part of my marketing in 2009.

We all have our inadequacies in some area or another and more often than not we know exactly what they are. Learning how to deal with them and working past them will undoubtedly open more doors for you in the future whether in marketing or life in general.

Joe Russell
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  • Profile picture of the author HeavyShine
    So what are your selling us?
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    • Profile picture of the author Joe Russell
      Originally Posted by HeavyShine View Post

      So what are your selling us?
      Not selling a thing Heavy...just thought this would be helpful to some...obviously not you.

      Joe
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    • Profile picture of the author Kerry Finch
      Originally Posted by HeavyShine View Post

      So what are your selling us?
      Heavy, one of the best things about the WF is being able to learn from other peoples mistakes and hear about the personal obstacles they encounter and how they plan to overcome them.

      Knowing that others, especially the successful ones, need to take action to grow somehow makes me at least, committed to try that little bit harder.

      I am looking forward to hearing your plan of attack Joe.

      Here's to 2009!
      Kerry
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      • Profile picture of the author radhika
        I am not comfortable in front of a camera, I don't like the way my voice sounds with audio and I don't feel I could address a room full of people with me on a stage.
        I am not a much talker by myself too ...

        I am now working to overcome this and personal branding and "getting personal" is something that will be an integral part of my marketing in 2009.
        Good for you. Good luck!

        Another thing that holds me back is - Sometimes I get so obsessed with one or two things and try to make them perfect. Though I remind myself - 'Start it or release it or do it and work on it as time goes ...'. But still it happens. This way few things I wanted to were actually very much delayed and entered into my 'To do' list.

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      • Profile picture of the author Joe Russell
        Originally Posted by Kerry Finch View Post

        Heavy, one of the best things about the WF is being able to learn from other peoples mistakes and hear about the personal obstacles they encounter and how they plan to overcome them.

        Knowing that others, especially the successful ones, need to take action to grow somehow makes me at least, committed to try that little bit harder.

        I am looking forward to hearing your plan of attack Joe.

        Here's to 2009!
        Kerry
        Hi Kerry thanks for the reply,

        I have a very detailed plan in which by the end of 2009 many may get sick of seeing my mug lol but it mostly entails just biting the bullet and doing it. Things like using a pic on my sales pages, in WF forum posts and on my blog. My plan also consists of a video marketing campaign, webinars and something else that I have been working on that I am pretty sure hasn't been done before.

        Joe
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        • Profile picture of the author spressnell
          I've been wondering what's holding me back and I think it is fear of the unknown. Not sure how to get past that, but I'm working on it.

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  • Profile picture of the author NormanSP
    For me it's total inexperience and having to learn from the start. I think I am now in the right place to overcome this. At least I should start to see some results for what I put in. This hasn't always been the case but I haven't always had Warrior either.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
    I can sum up in one word what's holding me back at the moment

    PAYPAL!
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  • Profile picture of the author Joe Russell
    Radhika, I do understand where you are coming from about not being much of a talker as this was another of my problems of which I was able to overcome after a couple years of dealing with many clients and large corporations. You simply just have to do it and eventually you will feel comfortable with it which in turn will make it easier.

    This is same way I plan to overcome my personal branding dilemma.

    Although with me it's not so much of not being a talker as it is being a little self concious of my appearance.

    I have no problem with one on one consultation either by phone or in person as this is something that is almost a daily part of my business but when it comes to posting my pic or making videos that include me I just always felt uncomfortable.

    As far as being on a stage I have performed as a drummer in front of a few thousand on numerous occassions but the thought of being on a stage as the front man makes me uneasy.

    I guess what I am trying to say is the only way to get past this is by forcing yourself out of your comfort zone (which is exactly what I intend on doing)

    Joe
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  • Profile picture of the author Addie
    The thing holding me back is that to be in this business you have to not only sell your products but also sell yourself. I know people like to know who they are dealing with but like you I'm not one comfortable in front of camera and such...oh well,keep us updated..
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    • Profile picture of the author Joe Russell
      Originally Posted by Addie View Post

      The thing holding me back is that to be in this business you have to not only sell your products but also sell yourself. I know people like to know who they are dealing with but like you I'm not one comfortable in front of camera and such...oh well,keep us updated..
      Hi Addie, that is not necessarily so, I mean I do consider myself to be successful and I have never tried to really promote myself only my products and services.

      It IS possible to create a successful business without promoting yourself or getting personal, many have done so including myself. However in IM personal branding opens up many opportunities that can and will have a direct effect in your businesses growth...I learned this the hard way eventhough I knew it all along I chose to ignore it.

      Trust me...If I can make a decision to work past this and follow through then ANYONE can and this will be apparent when you see my pic an videos. I am disabled and because of my disability I don't quite look like everyone else...I am unique but this has never stopped me in acheiving my goals or doing the things I enjoy and living a full life.

      Through my personal branding I hope to not only inspire others marketers but also those who may feel that a disability is holding them back.

      Joe Russell
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