I had just quit a dead end job.
And I declared I was never, ever going back to the 9 - 5 kind of gig again.
In the past...
I made good money teaching tennis.
I was used to easily making money.
But I admittedly didn't know where to start.
I tried a few direct sales businesses, like Coastal Vacations, but the product sucked. It wasn't something I could put my whole self into... and really get behind. After relaxing and finally letting myself release the expectations I had for Coastal Vacations (not to mention losing thousands of dollars)...
...I tried GRN (Global Resorts Network.)
At the time, it was the real deal. It offered amazing week long vacation deals that blew my mind. In one year, I made well over $100,000. That was after the costs of setting up my own custom website, paying for PPC, newspaper ads, etc. Unfortunately, the product quality plummeted and the people I brought into the business weren't making nearly as much (if any) money as I was.
I got out of GRN - just as everyone was moving onto the next big travel business. I saw huge money-making potential with this new business, but I decided I didn't want to get involved.
I decided to start creating my own products and learning how to sell them. After all, if I could make over $100,000 - without hardly knowing what I was doing - selling someone else's product, how much could I make offering my own stuff? I really wanted to know the answer.
I was pushing myself to come up with that big idea. It just wasn't happening. I didn't know what market to go after... or how to frame myself as an authority that people needed to listen to.
After a few months had gone by, I relaxed. I stopped being so agenda oriented. And almost immediately, I had that big idea. It was an ebook in a small, tiny, practically non-existent spiritual niche. I wrote the ebook in a week and never edited it to a polished form - on purpose.
I built a little website and started writing a few articles, while doing some videos and PPC. I once again made a strong six figures in a year's time. To this day, I'm still making about $100 a day - without putting any energy into the dinky little site. It's all passive, SEO traffic from my articles.
After I wrote the spiritual ebook, I had some good ideas for a follow up. One of which I wrote, but never put out, because I didn't like it. The other one I'm hoping to finally get out this year.
I also created five other ebooks and JV's under pen names.
They all convert well and allow me to live an extremely financially free life.
But I wasn't done.
I thought: "If I can do this for myself, I wonder how many people I can help create sustainable, passive, financial freedom for?"
I started a little "content marketing" site and offered writing services for individuals and businesses. It went okay, but I wasn't accomplishing the kind of results I had manifested for myself. It was frustrating.
I discovered a copywriting. I was sold. I realized I had been utilizing various copywriting techniques since I began my IM career. I just didn't know it. So I reframed my business to reflect what I discovered. Within a few months, I started attracting the kind of clients I wanted and helped a lot of people make some serious money. In a few cases, more money than I ever made myself.
It was a blast. It is a blast.
But that's not the point of this post.
Here's the point:
There's an art form to "receiving" those big ideas that light a fire under your ass. And none of them come when you're pushing and pursuing an agenda; they don't come when you're chasing the money.
The big ideas that will usher you onto the path of financial freedom and total control over your life's destiny only reveal themselves when you're relaxed; when you allow them to literally come to you.
I understand that when you need the money, you're willing to do whatever it takes to survive. I get that. However, if being financially free is what you ultimately want to create, you have to back off and learn the skill of NOT doing. You have to let your perspective open back up - so the filter of your awareness can receive the ideas that will absolutely change your life forever.
What does that mean?
It starts with learning how to treat your body. You can't eat tons of junk, drink gobs of coffee, alcohol, soda pop and energy drinks - believing that you're on the path to success. It just won't happen. In order to manifest dependable financial well-being, you have to feel good. I can't even begin to tell you how many people I've met in the IM world who deplete themselves, on every possible level, trying to manifest financial abundance.
It doesn't work... even when it does work... if you catch my drift.
So ask yourself:
What makes you feel good?
Hiking along the coast?
Shooting the shit at your local coffeehouse?
Seriously, what makes you excited and passionate about life? What makes you feel good inside of your own body? Start doing those things RIGHT NOW. Unplug. Detach yourself from your blossoming IM business. Stop chasing the money. And watch as those big ideas effortlessly come to you - like magic. Even better, feel amazed at how easy it is for you to get your big ideas out there and converting a high level - when you're fueled by passion and excitement.
That was my experience anyway...