$5,000 A Week Secret...Overcoming Inertia...

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I can remember very clearly years ago when I first started
working on making money as a marketer.

I set one very unrealistic goal...to make $5,000 a week.

At the time not only did I not have any way of making
$5,000 a week but I also couldn't think of any
conceivable way of making $5,000 a week.

But I had specific goals I wanted to reach that would
take that kind of income.

I knew that if I had a definite income goal I could judge
any idea on whether it was going to take me closer to
that goal.

That was the first step...a definite goal.


Now I'm going to reveal the biggest reason most internet
marketers are not making the money they should be making.

Inertia.

It's simple physics.

An object at rest tends to stay at rest.

An object that is MOVING has momentum that keeps it moving.

If you do just one simple thing you can overcome inertia.

Work out what you need to do next to move you towards your
goal...just one simple task.

Then do that immediately.

And keep repeating this process over and over.


You'll have some successes and some failures but you'll be
MOVING FORWARD hour by hour and day by day just one
small task at a time.

And before long you'll look back and say "hey I just made
$5,000 in one week" as I did several years ago.

I was so busy earning it I didn't realize I'd done it till
afterwards.


One final tip.

Be sure to look at the results you're getting from your
actions and do more of what's working and less of what's
not working to move you towards your goal.

You need to be taking action constantly that can
conceivably move you towards your income goal.

Kindest regards,
Andrew Cavanagh

P.S. What is the next small task you need to do to
move you towards your goal.

Do that now.
#inertia #secretovercoming #week
  • Profile picture of the author Tenzho
    Wow, great motivating post! I used to set too much tasks to do in one day and got myself work overload, after feeling overwhelmed, I would just give up. We can just start by doing one simple task a day, like write one article a day.
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    • Profile picture of the author AndrewCavanagh
      Originally Posted by Tenzho View Post

      Wow, great motivating post! I used to set too much tasks to do in one day and got myself work overload, after feeling overwhelmed, I would just give up. We can just start by doing one simple task a day, like write one article a day.

      You could certainly START with one task a day and that
      would be way better than most people do (little or nothing
      that can really move them forward).

      At some point you're going to have to do more than just one
      small task a day though.

      The second part of the post was
      "keep repeating this process over and over".

      Ideally you should have a goal of how many hours a day you
      want to work along with your goal of how much money you
      want to make.

      And you can work towards both goals one task after another
      to really get things moving.

      Always keep in mind that the work you do has to conceivably
      move you closer to your income goal.

      Many people do things that really have no chance of getting
      them where they want to go.

      Kindest regards,
      Andrew Cavanagh
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  • Profile picture of the author GGpaul
    Wow....that was just life changing. Thanks man!
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  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    Originally Posted by AndrewCavanagh View Post

    do more of what's working and less of what's
    not working to move you towards your goal.
    This was the biggest and quite possibly the most important lesson I learned from James Schramko.
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  • Profile picture of the author clickfund
    nice post, I would like to throw in that "focus" is also a key. When I lose focus everything starts falling apart. But, as you said taking action over and over create the motion needed to get the train moving. Thanks for the extra motivation I needed today
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  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    Andrew, out of interest, are you offering a combination of high ticket items, recurring and one time sales?

    Products? Services? Or both?
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    • Profile picture of the author AndrewCavanagh
      Originally Posted by John Romaine View Post

      Andrew, out of interest, are you offering a combination of high ticket items, recurring and one time sales?

      Products? Services? Or both?
      Yes. (lol)

      When I first hit $5,000 a week it was providing services
      which I delivered 100% myself.

      I believe that's the best chance for most people to go
      from zero to a serious income...providing a service you
      can charge multiple thousands of dollars for (even tens
      of thousands of dollars if possible).

      You don't necessarily have to deliver the service yourself
      you could outsource a lot of the work.

      But selling higher priced services is a pretty reliable way
      of making a good income.

      When I first hit this goal I made around $30,000 in a two
      month period which is a little less than $5,000 a week but
      the last two weeks were well over the goal.

      Kindest regards,
      Andrew Cavanagh
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      • Profile picture of the author luckyman
        Hi Andrew

        Thanks for this post...great timing. It's just reaffirming what I believed I am doing to get going towards my objective. I am now taking little actionable steps to generating a monthly income of $10k a month.
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      • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
        Originally Posted by AndrewCavanagh View Post

        You don't necessarily have to deliver the service yourself you could outsource a lot of the work.
        Great point.

        I'm adopting something else I learnt from James Schramko...

        I
        ME
        YOU

        I - I do it (develop the initial system)
        WE - We do it together (I train you)
        YOU - You do it. (automation - you do it from here on)

        I intend on rolling this out across a multitude of services. (both entry level and high end)
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  • Profile picture of the author celente
    This is an awesome post. I remember when it was a stuggle to make even a few hundred dollars a week.

    Now I do pull in big numbers....but this is an awesome post and a good reminder.

    You need to work hard, and decide to build a real business not just some little money spinner.

    When I look back and was making like $200 - $300 a week, I was not doing much, not building lists, and not upscaling what was working by outsourcing. How silly of me.....

    The inertia kicked in, when I said to myself, I was not going to work for another DH boss, or moron out there, I decided i was going to rely on myself.

    Now I do not do $30k a minute like some of the big gurus out there say they are, however I am very comfortable, and happy to be doing what I love, and outsource about 80-90% of my business. SO even if I am not at the computer I know I am making money....that my friends is the coolest feeling in the world. I must say.

    I do agree, do not think of some big project as a killer task that cannot be done. Andy is right, break those big things down into bite size chuncks and you will soon realise how doable things are and how easy they are at the same time.

    $5k a week is good, but remember when you are starting out, you need to give yourself reachable goals, fail some, and then have your winners, when you fail realise it was bound to happen, when you have your win, you rejoice so hard and use that to drive you harder each day. That is what I do.

    Keep things within reach, work hard, test and keep using things that brings in money for you business.

    Oh and if you are not listbuilding online, you are waisting your time. My income quadrupled quickly when I started to list build properly. It is the single best thing you can do for yourself and your BIZ.

    Great post andy.

    Enjoy! and may you see your online profits rocket above and beyond in 2013.
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    • Profile picture of the author AndrewCavanagh
      Originally Posted by celente View Post

      $5k a week is good, but remember when you are starting out, you need to give yourself reachable goals, fail some, and then have your winners, when you fail realise it was bound to happen, when you have your win, you rejoice so hard and use that to drive you harder each day. That is what I do.
      This is very true.

      You should have a goal that's meaningful to you.

      It's all relative to how you're making your money too.

      If you're selling your own high priced service you may be
      working up to charging $5,000 or more for a project so a
      $5,000 a week goal makes sense.


      If you're building an email list and your income goes up in
      tiny increments it makes more sense to set more modest
      goals to begin with.

      The process of goal setting is important.

      You really need a good idea of how much money you need
      to make to be comfortable if you're not already making that
      with your own business and shoot seriously for that.

      Kindest regards,
      Andrew Cavanagh
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  • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
    Inertia.

    It's simple physics.

    An object at rest tends to stay at rest.

    An object that is MOVING has momentum that keeps it moving.

    If you do just one simple thing you can overcome inertia.

    Work out what you need to do next to move you towards your
    goal...just one simple task.

    Then do that immediately.

    And keep repeating this process over and over.
    I love posts like these because I'm a big believer that it's the simple things in life that are going to give us the most effective results. And building momentum is definitely one of those things. People have more power than they think and I based it on the very definition of that word.

    One definition of power is "the ability to act" and it's something we all have. Yet many people don't exercise it. I do coaching now in 3 different markets and there are some people out there that simply don't take any action. Others don't take any meaningful action.

    By that I mean they might spend a lot of time on unproductive things. Even when you give them clearly-defined actions that they should take (based on their goals), sometimes they don't follow through. I could write a 500 page book on the myriad of reason on why that might be, but the important lesson here is get focused and build momentum.

    On that note, I'm going cause some inertia now on my coffee bean grinder......

    RoD
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    • Profile picture of the author Steve B
      Andrew,

      Thank you for the great post.

      One of the things that I think many IMers struggle with is setting lofty goals but then not matching the goal with a vehicle that can get them there.

      A goal of $5,000 per week is great. But is it realistic to believe that you're going to reach your goal selling a $7 ebook in a small niche?

      I am not making $5,000 per week but I have the feeling that besides doing simple tasks, and doing them repeatedly, you have to be in a "money" niche and offering a product or service that will get you to your goal with a realistic number of sales for the niche.

      Thanks again for the great post!

      Steve
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      • Profile picture of the author AndrewCavanagh
        Originally Posted by Steve B View Post

        A goal of $5,000 per week is great. But is it realistic to believe that you're going to reach your goal selling a $7 ebook in a small niche?
        This is a really important point.

        I think for many people lofty goals aren't goals at all...just dreams that
        prevent them from taking real action that they know is likely to get
        some kind of real results (no matter how small).

        I don't think it's realistic to think you're going to make $5,000 a week
        selling a $7 ebook in any niche.

        Now if you had a $7 ebook with a $49 backend then a $99 backend,
        $197 backend, $499 backend and a $2,500+ service you're probably
        going to have a reasonable chance of hitting that income goal.

        That's why it's so important to perform actions that can conceivably
        get you to your goal.


        Genuine belief is another issue.

        If you've never made thousands of dollars in your own business in a
        week before then start with something more realistic like reaching
        your weekly job income with your business income.

        You need something you can latch onto.

        In my case I'd had businesses before so I knew deep down that
        possibilities are open ended and I needed to stretch my thinking.

        But you don't go straight from A to Z.

        You're going to have to go through some steps to build your
        belief, skills and assets to the level where you can make some
        serious income.

        And just so you understand what I mean, when I talk about
        assets I'm talking about email lists, traffic, relationships with
        joint venture partners etc etc....they're things you build up
        with persistent time and effort...doing one simple task after
        another.

        Kindest regards,
        Andrew Cavanagh
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        • Profile picture of the author Steve B
          So well said.

          You have to leverage those simple tasks so that they become a larger asset than you would have working alone.

          When you have affiliates, joint venture partners, subscriber lists, out sourcers, etc, you are able to leverage the work you personally accomplish to include others who are helping you reach your income goals.

          What a marvelous money "secret"!

          Steve
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        • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
          Originally Posted by AndrewCavanagh View Post

          I don't think it's realistic to think you're going to make $5,000 a week selling a $7 ebook in any niche.
          This is true.

          I think one of the biggest lies, and most common misconceptions when it comes to internet marketing is that somehow, by chance, you're going to find yourself sitting in some cafe with a laptop sipping caramel lattes and eating $8 muffins, while you watch thousands of dollars roll into your inbox, virtually on auto pilot - simply by selling some crappy $12 ebook on how to crochet.

          I've been at this for almost 5 years now ...I've never done it, and I'm yet to see anyone else do it. And I know a LOT of people in this game.
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  • Profile picture of the author Meta Morph
    I like this verse from the gita which sums it up perfectly:

    You have the right to work only, but not for the results of work. Do not let your motivation for action be influenced by reward, and do not become attached to inaction.

    also this quote I heard the other day: "if at first you fail, you're running about average"
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  • Profile picture of the author bss2t
    Momentum is huge in any business. Very well said, and congrats on your success!
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  • Profile picture of the author Nate A
    Good stuff Andrew.

    Simple stuff that if you actually DO, it works.

    The broader point is that it is all basically the same thing. Setting goals, taking action toward them, etc. There are a million different ways to phrase that, specific methods of action, and myriad little tricks and tactics. Find what works for you, or rather, what resonates and you can actually stick with.

    I've had my share of ups and downs as a brick and mortar entrepreneur. I tried setting the goals writing them down etc. And when I took the long-term, big picture goal and whittled it down into a very simple, weekly goal, it was as if the stars aligned and it started to flow.

    Nice post dude. Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author AlexandraMarch
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    nice post, but I was hoping on more practical advice before reading...

    congrats on your results, though!
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    • Profile picture of the author AndrewCavanagh
      Originally Posted by AlexandraMarch View Post

      nice post, but I was hoping on more practical advice before reading...

      congrats on your results, though!

      I feel for you there.

      Early on in your marketing career it can be difficult to know
      exactly what to do because you haven't developed the skill set
      that you will develop in the coming months and years.

      I'll try to narrow it down for you a little:

      1. Set an income goal. If you haven't made a lot of money in
      your own business before perhaps replacing your current work
      income (or an income you have made before) is a good start
      that's believable for you.


      2. Work out what you need to do to get there.

      You need to be taking action that can conceivably move you
      closer to your income goal so this is important.

      I've seen more people go from zero to a full time income
      selling a high priced service than anything else (especially
      delivering a high priced service to brick and mortar businesses).

      Another way of thinking of this is if you make enough profit
      from one sale to make your monthly income then you're
      going to find it a whole lot easier to hit your income goal.


      3. Pick one small task and do it immediately.

      If you don't currently have skills you can charge for then some
      of your starting tasks might be to develop those. Other things
      you might want to develop are "assets" like relationships with
      potential joint venture partners, traffic, an email list etc etc.


      4. Repeat doing small tasks one after the other.

      5. Keep doing that and also track the results you're getting
      from your efforts. Do more of what's working and less of
      what's not working.


      If you'd like more feedback on how you might get started
      then I'm happy to give it to you in this thread.

      Just need to know where you're at now.

      Kindest regards,
      Andrew Cavanagh
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  • Profile picture of the author Shaolinsteve
    Everything has been a learning curve for me over the last few years but when I sat down, spoke to my mentor things became clear. I took action and now I have a working business model and because it's working I'm going to scale it as much as I can.

    Never Give Up because something will always come through for those that want it.
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  • Profile picture of the author alvinchua91
    Small tasks daily helps us achieve our biggest goals. But we shouldn't also forget about keeping our self motivation levels high Having a purpose - because it takes lots of time and effort to succeed online
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Mensah
    Aside from having a definate goal one of the things you can do is set for yourself a goal of self control. One of the biggest road blocks to success is the lack of self control that is, getting traffic when you should be, not watching tv when you should not be, writing articles when you should be etc. If you could just set that one goal to build more self control each day you would have trippled your productivity by week 3.
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    • Profile picture of the author AndrewCavanagh
      Originally Posted by Alex Mensah View Post

      Aside from having a definate goal one of the things you can do is set for yourself a goal of self control. One of the biggest road blocks to success is the lack of self control that is, getting traffic when you should be, not watching tv when you should not be, writing articles when you should be etc. If you could just set that one goal to build more self control each day you would have trippled your productivity by week 3.
      Wow. That is such a great tip and it reminds me of something
      I learned from Benjamin Franklin's writing many many years ago.

      Franklin made a list of all his habits and character traits he'd
      like to improve.

      The list was long and he knew if he tried to work on all of them at
      once he'd fail for certain.

      So he chose one at a time and for an entire week he'd focus intently
      on improving that.

      Each day he evaluated his progress.

      Then the next week he'd focus on something else.

      He'd go through his entire list like this then go back to the start
      again...
      Ben Franklin's 13 Virtues

      That's a very powerful way of building new habits and turning
      character weaknesses into strengths.

      Kindest regards,
      Andrew Cavanagh
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  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    I had an interesting discussion with someone just recently, and he said to me, "When I talk to a business owner about having a website developed", (or in his words, "developing an online strategy") ....he said, "I don't even talk about the website. Infact, I don't talk about anything technical".

    "What I do talk about is how much I can help increase the business owners revenue. Will it be 20 percent? Will it be 30? In any case, that's what's important. Not web design."

    When you're sitting on the other end of the phone telling a business owner that you can increase their annual revenue by $200,000, they won't have any problems paying you $25,000 for a website, and $1,000 a month for ongoing consulting and support.
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    • Profile picture of the author AndrewCavanagh
      Originally Posted by John Romaine View Post

      I had an interesting discussion with someone just recently, and he said to me, "When I talk to a business owner about having a website developed", (or in his words, "developing an online strategy") ....he said, "I don't even talk about the website. Infact, I don't talk about anything technical".

      "What I do talk about is how much I can help increase the business owners revenue. Will it be 20 percent? Will it be 30? In any case, that's what's important. Not web design."

      When you're sitting on the other end of the phone telling a business owner that you can increase their annual revenue by $200,000, they won't have any problems paying you $25,000 for a website, and $1,000 a month for ongoing consulting and support.

      Early on I don't even talk about a strategy when I'm talking to a
      business owner.

      I ask them a pile of questions about themselves, their business,
      their goals (both in life and business) and just collect information.

      It's a strange thing but people trust you more if you spend a lot
      of time LISTENING to them.

      The reason is obvious if you think about it.

      We all like to feel like we're being understood at a deeper level
      and people who listen to us the most without a whole lot of
      comment come across as really "getting" us.

      When you're the listener in the conversation you have a whole
      lot of power.


      Establishing the potential value of what you do comes best after getting to
      know the business and the owner and making suggestions until
      you hit on something that gets them excited...

      Then you establish the potential dollar value of the strategy they're
      already excited about....ideally getting THEM to estimate what might
      happen at each step (then they're taking ownership of the whole
      idea).

      From there, as you say, it's not too hard to get paid.

      Also if you work hard and deliver and you're not too unlucky, you'll
      hopefully actually make the business some serious money.

      So it won't be too hard to continue getting paid or to get paid
      for project after project.

      Kindest regards,
      Andrew Cavanagh
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      • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
        Originally Posted by AndrewCavanagh View Post

        Early on I don't even talk about a strategy when I'm talking to a business owner.

        I ask them a pile of questions about themselves, their business,
        their goals (both in life and business) and just collect information.
        Sorry Andrew, you're right - he does do this.

        I guess I meant "further into the process".

        Ask the questions. Get the information. This all helps better understand the clients needs and of course makes providing your solution much easier.
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  • Profile picture of the author AndrewCavanagh
    I'm not quite sure how we got onto this topic.

    I know there must be a connection somewhere to
    the post you made. lol.

    Andrew
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