I mean really... why does this happen repeatedly for so many people? What is really going on?
If this is you, I would strongly suggest that what you are lacking is balance in both your business and overall life.
Let me first tell you what I have come through experience to believe. I personally believe the path to achieving true success requires putting God first, others second, and myself last. This runs counter-intuitive to the "look out for number one" mantra that we hear so often today in our society.
However (again this is for me), I also believe that both God and others are greatly involved in my online marketing business ...that is if I have the right mindset and priorities.
It is very easy to slip into what is known as "seeking riches". I have surely been guilty of this in the past.
Many of you like myself have dreams of providing well for your spouse, children, and other family members, as well contributing to charities. These noble goals absolutely qualify as putting God and others first when doing business. Keep this all in mind.
Now what do I mean by balance?
Balance means that there are many elements that make up true success and prosperity. True prosperity is so much more than being financially wealthy. I am sure you know that there really are a large number of miserable, selfish, tightfisted wealthy people in the world. They drive fancy cars, live in mansions, want for nothing materially, but are devoid of spirit.
I don't know about you, but I never want to go down that path!
What I have found is that when I remain in a balanced mindset, and apply this to my business by balancing my real activities, I not only feel better but my business performs a lot better.
Life comes out of our Spirits not our Minds!
Did you know that your life literally comes out of your spirit? I am not going to get mystical or religious on you here but I want to ask you a question ... a vital one? Are you feeding your spirit every day by spending your best time on personal development and improving your relationships. Or rather are you spending little to no time on these things and just "working" your business.
As I already discussed, money no matter how much is just not enough folks to achieve true life success. True prosperity requires continual growth, both improvement of our skills & abilities, but also development of our sense of purpose as well as our capacity to serve others. Now don't get me wrong, having financial resources is a crucial element.
But if we focus too much on on making money, and "seeking riches", we actually move ourselves away from what's really important in life. We lose our right perspective. And this ultimately leads to misery, by not becoming selfish and not living up to our full potential. Sure we may be able to "figure it out" and manage to become financially wealthy by toiling and seeking riches, but without properly balancing our time and our attention on the different elements required for true prosperity, we really hurt ourselves and our loved ones along the way (and in the end).
However, if we balance our lives with proper order, we can not only reach our financial goals but have success in these other critical areas as well...home and family life, other relationships, etc. Why? Because we didn't merely seek money but gave the other elements our attention and passion.
Again my personal story... I am Christian, a believer in God. But I wasn't always for the first three quarters of my life. I was brought up Jewish, and now a Jewish Christian (yes that is quite possible and becoming more common). Now this is not about trying to convert anyone ...all beliefs are welcomed here, but I do personally refer to the Bible for wisdom because I have found it to work. One very awesome proverb says that "there is a way that seems right to a man that leads to death."
Yes ... death! Seems a bit strong right? Both interesting and haunting isn't it? But like other proverbs, I have discovered this to be absolutely true. Sometimes even when we really think we are doing the right thing, it takes us down the wrong path. That is why we have to be very careful, remain humble, learn from experience, and remain open to wisdom. We can't always lead ourselves and succeed. We are not designed to be islands and achieve true prosperity.
I can humbly speak from experience about being too focused on money.
What I do now and believe will work for anyone is to spend the first part of my day ... everyday, working on personal development and remembering why I am really in business in the first place.
What is your personal mission and purpose? I heard very recently that a man can survive in life and even prosper without a mother, without a father, without a college degree, etc. but without a vision he will die.
So listen to personal development audios daily, read personal development books, and also blog/journal. You can find them all over the internet, often for free. Do all three when you can. But do at least one PD activity daily. Also, do it first everyday not last, before you begin your daily work routine. This is putting things in proper order. Understand that your personal development will enable you to serve others more effectively.
Find resources that motivate you, build your skills, and speak to your spirit in an authentic way. Train yourself to think of others' needs first and focus on serving them. You need to continue to develop a servant's attitude, and a servant's heart because we are not meant to be islands. If you remain faithful and consistent, the results will absolutely astound you. Your life will change and continue to transform for the better.
Some of you won't listen to this advice and will have to go around the mountain a few more times before you discover the vital importance of this wisdom. It took me a while to see, and on occasion I still need to "be reminded".
Feed your spirit first, and then work your business. Within just a couple of weeks you will be very surprised how much easier things in your business will flow, and how much of a more positive and relaxed mindset you will have throughout your entire day. You'll actually get more done in less time and see better results.
But there is another BIG piece to the "balance" equation. Once you are putting personal development activities every single day FIRST, you need to answer another vital question. Is the system and products you are working with right now in your business truly allowing for the the best possible use of your time and energy? Do you have a strong solid long term business plan or is it likely that in the coming weeks or months you are going to want to start a new project because this one has lost its attraction.
If you suffer from the "switch" syndrome, please listen closely. It is very critical that you are able to leverage your time and efforts to the fullest. It is necessary to create both regular cash flow while at the same time be building a long term growing residual income. Not all systems can really produce both these results. So be wise. Forget about focusing on making the quick buck and stop buying more and more products to try to "find the magic bullet". You are looking in the wrong way for a solution which is likely the reason for your struggles.
If you are not making money online easily, by building both cash flow and long term residual income, then you are doing something wrong. Yes, I said with ease. Making money online is actually not hard. After personally experiencing it, I realize there are many harder things in life. You just have to be taking the correct steps, which are very simple, and stay focused and committed to repeatedly doing them daily. That's really all. Anyone can do it.
Here are 7 daily Steps that Always Lead a Person to True Prosperity and a Balanced Fulfilled Life (Doing all seven are critical):
1) Spend time on Personal Development at least once daily and do this first (whether it's 20 minutes or an hour). The key is consistency. Read, listen to inspiring audios, and also blog or journal. Ideally repeat this two additional times daily once in the afternoon and just before bed.
2) Serve another in your home in a simple but sincerely loving way. Focus on their true needs during this time, rather than your own.
3) Be working the "Right" Business. Make sure it is fulfilling what I discussed in this post. Do business with love and a servant's heart.
4) Exercise at least 20 minutes everyday
5) Eat healthy everyday
6) Maintain a clean uncluttered home and working environment (which includes organizing your computer files and backing them up weekly for peace of mind)
7) Get enough rest
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