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Goals

Here Is a Simple Goal – Make More Money

Sometimes the simplest goal is the easiest one.

My simple Goal?

Make More Money!

The success gurus all talk about having SMART Goals. (I do, too,
but in a different context.) They mean that you need to have a
Specific “More Money” goal in mind – “$13,738.29” for example –
or else you’ll never be successful.

Pshaw!

I have my SMART Goal posted right here on the wall next to my PC
monitor. I see it many times every day. It has a Specific Measurable
Amount to reach by a Specific Time-frame, all Attainable and Relevant to me and my life values.

But it doesn’t tell me what to do “today!”

That’s Where My Plan Comes into Play.

I view my Plans like Roadmaps to reach various destinations.

I’ve concocted several routes to my “More Money” goal. Each
has some steps to take at various times to increase my revenues and
profits in certain of my Money buckets.

I have real estate, investments, online retail, writing, seminars, and consulting as some of my various income streams.

I know where I’m headed.

But, today?

Every day brings new circumstances, or unexpected opportunities,
or unforeseen obstacles.

Today, I need a simple Goal to get me started and keep me moving.

Make More Money!

This is my Focus Goal for the day. It keeps me head-down and
fast-paddling, not letting minutia get me off-track.

It helps me avoid my petty distractions and to actually make progress – for Today.

I have a tendency to avoid getting anything done. This kick-starts
me for the day and keeps me moving forward.

So, not to make light of it, but it’s time for me to put THIS
Make-More-Money activity away for now, and Focus on something else.

John L

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Motivation

Are You Busy, or Do You Just Take Action?

I’ve spent the past couple of weeks being Very Busy.

As a consequence, I haven’t managed to get very much done.,

Is this a conundrum?

Being Busy

Being busy is a state of being that isn’t always productive.

Remember when you didn’t want to do something for someone, and you told them you were busy?

Busy is just an excuse for not doing what needs to be done.

You can be busy reading email, or straightening your desk, or researching design or code intricacies, or Stumbling around or on Digg or Reddit or Facebook…

Some of it even “good”.

And you will fritter away all the day until there is none of it left.

Action

Action, on the other hand, is fundamentally productivity-oriented.

You must take Action to get something done.

Action implies progress. Action is central to accomplishing anything worthwhile.

How to Replace Busy with Action

As I reviewed my days and weeks, I noted that I had no plan for any of my days. I just took what came along. I gave in to Impulse.

To convert Busy to Action for me was to select one central task, and to Focus on it until I had finished it.

Action requires Goals and Focus. Without both, Action is only busy.

How do you stave off Busy-ness and replace it with Action?

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Motivation Planning

Keeping Yourself On Track

Our society, though is says otherwise, is determined to keep us all in a state of compliance with the status quo. We are addicted to our TV’s, our Texting, Our MySpace… Hahaha… Our fancy cars, bling of all sorts, our show-me-the-money lifestyle.

Debt and Despair are our lot as we conform to our need to “be different”.

Hah! We can do better.

As long as I can remember, I have tried to adopt the principles of success as found in Napoleon Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich” book. I was a brand new teen when I first found and read that book. It sure grabbed me, like it has millions of others.

(For a Free Copy of this classic, you can retrieve a PDF version of it here: Think-and-Grow-Rich)

But, translating all that Great Content into a daily Plan of Action is a tough job. It takes other instruction to do that.

I have also been a student and user of every kind of Time Management method and gizmo devised to make us productive. Some is junk, some is great, some is complex, and some is simple. I have tried on Franklin, Day-Timer, One Page Management, GTD,… All with varying success. One of the most useful has been from a guy named Mark Joyner.

Mark is an online guy and author. He specializes in instructional coursework. You can see his primary online work, here: Simpleology

I have been using his stuff for the past year, or so, and it has been very useful to me.

I’m evaluating a multi-media course on blogging from the folks at Simpleology.

It covers:

  • The best blogging techniques.
  • How to get traffic to your blog.
  • How to turn your blog into money.

I’ll let you know what I think once I’ve had a chance to check it out.

Simpleology is the Simple Science of Getting What You Want. It’s a variation of the GTD process, but with a few success principles tucked in to make it stick.

I have a concentration problem, so his “See Your Target, Keep It In Sight, Hit It Until You Hit It” common sense principle has been most helpful.

If you have trouble Staying on Track, I highly recommend you investigate Mark’s system. The Simpleology 101 coursework is free.What are some of the ways YOU keep on track?

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Update: The Simpleology  coursework on Blogging is just that: Simple. Unfortunately, all the material is written at the total beginner level. That’s probably OK for the beginner, but most of that content is available for free throughout the internet.

I’ll Pass on recommending it.

However, I still recommend Mark’s primary works, Simpleology 101, 102, and 103.