If you’re like a lot of Internet marketers, you started working online because you bought into that dream of instant riches, tropical vacations, fast cars and glamorous mansions. And then you woke up. You realized that if you want to make those dreams come true, it’s going to take a little more elbow grease than you thought. Congratulations! You’ve finally realized that if you want that fat bank account and carefree life, you’re going to have to quit dreaming about it and set yourself a goal.
Everybody has dreams. I’ve often dreamed of climbing Mt. Everest but that doesn’t mean it’s just automatically going to happen. If I want to make that dream a reality I need to plan for it, I need to make it one of my goals. I need to stop dreaming about it and take the steps necessary to make it a reality.
Have realistic goals and expectations
The biggest reason people fail to achieve their goals is because their goals aren’t realistic. It’s true, most of the time you can achieve anything you want. But you still need to be realistic. That doesn’t mean you need to give up on your dreams if they’re way outside your realm of expertise. You just have to realize that success may be a little further away than you imagined.
For example, I’ve never hiked up anything higher than a small hill, so it would be unrealistic for me to think that sometime next week I could be standing at the top of Mt. Everest. However, with a little hard work and training, I could eventually achieve this goal. By the same token, it’s a bit unrealistic for you to believe you could achieve overnight success in the Internet Marketing world if you’ve never worked online before. It’s an achievable goal, with unrealistic expectations.
Here’s what you need to do to turn your dreams into reality:
- Set specific goals: It’s not enough to say you want to make more money or buy a big house. Visualizing your goal will make it easier to achieve. Exactly how much money do you want to make? Which specific house is it that you want to purchase?
- Create milestones: Picturing myself at the top of Mt. Everest is one thing, but I already know it would take an immense amount of work to achieve that goal. Break your big picture goal down into smaller goals and give yourself a pat on the back each time you reach an important milestone. It’s easier to stay motivated for the long haul when you celebrate small successes along the way.
- Have a plan and stick with it: The best way to achieve any goal is to have a plan of attack. Where are you now? Where do you want to be? And how do you plan to get there? It’s a simple as that. But without a plan, you’re doomed. Once you’ve devised your plan of attack you need to stick with it until you achieve your goal. Don’t get distracted. Everybody has their own plan for achieving a goal. But that plan only works if you follow it through to success.
- Gain the necessary expertise: I have a lot to learn if I want to make it to the top of Mt. Everest. You might have a lot to learn if you want to make money working online. Acknowledge that, understand it, and include it in your plan. Don’t change your plan just because you hit a road block. Every road has a road block somewhere. Learn whatever it is you need to learn to overcome that obstacle and reach your goal.
- Set a time limit: Give yourself X amount of time to achieve your goal and make sure you’re being realistic. Then, break it down even further. You’re currently earning $100 a week. And your goal is to increase that to $1000 a week by 6 months from today. When you look at it as a whole, that looks like a mighty tall mountain you want to climb. Break it down into smaller hills. Next week, you want to be at $110, the next week $120, etc. Take one step at a time will make it easier for you to turn your dream into a realistic, achievable goal.
- Keep your goal front and center: Take a picture of that house you want to buy and put it right there on your computer. Draw one of those big thermometers on a piece of poster board and use it to keep track of your earnings. Using visual reminders will help you stay focused on your goal.