Does Your Work Ethic Deliver Results?
I have noticed that in the world of internet marketing you are often seen as smart if you can travel around the world and work from your laptop while hardly doing any work. Now if your work ethic is to deliver results, you will quickly find that this attitude to working is really not a good idea.
Someone once said to me “nobody did a 4-hour week while inventing the Apple computer” and “If you notice, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, did not work only 4 hours a day while inventing Facebook. According to the movie about Facebook’s beginnings, you will notice that he was always at his laptop working feverishly away until he came up with results. Look at him now!
Personally I realised that if I was busy and stuck fervently at what I did, my results were quite good, but then when I compared it to some of the Wealthy Affiliate members on the training programme I’m on, I noticed that my work ethic could go up a few notches.
Because This Was My Day;
- In the morning I would wake up at 7am
- Have breakfast and then
- Work about 3 hours on my sites then
- I will have lunch and besides that
- I would go to my nearest shopping centre to do some window shopping then
- I would come back home by bus and I would notice that
- I would be too tired to carry on working and
- I repeated this for months
And I’m sure like some of you, I was wondering why I wasn’t making any money? Simply because my work ethic was the Lazy Man’s Road To Success and it did not work!
So what did I do? I looked and observed the website and blog posts of successful Wealthy Affiliate members and decided that if they did 2 posts a day I would do 4. I have two sites and decided that since I was at home for most days all day, I could manage to do 4 blog posts a day per site.
I followed Kyle’s suggestion (he is the the co-owner of Wealthy Affiliate) . and decided how to use speech-to-text software like Google Docs Voice Typing and, I decided to forgo the window shopping and sit down for 3 days solid working on my sites.
It is important to prepare and set your goals for your day and working week. So this is what I did;
Instead of working 3 hours in the morning I committed to work 4 hours in the morning before having lunch then resorting back to work for 3 more hours in the afternoon. I decided not to have a heavy dinner but have protein and salad by evening so that I would wake up full of energy in the morning to start the day. This meant I would be able to concentrate on my work.
Focus – Laser beam Focus
- To focus on my work, I set myself some ground rules;
- I would not be picking up the phone for anybody who called me and I would not be making calls
- My hi-fi would be off and
- Even if the postman came to deliver letters I would not pick them up til I had a break
- I would batch cook my food in the morning so that I would not have to repeatedly go to the kitchen to prepare meals.
- My aim was to post in the morning edit, add photos, publish my posts and then repeat doing two more new posts in the afternoon, both edited and published.
Write it down
It is really important to write down your goals. When you see them on paper and look at them several times a day you will be more likely to accomplish them. I carry a notepad around with me and several pens to make sure that I am never without a pencil or a pen that writes. Any ideas I get are quickly written down o
Keep on looking at your written goals during the day
Now if you’re like me and you love your sleep, you are probably also the kind of person that will go to bed late and wake up late . But if you want to go to bed early you will wake up early ready to start the day. Now as I mentioned before, if you eat junk food your head will feel like there’s junk in it and you will not be as sharply focused to carry on with your work and put in all your energy.
Writing Takes Energy From Your Brain
Because writing takes energy from your brain, it is important to eat brain boosting foods such as sunflower seeds. If you soak them for several hours that would be even better. Because the protein content will multiply.
Fish. Especially fish like herring, trout, salmon or mackerel. Steamed!
Avocados and plenty of salads. A word of caution though – do not eat bean sprouts after 4pm in the evening otherwise you’re not be able to go to sleep when you want as they give you that much energy.
Be Accountable To Someone You Can Trust
In the early days of your goal setting and improving your work ethic, you will notice that if you have a partner or a family member that you can be accountable to they will keep you up to speed. For example, if you are feeling lazy and not matching your goals they will give you a Call to Action to get with the program. Find a partner to be accountable to. This is important! Because we all know how to get lazy as the days go by…
Persistence is key. Now if you’re a Blogger or do affiliate marketing with review sites, you will notice that you may have to blog every day before you see any results or traffic coming to your site. make sure that you follow the training at Wealthy Affiliate very closely, not skipping any steps like I did in the beginning. Why? Because if you skip ahead you may confuse yourself as to where in the course outline you jumped from and jumped to.
So as you can see, improving your work ethic delivers results is possible. Try it for yourself and see. If you do not work at the moment,
- Give yourself a goal of 3 solid days working full speed ahead.
- Write down all your goals, how many posts you are going to write a week, how much money you want to earn,
- What kind of friends you might have to let down and cut off so you can concentrate on your work,
- How much time you’re willing to spend on your work
- How you’re going to guard against distractions and also
- How much time you’re willing to research affiliate marketing
- How much time you will allocate for sharing posts on Social Media
You may also decide to find out how much money you are willing to invest in affiliate marketing training because this is important. Affiliate marketing is not a free journey.
You must invest in yourself. Why? The reason is; just as you would pay thousands of pounds for a university course, online marketing is something that we need to learn. It is not something that we can just trial and error. if you decide to do it the long-winded way you will find that you are getting scammed more than getting results.
So there you have it. All you need to do is put your head down, eyes forward and never look back. If you want your work ethic to deliver results then do not compare yourself to anyone else. If you find someone who works harder than you then try and work twice as hard because if they are successful then you will be too. It’s a given. Do not reinvent the wheel, find one mentor and copy their strategies.
If you would like any help on this topic, then let me know. Also any questions that you would like to ask, leave them in the comment section down below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.