I’m overweight – have been for a couple of years now. When I sold the contracting business several years ago I suddenly went from burning 3500-4000 calories a day from 10-12 hours a day of continuous hard work to burning 1800 calories a day sitting behind a computer. Unfortunately, I kept eating like that 30 year old construction worker and added 10, 20, 30, 50 pounds and more over the next couple of years. I love to eat – in fact I love to eat a lot and in my mind I was still tough, strong and somewhat invincible. Sure, my stomach protrudes a bit more than it used to but I still look pretty good… NOT!
My parents 50 year anniversary is coming up so several weeks ago I went and pulled all their old 35MM slides and brought them back to my office to scan and create a video for the party. Looking back through those old photos from 10, 20 and 30 years ago I was faced with the stark realization that I’ve become something I don’t want to be. I’m FAT, I might as well admit it and also admit that I don’t want to be that way anymore. Since then, I’ve reduced my calorie intake to well under what I need each day and am beginning to burn away those pounds.
What Does This Have To Do With Online Profits?
It is so easy for us to convince ourselves that we’re something we’re not. I see people read and study, visit forums and webinars – all the while thinking they’re putting effort into building their online business when in fact they may only be putting in an hour or 2 a week of actual content creation and traffic building. When you talk to them they say “I’m putting so many hours and effort into this and don’t see many results”. The fact is that they are actually looking for some kind of ‘secret sauce’ or shortcut that is going to suddenly make their profits explode. We all love to ‘eat’ or absorb and collect information. The real secret to online success (or any success for that matter) is to use that ‘food’ or in this case information that we’ve taken in and implement it consistently to create something worthwhile.
What Is Your Mindset?
Are you running around searching for the next ‘secret loophole’ to online profits or are you setting consistent goals to finish the small steps each and every day that will build your 6 figure plus business? Are you convincing yourself that you are working hard and paying your dues when in fact you really only spend a couple hours a week producing actual content or building traffic to your web properties? Have you spent any time at all taking a hard look at yourself, your skillset and talents and then figuring out how to leverage them to make the most progress in the shortest possible time so you’re not just spinning your wheels?
You’ve probably seen the study that says it takes 21 days to form a habit. This study was actually done in 1960 and had to do with how long it takes to adjust to the loss of a limb. The truth is that the time varies widely depending on the type of behavior you’re trying to implement. Easy things take a very short period of time while very difficult things take much longer (hundreds of days).
Do you have the mental toughness to be successful? Only you can answer that question but I hope the answer is yes. It really is possible to change your world!