Over and over we hear how to succeed, how to achieve our goals and dreams, and so forth. And yet, somehow most people are falling far short of those goals and dreams…
Now why is that? Perhaps it’s time to do the opposite. In a famous episode of Seinfeld, George Costanza was a perennial loser who one day decided to do the opposite of what he would normally do in every facet of his life. Result? Success!
Another example is contrarian investing – that is, going against conventional wisdom to buy when others are selling and selling when everyone else is buying – has been known to build fortunes. And this holds true for not only investments, but also in real estate.
Another example of the opposite working: Over and over we’ve been told to do affirmations to improve our outlook and our outcome. Result? If we do them a million, billion, gazillion times, they absolutely do work. But who wants to repeat the same phrases over and over 50 times a day? Not me.
Now I hear that if we simply rephrase our affirmation as a question, we only need to say it a few times here and there for it to work. So instead of saying, “I’m a success. I’m a success. I’m a SUCCESS!” we now ask ourselves, “Why am I so successful?”
Go ahead and try it and see if it doesn’t feel different than simply telling yourself you’re a success. Powerful, isn’t it? That’s because by asking the question, you are telling yourself to find all the reasons why you are successful. In other words, rather than just hearing words over and over, you are now actively participating in the process, and putting your subconscious mind to work helping you find the answers. What a difference!
I was going to write an article tomorrow on how to be successful, but I think I’ll scratch that. Instead, I’m going to write about how NOT to be successful, and we’ll see what happens. My tongue is firmly planted in my cheek as I write this, so let’s have some fun!
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s installment where I share with you “9 Ways to Be Certain You’ll Fail in Internet Marketing”… Be sure NOT to come back tomorrow to check it out, ok! 😉
Being home alone whether you have a home business or not, there are some things that may be true either way. Being home is wonderful but it can be lonely if you are more of a ‘people person’. You can get used to it though. There are ways within reason that you can be happy, for example making dates with friends on a regular basis to have lunch, dinner, etc.
Even texting on your phone, using an online chat client or social network, one of the best things about working alone from home online is when you realize there are hundreds of people out there. In many cases they have much more in common with you than the people at your job. You are really not alone.
You really do need to take regular ‘breathers’ to get out of the house periodically (and regularly). Don’t wake up one day and realize you are getting depressed or ‘stir crazy’ from staying alone too much. Don’t turn your home business into another rut like your job.’ Be sure you still get lots of rest, fresh air and exercise. Particularly if you work both outside and in your home, you may not feel like you have time. Make Time. If you fall apart exhausted or to the point of illness, who will run everything?
If you do enjoy staying home, do something productive even on a ‘hobby’ basis. You can have a great time and improve your fortunes if you make your home generate money to help with your living expenses. In several ways you can improve your atmosphere just by keeping busy and doing something productive. Your ‘hobby home business’ can be a learning tool that might eventually develop into a money making business.
You may have to start at organizing your space to make room for a home office or workshop. This will not only give you a feeling of ‘space’ where you can breathe and think clearly, it can be an exercise that you do each day, one room top to bottom until the whole house is clear.
Don’t forget not to hoard things. If you see things you haven’t seen in years, that means you don’t need them. Start a few piles; one to donate to any number of places for people that really need things; and one for the garbage. Once your atmosphere has been cleared and you are breathing better, you can think clearer. At this point start a few lists of things that interest you and that you like to do. Do some research on how you could do these things at home and make some extra money.
You may consider a home business as a ‘hobby’ because you already work a full-time ‘day job’. However if you would really like to have a money-making business, or even dream of being self-employed full time someday, listen up.
While the environment working from home can be one that is more relaxed and comfortable than a regular job, we are still accountable to create a professional business atmosphere during the hours we are working. That may require scheduling time to work and sticking to it the same as you would with a job.
Creating a professional office space starts with clearly having a defined area that is only used for your office. If the only space you have available is only a desk in the corner of a room, that space should be used exclusively for business. The space should be organized and straightened up each day. It is best not to spend a lot of time shuffling through piles of papers which will create less productive time you have to accomplish your goals.
Your home office space should be healthy. This means for example, well-lit. People are more productive and positive with bright lighting. You need good, indirect light for your work area so as not to stress your eyes. Your eyes are under a strain especially if your home business is a second ‘job’. Be sure to look away from your computer to something as far away as you can at least once every hour or so.
This will help to decrease the strain on your eyes and corresponding muscles. Be sure to have your eyes checked often (yearly). Seriously, there are some diseases of the eye that are manageable but only if you catch them in time.
Another thing that can cause you to be distracted and less focused, is not having the correct chair. You should not be straining any part of your body. Your chair arms should line up straight from your keyboard and mouse. This is the best way to alleviate a lot of the pressure on your wrists.
If you don’t have a footstool, you can use a phone book because lifting your feet slightly relieves strain on your lower back, which can be caused from sitting for hours without a break. Along this line be sure to get up and move around every hour or so to keep your circulation moving. If you have a couple of simple stretching exercises, do them – or just walk around your house.