One of the most energy-sapping, debilitating things that holds many people back and prevents them from fulfilling their potential are the constant negative thoughts that keep popping into their heads. These thoughts often lead to stress and worry.
The worst case scenario becomes a forgone conclusion in peoples’ minds and they decide it’s best to take the safe option, or do nothing at all.
However, there is a way to actively change how you think, and avoid becoming one of those people. It’s called meditation.
When I mention the word “meditation”, the first thing a lot of people think is: It must be something to do with religion – especially Buddhism – or it’s something hippies used to do in the 1960’s.
However, these are misconceptions. While meditation does form part of Buddhist rituals, it’s not something directly linked to that faith – or any faith when it comes to it. Meditation is certainly not “new age”; in fact it’s quite ancient.
Probably the most common type of meditation is known as “mindfulness”.
Basically, the goal with Mindfulness is to be “aware” and to be “present” of your own thoughts and to reflect on them.
This is a form of meditation which doesn’t encourage you to try and empty your mind like some other forms of meditation. Instead, the objective with mindfulness is simply to let your thoughts “drift by like clouds in the sky”.
This allows you to become more aware of what thoughts you actually tend to have, making it easier to spot negative thought patterns that might be causing problems. This type of meditation has also been shown to reduce anxiety, almost as effectively as anxiety-reducing drugs.
When you can control your mind, it becomes the powerful organ it was intended to be.
We all know that the Internet economy is booming. We can find, buy, and do pretty much anything online. With the click of a button, the world is literally at our fingertips or in the palms of our hands.
Powerful stuff! We constantly turn to the Internet to communicate with family or friends, look up information or make a purchase. However, we don’t think of the Internet with regards to opportunities, such as starting an online business.
Is online shopping or the digital economy going away anytime soon? Probably not. Although there is an endless array of products and services available online, this also means that the opportunities are endless…
If you have a full-time job that you are happy with, then that’s great. You are one of the lucky ones! But if you are like the majority of people who feel stuck, helpless, unfulfilled and are constantly looking for other career opportunities and avenues, then read on because this article is for you.
The Problem and the “False” Solution…
There is a big problem among people who are unhappy with their jobs and their lives and that’s fear and laziness.
Most people just want success or to make a lot of money without having to really work for it. But how fair is that? This is just pure laziness, and this laziness is what holds SO many people back from achieving their goals, reaching for the stars, living the life of their dreams, and finding TRUE happiness.
You see, most people have it backwards. We are often driven by material things that are thrown in our faces every day. The more we see, the more we want – and the solution always seems to be “make more money”.
And if we make more money, then we are able to acquire the things we want, which will make us happy and successful.
This is absolutely crazy… and 100% false. Happiness and fulfilment lead to success – not the other way around.
Be Honest with Yourself…
Okay, moment of truth. You might make great money working for a company, but can you look yourself in the mirror and say that you are truly happy and fulfilled with what you’re doing?
Do you wake up in the morning excited about the day ahead? If your answer is “no”, then you’ve got some serious thinking to do…
We only have so much time on this earth, and we spend approximately 80% of our lives at work. Do you REALLY want to spend that time doing something you don’t enjoy?
If you are reading this or and thinking, Hmm…maybe I can start an online business… you are probably also thinking, …but how much money can I actually make online?
This is a perfectly fair point, and the answer to this is the amount of money you make online is determined by the amount of work you are willing to put in.
Like anything else in life – relationships, losing weight or learning a new skill – nothing “grows” unless you water it.
Why You Need to Do the Work
Yes, we always say that this program makes it easy to start an online business, and we aren’t lying! But this doesn’t mean that we are going to do the work FOR you.
We simply provide the tools, resources, and support to help you learn new skills to apply in building your digital business.
But like any job, how far you are willing to go and the amount of work you are willing to put in is up to you…
If you are working a full-time job right now, think back to your first day or your first week of work. Were you offered a promotion your first day, week or month on the job? Probably not!
If you are running a marathon, do you get up on the morning of the race and expect to win without any prior training? Of course not!
Like any job, career, or accomplishment, YOU need to put in the time and do the work to see results – no one is going to do it for you. You must try and try again in order to succeed.
This is what separates the women from the girls and the men from the boys…
The people who have failed did not fully put in the work required or simply gave up.
Don’t be one of those people!
Living a life of freedom and flexibility and being able to work wherever and whenever we want is the new dream. This lifestyle not only reduces the stress, tension, and dullness that often comes with working in an office day in and day out, but it also allows us to spend more time focusing on what matters most in life: doing what you love with whom you love.
This could mean spending more time with your kids or packing your bags and breathing in new cultures all over the world.
Starting and building an online business and joining the “Laptop Lifestyle” revolution gives entrepreneurs the life of freedom and flexibility that they are looking for.
Read on to learn more about the “Laptop Lifestyle” and how to build a business online – that actually makes money.
The Pursuit of Freedom
Freedom is NOT doing whatever the heart desires right now. Freedom is the possibility of doing whatever the heart desires right now. Freedom is the possibility of breaking free, if and when needed. Freedom is the confidence of not being stuck in an unhappy state.
The pursuit of freedom is to continuously ensure that one is not relenting control of life to any person or any sort of circumstances. No one but you has any right on your life.
How Much Money Can You Actually Make with an Online Business?
Now that you are likely intrigued about starting your own online business and finally breaking away from the 9-to-5 prison, how do you go about it? Where do you start? And how much money can you actually make online?
Let’s take a look at that third question: “How much money can you actually make online?” This is by far one of the most commonly asked questions we get asked by people who are trying to decide whether they should start an online business. Based on my own experience and what I have observed from following other successful entrepreneurs and real leaders, here is what I found to be the truth:
- Some people make millions of dollars per month
- Some people make thousands within their first 3 months of getting started
- Some people take years before they earn their first dollar
- Some people are yet to earn a penny at all!
Just like any other business, whether it be offline or online, the success rate will vary from person to person based on the business model they choose to pursue and more importantly whether they have the right mindset.
Where Do You Start?
Of course, building any online business requires the right mindset and hard work, but you’ve come to the right place. This Exclusive, Private Community is available to provide training, support, and answer your biggest burning questions about starting your own business to make sure you start the race off running.
The digital economy provides the average person with the best opportunity for starting an online business based on their passion and their vision. However, not everyone is clear about their passion and their vision and the best option here is to find a mentor.
There is no need to reinvent the wheel so to say, as there are numerous successful online entrepreneurs that you can learn from. The important question is who do you choose?
There are 4 critical criteria to consider when choosing a mentor in my view and these are what I used when I was looking for my mentor:
What they teach
This may sound like obvious or even very broad but, if you are looking at starting an online business then you need to ensure that you invest your time and money in the right mentor with the right education.
No use investing in someone who is extremely successful in forex trading when your online business is going to be about cooking.
How they teach
This is also a broad statement but, what I mean with that is what format they use to share their knowledge and provide you with the right education.
This can include eBooks, video tutorials, webinars and online live workshops. The more varied their education platform the better. I prefer using all of these platforms as it keeps me from getting bored with just reading or watching videos.
How much they make
Now this is a tricky subject because to some people it is very important that they know exactly how much their mentor makes, how long it took them to earn that and how quickly can they earn the same.
While I agree that it is important to mentor a successful entrepreneur, I do not place as much importance on exactly how much they make now and how quickly can I make the same.
Everyone is different and although you have the same education, use the same tools and resources, how you implement what you have learnt and how quickly can impact your earnings.
The important thing to remember here is that they might be investing thousands every week on advertising whereas you can only invest a fraction of that to start.
Unless you plan on following your mentor’s daily task and investment exactly as they apply it, how much they make is not important. What is important is that they are successful online entrepreneurs because that is an indication that they know what they are doing and can prove it.
What I mean with this is what they provide you with in terms of training material, marketing material, programs, tools, resources and support while you are learning. Here it is also important to determine if you can earn while you learn.
What they provide you with should be a good fit for your business model, your vision and the type of business you want to start.
The Right Fit For You
These were extremely important to me when I decided to start out as an online entrepreneur and there was one more which, in my view was the number one criteria… Do they support me in building my own business or are they looking to recruit me to help build their business.
Having my own business meant exactly that… My business… on my terms… to achieve my vision.
This is exactly what I found in my mentors and since joining this community of successful online entrepreneurs 6 months ago, I have never looked back and it has become the most important decision I have made for creating personal and financial freedom.
The education, tools, resources and support can be used by anyone looking to start their own successful online business and more importantly, a business they love.
Personal development is an often used but rarely explained term. It is about investing in yourself so that you can manage yourself effectively regardless of what life might bring your way.
Personal development allows you to be proactive. Rather than wait for good things to happen, you get out there and make them happen.
You may not always achieve your objective, but you will experience a richer and more rewarding life when you commit to pursuing your own objectives. Making that commitment to personal development is the first step on the path to personal fulfillment.
Benefits of personal development
The following are 6 of the most important benefits of a personal development mindset:
Personal development begins with self-awareness. You get to know who you really are; your values, beliefs and the purpose you wish to pursue. True fulfillment can never come from chasing other people’s dreams. If you want to achieve lasting happiness, you need to design your life based on who you are. Then you can chase your own goals and objectives.
When you are chasing your own goals, there is as much pleasure to be derived from the journey as there is to be derived from reaching your destination. Self-awareness is the first fundamental step in the personal development process.
A sense of direction
Once you have raised you self-awareness, you are clearer on the things you wish to achieve from life. Decision-making becomes a lot easier.
Tasks which used to take a great deal of your time, no longer make it onto your to-do list. You now realize that they do not move you towards your objectives and therefore are not worthy of your time.
Improved focus and effectiveness development comes clarity.
Even with an improved sense of direction, there will always be multiple tasks looking for your attention. As your personal development improves, prioritization becomes much easier. You are clearer on your objectives and you can quickly identify which task will give you the best result with the resources available to you at that moment.
Improved focus and effectiveness comes with knowing and playing to your strengths.
When you know what you want to achieve, it is easier for you to see the benefits of taking action. Even when the task ahead is not enjoyable; if you can see a clear benefit, you are more motivated to take the necessary action.
There is truth in the old adage ‘Where there is a will there is a way’. With strong personal development, you develop the necessary will.
There will be tough times in life. When these tough times occur, you need to have the skills and attributes to deal effectively with them.
Personal development cannot prevent all bad things from occurring but it will help you deal with them when they do. You will have greater confidence, resilience, personal and interpersonal skills to cope with any eventuality.
More fulfilling relationships
Relationships are a double-edged sword. They either lift you up or drag you down. When you improve your personal development, you are better able to see which relationships are worth investing in and which need to be cut loose.
You also develop the skills to make the most of those relationships which have the most positive impact on your life.
Personal development is a much used and much maligned term. It is about taking the time and, making the commitment, to invest in your greatest resource – you. When you put the effort in to developing yourself, the rewards are amazing.
Many people are put off personal development because the results are not always measurable. However, the greatest achievers in life know that the key to success is the ability to manage yourself in a variety of situations. That ability comes through personal development.