This morning, I received an email from Terry Dean, an Internet Marketer I respect and pay close attention to. In his email, Terry talked about how 3 specific questions can help you eliminate unnecessary work from your life. Since it ties in perfectly with what I've been writing about this week, I'd like to share a link to his blog with the article.
Specifically, the questions that Terry recommends you use are:
Does this need to be done?
When does it need to be done?
Are you the right person to do it?
The first of his 3 questions is the subject I was already planning for this blog post, so let's take a closer look at it.
In almost any list of things to do, there's bound to be at least 1 or more items that really don't need to be done. One of the questions I suggested yesterday touches on this. "If I do this now, will it create a problem when I go to do something else?"
Of course, the 2 questions are different, which is why I had planned a separate blog post on the first of Terry's 3 questions. "Does this need to be done?"
In my last blog post, I mentioned that one way I maintain my peace and tranquility when faced with too much to do is to focus on the most obvious needs first, and let the less important things slide.
While this does make sure that my time is used in the best way possible, there are exceptions to the rule.
For instance, when building a house, the walls may be the most obvious need, but you better start with the foundation, or the whole thing will fall apart very quickly.
Now, this will be obvious to a builder, but maybe not so obvious to the average person.
The point here is that what YOU see as the most obvious thing to work on may or may not be the best thing to start with.
To figure out if there's something else you need to work on before you start a task, ask yourself this question, "Does this depend on something else that needs to be addressed first?"
Other questions that can also reveal a specific order requirement, "If I do this now, will I have to redo it again later after I do some other thing?" and "If I do this now, will it create a problem when I go to do something else?"
One of the biggest issues many of us face is a shortage of time.
There's just too much to do and not enough time to do it in.
I often find myself thinking the same thing. Sometimes, I even get to the point of becoming anxious about it. But I have to remind myself that the best I can do is the best I can do, and let that be okay. This always brings me back to serenity and peace.
The guiding principle is best seen in the way I clean house.
I always start with the most obvious mess. The worst spot in the house. Even if I get nothing else done, cleaning up THAT spot will have a significant impact on the overall appearance of the whole house. When I get that area cleaned up, at least as much as I feel like doing at the time, I look around and see what then stands out as being the worst spot.
As each "worst spot" gets cleaned up, the house takes a significant step towards cleanliness, and if I don't have time to do the whole job, what does get done is the most that could have been done by me in the time available.
Today, July 11th, 2015, my wife, Linda, and I are heading out for a week-long vacation to Kentucky. We're going to the Cumberland Falls area, and I'm hoping to be able to get more nature recordings to use as backgrounds for meditation programs.
If anyone needs any assistance while I'm gone, I'll be able to help you when I get back. Although I probably will check in from time to time, and it's possible I MAY be able to help you before then, I'm not going to promise anything.
As I write this, I'm thinking that this could be turned into a learning moment, in that any day could be considered a "vacation" when you flow in harmony with Life. While I'm thrilled to be going to see a new place, there's also a part of me that considers this trip to be very similar to the adventures I have exploring ideas and possibilities in my normal life.
Anyway, I'm not going to spend much time on this, as there are still a few things to get ready before we go.
As members of the now-defunct SEMMC (Self-Empowerment Meditation of the Month Club) know, I've started to move in the direction of using symbology to effect belief-change on a much deeper level than is possible with affirmations, simple visualization, or even basic self-hypnosis.
The reason for this is simple. It works, and is a faster, easier way to change beliefs than anything else I've ever tried.
The reason it works so well is because the process recruits the deeper mind itself to create the symbol according to the request of the conscious mind. Essentially, we ask our deeper mind to give us a symbol that represents what we want more of in our lives (wealth, love, confidence, respect, etc.) and then we instruct our deeper mind to identify with the symbol.
Sure, you could consciously choose any symbol you want, but then you'd need to spend time getting your deeper mind to accept the idea that your chosen symbol represents the desired outcome. Why spend the extra time when you don't need to?
The process is very much like traditional visualization, with an important difference.
One of the reasons humans have become the dominant species on this planet is because we have a tendency to use tools to simplify a task whenever possible. Why walk when you can ride? Why harvest the fields by hand when there's a machine that will do the work of 100 people?
Developing and using tools has given us enough free time to consider the deeper aspects of life, which in turn, has allowed us to see that in many cases, we are blocked and limited more by our negative beliefs than by anything or anyone outside of ourselves.
For instance, the only thing stopping someone from getting a job in a high-tech field is the motivation to follow a plan for getting the required education to qualify for such a job. The only thing stopping someone of average height from playing professional basketball is the motivation to organize a division of the sport open only to average-height players.
BTW — if you haven't already discovered, I don't believe there's anything (within reason) that "simply can't be done." For example, flying like Superman may eventually be possible, but probably won't happen next week.
In reviewing the marketing plan for PowerKeys Publishing, I've had an opportunity to take a fresh look at what I do. In his book, DOTCOM Secrets, Russell Brunson stresses that business owners will serve more people by focusing on ONE special thing rather than trying to explain everything a product can do.
This perfectly matches the general shift in focus that's already happening for me.
(BTW - at the end of this blog post, I show how all this can help you in your life.)
Between this and drawing out a map of which products serve which types of customers (what Russell calls the "value ladder"), it's easier to see the logical connections between my various products, and how each one serves a slightly different type of person.
For instance, the Choose To Believe material is great for those who prefer a DIY (Do It Yourself) approach, whereas the EmBRACES Belief Entrainment System is more suited to those who are too busy for a DIY solution and just want results without having to invest their own time. And the new Awaken the Avatar Within program is a good middle-ground, which provides a simplified solution for those who want a shortcut to faster results than is possible with either of the other two systems.
Again, this perfectly matches what I've already been thinking about.
This same idea can be (and probably should be) extended to the business as a whole. What is the ONE thing that I do for folks, more than anything else?
About this time last year, I completed the first draft of a new course that was essentially an update to the original Keys To Power - Step by Step course. I had planned to call it "Awaken the Avatar Within," but later decided to use that name for a hypnosis program.
Reason being that after spending 2 years testing the idea of using willpower to tap into Universal Power and manifest things, I could categorically state that using willpower is the wrong approach. At least for me in my present circumstances.
So why did I spend 2 years testing the idea?
Because that's what I do. For the last 30 years, I've tested everything I could to make the process of tapping into Universal Power and manifesting your desires as easy as possible. Some experiments yield positive results, others, not so much.
And since there is a long history of authors claiming that willpower is the foundation for manifestation, and my own early results seemed to rely upon it, it seemed like a good thing to test.
Were you on the Brainathon webinar this past Saturday? How far did you get before you signed off?
Based on the webinar I saw last week, I thought that they would go more in depth into the technologies involved in John Assaraf's "Winning the Game of Money" program, and maybe include as much, if not more, of a sample from the program itself.
The first 30 minutes was nothing but testimonials. Nothing wrong with including testimonials from satisfied users of the program, but really?! A full 30 minutes?
The next half hour had John talking, but the core focus was on whether you're interested or committed to your success. Again, nothing wrong with this per se, since it's a necessary concept in any personal development program. And with this being a 6-hour webinar, a half-hour of motivation isn't out of line.
This is probably not related to having watched John Assaraf's webinar yesterday, but the timing is interesting.
This morning, I was watching some short YouTube videos of Russell Brunson talking about various concepts of making money online, when I happened to come across a series of 3 videos where he describes a drop-dead simple plan to create an online business using a 2-page website and 12-20 emails. That's it, other than some ads to promote it.
The plan Russell describes has just 5 steps, as follows: