I finally came to grips with why I’ve failed so many times and I think it’s relevant to you as well. We don’t master things by doing more. We master through doing less. I get these emails from Ryan Lee formerly of an online community called FREEDYM. He was the first person I was introduced to when I first got into the online money makers’ world. To say that I’ve used the courses and content would be incorrect. I haven’t dug in enough. But, each time I do take the time to watch a video I learn. I learn a ton actually. From mindset, to process, to niche ideas this guy really has a ton to offer. I became a fan and it really pushed me overboard when he sent a newsletter about “hustle” a few weeks back. I’m not sure how to get it or if he archives them somewhere but you can email me and I’ll forward it to you. Anyways, the premiss is that of anti-hustle. He advocates specific focused work time and time again rather than the misnomer for inefficiency that’s being hyped to death just about every where you turn.
“How do I become efficient?” became my battlecry. I started to pullback from my work and understand sayings like Abe Lincoln’s “Give me 6 hours to chop down a tree and I’ll spend 4 sharpening the axe.” The hustle was leaving my body. I was starting to begin understanding but the implementation remained a struggle. Like any addict, hustling was a hard habit to kick. I tried first to use a very pricey planner system that made a ton of sense at first, then I all but abandoned it as I began to notice the mountain of work I had to accomplish.
I watched her on Netflix then I had this wild idea that maybe I should treat my business life like Marie treats messy suburbanites’ closets. It was time to purge. (I’m in the process now and I’ll let you know how it turns out soon.) I remember when I used to not understand how to spot or create online opportunities. Nowadays, I have so many ideas and things to pursue that I have expelled much of my energy juggling and cleaning up messes.
Trick the mind
I’m finally starting to dig into what works best for me as far as mindset goes. How to really trick myself into creating deadlines and great habits around consistency that aren’t too hard as to keep me in a loop of frustration, but also not so easy that I don’t gain any real momentum. The idea that time is limited is very difficult to accept when working solo alone. I found recently that the illusion that time is plentiful actually stifles productivity. For so long I was baffled. I’ve never been lazy or complacent, yet I was finding myself grow anxious with each and every day that passed. I over-compensated by working every single day and the result was more confusion and the work I was doing for the longest wasn’t resulting in revenue.
I now routinely self-reflect to find my own route forward, understanding that putting in work will likely never be an issue, I’m now obsessed with positioning myself to win. I think there are levels of growth within entrepreneurship. We can choose to ignore them, or we can accept the need to expand and make adjustments to reach new heights. This doesn’t have much to do with making money, yet the pulling back and organizing actually creates more money as a byproduct. I challenge you to take a day off to purge. Really get rid of distractions. Understand how our digital society works and side step the constant flow of stimulus in your work life. Finish the day feeling accomplished instead of anxious. Close your browser down completely. Really shut your laptop/desktop down at the end of the day and rest you mind. Plan your days, have 1 specific goal for the day instead of a to-do list. Graduate to a to-do list later.