Yes it’s true you should map out your life but only if it werew that simple to follow sometimes life can throw you a curve ball and a slider on the same day and things change fast knowing how to handle that is key and sometimes you can’t do it alone if fact I don’t know anybody who can get through lifes struggles all by themselves so when offered a little help take it and be grateful there are people like that. It’s not how many imes you fall down it’s how many times you get up that couns. Hsve a good day. Doug Olson
Greeetings Reed, Thomas Richmond here, it is always a nice suprise for me to have your blogs come in on a daily bases , thank you. Hope the holidays are keeping you warm buddy. My life and where its going, i was once a recluse, ignoring all the warning signs of my wonder years, lost so many precious things during those 30 some years including a wife. At age 33 i found my calling as a Christian priest and i knew i had to take care of an ailing grandmother, p.s. Frank Kern doesnt even know this stuff shhhhhhh lol. So before i moved from L.A. down to Carlsbad SD. I took some courses in computers and eventually got my Marketing Managament degree through online training at colorado Tech. In Feb. of this year another calling of mine was through a niche called Search engine optimization, i now run my own software through a huge cooperation and doing well with it, with it comes an affiliate sign up where you can join me or you can just buy , your choice, but since Feb i have atleast 200 affilaites..and growing and my members gow as well, i have atleast 200 there. I just started building a list for another team for a future business set up, i give out free lessons on search engine optimization and how to tweek it for your benifit. I also do my homework in following top marketers such as yourself, Frank Kern ,Mike or Tellman and others just to stay in the loop of getting good advice, im a simple guy but God thinks i rock lol so i dont mind at all if i see a mentor of mine or others who step ahead of the rest of us, im always learning. Till next time Reed. God_bless you and Merry Christmas to you and your new family 🙂
An internet marketer need not only learn concepts and skills directly related to this field, but more importantly learn how to direct his own destiny. The internet marketer is first and foremost a person leading a life of his own. Internet marketing is but a means or “vehicle” that he uses to reach his destination in life.
He should not forget there are more important things in life, which gives meaning to whatever he is doing in life, such as internet marketing. He should remember that internet marketing is just a small part of a grander scheme.
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Thanks for the article.
I have run my own brick and mortar business for 28 years and I am still rediscovering who I want to be and my mission. I don’t mean I’m lost but every day is new and so I find I continually need to adapt and change. This is good I think. I agree we need to be looking all the time.
I have a new blog where I am trying to help people made changes around their house. You can check it out at Home Renew all
Looking forward to reading more from you Reed.
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And I thought I was stressed:) Reed, this is the first time I’ve seen one of your articles that reads like a ‘bad example of PLR’….ya outsourced this didn’tcha?:)
Just messing with you, the tips are spot on and hope to see more of them.
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Great post Reed.In any kind of business we all need the attitude outlined by you.The most difficult thing is to move forward and stay focus, no matter failure hits you almost everyday, this consistency in attitude will develop your character becoming more stronger and it build your integrity
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Reed, aha – that’s better. I totally enjoyed that like fresh air. This is the life plan, mission, focus, vehicle stuff that most humans have neglected to think about. Focus. You know, I love success at Internet Marketing but it’s a vehicle for setting up residual income sources only. IM injections will fuel me as a writer of novels. It is written in stone. Quartz seams are glistening with rivulets of pure gold.
Great post. Life fufillments are actually all about achieving personal goals and creating breakthroughs in one’s life.
In your blog post, you did mentioned the SMART goals.
It is good that you provided this blueprint for us to follow. However, for those who want to make use of this SMART method, it is important for you not to get overly smart with it!
During the brainstorming sessions of goal setting, it is very important for you to leave your ego and logical thinking aside and fully engage your creative mind.
Oftentimes, people tend to mix in too many other factors during their goal setting process that they already decide if they can achieve their goals.
If you have not been a chronic goal setter and achiever, it may be hard for you to convince your ego and logical mind that the goals that you have written down are possible, attainable and realistic.
I like to believe (similiar to those famous personal development gurus out there) that you will always be given the abilities and opportunities to achieve what you desire in life. It will not be fair to you to have the idea of a goal but not able to do it.
Achieving “attainable” and “realistic” goals are two main potholes of this method. Think about it, which part of you will decide if your goals are “attainable” and “realistic”?
Yup, you are right, your logical mind and your ego. However, both are only using your past as a reference to determine your future.
Therefore, if you want to use this method, remember to always write down all your goals, put aside if they are possible or not. Next, go for those which you think are more attainable and realistic. Seek to achieve them first and build a strong belief in yourself and your ability to achieve what you have in your mind.
All great achievements are built upon a foundation of simple yet important goals.
For more great and updated information of how to use goal setting to achieve a more fulfilling and motivating life, do feel free to head down to:
I will see you there!
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Thanks for the great advice, reed. This is the simplest, to-the-point post I have seen on creating a life plan.
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Reed, Just wanted to say how important I think it is to step back and look at the big picture. Internet marketing is not just about making money, but about living the life you want. More time with family and friends, less traffic, and things of that nature. Take in life and enjoy it. You don’t want to just go through the motions, but work hard and achieve goals. I think this is an excellent post, and refreshing from the constant internet marketing strategies all of us consume ourselves with from time to time.
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Great layout, very easy to read and understand.
Hi Reed!,Thanks for this article.
(I enjoy reading your blogs).
I failed to see the issue of oppotunity listed there.Unless an oppotunity is presented our planing will remain just that.All plans must be based on available oppotunities.What do you think?
Everyone has their own slightly different viewpoint on the definition of success. I like how Earl Nightingale defines success:
“Success is the progression of a worthy ideal.”
And, as Matthew Lord commented, Internet marketing is not just about making money. In fact, no form of work is just about making money. It’s the quality of life that having lots of money can empower you to have that’s important.
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Thanks Reed, this was a good and refreshing reminder of the “big picture” of life. Sometimes we get so caught up in marketing, blogging, SEO . . . blah, blah, blah . . . that we forget the importance of our personal journey.
Jim Rohn says the way to succeed is to work harder on yourself than on your job. This is a great exercise in working on ourselves. Thanks!
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@Georjina: I agree.
This post is the kinda thing that should be
mentioned more often in IM. All the salesletter
talk about getting rich, but as John Delavera
says also, the money is just a means to get you
to your “bigger land”.
We all need to remember that we have to give
in order to receive. If you haven’t read
“Before the Secret”, I think you would really
enjoy it. You could pick it up through Gina
Gaudio Graves at IMuniversity.com
Success to all,
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Hey Reed, What a refreshing article and so true in many ways. This granny knows just how important a life map is in planning goals for ones life. I really believe in focus and learning. Knowledge is power and has a lot to do with the way you plan your life map.Goals and faith in yourself are two of your biggest assets. Thanks, Anna
nice Blogpost but if siomeone follows your advice what you said in this Blog, you may loose your identity and spread out everything to the world. Who is interested in your life ? waht are the goals you like to achieve ? what is your target ? You learne every day and can prove how helpless you are and what do you get ? another day older and deeper in debt, what a real truth inside a rocksong. Work on yourself and don’t think about what others want to know about me. You should not think all the time about any success you have give to others any positive aspects of your walk in life.
What I like about you is you are for real. You are egar to help people become better at what they do and who they are and who they want to be.
This article really moved me.
Hey Reed, this is a great way to have people take a deeper look at what we’re doing — and more importantly why we’re doing it.
It’s just too easy to get so tightly focused on getting something done, or even surviving, that at the end of the day you look around and wonder, how the heck did I get HERE? This isn’t what I wanted.
You need more than a path to a short term goal like “making money.” You need a vision. And your article today helps people think through what their own vision will become.
And you’re right, many folks skip this.
That’s sad — and it’s probably why things are that are messed up in the world, got that way — we had people doing stuff they really hated, trying to make money or just get by.
I think deep in each person’s heart they would rather be doing what they love — if they could only figure out how.
Thanks for making that one bit more easy.
Hi Reed, Merry Christmas.
The clearer that we can get on what it is that we love, the easier it will be to live that life.
I have come to realize that my purpose is to empower others in any way shape or form that I can.
I think we need to first, allow ourselves to dream in order to live our best lives fully.
If we live on purpose, anything that gets in our way will surely fall by the wayside as we continue on our overall path to our destiny.
Thanks for getting all philosophical on us, this was fun.
Take care, Rick
But, Mousie, thou art no thy lane,
In proving foresight may be vain:
The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men
Gang aft a-gley,
An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain
For promis’d joy.
– Robert Burns, “Ode to a Mouse” 1785
Plans and maps are good and beneficial, but life has a way of intervening, thus changing them.
Haven’t been reading your blog for awhile, haven’t been online reading for awhile as a matter of fact. And this article was just perfect to get back on track, I just finished adding some Tradedoubler links and banners on my site and now I’ll continue going thru my inbox so that I before New Years Eve can see my goals for the year come true!
Reed, life is also a book, with each chapter unfolding before you, written word by word with every step you take. Each chapter is filled with good, bad and the ugly, with no one taking your education, your experience away from you. A plan is nothing more than an action to think. For plans change as we go. Without plans, without thinking, we stagnate and stall.
Success is coming for 2009.
I know it.
I’ll be meeting it along the way 🙂
Terrific post Reed!
A business plan, a family plan and a life plan are all essential to survival. This is particularly true today in the current environment.
As for Gina and I we would like to add to that a plan for our members and followers…
We will always give our group as much of ourselves and our knowledge as possible with the highest quality service available.
We want all of our members to grow a healthy business and have a prosperous life!
First of all thanks for sharing your thoughts. I am sure that it has and, will be helpful to many people. If you could find a way to get this in front of young people they would learn to look ahead down the road and, perhaps make better decisions before they hit one of those potholes
and travel on with some guidance and stay on a good path. You did a very good job on this.
Good stuff as always. You must have a plan for life. And a dream. Life does intervene, but hold on to that plan and that dream. Just be honest and don’t take advantage of others. I cannot sell these products from the gurus to poor unsuspecting clients. People are getting desperate for money. I’m getting on to eighty and just want to make a little bit of money writing articles and being an affiliate. My daughter has almost $100,000 student loan to pay off. And we all need money in this economy. Thanks for your help.
GOD BLESS YOU!!! GOD BLESS YOU!!! GOD BLESS YOU!!!
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Great Post Reed,
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