I hope you are doing well. This is a really simple point, but realizing it years ago really helped me so I hope it helps you too.
**There is absolutely no need WHATSOEVER for us to feel like we need to ‘fit in’ with the traditional working hours!**
That might seem like I’m stating the complete obvious, but since I grew up in quite a traditional household, it took a while for me to grasp that. I was brought up to get up early, go to work 5 times every 7 days and even to get up early on weekends!
I still can find it a little weird when I am sat at home in the day time thinking of all my friends working in their day jobs where they HAVE to be 5 times a week – yet I am free to work, or not work, or go away, or do what I want, whenever I want. The only thing stopping me is money right now!
When I first started freelancing and had days off, or indeed when I first started seriously working from home trying to build my online business it can be hard staying motivated. For example sometimes I spend AGES trying to grasp something new, like setting up my autoresponder sequence or setting up an opt in pop up box on my site.
I can get frustrated with myself because I haven’t added anything to my website or there are no obvious, visible results, either from a money side or a content side.
However, learning to cut myself some slack and KNOWING that I am NOT lazy, I am NOT slacking off, I am just me – human – with a desire to better myself, learn new things, and succeed – that faith is what keeps me going whenever I have a tough day.
We ALL have things right now, that we HAVE to do, whether it’s looking after children, a day job, freelancing, travelling, etc.
If you’re reading this blog, I presume it’s because you are interested to earn money online and are receptive to learning from everyone you can and achieving success absolutely ASAP. Brilliant! Me too!!
Right now, when I don’t have to freelance, I get up at around 11am and stay up until about 4am. During the “working day” I do my errands, bank, post office, business phone calls etc and then by the time 6pm comes around I feel SUPER focused and ready to kick some serious internet marketing ass!!
Sometimes I go for a walk on the beach during the day, or go to the gym. Here’s my point:
I don’t feel guilty about it! (Even though it goes against all of the ‘traditional’ working day stuff we are conditioned to believe!)
And realizing that point has made me so much more productive, focused and I feel much more in control of my own destiny and even though I’m not yet making much money, I am living life on MY terms. Well, most of the time and as much as I can right now anyway, haha!
So that’s what works for me.
We are all different, and we all need to embrace what works for us, within what we NEED to do given our life position right now.
I don’t think twice about staying in on a Saturday night if I WANT to do work and I’m in a groove and think I can get loads done. It’s cheaper, anyway!! Haha! I guess that came from DJing, I always used to ‘work’ on weekends although it was way more fun than work!
So to some of you this might be like stating the complete obvious, but to some people, especially those who are used to being employees not bosses, and want to make the change, I hope that this inspires you to further take control of your destiny and do what YOU want and need to do, for YOU, whenever YOU can and YOU want to. The more you put in, the more you’ll get out, simple.
Finally I think the reason I called this blog post ‘Perspective’ is because there are many ways of looking at any situation. Some people are ALWAYS negative, glass half empty types. I try to avoid those types.
Others like myself are positive and try to look for the good in any situation.
For example: I don’t have hardly ANY money and a fair bit of debt right now. That’s terrible, right?
Well, sure, it’s not ideal, but if I wasn’t broke, then I might not have such a great motivation to learn internet marketing myself, as fast as I can, but still as thoroughly as I can. If I wasn’t broke, I wouldn’t have such a deep rooted passion to work to better my situation.
And, if I wasn’t broke, and/or unsatisfied from doing what started out as being really cool and fun jobs, then I might have just gone and tried other jobs, rather than looking to change the whole METHOD of earning money.
Now, I am building a lasting business for MYSELF AND helping others along the way, so it is satisfying AND fun, AND cumulative, rather than just watching my days slip away working for someone else.
“Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.”
If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry. If it’s not fixable, then there is no help in worrying. There is no benefit in worrying whatsoever.
― Dalai Lama XIV
To OUR Success! Clare