Ok, it’s pretty late for me tonight (with work in the morning and me loving my precious sleep) but I wanted to share some of my thoughts on Alex Jeffreys’ coaching lesson from Monday night. I wasn’t one of the fortunate ones to watch the entire lesson live, so I had to wait for the recordings to be posted this afternoon, but it was VERY MUCH worth it!
Just to start it all off, it is absolutely amazing to see that Alex spend the entire two hours thoroughly explaining his lesson, but IN ADDITION took nearly three hours answering each and every question that was asked. Now if you can’t tell that this guy is a hands down class act, then I don’t know where you’re mind’s at!!
Alex’s first lesson was purely about organizing your thoughts, actions, work, and everything else that goes in to starting up and successful online business. As many might have thought that this is elementary or repetitive from what you might use currently, it’s definitely the right place to start.
For myself, I felt that his words about thoroughly organizing every aspect of your business and working days were IMMENSELY important. Overall, I would say that I am not completely organized, but I do definitely try my best to be… but I tend to lose track rather quickly. I either need a constant reminder to organize my stuff or I need someone who has a proven story to tell me. I believe the latter will work for me this time!
Planning seems to be the largest problem for most people… I can DEFINITELY tell you it is for me! But it’s really amazing because planning should be the number one element in a business. A solid plan would allow for a business to actually know what it’s doing and where it ultimately needs to be. That is SO IMPORTANT! Why would you ever want to run a business and wander throughout your day like a chicken with its head cut off? You’d be aimless with no target for the future.
One of the many key elements of planning that Alex explained was that of knowing your goal, but then planning BACKWARDS. As odd and possibly difficult as it sounds, it makes perfect sense. If you have a goal in mind, you need to know how it’s going to feel once you’re there, so that’s when you take a step back and ask yourself what you did to get to that almighty goal.
All you do from that point, you simply keep taking one step back at a time and continue to ask yourself that same question, “What did I do to move ahead towards my goal?” Sooner than you know it, you’ll be finding yourself sitting at where you are TODAY with a fully drawn out plan to give you a clear path of how to achieve your goal.
Now you might be screaming at me yelling, “I don’t exactly how to get to my goal from where I’m at today!” There’s no worries, just visualize the goal and connect the dots as best as you can. One thing that Alex stressed is to get something written down on paper. Don’t worry if it’s wrong, you shouldn’t ever think your first plan is going to be bulletproof! You’ll always have the chance to go back to it and alter anything that you learn down the road.
I know it was a bit long, but I hope it helped you out, as I think that MANY of you feel my pain about properly planning for the future. I know that by writing this post, I am basically promising to myself to not slip back to my old dirty habits of disorganization and no planning. You should do the same if you have the same problem.
Here’s to a new beginning! Cheers!!