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Making $ On-line: Step 1- Overcome Fear!

Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right. -Henry Ford

Retiring from ‘Corporate America’ and embarking on the new adventure of self-employment was literally a step of faith. The car business was heading down the tubes fast, and I knew that if I didn’t find a Plan B quickly, I was headed down the same direction. I thank God that he gave me the courage to head home one day after work to seek out a fresh opportunity. I knew absolutely nothing about running a business on-line (I barely learned how to send an e-mail a few years earlier), but I knew in my heart that if I put my mind to it, had faith, and worked it hard…my life would change for the better. Now that I’ve been working from home for a few years now, and giving my wife the opportunity to stay home with our children, I can honestly say it was all worth it!

So what was my first step in becoming a successful, happily self-employed, internet marketer? OVERCOMING FEAR. I had grown up believing that going to school, getting a job, and paying my bills was all that there was to life. Status quo. It was that simple. In comes the recession…and it blew that theory all to pieces. Left and right, people were getting laid off, losing their homes, becoming overcome by fear.

Sadly, many of these fearful souls are calling me, asking for a solution…a Plan B. I tell them that they have to be willing to work hard, commit to a plan, be trainable. Many times, I hear all the right answers…about their zeal, excitement, and promised dedication. I want to believe, for their benefit, that they are sincere, and at the time, they seemingly are.

So what happened when they stop calling, they drop out of the business, disconnect with the team training? FEAR. It’s most often the culprit. They weren’t seeing results ‘fast enough’, they talked to their spouse who encouraged them to just look for another paycheck to paycheck job, they gave up their dreams of a new life.

I wish I could save these people from their fears, but unfortunately, you can’t save them all…as much as you try. I am here to help the ones that are willing to help themselves first. I’m finding that many of the ones that are unable to help themselves suffer a poverty mentality…what I call ‘Top Ramen Mentality.’ They are the ones that work very quietly for their money, they tiptoe through life fearing if there will be enough money to pay the bare minimum bills for the upcoming month, and they feel trapped in their job. They make short sighted decisions with their money because fear drives their purchases. They work for money, rather than letting their money work for them. Why do they feel caged in a job they hate? They fear that if they let go of it & try something new, they might fail. They are fearful of taking risks. They are fearful of doing something different then what their own parents did. Fear…fear…fear.

So how do you end the cycle of FEAR? The answer is ‘CHANGE YOUR MINDSET!’ Stop hanging out with individuals who have no goals, constantly complain, yet don’t do anything to change their circumstances. Seek out wisdom from people who are succeeding on their own (my book this month is ‘Rich Dad Poor Dad’…what a wealth of information! I’m reading it for a second time & still finding golden nuggets! The Bible has always been a constant read for me…Proverbs it all up!). Find a team that will aid in your success, train you in on-line marketing, and be a source of encouragement & direction (like my 5k Inner Circle Team…we are here to help SERIOUS marketers who are willing to rise above fear). We must change our thinking & BELIEVE we can rise to new heights. Believing is the first step, after that, it’s the putting faith into action that will bring change.

If you are coachable, are ready to take a leap of faith and work for yourself, and are looking for a mentor on-line, give me a call…Mark Stephens 909.528.4079. Visit May God give you the courage to take the first step!


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