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Internet Marketing 101: What's Inside Your Mind?
by Stephen Beck

If you are not making money in your offline or online business, take a lesson in internet marketing 101 and look no further than what is inside your mind.  Many people are going through the process of building their business, but they do not really believe they can be successful in it.  They walk around with mental roadblocks.  But there are seven things you can do to change your mindset.  In this article, I will cover the first two.

Internet Marketing 101 - Be thankful!

The first step is to be thankful.  Develop an attitude of gratitude.  Choose to be grateful for where you are and the things God has given you.  This attitude can really influence your business. 

Also, you can be someone who gives just for the sake of giving and not always to get something in return.  You can be generous with your skills and abilities.  You may wonder what this has to do with business, but it really is true that what is in your head affects the way you work each and everyday. 

So are you generous?  Are you helping those around you?  In my homeschool niche, I like to help people choose the right curriculum and help them make it work for them.  Hopefully, you are generous with the information you have, too.

internet marketing 101Internet Marketing 101 - Be thoughtful!

The second step is to be thoughtful.  The stories in your mind reflect the stories in your life.  In other words, the things that are going in your mind are going to infiltrate and influence the things that happen in your life.  For example I have talked to several people after our webinars, and I keep hearing the same thing, "I don't really believe I can make money." This kind of thinking becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. 

If you do not think you will make money, then you will not really put your whole heart into what you are doing.  If you have some doubts about what you are doing and then try to promote your products, you will not come across as believable.

Another thing you need to think about is whether you have a hobby or a business.  Are you playing at what you are doing or are you taking it seriously?  I find that sometimes people are just playing at business.  They are not really managing or promoting a business.  Maybe right now it seems more like a hobby, but if you are serious about making money, you will want to really consider what you are doing.

Spend time thinking about your "why."  Why are you doing what you are doing?  I actually wrote mine down, and I got a picture of my family to go with it because part of the reason that I help with our family business is so we can have some passive income.  We use it to spend more time with our family and to minister to others with mission trips. 

So what is your why? I would really encourage you to take some time this week and list the reasons you are doing your business.  Be specific.  Do not just say, "It's for my family."  Instead, say something specific like, " I want to visit my kids and be able to help with my grandkids."  Or, "I want to be able to take my kids on trips around the world."  Or, "I want to be able to reach  out to missionaries and to go on mission trips."  Once you have your why written down, make it public.


Copyright Stephen Beck, 2010

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