Ever get discouraged in your quest for web success?Â Sometimes it can be challenging to increase your motivation for success when you are down or not feeling too confident.
I had an epiphany the other day about online success while at a dress rehearsal for an opera recital I performed in.Â Undoubtedly, self confidence plays a huge role in the success of an individual and his or her business success.
As a lover of Internet marketing, Social Media, SEO, and entrepreneurship I immerse myself in all that encompasses web success, and I find it thrilling and easy to take action to meet my goals.Â Â On the other hand, singing is a different story.
I had an Opera recital the other day and fumbled my way around one Italian aria because I was not really confident.Â I managed to pull it together with my interpretation of the aria andÂ with a second performance of aÂ stellar rendition of the song “I’ve Got the Sun in the Morning” (much more comfortable for me than the soprano notes).
I’ve always liked to sing – to myself, that is.Â Â And I’ve always loved R&B and Soul.Â However, I’m no Mariah Carey.Â In fact, when I was a teen I used to attempt to hit those Tweety bird notes Mariah used to hit, and my voice would crack.Â I can hear my sister laughingÂ at me now.Â Of course I’d laugh along, and I knew I was no Mariah.Â I could, however, sing the heck out of a Mary J. Blige or Color Me Bad pop song.Â Boy, I’m dating myself aren’t I?
So What Does Singing Have to do with Web Success and Increasing your Motivation Anyway?
To a great extent your success, and the motivation you have for your business, and in life, depends a great deal on how much self confidence you have.
If you are confident that you are able to learn online marketing for your business and the thought of making the Internet your warm market excites you, you will flourish.Â Now, naturally you won’t succeed immediately, but you will make great headway with your goals.
Building self confidence is not an overnight thing.
Opera wasn’t my forte, but I went for it anyway.Â Now, I’m still no Mariah, but after it taking me 30 years to act on it because I was so afraid, I now honestly feel like a singing sensation (after 8 months and 2 Italian Aria performances).
Below are some web success tips to help you not only find success online, but also boost the confidence you have in your online marketing, your business, and in yourself!
Web Success Tip #1
Take Uncomfortable Action
I knew taking Opera was going to be uncomfortable, but the more I practiced and applied what my voice coach taught me, the more I felt I expanded my comfort zone and the closer I felt to meeting my goals.
You’d be surprised that once you start, it always seems a lot more easier than you had imagined.Â The hardest part of any journey is the beginning – the starting point.Â Hey it took me 30 years to start taking voice lessons (something I always dreamed of doing but never did until recently).Â Don’t let fear stop you.Â Take uncomfortable action.
The progress you make in you Small Business Internet marketing efforts will be the same way.
Reaching outside of your comfort zone and taking small action steps toward reaching your marketing goals will work wonders in building the confidence you have in yourself and for your business.
It would be silly to think that your traffic, audience and success online will come to you in a week’s time.Â It takes practice, commitment, dedication, confidence, and motivation to get it done.
Do something this week that will seem a bit uncomfortable to you.
What is it that you’ve been “meaning” to do but haven’t done it because you don’t feel confident or you’re just afraid?Â Â Do it.
Begin learning how to blog,Â work on your email marketing list, tweak your blog settings, get more social.
Web Success Tip #2
Make The Decision
Don’t just intend to do something. Decide that you will.Â Most of us have a long list of “to do” items, but we don’t schedule them in.Â Decide that you are going to start working on one of your online marketing projects.Â Which one will you start first?
Schedule that task wherever it is you schedule your appointments (I’m a big fan of the Google Calendar). Until you write it down and set a time to do it, your decisions won’t be decisions but things you put on the back burner.
Also, when you set a deadline and stick to it, it helps you plan what you are going to take care of and when you will take care of it.
Web Success Tip #3
Create a Habit of Consistency
The more consistent you are with your small businesses marketing strategies, the more success you will achieve.
Just as this blog’s traffic has grown over the span of a short 4 1/2 months, it’s been due to consistency in blog posts, keyword research, incorporating fundamental SEO strategies, Twitter, Facebook, viral buzz, Social bookmarking, and several other methods.Â This took time and work (as well as team effort – which is one of our Secrets to Web Success).
The point here is that if you are consistent, you will reap mega rewards.
Web Success Tip #4
Give Yourself More Credit for Your Successes
Most of us let the internal voice (like now my internalÂ editor is telling me I’ve got incomplete thoughts in this blog post, I’ve got to fix, but I’m shutting that off).Â smile.
The internal voice is the naysayer; the voice that tells you you can’t learn search engine optimization or you don’t have time to author a small business blog.Â It’s the voice that attempts to keep you in your comfort zone and keep you “content.”
Although this voice will not go away you can learn to minimize it.
Learn to do this by patting yourself on the back for all the things you DO accomplish.Â Bill Bartmann, the most humble billionaire I’ve met, told me at a seminar once to create a “Notable Accomplishment” list – a list with all your accomplishments, big or small – and refer back to it when you don’t feel so confident.
When you look back and reflect on all the things you’ve accomplished up until now, you’ll realize just how awesome you are!
Web Success Tip #5
Celebrate the Small Successes
If you’ve conducted keyword research, if you created a profile on Facebook, or if you’ve worked on an email marketing campaign, pat yourself on the back, celebrate.Â Now that doesn’t mean not to complete what you started.
The success you have marketing your small business on the Internet will be in increments.Â Focus on making progress while you celebrate the milestones along the way.
What methods have you used to increase your motivation?Â What keeps you excited about the success you are having on the web?
I appreciate you!
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