HOW CAN YOU BE AMBITIOUS WHEN THE FUTURE SEEMS SO FAR AWAY?
The beauty behind my method to creating an online business is that I put a heavy emphasis on crafting a passionate brand that you're head over heels in love with.
I don't just want you thinking about the "perfect" brand you could make. As far as I'm concerned, It's imperative that YOU succeed and YOU find happiness and YOU love what you've created for yourself, regardless of what you think others may think about it.
So dream BIG with your future and don't fret about whether or not you reach it, or if it sounds reasonable, or if your friends or family would approve. The point of this lesson is to create an ocean of hopefulness to motivate you forward with ambitious determination. Ask yourself:
If you could live anywhere and afford any lifestyle, what would your life look like?
If you could have any business and lifestyle routines, what would they be?
If you could accomplish anything in your lifetime, what would it be?
GET USED TO DECONSTRUCTING BIG ENDEAVORS INTO MANAGEABLE PIECES
Let's say you want to create your own custom tie-dye t-shirt business where users can select styles from your website, place an order, and track their purchase.
To understand the building blocks that go into that, start from what you know and work backwards: you'll need a website that can process payments, you'll need various "types" of t-shirt options for users to choose from, you'll need an inventory cap, perhaps a regular monthly promotion, etc.
Take a deep breath and remove the overwhelm from thinking things through. This is all stuff you can do!!! You just need to take a few minutes to think through what pieces you can assume you'll need. In later lessons, I'll help you hash out all the details.
AIM FOR 100% EMPOWERMENT & HAPPINESS
My secret to thinking way outside the box for my lifestyle is that I don't limit myself by what anyone else believes is possible or should be done: I aim for 100% empowerment and happiness throughout my life and anywhere I feel a dip from that 100%, I hone in on it and take large strides to resolve the issue.
Have you set goals that ignite your entire life with passion?
Are you using this time to transform your whole lifestyle (mind, body, and soul as well)?
Where can you implement minor adjustments to reach higher personal peaks?
From personal health to business expectations, extreme instinctual reactions to hard-won routine dismantlement, my secret to reconstructing my lifestyle over and over again is that I love tearing down old habits and building up better ones in their stead, all for the sake of 100% empowerment and happiness within this lifetime.
KNOW WHAT YOU WANT MOST & GO FOR IT, BABE!
I know it can be difficult to "plan" your future when you don't even have a website or social media accounts or written content to support the dream, but that doesn't mean you don't deserve the excitement of it all, ! Ask yourself:
If you could collaborate with anyone, who would it be?
If you could create any dream offer, what would it be?
If you could do anything with your brand, what would it be?
Just because you brainstorm exciting possibilities, doesn't mean you're obligated to follow through on them or even hold onto them in the future if they no longer serve you. The point here is to brainstorm fun ideas so as you continue planning your future you can find space to implement these plans and - if chosen well - bring them into fruition!
HOW CAN YOU PROFIT?
Research what already exists on the market, or come up with your own unique ways to profit.
Refer back to WHAT IS ONLINE BUSINESS? if you want some ideas of what you can offer.
And don't forget about your distant plans! If one of your 5-year goals is to make six figures off of your romance novels, what are all the different ways you can profit from your business concept to reach that goal?
You could sell your ebooks, sure, but you could also teach others how to write novels, offer editing services to other novelists, create more books other than just romance novels, and so much more!
WHERE CAN YOU BE SOLD?
Other than just your website, what other avenues might exist where you could sell your product(s) or service(s)?
You could sell physical products or digital downloads on Etsy.com, you could sell ebooks on Amazon.com (et al), and you could attend conventions or fairs and festivals to promote your retreats, online services, or courses.
I want you to start thinking about these things now because in a few lessons we're going to take it up a notch and map out a PR plan to help maximize your efforts when the time comes.
HOW WOULD YOU LOVE TO PROFIT?
Remember that this business is going to be something you dedicate all of your free-time to for the next few years until, and/or if ever, you're ready to move on, so think creatively about what you'd LOVE to do to turn a profit.
If that's babysitting, so be it. If that's creating video content, do it. If that's writing all day and night until your eyes bleed Times Roman-shaped tears, let's make it happen.
FOR EXAMPLE: In regards to RW.com, I love to be helpful and I've always flocked to teaching and compassion-driven activities, so offering online courses and ebooks that help people break out of a funk and unleash their best selves is right up my alley.