Plus One, improving daily, by taking small, easily achievable action steps every day, that sounds like a simple enough plan. Anyone could do it, right? Wrong! Most people won’t follow through. Actually, most won’t even try it!
Here are a few reasons why they would give up:
- don’t benefit of proper guidance
- don’t see immediate results
- become distracted and fail
- scared to try again after a failure
- satisfied with what they’ve achieved so far and become lazy
Who said work is easy? It’s certainly easier to blame others when you fail. But successful people keep going and giving up is not an option.
Let me tell you a little story.
When I joined ClickTrackProfit, I was mostly inactive, had completely other priorities and wasn’t paying much attention to it. Didn’t even bother to add a profile picture either, I was pretty fond of my privacy! That suddenly changed during a slower period for me, when I had more time and decided to take a closer look to this site I kept seeing and was a member of. Loved what I discovered and kept going. I also added a profile picture… But do you think it was a picture of myself? Not even close! I used a bear-face instead for about six months or so. Nice, smiley bear, but still a bear!
With a little convincing from Nick Grimshawe, none other than our Plus One Blog Carnival Barker, as well as from Jeremiah Johnson, leader and deputy-leader of my CTP Team at the time, I finally made the transition to my own photo.
I hope this paints the picture of how long a simple action can take in some cases. This can be done in 5 minutes, it took me one year to add my own picture to the profile! But that didn’t stop me, quite the contrary. Once getting started, I kept going. Since then, I’ve started experimenting with my advertising, building my list and having my own blog, which I like to customize a lot. I also enjoy helping people at the beginning, if they only want to be helped, as much as I seek another opinion to either confirm my reasoning or see things from a different perspective.
On top of that, I do freelancing work for a financial media company. On a daily basis. Sometimes I find out details related to my advertising experience. Did you know that LiquidWeb has a new private owner? Just search “LiquidWeb buyout” on the web if you’re interested in a bit of public information.
That seems like a lot of plus ones from a faceless inactive individual in the crowd. But guess what? The secret of this business and personal enhancement model that I also embrace is it never ends. Small steps eventually grow into big steps and then huge ones.
Whether you choose to follow the actionable and achievable steps Jon describes so well in his e-book or create your own set of steps, the model itself is highly effective, but only if you stick to the plan.
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