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Welcoming 2017

2017 New YearWelcome 2017! Make This Year “The” Year!

Every year people make the decision that they are going to change things, that this year is going to be different!

While a new year is a great time to focus our energies towards new projects and new goals, the reality is that most folks will work on their projects for a couple of weeks and then go back to their old ways!

Once again, with the new year and the new challenges, we are going to focus on what it is that we need to do to fire that boss, start our own businesses and replace our corporate slave incomes! You know, those incomes that provide us with a place to live, a care or two (or more), utilities, and basically every other thing we need to live our lives!

Look, I’m not one of those Just Over Broke guys (J.O.B.), I believe that a job is a GREAT thing and I hope that things are going well with yours…


…I’m also a HUGE proponent of the work from home industry and building your own business.

Is 2017 Going to Be Different? It’s Up to You

So what are you going to do to make things different this year, how are you FINALLY going to find online?

If you are like a lot of people, you will make some New Year’s resolutions and this may include developing some goals for your business.


Like many (most) people, you will be done with your “efforts” to change your life within a couple of weeks, not only missing your goal, but also feeling guilty about feeling like a loser that can’t get it together once more – (which is NOT true by the way!).

In this post I’m going to go over just a few skills that you may need to hone in order to find the online success and one thing that you can change any time of year and at any point of your life is YOU!

So much of success is about the right mindset. If you decided to take on 2017 with a different mindset rather than how much money your could be making with your business, you could be headed down the right path.

Figure out something that you need to change, a behavior such as waking up 15 minutes earlier or actually getting out of bed when the alarm rings.

If you want to grow your business, first figure out what those that are successful in the field are doing. They may have 10 things they do every single day and if so, develop a plan for yourself that heads in that direction.

For example, if you need to generate traffic to your website, start with one method and work on that everyday until you start to see some consistent results and then add to it. If you continue this activity, within this year you could have a lot of tools that work for you for traffic generation

Perhaps you don’t even have a business to promote….find one.

Pick out something that is right for you and develop a strategy to bring it to fruition.

Start with a proper perspective and realize that it may take a little while. You are going to have to learn about your business and you don’t have to do it all in one week!

Mindset for 2017

First of all, understanding that an online business is a business is your first step. Just because we work with a laptop under a Bahamian sun (yeah, right!) doesn’t mean that we don’t have to follow the same rules of business that those with a brick and mortar operation are required to adhere to. We do and you need to take this seriously.

If you treat your business like a hobby you will get “hobby” wages, but if  you treat your business like a multi-million dollar operation then you will probably have a better chance of achieving higher than average incomes.

While there may be a lot of technical requirements that you need to conform to, the main point I want to make here is that you need to have the proper mindset in place to find the success that so many are looking to achieve.

Invest in yourself. Invest in your mindset. Read books, go to seminars, watch videos! Study those that have gone before you and found success, do what they do! Why would you want to re-invent the wheel?

Bottom line, develop the mindset that you need to attract the kind of success that you long for. The easiest way to do this is by modeling your behavior around someone that has already gone before you and found the type and level of success that you are looking for.

Sort of makes sense doesn’t it.

And for those of you that think you have heard something like this before, check out some of the teachings of Anthony (Tony) Robbins.

Ultimately, YOUR success is in YOUR hands. Make the decision, no, the commitment to develop the mindset you need to find success online in 2017!

Commit to YOUR Business

What type of business are you going to promote?

MLM? Affiliate? Develop your Own product to sale?

It’s up to you, but once you go through the process of finding what it is that you want to promote then you need to make a COMMITMENT to promote it. This doesn’t mean that you need to start working 12 hour days building your online business, but if you are going to work an extra hour and a half a day to develop your business then you need to commit to that and develop it.

Learn everything about your business. Learn who you are selling to, who wants to purchase what you are offering?

One of the things that too many people get caught up in is how great they think their products are…emotions!

You may have a great product, no doubt that you do, but the question is, does your target audience believe that you have a great or even good product? If the answer is yes then you will probably be onto something awesome! If the answer is not really or no though…well then you might as well start working on some terrific marketing and advertising or find a new product.

Matching up your products with your audience is HUGE!!!

Set Small, Achievable Goals

A lot of folks read about setting goals and how goal setting helped those that are successful achieve some of their goals, if not all of them. Once people hear this, they immediately run out and set all of this wild and fantastically big and awesome goals.

The problem?

They never see success because it becomes a case of too much too quick….eyes bigger than their stomach sort of thing.

When you are new to goal setting, the best thing is that you need to set small goals that you can achieve on a daily basis. These goals can be as small as choosing a topic to write a post about or make a video of to contacting 20 people today about your opportunity. The important thing is that you complete the task, that you have a “win” under your belt.

Break your plans down into small tasks that you can work on and see some quick results. As you do this again and again, you will become a stronger goal setter and will be able to increase the size of your daily and weekly goals, achieving more faster.

Make sure that one of those goals is simply sitting down and thinking/visualizing your business. Hold that picture in your mind and see yourself in it…see yourself succeeding.


One key strategy that many successful people do is keep their minds open to new ideas and opportunities as well as strive for continual learning and they do this by reading.

Warren Buffet often talks about how much time he spends reading…somewhere around 80% of his day…80%!!!! Almost all of the successful people I know are voracious readers and many of them attribute their success to the books that they read.

If you need help with figuring out what goals you should set….start with reading. Business is hard….it’s emotionally trying…but there will always be difficult times and if nothing else it’s always nice to read about how your heroes of success struggled and what it was that they did to overcome their challenges and eventually find success.

Education is a wonderful thing and while you don’t necessarily need to have a degree in business or marketing, educating yourself by reading business and wealth creation principles is something you should never tire of. You never know when or where opportunity will strike next. Reading keeps the pathway to opportunities open. Reading keeps your mind and imagination flexible to see things that others miss.

Hopefully, you will take some of these ideas and strategies and let them help you move into 2017 with a sense of purpose and an idea of what it is that you want to do and the ability to do it.

Remember, success is a choice. You can choose to do the things that most people do not do and find success, or you can sit around and watch TV like the rest of them and give your life and your life’s purpose away. The choice is yours.

Remember – The reason Ferrari does not advertise their cars on TV is because people that drive Ferrari’s don’t watch TV!

About the author: A passion for helping others, Mark started marketing on the Internet in 2005 with very little success, but with a little determination decided that he was going to go “all in” when it came to making money online. Since then he has been able to stay at home and build his Internet Empire from scratch. Mark enjoys helping other entrepreneurs be all they can be. Connect with mark on

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