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The last couple of days I have heard this same thing from several of my online friends, “I’m involved in so many things, I just don’t even know where to start”. I too have felt this way, overwhelmed with trying to accomplish so many different things, you know the “multiple streams of income” idea.
While multiple streams of income is an interesting concept, probably the best way to get there is to start with at least one stream of income. Even if that stream is small, build it up to the point it can continue on its own before you start looking at building more streams.
One drop of water will wear away a stone over time as it continues to drop in the same spot, while a whole bucket will only wash your floor once.
Strategies for overcoming being overwhelmed
Get focused – Being focused on being great at one thing before moving on to the next “thing” will allow you to enjoy the process and you give you a reasonable return on your time invested. It is difficult to be good at a lot of different things that are not related especially if you are trying to learn new skills.
Know the reason for making your next purchase – The other thought that has come to me is that not everything we get involved with is necessarily designed to make money, they are tools that you need, of information so that you can create value in your own right. Often these tools come with a promotional plan attached so it becomes confusing (at least to me) about what I’m doing with the tool. Am I promoting it or am I using it for a purpose.
Have a plan – Ultimately you need to decide what you want to accomplish. Sometimes that takes a bit of floundering around trying different things to see what “feels” right. Once you find that place that you are feeling good about, you should move forward, systematically.
Many people come online to “make money” but don’t have an idea about how they are going to accomplish that. So the buying frenzy begins. You get involved with multi level marketing programs, quick buck programs, writing on free platforms (for 15 minutes), setting up websites (if you’re really ambitious), joining blogging platforms and the list goes on.
The point is that you can make money in any one of those venues, being involved in all of them at the same time without actually mastering the skills necessary to succeed in any one of them first is a recipe for failure and disappointment.
My advice is to pick one thing. Learn all you can about it. Figure out which tools you need to succeed at it and dominate that one area. Find someone who is an expert at that one thing and back engineer what they did, or better yet, ask them how they got good at it. Most people, that I have met online, are friendly. They all started knowing nothing too. Some may offer you free information, others may charge you for it. Often you get what you pay for and if you don’t feel you’ve gotten your money’s worth don’t be afraid to ask for your money back. I’m not advocating getting refunds for information that you have used and are benefiting from, however, if you have made a purchase and the product does not do what it was advertised to do, or work in the manner you were lead to believe it would, get a refund.
What you will find by focusing and knowing what your plan is, is that you lose that “caught like a deer in headlights” feeling, the one where you sit in front of your computer but have no idea what to do next. Almost everyone that is successful has some routine to their success. They know where to start and what to do next in order to get the results they want. They know what results they expect and they make adjustments along the way without actually changing the whole process.
Monitor what is working and what is not, then tweak your routine to do more of what is working and adjust what is not working slightly until it too, works.
Go, bounce like a deer in the field in spring, watching your endeavors burst forth with fruit!