If you’re the kind of person who finds it very difficult to create a plan, or to
stick to a plan once it has been created, then you might find it useful to
find an experienced mentor who can make sure that you stick to the right
Find a mentor
Unfortunately, whilst finding a mentor is a very sensible tactic that will
definitely help you to be successful, it is not always that easy to find
someone of suitable experience who would be willing to mentor you.
You will occasionally see a new program launched wherein a top level
professional marketer offers to take on a small handful of newbies who they
are willing to mentor to success. The two major problems with most of
these mentoring program offers is that, firstly, they are usually massively
oversubscribed and, secondly, there are generally very expensive as well.
As you are reading this, I will assume that you want to progress from being
a newbie in the internet marketing business to being someone who
might be described as an intermediate level marketer.
This being the case, whether you are using your own plan or want to engage the services of a mentor, you must be focusing all of your attention on working on one project or with one product only. You will need to understand that the best person to mentor you will be dictated by the nature of that project or product.
This is where choosing the correct niche for your business is important, you can read more in my post How To Choose A Niche. Once you have come to a decision about what you want to do, then there are various ways that you can look for someone who might be interested in working with you as a mentor.
One way to find a mentor is to look through your blogging connections that you have made and see if there are any experienced people that you have built up a good relationship with that would be willing to become your mentor. I would not just ask anyone that you have connected with, make sure you have built up that all important relaionship before you appraoch them.
Another way is to get involved with forums, become a member and make an active and useful contribution to the forums in question, over time, other members will become aware of you. In fact, you may even be able to befriend other more advanced marketers in your niche through these forum sites. Because of this personal relationship, it will be considerably easier to approach them with a request for mentoring a little further down the line.
Create a daily ‘mini-plan’
Before you close down your computer at the end of every working day, write
down a list of everything that needs to be done the next day. Then, put those tasks into the order in which you’re going to do them and make certain that you list either the most difficult or least pleasant job first, or simply the one that is the most important.
From there, prioritize everything else that needs to be done the next day,
and make certain that everything that is of importance is featured early or
high on that list. In that way, if you have been over-optimistic about what
you can achieve in the day, the tasks that will remain undone at the end of the day will be the relatively unimportant ones.
Keep every one of the daily plans that you create for a period of a week or
two. After that time has elapsed, you should be to able to see some kind of
pattern emerging of what you’re doing every day, and, more importantly,
where what you do every day is taking you.
Is that the direction that you really want to go in?
If so, then that is great news, because what you have in front of you is a
plan ‘blueprint’ created over the previous week or two based on actions as
opposed to ideas, or words. If not, then you now have a detailed
breakdown of where the most precious commodity that you possess (your
time) is being frittered away whilst taking you no closer to the objective that
you want to achieve. In effect, what you’re looking at is an ‘anti-plan’ and
if nothing else, that will show you all of the things that you do every day that
you must stop doing.
This too represents a very effective planning tool!
Look out for Part 3 in my series of posts on How To Get Beyond The Newbie Stage……………coming soon!
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To your success
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Pauline – has written 124 posts on this site.
I am an English lady living on a Greek island. I work from home as a Bronze Team Leader with SFI Strong Future International.