Maintaining Focus

I would ask you to reflect on where you lose your focus in your business. You will find it shows up in the same ways over and over until you address it.

“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” ~ Mark Twain

Since no one can think for you or live your life the importance of maintaining your focus on your own horizon is essential.

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Sometimes people around us are afraid we’ll fail and sometimes they’re afraid we’ll succeed. Either way their dominant focus is based on fear and if you allow that into your world, their focus on fear can influence you too.

For the most part we are surrounded by well meaning people. However, even when they share your goals & dreams their fears can distract you if you allow it and if you are not in charge of your own mind.

With our Book Arb community we are very fortunate to be surrounded by so many powerful leaders who are succeeding & their collective success is a persuasive example for individual success.

Since however, we are each responsible for our own journey, and there are many ways to continuously achieve that, it is possible to become distracted by other’s experiences.

It is vital to help others through your own achievement of success and not at the expense of it. It is easy to get caught up in helping others, especially when you live to serve, but it is vital to remember that you are in charge of your time and the ways in which you spend it. Period.

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In the last blog I shared my work flow. In it you can see how important it is to prioritize achieving daily goals in order to achieve overall goals. Then you are in a position to help others. It’s about saying ‘Yes’ to the right things & equally important to say ‘No’ to other things i.e. demands by others.

This balancing act of growing my business & loving helping others is something of an ongoing challenge for me. I love love love to share what I am learning and what is working for me. It is the coach in me.

However, this is where my diluted focus can show up when this is out of harmony.

“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself. The other for helping others.” ~ Maya Angelou

Helping myself is as important as helping others. That’s where my learning is.

By focusing on enjoying my own journey and helping others as I go, this allows me to experience my definition of success. Maintaining my balance in this is what brings fulfilment.

Do you lose focus when you don’t know what to do next and therefore procrastinate? Or does it happen because of other’s demands on your time be they family obligations or children? Is it because you have a very active social life?

“Focus on remedies, not faults.” ~ Jack Nicklaus

There is power in identifying where you leak focus because it will be habitual i.e. automatic. You can only change it when you see it.

What one thing could you change today that will help you maintain your focus in a clear way?

Once you are clear on the change you require, consciously create a new habit to combat it. For me, for instance in not answering emails or social media in the mornings, I achieve my goals first. Then I am in a position to help others.

Next, I will discuss the fundamental tasks of this Book Arb business and how best to apply them.

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Obstacles or Opportunities

The ability to clearly evaluate life’s many opportunities free of my mind’s negative chatter has led to me being a more powerful decision maker in every area of my life.

Why is it we sometimes say that something is too good to be true but we never say something is too bad to be true??

Funny how our unchecked minds love to throw rocks at us when we are either moving forward or even considering moving forward with an idea. Who hasn’t met with doubt and procrastination along the way when thinking of doing something new in any area of our lives?

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It makes sense because as a society we were generally conditioned to watch out for the pitfalls in life. Think about how our well intended parents warned us about not running too fast or you’d fall or not to climb the tree that was too high. From very early on we were cautioned routinely about not taking risks or going too far.

“The mind is everything. What you think, you become.”   ~ Buddha ~

In considering how that builds thought patterns in our minds going forward in life it isn’t hard to see why they show up as a first line of defence automatically. We can’t win in life when our default mode is one of defence.

Roll forward with these messages ingrained as the way it is in our minds and surrounding worlds and it becomes the norm for a lot of us it seems. What if we could change these patterns and instead of being guarded automatically, we could install the ability to think clearly without the interruption of an internal dominant nanny who demands total compliance (our defensive minds). Nurse Ratched anyone? (Fictional character from the movie “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” who desires order, who wants complete power, who manipulates her patients and staff to fulfill her desires).

Einstein said, “The most important question you can ever ask is if the world is a friendly place.”  Is your mind a wonderful place to live that is filled with excitement and great expectation that things always work out for you? Or does your mind err on the side of caution and doom? Have you ever even considered if this world is for you or against you?

These questions are important for you to consider before making any decisions in your life. Do you see opportunities or obstacles in your way? By now some false premises should be ringing a few bells as a wake up call. Who is running your mind? This is a deep rabbit hole but for the purposes of this blog let’s just talk about what doubt and procrastination are and how to eliminate them.

Both of these thought structures are based in fear (FEAR – False Evidence Appearing real). That is to say they are based on something that may not actually be true and usually not something that is currently happening i.e. not in this present moment. Our minds love to tell what could happen in the future and this builds anxiety and of course it’s usually bad when based on scare tactics. This all gets played out in our minds in a soap opera style nano second and dismissed just as quickly because who wants to feel that little lot?

Doubt and procrastination are habitual thought structures that live in our minds that guard against and resist new ideas or people as dangerous. Doubt shows up as fear of something not working out so don’t even consider looking at it because why bother when it won’t work out. It hasn’t worked out before so why would it this time? Sound familiar?

Procrastination is usually based on what would others think and freezes us to the spot and distracts from taking any action to bring something new about. The message sounds something like “stay still and don’t do anything because what would they (others) think?” Psst…your mind seems like it’s protecting you but it’s stifling you because any introduction to change is met with fear and mistrust. How on earth are you supposed to create lasting change in your life when change is seen as the enemy and a threat?

These thoughts can run the show in our minds when we are not present to evaluate them. Most people in the world operate under the assumption that the thoughts in their heads are true. Remember we said we create our worlds with our minds. With these two lunatics (doubt and procrastination being only 2 of many others) running amok in our heads unchecked and not being brought in for questioning the terror state can be alive and well in our minds.

With doubt and procrastination automatically showing up in our minds to shut down opportunities before we even get a chance to evaluate them is it any wonder that easy success or relationships have not come our way? We’ve been playing defense in the game of life rather than offense.

I know your mind maybe arguing for its case that procrastination and doubt can be a good thing? If something or someone isn’t right or being truthful then certainly it is important that you listen to that feeling. We have to be able to switch off the noise in our minds to differentiate between our intuition and our fear. One easy way to distinguish between our inner nutter and our intuition. Intuition usually speaks to us through feelings. Our fear based mind communicates through thoughts.

“If you cannot control what you think about then you cannot create the future you desire.”   ~ Andy Shaw ~

Having command of our minds and not just constant chatter makes those distinctions easy to spot and easy to eliminate. When doubt and procrastination show up as thoughts remember first that they are just thoughts. You are not your thoughts. You have thoughts.

Second, I like to write these thoughts down one at a time and look at them. I usually write them on a big white board in blue and place a red line under it with an arrow on either end and ask if this thought is bringing me closer to my desires or further away ( this is a powerful technique that I learned from Andy Shaw of Creating a Bug Free Mind) and then just look at them. It can be done just as easily on a piece of paper. By seeing the thought as separate to myself this usually removes any emotional charge from it at first.

Then in evaluating their merits outside of me and by being present if it’s not true after a couple of minutes of looking at them they usually dissolve and I feel lighter. That’s when I know that the thought has been eliminated because I feel lighter. Hint: If something is true there is no loss in looking at it. If on the other hand it’s not true you have everything to gain by eliminating it.

As a big mindset person I have done this many many times over the years and it has proven magnificently powerful for me. I no longer have these thought structures in my mind.

Do not let your mind take you out and say that this technique is too simple. Give it a go and watch what happens. Imagine your life without these demons running your mind and then having the ability to examine life’s opportunities rather than running scared from invisible terrorists in your mind.

Once you are free of the stranglehold of doubt and procrastination obstacles and opportunities begin to feel like the same thing. You can meet both with ease, objectivity and appreciation. Opportunities show up as obstacles i.e. the way to figure out how to do something new rather than a sign not to do it and obstacles show up as opportunities showing you the way to do it. It’s very cool and yes it is that easy.

The ability to clearly evaluate life’s many opportunities free of my mind’s negative chatter has led to me being a more powerful decision maker in every area of my life and  and it’s why as a technophobe I have the ability to succeed with Book arbitrage as a totally online business – like on the computer!!

Read on to see how a technophobe is succeeding with only limited IT skills and why I am so excited to share this opportunity with so many others i.e. if I can do it then anyone can and become financially successful in the process. Now that’s brilliant…..

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The Tipping Point

It is crazy fun to make money every day. I never factored that in, in the beginning just how exhilarating that would feel. Especially after so many years of trial and error.

The Cambridge Dictionary defines the Tipping Point as “the time at which a change or an effect cannot be stopped.”

I would agree with this definition because our book arbitrage business has taken on a life of its own and has its own momentum already.

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The tipping point has happened to us with this book arbitrage business in that if we never invested any additional money into the business and just keep using the system correctly (and why wouldn’t we, we are making money) and continue to reinvest our profits our financial success is for certain.

How many things can I say that about in my life? Not many. The compounding effect of this business is proving “bananas” (unbelievably crazy). It really is amazing. Even if we only continued to make 30% profits on each of our books, which in the business world is crazy good but in this business is on the conservative side, our financial success is assured. This really is the foot in the door to true wealth creation for the little guy and gal.

Now that we know what we’re doing it’s way easier for us to consistently average 100% profits on our books and that’s year round. In textbook season we can add another zero onto that percentage as we are compounding our money every 30 to 60 days.

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In this last 30 days alone we have sold 85 books. Momentum is really moving and it only keeps getting better. We are waking up every morning to more money in our accounts which feels amazing. Talk about sleeping our way to success….ha ha!!

Now this is by no means epic yet but the momentum and compounding effect is staggering already as we have a bigger pot to buy more books for next month and then the month after that and so on.

“A good system shortens the road to the goal.”    ~ Orison Swett Marden ~

I promised that I would share this journey with you so that you too can see how it’s possible even starting on a small budget in a step by step way. We have not done anything extraordinary to achieve this. We are simply following the system that Jon Shugart and Luke Sample have laid us for us all.

Our budget is growing every month because the sales are happening every day now. Our projected year end earnings should range in the six figure category and the compounding effect of that for next year is mind boggling.

The speed with which this is happening with this business is truly remarkable and revolutionary. Can you imagine the opportunities that we are opening ourselves to now that we will have real capital to invest in our future?

It is crazy fun to make money every day. I never factored that in, in the beginning just how exhilarating that would feel. Especially after so many years of trial and error.

If you are thinking, “that it’s nice for you Yvette but it probably wouldn’t work for me” or “is it really that good”, then read on in the next blog where I will explain how to manage the mind chatter that interjects doubt and procrastination into your world and what to do about it.

“If you correct your mind, the rest of your life. will fall into place.”    ~ Lao Tzu ~

The worst thing that could happen in the next year is that your mind convinces you to do nothing and continue to live the same life and have the same income. If you are already living the life of your dreams then bravo and continued success and happiness to you. This could simply add a “no brainer” extra income stream to your pot. Who doesn’t love that?

If you’re not living your dream life yet and money seems to be the barrier then I’m guessing that an additional €100,000 to €1,000,000 in the next 2 years could change that for you. With your kind consideration, I would love to remove that invisible obstacle (mind block) with you in just a few minutes in the next blog. Yes, that is possible too…

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