I just finished posting about
Ten Things to Make Your Blog Successful in 2008. But, then I was
sitting quietly and realized I forgot to tell the Number One Trait that will
make you RICH. Did you know that today we are inundated with noise?
As you are writing your blog, do you have the TV on? Is the radio running in
the background? Is your iPod playing your favorite tune in your ears? Do you
thrive with the noise going on? Do you tell others that you can't, pick one,
program, blog, do anything on the web, without something in the background?
When you are on the computer are you so busy Stumbling, Digging and Entecarding
that you don't have time to just sit and think? Is it okay to use the word
Entrecard as a verb? :) I want to offer a new trait that will show a surge in
you making good decisions and will help you make more money in 2008.
What is the trait you need to learn?
What is the trait you need to learn? You need to learn to be quiet and listen.
Listen to who you might ask? Listen to my customers? Listen to my readers?
Listen to other bloggers? Nope.
I recommend you take the time to turn off all the electronics, move away from
the computer and be quiet. The quiet time will give you some time to just
listen to your own brain. You feed so much information to that great computer
you carry with you everyday. It has been programmed over hundreds of thousands
of years to capture data and to process that data.
We spend a lot of time capturing data in today's electronic extremes. But, how
much time are you spending processing the data? If your computer's cpu is busy
cranking and sorting data, it doesn't have time to produce reports. This is the
same for you. Your brain and body needs the time to port out the reports.
I Can Hear You Complaining Way Over Here.
I can hear some of you complaining already. Your cries of anguish over the kids
in the background, your spouse or loved one needing your attention, or even the
small house you live in. I didn't say it would be easy. For years as the kids
were growing up I would get up an hour early each day. My wife would sleep as
late as possible.
But, I would get up and read. I would think of new things, money making
opportunities. It was so quiet. No distractions. I could go stay focused on my
How long should you listen for? Try 15 minutes to a half hour. Thirty minutes
would be good. You will find a nice time that works for you. How often? It is
best if you do it everyday. But, 3 times a week will go a long way to helping
you come up with good ideas and will help you be more creative.
If you are thinking of doing this exercise then you might want to add this
little twist. Have you already set your goals for 2008? Then before going into
the quiet, take a moment to review your goals. Now you are ready. Now sit and
listen. Don't drink coffee. Don't tap your fingers. Sit quietly. It's hard. We
are all so wound up from the time we get up to the time we go to bed. But, just
sit quietly. Think. And Listen?
Listen to what? Just listen. You will know it when you hear it. Don't write
anything down until you are done listening. Just be quiet and listen. Try
listening for once. It will change your life.