Happy new year!

While it is nice to see some of us can afford to relax!!

Most people are either nursing a sore head, tidying up a real after party mess or back to work!

Some of us now setting goals or if you like resolutions to achieve in 2009, starting today while that’s ok I am not sure it’s a good thing in some ways as it can also set you up for a bit of early disappointment depending on what it is, ie: give up smoking TODAY. (Failure tomorrow?)

So I am taking a slightly different route this year knowing it’s going to be more beneficial to me over the short, medium and long term, but I will have goals but…

Instead of just setting goals, planning the action to take you forward to them goals then taking the action needed to reach them, most people get bogged down by “stuff” that creeps back into the normality after the new year optimism.

Daily slots.

I am setting daily slots of big action to avoid getting bogged down by the “stuff” normality brings us, you may have seen someone wearing a t’ shirt proudly declaring…

“Same shit, different day!”

That is a truth for way too many of us! For far too many days!

I learnt a powerful lesson reading something Steve Jobs mentioned in a speech…(worth reading)

When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

I have been saying that to myself for the last few months each morning and it has made a difference in a big way. I realise while it’s ok to have goals as people do, such and such by 3 months, 6 months, 1 year, etc, it’s the daily ones that matter the most as we are only here today, now.

Well for someone working online, that “stuff” that bogs you down is a time and money sucker, after all time is money.
That “stuff” is a distraction and can waste time we can’t afford to waste.
That “stuff” is, for someone working online things like forums, social sites, twitter, facebook, etc reading blogs too much etc.

Two sides to it all

But there lies the rub, it is a double edged sword, as we need to do this “stuff” too in many cases, it is finding that balance to make it all worthwhile and fit together for the bigger picture.

If you are to “work” online you need to earn money, you can’t do everything for nothing as it won’t last, before long you don’t even have an Internet connection!

Some will say “well you make the money in traffic and connections from these social sites, forums, blogs etc”…yes it’s a part of that double edge sword as a sort of a marketing action.

But without something to sell, or earn from by way of service etc from that marketing action it is useless, because there is something fundamentally missing…

Buy me buttons!
Hire me buttons!

If, as I suspect will happen sometime somewhere given the current economy, someone is to say, “hmmm maybe there is something in this make money online lark”

They will need to grasp that simple fact!

For you to “get” money, you have to give them a way of giving you that money.

A value exchange.

So there you have it, my daily goal, increase what value I can give, and create more buttons to
allow the acceptance of money. :o)

See I am sick of these so called “people who know better” telling us what we should and shouldn’t do, saying things like…

You shouldn’t be “monetising” a blog, it’s against our unwritten code of “ethical” blogging.

Should I highlight the most important bit there? I will, done.

Bugger off, do what ya like with your blog, I couldn’t give a toss, THIS one is mine and I decide what goes here! :o)

Cheeky sods!

In any case…the truth is I don’t want to “monetise my blog”, I want to “monetise my time and business!”

That doesn’t mean stopping using social sites etc, it means using my time to better effect, ALL the time, making daily slots of big action that gets results, IE helps me make money online.

That is my aim this year henceforth known as 2009!

The end of the “same shit different day” for me!

What goals and actions have you set yourself for 2009?

“Happy new year, same shit different day?”
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6 thoughts on ““Happy new year, same shit different day?”

  • January 1, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    Have done two posts on New Year’s. One is on resolutions, one is on the joy of not wasting time thinking about how ONE day affects your whole life.

    If you take links, or even if you don’t, both are at http://www.jeffcutler.com/jeff

    Enjoy. Love your work. Photo of that cat is really cool too.

  • January 1, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Hi Jeff,

    Just read your blog, great stuff… :o)

    Ooops that picture is my brothers dog. ;o)

    That give me a laugh Jeff, thanks, needed that.

    Happy new year to you too.


  • January 2, 2009 at 11:40 am

    Hey Rob

    Got your link from Twitter at stupid o’clock this morning and promised myself i’d come read your post this morning.
    I so totally agree with what you have written here. I am a big fan of goal setting.. the big one (my big one is aug 2012) the medium termers (2011, 2010) and then the short termers broken down.
    Having goals is THE ONLY THING that allows us to influence the change that WILL HAPPEN. It’s a pretty simple formula isn’t it 🙂
    Having those monthly goals means we can break them down into simple daily activities, doable chunks, they keep us focussed and they are measureable.
    I find the biggest challenge is knowing what activities will allow us to achieve those daily goals… that’s where a mentor comes in I guess… someone who has trodden the path you are following… That’s one of the things I love about Network Marketing. Success depends on helping others to achieve their goals, and the path to follow has already been created by those that go before.
    So, I agree, focus on what we can give and share, focus on helping others to achieve 🙂
    Great post Rob, keep up the great work

  • January 2, 2009 at 5:32 pm


    Good to see you here mate. :o)

    I agree with you there ian, and also loved the “from twitter at stupid o’clock” time lol…
    I’ll have to remember that as I’m often writing in the “stupid hours”.

    There is another positive to working online, working during your better, more creative and productive hours whenever they may be.
    I just happen to be a night owl in that regard.

    Thanks for that great comment Ian.

    I agree with you that it is important to do this, without goals to aim for it’s a messy path. ;o)
    The best way to get anywhere is always to be of help to others, learn to give more than take.

    Take care mate,



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