Could it be you?
Could more money help you realize your dreams? Your dreams matter, they really do. Do your New Year's resolutions revolve around money or the wish for more of it? If you are like most people, you want something different than your current situation. But how do you change your circumstances? When the topic is money and how more of it could change your life, the next question is where to get that extra money. One of the best answers is to find yourself a side hustle so you can get your hands on that extra cash. Selling on Amazon is one of the best side hustles out there. I have asked friends and family to try selling on Amazon, but I usually get excuses like the ones below.
“I’m too tired.”
“I will suck at it.”
“It would be too much work .”
“Everyone will think it is stupid.”
“There isn’t enough time.”
“I inherited my laziness and I can't change.”
“None of my friends are doing it.”
“I’ve failed at other things I’ve tried.”
“No one believes in me”
“It won't happen for me, I didn’t get that hand dealt to me.”
But what if someone offered you a million dollars to give it a try? That would turn things around, wouldn’t it? Why is that?
Let's Give It Some Perspective
Imagine you are in an awesome relationship. Life is wonderful. And then, without warning, the other person breaks up with you. You are devastated, heartbroken, life sucks. You live in squalor and pizza boxes are everywhere. Taking a shower seems pointless and calling in sick is your new norm. Your friends can’t get you to meet up. You are MIA from social media. You are in a downward spiral. It is like you are living on life support. You have no energy for anything. Life is empty and pointless.
Then, out of the blue, your ex texts you. “I am so sorry, I've made a big mistake, can you ever forgive me”, they beg. They can’t wait to see you. Suddenly you are in the shower singing your heart out. You put your life back to the default setting before the breakup. You are ecstatic to see your old flame. So what changed? One minute you had no energy, the next you can’t stop your heart from racing. The difference is that when you were heartbroken, you put up a “Closed” sign to your heart and soul. You shut down and turned off your life energy. But when the person who rejected you came back, it brought you back to life. But like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, you had the power all along to flip the energy switch. You just didn’t know it. We actually have way more control over our energy and emotions than we think we do.
And so it is with other facets of life. You work so hard and you are so tired….too tired to start that side hustle. It is so much easier to make an excuse and switch your energy and life force off. It’s so much easier to chill and veg.
Which brings us back to the million dollars. You see, given the right incentive, you could change anything in your life. The only thing holding you back is you. You control the switch.
If it’s important to you, you’ll find a way. If not it’s an excuse.
As far as excuses, we all make excuses every day. I’m no different. I eat things I shouldn’t, skip exercise, and procrastinate on lots of stuff. And behind every poor decision I make, there’s an excuse. But when we take action, we focus on the things we can control.
Lots of people have quit making excuses, got up off the couch, and got their side hustles going. They are now in control of their time and money. Don't you owe it to your future self to at least try?
Sure you might have to give up the games, partying, and TV to do something that is going to change your future reality. Cranking up a side hustle isn’t easy. But neither is working in a cubicle or a restaurant forever and for not enough money. It is soul-sucking and there is a price you pay for that.
Start trying, even if you don’t have it all figured out yet. Take the first step. And then take the next step. There is a lot of help out there. That is what this website is all about. If you want to try selling on Amazon, there is an excellent course that sells for $1 per month from Brock Johnson.
Check out his course and others here: https://a2zsellercentral.com/courses/
Set goals and milestones for yourself.
It gives you a road map of how far you have come and where you are going. I keep a journal on my computer. When I am really discouraged, I jump ahead a year and write to myself about where my life is at that point. It might seem silly, but it really helps. And when I come upon a journal entry that was written in the past, I am always amazed at how far I have come.
I know you’re thinking there will be times when you just want to quit. When that happens, think about the people who you will help when you make success your reality. Simply make the decision to believe in yourself and make succeeding your priority.
Your circumstances don’t define you, nor do the people around you. You are not the story others tell about you. You write your own story. Believe in yourself. Your opinion of yourself is the only one that matters.
It's so important to keep looking forward and seeing the future you want to create. If you can see it, you’ll keep moving towards it. The story you tell yourself is the story you live. Your entire life is based on the thoughts you choose.
If you believe it you are more likely to take the actions necessary to achieve it.
There might be times when you want to give up, but don’t lose sight of your purpose. Sometimes we get burned out because we forget why we do what we are doing. You are not hopeless until you give up hope.
“Man can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air, but only for one second without hope.” Hal Lindsey
Hopeful is thinking that the future will be better and that you have a role in making it so.
Lastly, just remember that in a year from now, you’ll wish you started today. Would you rather be surfing Facebook or watching Netflix after a hard day of work at a job you hate? Or would you rather be bringing in a new income stream so you can work from home and have more freedom in your life?
I love the smell of possibility in the morning, don't you?