You’ve probably heard me mention I’ve been a distance runner for 20+ years. At one point I was pretty competitive and used to train really hard.
One of my regular workouts was pretty straightforward: 12 x 400 meters (aka: “quarters”) with a slow jog of 200 meters between each.
Doesn’t sound hard, right?
Well, I can’t express the amount of pain I used to experience with this workout. It didn’t matter if I was good shape. At the end, I always ended up lightheaded, gasping for air and generally wondering about my sanity.
Hearing VOICES in My Head
The first half of this workout usually went like this:
A quarter in 72 seconds. Then one in 73. Then three more in 71. Two in 70.
Invariably I’d reach the halfway point, tired as hell, and hear a voice in my head similar to Gunnery Sergeant Hartman from the movie, “Full Metal Jacket.”
Usually it would say something like: “HOLY S**T! It’s THAT the best you can do? Is that it? Are you going to quit on me? ”
At that point, I’d make a decision. Either I’d choose to slow down or I’d choose go faster.
I always went faster – 69 seconds, then 68, 69 again, 67, and then 100% effort to hit 62.
Why this Story?
Okay, you might be wondering why I’m telling this story. You know, besides the fact that ole Steve is hearing voices in his head. Well, as you know on Mondays I have my MVPs (Massive Value Posts) that provide a ton of content for readers. In the last three weeks, I’ve been especially proud of these articles:
- 6 Affiliate Marketing Emails that Make You Money
- How to Research an Internet Marketing Niche: THE Ultimate Blueprint
- 11 Article Marketing Lessons YOU can Learn from an Account with 2,338,985 Views
After completing each one, I feel like I did a good job of providing quality content. But a day or so later, I’d hear that damn voice again, “Is THAT the Best you can do?”
Sometimes it’s frustrating to feel like you’re never doing enough. On the other hand, this is a great philosophy to have with a blog/Internet business. I’m glad I have this voice in my head. In a way, it’s a reality check that lets me know I can be doing a whole LOT more.
Is THAT the Best YOU Can Do?
Here’s the point to this post. I know many of you reading this post want a successful online business.
I’m sure you work your butt off. But I have to ask, “Is THAT the best you can do?” If your business is about underwater basket weaving, are you giving 100% effort to become the best underwater basket weaver?
In one of my favorite books Crush It, Gary Vaynerchuk talks about the importance of making the world listen. In my opinion, this won’t happen until you become known as person who provides quality content in your niche.
It’s time for a reality check. There is NO SUCH THING as instant online success. If you want to create a sizable Internet income – Be prepared to work ridiculously hard for it.
I write (and will continue to write) a quality post every Monday. I’m sure a few might flop, but I’ve made the commitment to do this because I know it’s what works with blogging.
With your Internet business, are you working as hard as you can? Are you providing readers with quality that stands out in your niche? Do you push yourself each and every day? Finally…
…Is THAT the best you can do?Take Action. Get Results.