What A Difference A Day Makes
This past weekend I experienced a rollercoaster of a day. It felt like things were stacked against me. Nothing seemed to be happening easily in internet marketing venture to earn a six figure income online, in fact quite the opposite. By the evening however, having smashed through my own emotional barriers by continuing to take action, things had completely turned around. What a difference a day truly does make.
In fact, my downward emotional spiral in the morning begain with my discovery that I had made a really silly mistake when purchasing a domain name.
Initially when searching around for a good business name/domain name a week or so earlier, I thought I had struck gold. I had found an amazing two word (hot keyword!) domain name available for just $15 (or so I thought). I couldn’t quite belive it, snapped it up with a few smug clicks and the entry of my credit card details.
I then proceeded to start configuring my WordPress blog.
10.00 am Saturday
A short while into the configuration process (a process I will take you though in another post), I decided to enter my domain name in the Safari browser of my iPhone to see what my site looked like when logged out. In fact what I was doing was checking that the comments box was visible on one of my posts as you may have noticed, I am always keen to encourage comments. When I did so, a message came up to say that the domain name was for sale. A little puzzled at this stage, I entered the domain name into my iPad browser. The same message came up.
Becoming more frustrated I eventually decided to give Hostgator a call. The patient call handler explained to me that he was able to see my blog posts no problem. He suggested that I should clear my cache. Nothing was working for me though and I voiced the rising conern and irritation I was feeling over this matter.
Eventually, the call handler said quietly….”ah….I think I know the problem”. I could hear in his voice that he was a little hesitant to tell me that the spelling of my domain name, what not what I thought it was. I had missed a letter out the spelling of one of the key words. I felt so stupid, and although feeling completely gutted, I just had to laugh.
So I did laugh (what else could I do?!) but inside this revalation did feel slightly soul destroying. My little girl was with her Dad for the weekend so for me this was extra precious and rare time that I had set aside to progress things without interription and at a time when I could feel fresh and not tired after a day’s work. So it hurt just that little bit more, as the time was so precious to me and here I was, wasting that precious time, working on a mistaken domain name.
But, ever the optimist with a Polly Anna attitude I found the positive; “at least I had not spent too long on it….I can easily start over”.
I felt a little out of sorts at this point and told myself I should really take a break to collect myself and chill a bit before starting again. But, I just couldn’t focus on anything else or leave the project alone. I had to get myself over this hump, or I was not going to settle. I am nothing if not tenacious and I have set my mind and heart on making this work..and work well.
10.30 am Saturday
So I set about trying to find a new domain name (and therefore business name).
It didn’t come easily and the domain name I would have really liked to buy was $2000; much more than I was willing to pay. I tried and searched and tried and searched for what felt like an eternity but I just wasn’t finding anything good.
Becoming more worked up, I decided to reach for some help and googled “how to choose a domain name”.
I read online about lateral thinking; and Edward De Bono’s “Think Tank” and I started to try to think of words associated to my business to help to widen the options.
I also read about the benefits of setting myself apart from the competition and I also began to give some though to how my business name could reflect my personal brand.
Suddenly the right name came to me and “voila!” there was the .com domain name available.
12.00 noon Saturday
Feeling happier, I set about re-setting up my blog and transferring the post and pages content that I had already created on the first blog across to the new. I am aware that I could have transferred my first wordpress blog to a new domain but I decided to go with the second option of just starting again, given the realitively small amount of work already put into it.
1.30 pm Saturday
By this time I had chosen and bought a new domain name, re-set up WordPress, installed my theme, reinstalled plug ins, transferred my content and I had also been out and bought some new equipment I had been planning to buy (this didn’t go completely to plan either but that’s another story and the most important part is, I eventually found and bought what I wanted).
3.00 pm Saturday
Feeling more positive, I arrived back at home and checked the mailbox. Inside the mailbox I found one letter addressed to me. The letter was from Amazon. Inside was my very first pay check from Amazon for affiliate sales. Although the value of the check was relatively small, I cannot express how this “hell yeah!” moment made me feel. I was ecstatic.
It was like the universe conspired to give me a boost in return for not giving up and pushing on through the set back I had experienced earlier in the day.
10.00 pm Saturday
Determined to keep up the momentum and create content daily as far as possible, I posted a 1200 word blog post that I felt extremely proud of and which I believe will be of great value to my readers.
Bed Time on Saturday
Having started the day on quite a negative note I found myself feeling extremely buoyed up by the time I went to bed, after a hard day’s work, that evening.
What made this shift possible? Smiling in the face of set backs; showing determination to get back up and start over; and most importantly being willing to push on through any negative feelings to take continued action towards my goal.
Taking action and keeping on taking action. One of the founding principles of success and I remind myself of it daily.
What amazing things have you achieved in a day by taking action?