Have you been trying to start an Internet business and find yourself broke, desperate and coming to end of your tether?
Well, you're not alone.
Here are samples of correspondence that I've received from folks who are in exactly that situation.
" ...I have bought so many books I have lost count and am now so totally confused (and broke) about what to do I'm just about to give up."
" ...I am twenty years old and entirely dependent on myself. I have no parents and I am out on my own trying to make my way in this cruel world. I struggle to get by with my current job as a bus boy and I am tired of living from paycheck to paycheck. I am currently out of school and wish to go back but I do not have time nor money. I have dreams but do not have time nor money to pursue them."
" ...I am a parent, divorced and am struggling to make ends meet. I cannot quit my job."
" ...I desperately need more income."
" ...bill collectors hounding..."
" ...I am a mom of six children and I have tried and spent thousands of dollars on trying to make money."
" ...as a two month veteran on Internet I don't know if I can take another hit. I feel like I've been 10 rounds with Mike Tyson and I'm really thinking about staying on canvas. Thousands of dollars later and I'm still on starting line!"
" ...invested thousands of dollars of my savings in last two years in home business that I could not afford."
" ...burned really bad within last two years for alot of money."
Does that ring any bells with you?
OK...I want you to pinch yourself to confirm that you're still among living.
Where there's life, there's hope.
Now take a long, deep breath. Make that 10 deep breaths.
No, seriously. Close your eyes, breathe deeply and feel your body relax.
Relaxed? OK, here are some suggestions.
First of all, focusing on losses won't help you win. Let go of past. What's done is done. Unless you can recoup some of your money, learn lesson, chalk it up to experience and move on.
Next, work on building a mental image of yourself as an extraordinarily happy and successful Internet entrepeneur.
Trust me, this works.
Failing my first attempt at air traffic control training, I felt defeated, depressed and stupid. When given a second training opportunity, I was reluctant to try, fearful of failing again.
Then little voice inside my head told me how much I really WANTED that job. I also wanted to prove that those who cast me aside first time were wrong - that I COULD do that job.
But could I really?
It was time for some honest self-evaluation. What stumbling blocks had I put in my path? Was it lack of knowledge? Lack of effort? Not at all. I didn't honestly BELIEVE I could do it, AND I was intensely AFRAID of failing.
Yikes! What a great recipe for failure that was. I got exactly what I focused on most.
However, believing you can be successful at something when you've failed before is a bit of a trick.
It CAN be done, however. I adopted a 'B.S. baffles brains' or 'Fake it 'til you make it' approach. Every step of way I asked myself what a REAL air traffic controller would do in that situation, and then did that. Even when I wasn't completely confident, I forced my voice to at least sound confident. I acted part until it became my reality.
So how did REAL netpreneurs approach their business and become successful?
Well, because it's impossible to think clearly while worried about how to pay this month's rent, they didn't spend their last dime on an business opportunity.
If you're currently in serious debt, then consider talking to a financial planner to help rework your finances.