It's hard to believe that just over 2 years ago, I was a nervous newbie cautiously clicking in to Affilorama through a review that I found online, as I was trying to get a grasp on what an affiliate marketing business is all about.
By that time, I was a bit skeptical about all this online stuff. I had been caught in the grip of some unscrupulous marketers teaching outdated practices, and selling get rich quick schemes that weren't really up to par.
As I embarked on this new direction in my life, I was worried about getting scammed, and I was scared to death that I would fail.
After spending some time going through the free affiliate marketing lessons, and starting up my own site, I was nervously anticipating a disaster. Like most newbies, I was amazed at the world of opportunity in front of me. But, I was also full of self-doubt, worry, and fear of failing.
Eventually, I was able to make enough (barely) to get Affiloblueprint, and start the journey towards building my own affiliate sites. I had the affiliate marketing bug, and NOTHING was going to get in my way...
Or so I thought...
I was a nervous wreck, but I knew the business model was valid. I had seen tons of other people succeeding and, at the time, I was looking to supplement my income, hoping to eventually replacing it. My fears were more towards me being good enough than whether or not the business itself was worth trying.
My whole life, I had been told I wasn't good enough to do anything; I was stupid; I was useless; I couldn't think my way out of a paper sack; all sorts of negative things that caused me to live in self-doubt and fear of failing.
(I was more afraid of proving all those people right, than the consequences of actually failing...)
So, with this mindset, I embarked on the journey of building my affiliate marketing business. Things were going along, and I had a few sites up pretty quickly, but then disaster struck.
First, my job cut my hours in half, just a few weeks after joining AB, which almost caused me to hit the refund button. I really needed every dime at that point, but I couldn't just give up like that, so I decided to cut expenses, and push my way through like a bull in a china shop.
Then, just a few months later, my sites were just beginning to pick up, and I was making a couple of sales a month, when the job I was trying to supplement disappeared completely.
I was devastated!
I thought my dream was going to be over before it even began. But then, a few things happened that changed everything.
First of all, as I was browsing through the bonus material that I hadn't plowed my way through yet, I found a bonus on mindset that Mark included. Also, I got a review copy of a self-confidence course that I was promoting on one of my sites.
I had been studying personal development for about 12 years already, but the one area that was still a struggle was developing that unstoppable belief in myself that I needed to succeed.
Going through both of these, as I was trying to decide what I was going to do, I realized that my fear of failure and negative thinking were hampering the growth of my affiliate marketing business.
I knew something had to change FAST!
I knew I had to learn how to stop negative thinking from ruining my life. So, I buckled down, and started doing things differently. As I began learning how to control my own mind, and started eliminating the negative thoughts that were controlling my mind, all those years of personal development study started kicking in, and it all made a lot more sense.
I was looking for things outside of myself to change, and when I shifted my focus to internal matters, it all began to turn around!
This is where my life, and my business hit the turning point. Desperation set in, and suddenly, not being able to pay my rent became more critical in my mind than my fear of failure.
Now, I don't recommend putting yourself into a desperate situation, but the desperation helped me to put aside all the negative thoughts about failing, and what all could go wrong. It helped me to shift my focus to what was working, and how I could improve it.
Since that time, I have built a nice little affiliate business of my own (although nowhere near the size of Mark's). But, without that mindset shift, I would have NEVER seen it through to the end.
Stop Your Negative Thinking
Every day, as I go through the forums helping people, I see a lot of people with the same negative mindset that I had. It is obvious that the biggest struggle these people have is not Google, or traffic, or writing tons of articles, or even the competition that is stopping people from finding their ability to succeed.
In fact, most of these people have the same problem: They have the wrong mindset!
Running your own business is a lot of hard work, but you can do it if you develop the right mindset, starting today. You don't have to be a super genius, or technically minded. If you want to succeed, and you set your mind right, you can!
The good news is that you don't have to be in a desperate situation, like I was, in order to stop negative thinking from destroying your affiliate business. In fact, there are steps that you can take today that will help you overcome the struggles that you are facing, and get your life on track fast.
Check out this brand new guide on how to stop negative thinking from destroying your life by mastering your own thoughts. Through this guide, you will learn how to identify and eliminate negative thoughts from your life once and for all.
If you feel like you need more direct help with getting your mindset right, check out my Confidence Coaching, where I will personally help you to develop a personalized action plan to build your self-confidence and turn your affiliate marketing dream into a reality.