Latest EOFire Podcast The 5 reasons you’ll FAIL in 2017

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(But not you because you’re reading this 😉

1. You’re scared to NICHE down till it hurts

In my experience, EVERY Entrepreneur (myself included) starts their journey TERRIFIED that we might (GASP) not resonate with EVERY POTENTIAL client/customer/listener/fill in the blank.

The OPPOSITE is true. If you try to resonate with a broad audience, you’ll resonate with no one. You’ll be another Entrepreneur screaming into the wind that no one is listening to, because they’re screaming too.

Find a niche small enough that you can dominate, then CRUSH IT.

Once you get momentum, aka a few raving fans, THEN you can start to explore what it would look like to broaden your niche, one step at a time…

If you’re looking for world domination, you’re following the wrong guy.

If you’re looking to carve a special place in this world in an area you LOVE and can provide VALUE in, you’re home…welcome!

2. You’re gonna give up too quick

WOW was this almost my kryptonite.

I remember it as clear as yesterday…

I was two months into EOFire.

I was driving home from Ryan Lee’s Dot Com Expo event outside NYC as the featured ‘Podcaster‘, with Daymond John, Marie Forleo, David Siteman Garland, Noah Kagan & many other great speakers.

Everyone at the event looked at me as a ‘subject matter expert‘ of a subject (Podcasting) that I barely knew anything about…

I was getting over 3,000 listens a day, and was pegged at the #1 spot in New and Noteworthy for Business Podcasts in iTunes.

I thought I was riding a rocket-ship to the moon, then suddenly, I wasn’t.

I pulled over for gas and as I was filling up I checked my stats.

**GULP**

I was at 20% of my normal downloads. Something was wrong.

I might have exceeded the speed limit a few times trying to get home fast to figure this out.

The reason?

I was at day 57 of EOFire, and I was NO LONGER ELIGIBLE to be featured in New and Noteworthy.

Apparently, that was how most people were finding out about the show…

At that moment, I thought about quitting.

In my mind, it was ALL downhill from here.

No more N&N feature meant no more new listeners.

My show was going to be swallowed up in the sea of iTunes, never to be seen again…

Luckily, I didn’t quit.

I had 40 shows prepped to go, and my show (slowly) started to recover.

Today, EOFire generates between 1.5 to 2 million listens a month.

If I had let that one setback lead me to quit, the thousands of impacted lives, the 10 Million Dollars in revenue, the incredible journey; all would have vanished in an instant.

So many quit too quick.

So many give up too early.

The sad thing is, they’ll never know what could’ve been.

Don’t let this be you in 2017.

Success is a journey.

Success takes time.

Success takes guidance, and in 2017 there is no better guide than

The Mastery Journal: Master productivity, discipline and focus, and quitting will be the FARTHEST thing from your mind this year.

3. You’re not gonna get up the 8th time.

Fall down 7 times, stand up 8. ~ Japanese Proverb

We ALL fall down in life.

I fall down daily with EOFire.

I’m always trying new things, pushing the envelope, some work, some fail.

WINNERS keep standing up after they get knocked down.

Life is about HOW you react WHEN you get knocked down, not IF.

Superbowl 51.

Patriots got knocked down 7 times in the first 3 quarters.

Late in the 2nd half they were down 28-3.

No team had EVER come back from being more than 10 points down in the SB.

The Patriots were down 25.

Final Score?

Patriots 34 Falcons 28.

Not a Patriots Fan?

Not a Football Fan?

Irrelevant.

We can learn from almost every situation in life, and in this situation, the Patriots got up 8 times, and won a Superbowl ring.

In the above example and in most LIFE examples, when you WIN by getting up the 8th time, it ERASES all your previous losses.

That’s why I’m FIRED UP to write my first traditionally published book in 2017, How to Finally Win.

Because it’s not about how not to lose, it’s about How to Finally Win.

But that’s the future, and I want you to WIN NOW.

There is no better way to win in 2017 than mastering productivity, discipline and focus in 100 days.

The Mastery Journal: Over 2000 people have committed to WINNING in 2017, will you?

4. You refuse to do things that ‘don’t scale’.

Scale.

Leverage.

Don’t trade time for money.

People LOVE quoting the above. It’s all the rage.

Guess what…the rage is WRONG.

I do things that don’t scale EVERY day, and I made over 2 Million last year.

The KEY component that people miss is that by ‘doing things that don’t scale‘, they can learn priceless information that can be scaled into products, services, communities, fill in the blank.

ALL of my greatest ideas have come from one on one conversations.

John, I struggle accomplishing goals.

Me: hmmmmm, that’s interesting, I’m gonna investigate this further.

Result: The Freedom Journal and over 19,000 sales and counting.

I struggle w/ productivity, I’m not a disciplined person, I can’t seem to focus.

Me: hmmmmm, that’s interesting, I’m gonna investigate this further.

Result: The Mastery Journal and over 175k in sales in two weeks.

Every day I do things that don’t scale, and by doing so I’ve built a business that allows me to be financially and location independent.

You can to.

DON’T believe the hype.

DO things that DON’T scale.

Daily.

5. You’re scared to ‘lose’.

Every day I receive emails from Fire Nation with some variation of:

John, I’m scared to put myself out there…

What if I fail?

What if I look silly?

What if I lose?

My one response to these questions is:

It’s not about how not to LOSE. It’s about how to finally WIN.

I lose EVERY DAY.

Do I let that stop me?

No.

Because I know all I need is ONE WIN, and ALL the losses are erased.

More so, I NEED those losses to learn from so I can achieve my WIN.

EOFire was my first big WIN.

I had many losses before EOFire’s launch, and MANY after. But the WINS are all that matter in the long run.

Fire Nation, don’t be scared of losing. Be focused on how you’re going to WIN.

The Mastery Journal will guide you in mastering this FOCUS.

Give it a chance. It’s my best work ever and will guide you to YOUR win.

The Mastery Journal. Invest in yourself.

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Latest EOFire Podcast Preparation and planning

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Preparation and planning

Amidst the launch of The Mastery Journal, managing our team, creating new content, running our communities, maintaining our systems, and looking at a growing list of one-time tasks and projects, I have a really exciting week coming up: my girlfriend of 20+ years is coming to visit with her husband!

This has actually been one of the greatest previously unknown perks of moving to Puerto Rico: everyone wants to come visit!

A few weeks ago – just after the holidays – my sister came down for 5 days to visit and we had an absolutely blast. And since we moved to the island in May 2016, we’ve hosted nearly 10 different sets of guests!

Hosting family and friends is one of my favorite things – it means we’ll get to do lots of exploring and try new things, catch up, and of course, have tons of fun.

This is the beauty of owning and running your own business, right? You get the freedom to choose to take a Monday off, or have a 4-day weekend when your friends are in town.

However, it doesn’t go without a lot of preparation and planning because everything I just described – while incredibly amazing – is exactly what can derail your productivity, discipline and focus.

So, I thought it would be helpful to talk about some of the ways I prepare and plan for something like this so that my productivity, discipline and focus isn’t completely squashed.

Whether you apply these ideas the next time friends or family comes to visit you, or before you head off on your next mini-vaca, you’ll be prepped to the max when it comes to staying on top of business.

1. Productivity

I like to think of super-charging my productivity in situations like these, which means I’m going to create a very specific list of the individual things I need to get to done over the next five days.

When I don’t have to waste time trying to figure out what I’m going to do, then I have more time to make progress. Plus, then I won’t get caught spending my time on O.P.A. – other peoples’ agendas.

I create this list in Asana and that way I know where to go to find the specific tasks I need to work on.

Take the guesswork out of what you’re going to do so you can be most productive on the things that are most important to you and your business.

2. Discipline

There’s nothing like an amazing treat waiting on the other end of your hard work.

This is the reason people always talk about how important it is to know your “WHY”.

Your why is sort of like the biggest, most important treat of them all: it’s what drives and motivates you to work hard every single day, even when the outcome or progress doesn’t look exactly how you had hoped.

Same idea here: when I know that in X number of days my girlfriend of 20+ years is going to be here, I want to work my butt off to get as much done ahead of time as possible because this means I have more time to spend with her.

3. FOCUS

There are a lot of tasks and projects that I work on here at EOFire, but because of my preparation and planning, I know that each of them has a time and a place.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed – like you have too many tasks to work on and you’re not sure which one to work on first – then let’s take it back to step 0: create priority for your tasks and projects and give them a time and a place.

Again, this can be done in Asana: enter in the task or project, give it a due date, and it’s as easy as that when it comes to giving yourself peace of mind that you won’t forget about it AND you’ve just cleared your plate to be able to focus on the most important task or project for you RIGHT NOW.

When you prepare and plan ahead, it’s incredible what you can do. Leverage the opportunities you see in your everyday life to help you accomplish what matters most to you and your business.

It doesn’t meant the rest won’t get done, but remember, everything in your business should have a time and place.

When you prepare and give yourself a plan in the way I’ve just described, productivity discipline and focus become biproducts of your work. You can do this.

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Latest EOFire Podcast S5E6: How your “productive” is different from someone else’s

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How to be more productive

You may have noticed by now that I kind of like to put plans together, schedule things, and that I’m very detailed-oriented.

In fact, a few years ago I had an ah-ha moment that led to me realizing that these are my greatest strengths.

Because I love to focus on my strengths and delegate my weaknesses, I know I’m most productive when I’m a project manager.

When I’m a project manager, I get to put plans together, schedule things, and leverage my ability to be detail-oriented in order to make progress on the things that matter most to me and my business.

My productivity does not equal yours

Perhaps you’re a project manager, too, and you can either totally relate to what I’ve just laid out, or you at least really want to relate to it (meaning, you’re not currently focusing on your strengths, but you know you should be in order to be more productive.)

Or, perhaps you’re not a project manager, in which case the things that I’ve referenced above as being my greatest strengths – the things that help me be most productive – aren’t your greatest strengths.

This probably means that when you’re working on creating a plan, scheduling things, or your responsibility is to be detail-oriented, you’re not being as productive as you could be.

Guess what? That’s okay.

Focus on your strengths

You see the book launches, the best-selling author badges, the huge launch numbers, the thousands of downloads, the millions of page visits, the number of likes and followers… and within two seconds flat your motivation is squashed.

It’s really tough not to compare yourself to others when pretty much everything we do is online and available for others to see.

But what you see online – the book launches, the best-selling author badges and the huge launch numbers – that’s not even a quarter of the story.

Whether the source is sharing the whole story or not is irrelevant for purposes of the lesson I’m sharing; what is relevant is how you’re responding to what you see and hear.

Compare and despair

Let me guess: when you see things like that, you’re feeling like you’ve got a lot of work to do – maybe even too much work to do… Which then makes you feel like you’re SO behind, what’s the point in even trying?

Then, your motivation plummets and your productivity, discipline and focus go out the window before you’ve even had a chance to start.

It’s okay to be different and to have different strengths.

It’s okay to not be on the exact same track, reporting the exact same results as everyone else.

Chances are, the exact things that work for one person aren’t going to work for you anyway, because you, what you have to offer, and your audience are different than theirs.

Did you know it’s actually a good thing to be different?… because that’s what makes you, your story, your business and what you have to offer unique.

Feel empowered by the fact that you will be paving your own way to success, and as you learn from those who have come before you don’t be afraid to try and implement something in a different way.

Stop comparing your productive to others and start focusing on how you can become a master of your strengths, and therefore, a master of productivity on your own terms.

The Mastery Journal

If you’re ready to stop comparing your “productive” to others and start leveraging your own strengths, then head over to TheMasteryJournal.com for your own physical copy of The Mastery Journal.

The Mastery Journal is your daily guide to mastering productivity, discipline and focus in 100 days.

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Latest EOFire Podcast EOFire’s January 2017 Income Report

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January 2017 Income At-A-Glance

Gross Income for January: $182,662

Total Expenses for January: $66,235

Total Net Profit for January: $116,427

Difference b/t January & December: -$28,671

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Why We Publish An Income Report

This monthly income report is created for you, Fire Nation!

By documenting the struggles we encounter and the successes we celebrate as entrepreneurs every single month, we’re able to provide you with support – and a single resource – where we share what’s working, what’s not, and what’s possible.

There’s a lot of hard work that goes into learning and growing as an entrepreneur, especially when you’re just starting out. The most important part of the equation is that you’re able to pass on what you learn to others through teaching, which is what we aim to do here at EOFire.

Let’s IGNITE!

CPA On Fire’s Monthly Tax Tip

What’s up Fire Nation, my name is Josh Bauerle. I’m a CPA and the Founder of CPA On Fire, where we specialize in working with entrepreneurs to minimize their tax liability while keeping them in line with the ever-changing tax laws.

I’ve been working with EOFire for years now, and John and Kate have included me in these monthly income reports with unlimited access to all their accounts so I can verify that what they report here is complete and accurate.

And because they believe in delivering an insane amount of value to you, my job doesn’t stop at the verification level; I’ll also be providing tax and accounting tips to you along the way!

Josh’s January Tax Tip: Prep for Filing Your Taxes

My inbox is overflowing, my calendar is full, and my dreams are filled with income statements, balance sheets, W2’s and 1099’s.

There’s only one explanation… It’s tax season!

And while I know studies have shown that CPA’s are the only professionals people fear seeing more than dentists, it doesn’t have to be that way.

So this month, as we head into the heart of tax season, I’m going to give you some tips to make sure you have everything in order and ready for your annual tax filings.

1. Record Your Entire Gross Income

It doesn’t matter if some of the income you received went straight to another person or business as an affiliate payment.

It doesn’t even matter if you never actually saw the income yourself, because your merchant or third party seller took their fees before handing over your share.

You still have to include ALL of the income made from your sales of products or services.

You can then deduct those fees or affiliate payments out as separate expenses. It may not seem like a huge deal since the end result is the same, but it is.

Not claiming your full gross income is actually the #1 reason people are audited, so in order to make sure you avoid this, double check your gross income number against the 1099’s you receive from merchants and clients/customers.

2. Categorize Your Expenses

The #1 mistake I see businesses make with their accounting records is assuming they can just record all of their expenses as one lump sum number, like they do with their income.

It makes sense in theory; your income is reported as one lump sum, why shouldn’t your expenses be?

Unfortunately the IRS is going to make things a little more difficult here. They don’t just want to know how much money you spent, they want to know how you spent it.

In order to show them this, you’ll have to take all of your expenses throughout the year, separate them into various categories (think office expenses, advertising, travel, affiliate payments, contractors, etc) and then total them for the year.

3. Make Sure You Collect and Give Your Tax Preparer All Tax Documents

You may have recorded 100% of your gross income as we described here in tip #1, but if you don’t report a 1099 you received, even though the income from it is recorded in your gross income, the IRS will assume you didn’t report the income and send you a nice love letter.

You need to make sure you collect and give your tax preparer all 1099’s, W2’s, 1098’s, and any other official tax document you receive. Sometimes simply reporting the numbers isn’t enough – there are a few items that actually require the tax form they come on.

Your safest bet here is to talk with a professional tax preparer who can guide you through exactly what tax documents they do and do not need.

I know tax season can be scary.

I know preparing your numbers and documents can be a pain (especially if you didn’t prepare during the year).

But the 3 steps outlined above are not only crucial for filing your taxes, they are things you should be doing all year round to monitor the health of your business. Remember: you can’t improve what you aren’t monitoring.

Here’s to hoping you all made so much money in 2016 that you have a nice, fat tax bill come tax time. Remember, a high tax bill is a problem only the successful have to deal with!

As always, please feel free to contact me if you’d like to discuss what would be best for YOUR business. I LOVE chatting with Fire Nation!

*Bonus* If you haven’t checked out Josh’s FREE course on business entities yet, you can get it here!

Our Legal Advisor’s Monthly Tax Tip

David’s January Legal Tip: Rules for Using Images Online

Whether your business has a website, a social media presence, or both, at some point you’re going to want to use images.

But what are the actual rules around using images online?

I put together several True or False questions below to help you determine whether you’re in the clear, or you should do a little more research before posting that image.

True or False: If I Find It Online, It’s Free to Use

False! You can find images online all over the place – Google Images, Instagram, your competitor’s websites, you name it.

Those are not free to use.

In most cases, those images will be protected under the copyright law of the U.S. or another country. “Copyright” can be understood simply to mean “you can’t use it without permission.”

Under U.S. law, you can be fined up to $150,000 for using a copyrighted image without permission. Don’t do it.

These rules apply to all kinds of images – photos, drawings, GIFs, memes, emojis… any kind of visual file.

True or False: If Everyone Else is Using an Image, I Can Use It for Free, too

False! Copyright holders don’t have to go after every infringer. You don’t want to be the unlucky one who receives a Cease and Desist letter from their law firm.

True or False: This Also Applies to Memes

True! Memes, no matter how popular, are based on someone else’s copyright. You can get in legal trouble for using a meme on your website or in your social media channels.

True or False: If I’m Not Making Money Off It, I Can Use It

False! The law applies whether or not you’re directly monetizing as a result of the image.

True or False: If I Own the Copyright, I Can Use It Wherever I Want

True! This usually applies to images that you created or that an employee created for you. If you own the image, you can use it whenever or wherever you like.

Note that I said employee – if you paid someone else to create the image, but they’re not an employee of your company, then you need a “Work For Hire Agreement” – which we can discuss on a future Income Report.

True or False: You Can Buy or License the Right to Use an Image

True! If you want to use an image, you have two options:

First, you can buy the copyright. This usually applies when the owner of the image is an individual and the image isn’t very famous or valuable.

Second, and more commonly, you can license the copyright. This means you enter into a contract where you pay for the right to use the image. This is how stock photo websites like iStock operate.

Always be careful to read the terms of the license. Sometimes your license is limited to a certain number or type of uses.

If you have any questions, contact the company to make sure you’re following the rules.

Click here for a free 3-Step Checklist from David on Using Images Online!

What Went Down In January

The Mastery Journal Launches on Kickstarter!

We’ve been prepping for The Mastery Journal launch for almost a year, which is when John first came up with the idea to create it.

There have been a few bumps along the way, but for the most part, we were able to take a TON of the knowledge and experience we gained from launching The Freedom Journal on Kickstarter and apply it directly to this launch.

Here’s a rundown of The Mastery Journal launch: pre, during and post…

Pre launch day

The Mastery Journal Project Plan

With a solid project plan mapped out in Asana, we were able to stay on task and keep track of the several moving pieces and multiple team members who all worked together to make this launch a success.

TMJ Project Plan

Quick note: Asana is an incredible project and task management tool that you can use to help you keep track of your own projects and tasks, along with those you’re working on with your team.

I use the FREE version of Asana, and have been for over two years. No affiliate link here – I simply think it’s the best software out there for project management.

Translate our project plan into actual accomplishments, and you’ve got our Project Timeline!

Here’s a look at some of the major milestones and tasks we accomplished leading up to the launch…

TMJ Project Timeline

Marketing The Mastery Journal

We also decided to do a few things differently this time around leading up to launch when it came to marketing, including:

  • John doing all outreach himself
  • Enlisting The Mastery Journal Street Team
  • Investing in podcast advertising

It’s a bit too early to tell just how impactful these new marketing tactics will be on the campaign as a whole, but we’ll definitely keep you posted!

Launch day

As you can see from the pre-launch section, there was a lot of prep that went into launch day, so when it finally arrived we were more than ready to hit publish!

Our Launch Day Blitz

Here are a few of the main marketing pieces that went live alongside the Kickstarter campaign on January 23rd:

  • John & Kate’s interview on EOFire
  • Four separate email announcements to:
    • The Mastery Journal Campaign
    • The Mastery Journal Street Team
    • Fire Nation
    • The Freedom Journal Kickstarter backers

And we can’t forget all of the outside support we received on launch day!

Thanks to John’s outreach we were able to confirm support from over 600 of his 1,500 past guests, not to mention the podcast interviews that went live on shows like School of Greatness, $100 MBA and the Ziglar Show!

Testing out new strategies and tools

Another cool tool we’ve been able to implement this time around that wasn’t available when we launched The Freedom Journal campaign is Kickstarter Live.

Kickstarter Live allows you to hop on a live-stream video that runs directly on your Kickstarter campaign page! This allows you to give real-time updates, chat with those who are on your Kickstarter page, and also offer up some pretty sweet action-taker opportunities.

Kickstarter Live

Launch day results

Launch day was incredible; we hit our funding goal – and then some – and closed out the day with well over 600 backers and over $36k pledged!

The Mastery Journal launch on Kickstarter

Post launch day

Our #1 tip for anyone interested in running a successful Kickstarter campaign?

Never take your foot off the gas.

Every day post-launch has looked pretty similar to launch day.

John continues to send out emails to The Freedom Journal Kickstarter backers, in addition to The Mastery Journal campaign contacts, and to Fire Nation as a whole.

The results?

  • Kickstarter named us a “Project We Love” within the first 3 days,
  • We closed out our first week with more than 1,500 backers pledging over $110,000, and
  • Together, we’ve partnered with Pencils of Promise again and we’ve already personally written a $10k donation check, with another $10k coming at our next pledge level! BOOM!

Our biggest lessons learned

Even though the campaign was only live for one week in January, we were able to walk away with several lessons learned (and we expect many more to be on the way).

Here are a few of those lessons:

The Mastery Journal Kickstarter campaign wraps on February 24th, so we’ll have a full recap of the entire campaign in our next income report.

We’ll also be creating another massive Kickstarter post, like the one we created for The Freedom Journal, so that if you’re looking to launch your next idea on Kickstarter you’ll have a head start!

By the way, have you snagged YOUR Mastery Journal yet? There are still a few mastermind spots available for our upcoming Puerto Palooza!

Click here to learn more!

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January 2017 Income Breakdown*

Product/Service Income: $134,231

The Freedom Journal: Accomplish your #1 goal in 100 days!

  • Shopify: $22,934 (390 Freedom Journals & 165 Digital Packs sold!)
  • Amazon: $29,780 (748 Freedom Journals sold!)
  • Total: $52,714

Podcasters’ Paradise: The #1 Podcasting community in the world!

  • Recurring: $12,961 (6 annual, 181 monthly)
  • New members: $17,475 (64 new members)
  • Total: $30,436

Podcast Sponsorship Income$44,333

Podcast Websites: $5,000 Your all-in-one podcast website peace of mind

Free Podcast Course: A free 15-day course on Podcasting

Free Webinar Course: A free 10-day course on Webinars

Free Goals Course: A free 8-day course on Setting & Accomplishing Goals

Funnel On Fire: A free 8-day course on Creating a Funnel that Converts!

WebinarOnFire: $1,344 Learn how to Create & Present Webinars that Convert!

Skills On Fire: $132

The Fire Path: $89

Podcast LaunchAudiobook$204 | eBook: $68

Affiliate Income: $48,431

*Affiliate links below

Resources for Entrepreneurs: $30,750

  • Audible: $212
  • BlueHost$1,500 (Step-by-step guide and 23 WordPress tutorials)
  • Click Funnels: $22,701
  • Coaching referrals: $4,842 (email me for an introduction to a mentor for overall online business or a Podcast focused mentor!)
  • Disclaimer Template: $69 (legal disclaimers for your website)
  • Fizzle: $244
  • LeadPages$1,082
  • Virtual Staff Finder: $100

Courses for Entrepreneurs: $15,511

Resources for Podcasters: $511

Other Resources: $1,659

  • Amazon Associates: $838
  • Other: $821

Total Gross Income in January: $182,662

Business Expenses: $63,975

  • Advertising: $11,124 (includes The Mastery Journal launch ads)
  • Affiliate Commissions (Paradise): $2,569
  • Accounting: $1,752 (on-boarding PR CPA)
  • Cost of goods sold: $5,442
  • Design & Branding: $2,180
  • Legal & Professional: $525
  • Meals & Entertainment: $2,079
  • Merchant / bank fees: $3,165
  • Amazon fees: $7,725
  • Shopify fees: $414
  • Stripe fees: $8
  • PayPal fees: $654
  • Office expenses: $264
  • Payroll Tax Expenses / Fees: $1,670
  • Promotional / events: $125
  • Paradise Refunds: $5,701
  • WebinarOnFire Refunds: $672 (invoice total)
  • Sponsorships: $5,625
  • Show notes: $240
  • Travel: $1,936
  • The Freedom Journal: $6,031
  • Virtual Assistant Fees: $2,610
  • Website Fees: $1,464

Recurring, Subscription-based Expenses: $2,260

  • Adobe Creative Cloud: $100
  • Boomerang: $80 (team package)
  • Brandisty: $24
  • Authorize.net: $91.10
  • Cell Phone: $215
  • CCBill: $20
  • Google Storage: $9.99
  • Go2MyPC: $12
  • Internet: $300
  • eVoice: $9.95
  • Infusionsoft CRM: $359
  • Insurance: $551
  • Libsyn: $125
  • Chatroll: $49
  • PicMonkey: $33 (annual fee)
  • PureChat: $20
  • ScheduleOnce: $9
  • Skype: $2.99
  • Shopify: $20
  • Scout: $10
  • TaxJar: $19
  • Workflowy: $4.99
  • MeetEdgar: $49
  • Wistia: $25
  • WPCurve: $29
  • Zapier: $15
  • Taxes & Licenses: $77

Total Expenses in January: $66,235

Payroll to John, Kate & PR Team: $17,683

In our May 2014 Income Report and our June 2016 Income Report, Josh focuses on how to pay yourself as an entrepreneur. Check them out!

Total Net Profit for January 2017: $116,427

Biggest Lesson Learned

You’ll never know until you take action

There were a lot of questions, fears and “what if’s” leading up to The Mastery Journal launch.

  • Have we done enough to prepare?
  • Should we have reached out to more people for support?
  • Will people see the value in The Mastery Journal?

For many entrepreneurs, these are the types of questions, fears and “what if’s” that will stop you in your tracks before you’re ever able to make any progress.

But for those who take action – despite the questions, fears and “what if’s” – they get to actually find out. They get to learn, pivot, experience and achieve the goals they set for themselves.

No one else can answer the questions, calm the fears or tell you “what if”; you have to take action to find out.

What’s the worst that could happen?

Alright Fire Nation, that’s a wrap!EntrepreneurOnFire

Until next month, keep your FIRE burning!

~ Kate & John

Note: we report our income figures as accurately as possible, but in using reports from a combo of Infusionsoft & Xero to track our product and total income / expenses, they suggest the possibility of a 3 – 5% margin of error. 

Click here for all of EOFire’s Income Reports

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Latest EOFire Podcast S5E5: What is means to be focused

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How to stay focused

What it means to be focused: Follow ONE course until success, and remain distraction free in the process.

Being focused is one of the most difficult challenges we face as entrepreneurs, especially today with an infinite number of notifications, distractions and all those shiny objects we just love to chase.

Time can be an ally or an enemy. What it becomes depends entirely upon you, your goals, and your determination to use every available minute. ~ Zig Ziglar

How do you do this?

Learn to hold yourself accountable.

Now that you have my plan for productivity and my plan for discipline, let’s create one for FOCUS.

A plan for focus

Since we’ve already mastered removing distractions with our plan for discipline, we’ve eliminated half of what can break our focus – these are things specifically related to our work environment.

With our plan for focus, we’re going to take it one step further and work on removing distractions that we create ourselves.

Creating a plan for focus will help you hold yourself accountable and prevent you from getting in your own way.

Step 1: Stop getting in your own way

Set a timer for 15 minutes and start writing out the things that distract you that aren’t related to your work environment (remember, we already covered those distractions in our plan for discipline).

Your list might include things like:

  • Shiny objects / ideas I feel I have to take action on NOW;
  • Notifications and pop up reminders on my computer and/or phone;
  • Remembering other things I have to do and not wanting to forget them;
  • Anything that sounds like more fun than what I’m actually supposed to be doing.

Any of these things sound familiar?

Here’s the thing: we’re pretty darn good at getting in our own way, even when we may not realize we’re getting in our own way.

A key step to becoming more focused is being able to catch yourself when you’re doing it, and the step that comes before you’re able to do that: admitting that you’re doing it.

Before we move on to Step 2, set another timer for 5 minutes, and come to terms with the fact that you get in your own way more often than you think. Admit it, and commit to recognizing and calling yourself out for it when it happens moving forward.

Step 2: It’s time to time

This might be my favorite step out of the all the steps in all of the plans I’ve shared with you, because it’s the easiest AND it produces the BIGGEST results. In fact, I’ve been asking you to practice it throughout the steps we’ve covered in all of our plans.

Remember me talking about those tangible results when it comes to being more productive? Results you can actually SEE?

This is how you produce those results: using the Pomodoro Technique.

The next time you start working on a task or project (this will be a task or project from your plan for productivity: one that matters to you and your business and that you’ve written out so you know what to work on first), set a 30 minute timer.

Before you press start on your timer, make sure you have a piece of paper and a pen next to you (or some sort of note-taking tools – sticky notes, a journal, etc).

Once you press start on your timer, do not – I repeat, DO NOT – let anything break your focus. These 30 minutes represent your “Focus Time”.

Remember all the things you listed out when brainstorming the things that distract you (how you get in your own way)?

When one of those things comes up – and I can pretty much guarantee you, they will come up – write it down on your piece of paper and immediately get back on task.

Being able to write things down will clear the distraction from your mind and help you to continue focusing on what’s most important right now: whatever task or project you’re working on.

Once your Focus Time is up, you’ll get a well-deserved block of “Refresh Time”. This might be 10 or 15 minutes where you can look back at your notes, get on social media, grab a bite to eat, or whatever else helps you refresh.

Your Refresh Time should also be actually timed.

Step 3: Practice

Don’t beat yourself up over distractions and getting in your own way – at least not in the beginning.

Focus is something you must practice in order to master it.

As you practice, try out different Focus Time blocks – maybe 30 minutes wasn’t long enough for you, and you feel you could focus for 45 minutes at a time.

Or maybe 30 minutes was too long, and your Focus Time needs to be more like 20 minutes.

Constantly be working to improve.

Increase your Focus Time by 1 minute every single day, and decrease your Refresh Time accordingly.

Start to learn how to work with your phone on silent, then with your phone in airplane mode, and eventually with your phone in another room.

Begin to put systems in place and use software that will help you remember the ideas and other important things that come up throughout the day so you don’t rely on pop up notifications for peace of mind.

Try your “Session” (which equals your Focus Time and your Refresh Time) once per day.

Within a couple of days, maybe you’ll be ready for two Sessions.

Within a week, you can work up to having three Sessions per day.

You can do this, and the results you’ll see once you start implementing these Sessions throughout your day to help you FOCUS on your one task or project will prove it.

Once you start gaining momentum when it comes to productivity, you won’t want to stop.

Plans for productivity, discipline and focus

Do you see how everything we’re putting in place with our plans for productivity, discipline and focus lend a hand in helping us master these 3 skills?

The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand. ~ Vince Lombardi

Mastering these 3 skills is your ticket to success.

Mastering these 3 skills represent you accomplishing your biggest goals.

Mastering these 3 skills WILL change your life.

It’s time to commit to mastering each and every one of them.

The Mastery Journal

If you’re ready to start ending every day feeling accomplished, then head over to TheMasteryJournal.com for your own physical copy of The Mastery Journal.

The Mastery Journal is your daily guide to mastering productivity, discipline and focus in 100 days.

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Latest EOFire Podcast The importance of sleep and how to just say no

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Ever wake up in the morning feeling exhausted?

Or maybe you’ve heard from your significant other once or twice that you talk in your sleep a lot, or are super restless throughout the night…

If you’re not getting a good nights sleep, then your ability to focus, stay energized and motivated, and dominate your day is very low.

Thing is, without focus, energy, motivation and domination are the exact things you need in order to accomplish your biggest goals and achieve freedom in your business and life.

In today’s bonus episode, I invite a very special guest to join us: The Real Brian.

The Real Brian isn’t just any old Brian (as you can tell by the name).

He’s host of The Real Brian Show and has extensive experience in podcasting from previous shows he’s produced like Profitcast and our very own Podcasters’ Paradise Podcast.

During our chat we talk about things like:

  • The importance of getting a great nights sleep;
  • The one thing Brian has done to improve the quality of his sleep (plus what my bedroom looks like);
  • What Brian’s morning routine looks like today, and how it has evolved;
  • A HUGE struggle for both myself and Brian: saying NO;
  • Plus a lot more awesomeness.

Want to connect with The Real Brian? Head over to RealBrianShow.com!

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Latest EOFire Podcast S5E4: What it means to be disciplined

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What it means to be disciplined

What it means to be disciplined: setting and sticking to a plan of ACTION.

Being disciplined isn’t about being perfect; it’s about committing to – and actually doing – the things you say you’re going to do.

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment. ~ Jim Rohn

How do you do this?

Stick to your plan.

I’ve already shared my plan for productivity with you, which includes the steps you can take to put a plan in place.

Now that you have a plan for productivity, let’s create one for discipline.

A plan for discipline

In order to become more disciplined you must identify and remove distractions and excuses before they become distractions and excuses.

This starts with taking a step back, looking at your work environment, and acknowledging and admitting to some things that might be pretty tough for you to acknowledge and admit.

When you’re able to do this, sticking to your plan becomes much easier.

We also must come to terms with the fact that being an entrepreneur, creating the life we want to live, and accomplishing our biggest goals requires that we make a lot of sacrifices.

We have to learn to say no to things that might give us immediate satisfaction in order to achieve what we want to see in our future.

Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t so you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t. ~ Warren G. Tracy’s student

You can do this.

Step 1: Describe your work environment

Set a 10 minute timer and write out a description of your work environment.

When I say work environment, I mean whatever space you go to and use to work on your business.

Here are a few questions to help you get started:

  • How does my work environment make me feel?
  • What about my work environment would I like to change?
  • What does my work environment “look like” when I’m most productive?

If you have multiple work environments (maybe you go to a co-working space or a coffee shop some days, but other days you’re at home or in an office), then write out a separate description for each.

Step 2: Identify and remove distractions and excuses

Set a 10 minute timer and write out all the things that have distracted you from making progress in your business in the past week.

Your list might include things like:

  • House work;
  • Wishing I were someplace else;
  • My roommate / house guests / family / children;
  • Too many tasks / feeling overwhelmed;
  • Having multiple tabs open in my web browser at once;
  • “Personal stuff”.

Once you’ve completed your list, admit to yourself out loud that every one of your distractions is an excuse you’re making to not stick to your plan of action.

Then, it’s time to find a way to remove these distractions so they don’t interfere with the plan of action you have in place.

If it’s a distraction you can easily remove by making sure it’s taken care of before you sit down to start your workday, then write it down as a part of your morning routine and make it happen.

This would include things like house work or having multiple tabs open in your browser.

If it’s a distraction you can’t simply “remove”, like your roommate, house guest, family or children, then it’s time to take an extra step back and gain control of your own situation.

This starts with setting boundaries with your roommate, house guests and family, and planning ahead with your children.

Let your roommate, house guests and family know the hours you’ll be working, and ask to not be disturbed during those times.

Think about ways you can maximize time with your children, and also have time for yourself when you can work on your business.

This might involve:

  • Researching daycare options 1 day per week;
  • Setting aside hours before your children are awake, during naps, or after they’ve gone to bed for your work; or
  • Making arrangements with a family member to babysit for a few hours over the weekend.

Wishing you were someplace else, feeling overwhelmed, or being distracted by “personal stuff” is all within your control. Always remember that you choose how you respond to any given situation.

Wish you were someplace else? Then start being more disciplined so you can create the life you want to live and be in that place every day of your life!

Feeling overwhelmed? Then start being more disciplined and actually stick to your plan of action so you don’t have so much on your plate!

Distracted by personal stuff? Talk to someone about it.

Step 3: Practice saying no

I can promise you this: creating the life you want to live does not happen without sacrifice, and being able to say no to short-term pleasures is what will help you accomplish your biggest goals for the future.

Now that you’ve removed distractions and your work environment is primed for productivity, practice saying no to the things that will prevent you from accomplishing the things you’ve said you were going to do.

This is not easy, but it is necessary, and no – it does not make you a bad person to say no.

It might seem like a night out with friends or a weekend getaway is totally harmless, and that you’ll “make up for it” after. And yes, sometimes a night out with friends or a weekend getaway is totally harmless – and yes, you WILL make up for it after if you want to accomplish your goals.

But you have to pick and choose.

If you have a huge launch coming up, or you’ve been working to get your website live for weeks now and it’s still not ready, or if you’re working on your first sales funnel that is actually going to help you start generating revenue, then the answer to invites should 99% of the time be: no.

Be disciplined.

Recognize that every time you say yes to something outside of your business, that you’re saying no to accomplishing your business goals.

Step 4: Take action

Set a timer for 30 minutes and commit to being disciplined.

You have your plan laid out in front of you with the exact tasks you need to complete in order to accomplish the goal you’ve set for the day; you’re in a productive work environment; and you’ve removed all distractions; only thing left to do is get to work!

The Mastery Journal

If you’re ready to start setting and sticking to a plan of ACTION every single day, then head over to TheMasteryJournal.com for your own physical copy of The Mastery Journal.

The Mastery Journal is your daily guide to mastering productivity, discipline and focus in 100 days.

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Latest EOFire Podcast S5E3: What it means to be productive

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What it means to be productive

What it means to be productive: accomplishing tasks that matter to you and your business in an efficient manner.

Productivity isn’t just about checking things off your to-do list – it’s about checking things off your to-do list that are helping you move forward based on the goals you’ve set.

How do you do this?

It’s simple: plan ahead.

Well, simple, but not easy.

The easiest way to set yourself up for productivity is to make sure the tasks you want to accomplish are laid out in front of you. That way you never have to guess “what’s next”.

If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail. ~ Benjamin Franklin

A plan for productivity

Let’s make a deal: I’ll give you my plan for productivity if you’ll commit to following it. I guarantee you this plan will work – if you use it.

Whether you choose to use it or not is completely up to you.

I’ll start by sharing what my plan looks like from 30 feet away (zoomed out, if you will), and we’ll continue to get closer and closer until we’re literally sitting at my desk together.

Sound good?

Step 1: It starts with setting goals

Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible. ~ Tony Robbins

My plan from 30 feet away: Setting goals does not take a long time, it is not strenuous, it feels amazing, and it’s an absolute must if you want to be successful.

Do not overcomplicate this, otherwise, you’ve sabotaged your plan for productivity before you’ve even started.

Set a timer for 30 minutes, and answer these 3 questions:

  • What do I want to see happen in my business (or life) over the next 3 months?
  • Why do I want to see these things happen in my business (or life)?
  • How can I be more specific about what I’ve just written down?

These goals do not have to be big, massive, long-term things that take months and months to accomplish. They can be things like:

  • Launch my website
  • Connect with influencers
  • Join a mastermind group
  • Learn Instagram

Step 2: Make your goals SMART

People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going. ~ Earl Nightingale

My plan from 25 feet away: Making sure your goals are SMART will help you put a plan in place you can execute.

SMART means:

  • Specific – what exactly do you want to accomplish? Don’t be vague
  • Measurable – how will you know once you’ve accomplished your goal? Use a % or #
  • Attainable – stretch yourself, but don’t stretch too far – is your goal attainable?
  • Relevant – it has to matter to you and your business
  • Time-bound – give yourself a deadline: when will you reach your goal by?

Set a timer for 30 minutes, take one goal from your list, and put it through the SMART criteria.

Let’s choose “Learn Instagram”.

  • Specific – I want to learn how to grow my following on Instagram in order to gain credibility and connect and learn more about my audience
  • Measurable – Increase followers to 5,000 and connect with at least 50 of them one-on-one, outside of Instagram
  • Attainable – I can do this!
  • Relevant – Yes, Instagram is where my avatar is hanging out and these connections will help me to connect and learn more about my audience, all while gaining credibility through providing valuable content
  • Time-bound – I’m giving myself 90 days; my deadline = April 1

Step 3: Put a plan in place

Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success. ~ Pablo Picasso

My plan from 15 feet away: Putting a plan in place starts with writing out the individual steps you know you need to take in order to accomplish your goal.

When you know exactly what you need to do to get one step closer to your goal, there is no guesswork when it comes to taking action.

Set a timer for 30 minutes and write out the individual steps you know you need to take in order to accomplish your goal.

Brainstorm, use your existing knowledge, and reach out to those who have come before you (either directly or indirectly) to better understand what’s involved.

Once you’ve written out every step you can think of – regardless of whether you know how to do that step – put them in order of priority.

Step 4: Win tomorrow today

Being able to start your day already knowing what ONE task you will accomplish before the day is over takes the guesswork out of getting started. ~ John Lee Dumas

My plan from 10 feet away: Look at your plan and take the first (or next) step necessary for you to get one step closer to your goal; make that the ONE task you’ll accomplish tomorrow.

Set a 5 minute timer and document on a sticky note or sheet of paper what ONE task you will accomplish tomorrow.

Put it on your keyboard so it’s the first thing you see when you get to your desk.

Step 5: Take action

You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great. ~ Zig Ziglar

My plan from 5 feet away: You know exactly what your ONE task is for the day – all that’s left is for you to take action.

Sit down at your computer and commit to doing what you said you would do.

Set a 45 minute timer and TAKE ACTION.

If you get stuck, do NOT use “I got stuck” as an excuse to stop making progress.

Be resourceful and do NOT accept whatever is standing in your way as the end; figure out a way to get around it.

Step 6: Let’s hang out

You control your future, your destiny. What you think about comes about. By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands – your own. ~ Mark Victor Hansen

My plan from 1 foot away: Now that we’re at my desk together, allow me to be straight up: at this point you’ve either chosen to be productive, or not.

What did you accomplish during the 45 minutes you set aside to work on your ONE goal for today?

If you realized that you need more time, came up against a roadblock you didn’t expect, or you found out there’s actually a different step that needs to happen before you can accomplish what you set out to do, then correct course and keep moving forward.

Ongoing productivity

This is not rocket science.

The plan above is incredibly simple, and I just gave you every single step.

This is a “rinse and repeat” strategy that never changes, which is great news because it means we now know what it means to be productive – and more importantly, how to be productive.

Towards the end of each month, or every 30-ish days, I like to spot check my goals just to be sure I’m on track.

This includes:

  • Acknowledging my goals and pivoting or adjusting based on my current reality;
  • Re-evaluating what my top priority should be based on my goals;
  • Looking at what I’ve done in the past 30 days to help myself get closer to accomplishing my goals; and finally,
  • Writing out lessons learned and how I’ll avoid any roadblocks or challenges moving forward that I’ve faced over the past 30 days.

We should all strive to continuously improve every single day.

Be better today than you were yesterday, and you’ve already won.

If there’s a step in the process above that doesn’t work for you – or you find that adding in an additional step helps you master productivity in your own way – then do it.

There are no set rules, and you cannot go wrong testing different things out.

JUST START.

The Mastery Journal

If you’re ready to start accomplishing tasks that matter to you and your business in an efficient manner, then head over to TheMasteryJournal.com for your own physical copy of The Mastery Journal.

The Mastery Journal is your daily guide to mastering productivity, discipline and focus in 100 days.

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Latest EOFire Podcast The truth revealed (money, sales, and more)

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When compared with The Freedom Journal launch, The Mastery Journal launch is coming up well short.

Day 5 of The Freedom Journal: $170,190 & 2882 backers.

Day 5 of The Mastery Journal: $103,128 & 1389 backers.

The above comparison is discouraging, but as I often say, COMPARE & DESPAIR.

Plus, not all comparisons are straight correlations to the numbers.

How so?

With the launch of The Mastery Journal, I went on a marketing blitz.

Guest appearances on big Podcasts, Facebook and Instagram ads, guest posts on blogs like Michael Hyatt’s, sponsoring Podcast’s like Pat Flynn’s Smart Passive Income, and much much more.

The result?

The Freedom Journal sales are WAY up…I mean BIG TIME.

Something I expected on a small level, but not this big.

Thursday’s EOFire guest Alissa Daire Nelson emailed me and said John, I’m getting emails from Fire Nation saying they bought The Freedom Journal as soon as they heard my episode, did you expect that?

Not really…

But upon reflection, it makes sense.

The Freedom Journal is VERY appealing (Accomplish your #1 goal in 100 days) and in today’s Amazon Prime economy, we want things NOW!

The Mastery Journal will ship in late February.

The Freedom Journal ships TODAY.

Let me show you some numbers and screenshots of this reality…

Amazon stats for The Freedom Journal

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The above chart shows how in just 5 days (Mon thru Fri) we’ve sold 247 Freedom Journals on Amazon…a number that will surely be over 300 by Sunday evening, giving us a 3X increase in sales, from 108 units and $4,212 last week to well over 300 units and $12,000 this week.

HUGE. Not to mention how this is increasing The Freedom Journal ranking in Amazon which is leading to more and more organic sales…

TheFreedomJournal.com stats

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The above graphics now show the HUGE bump in sales we’ve also experienced for The Freedom Journal at TheFreedomJournal.com starting on January 23rd.

A 3X increase in sales from our typical 4-5k per week, to what will be 12k to 14k by the time Sunday has concluded.

HUGE.


As you can tell, I’m a numbers guy & there’s truth in the saying numbers don’t lie.

My hope is with this email you’ll see there are multiple layers to numbers, especially when you’re launching your 2nd, 3rd, and even 4th product.

Thank you again to those who have patiently supported The Mastery Journal campaign.

It’s my best work to date, and I promise will be WELL worth the wait!

Make sure to check out the 2nd video we added to the Kickstarter page, and have a wonderful weekend!

The Mastery Journal: Master productivity, discipline and focus in 100 days!

~ JLD

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Latest EOFire Podcast S5E2: How to feel accomplished at the end of every day

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Feel accomplished

Feeling accomplished.

The word accomplished is oftentimes used as an adjective to describe someone who is highly skilled or successful.

A few years ago, as I was familiarizing myself with EOFire as a business and also learning new things about my own skills and strengths as I worked on different types of projects, I oftentimes ended my days feeling “Meh”.

I was SO excited to be on board with EOFire’s mission of Inspiring Millions; I was soaking up (and loving) the challenges and business lessons I was learning; and teaming up with my partner, John Lee Dumas, was proving to be a much smoother transition than I had anticipated.

How was it possible that I was ending my days feeling “Meh”?

Getting to the bottom of it

After a lot of reflection and asking myself some pretty tough questions, like:

  • Did I make the right choice joining EOFire?
  • Is Inspiring Millions what I’m meant to do?
  • Am I ever going to learn enough to be able to actually make an impact?…

…I finally got to the bottom of it: I was ending my days feeling “Meh” because I didn’t have something visual or tangible to show myself that represented the work I had done, the time I had spent, or the frustrations I’d overcome throughout the day.

Even though I felt really busy, every once in a while I’d even end my days looking back and asking myself:

“Did I accomplish anything today?”

In addition to the tough questions I was asking myself about being a part of EOFire, actually wondering whether or not I was accomplishing anything pushed me over the edge.

You see, a big part of success for me is having a positive mindset, being motivated, and feeling accomplished, so I knew if I was ending my days feeling anything less, something had to change.

Thankfully, through my reflection, I quickly realized that I had 110% made the right choice by joining EOFire; I AM meant to help drive our mission of Inspiring Millions; and I’ve learned so much that I can share with others in order to make an impact.

When I got to the bottom of it, I realized I just needed to find a way to translate my work, my time spent, and my small wins throughout the day (visual or not) into success.

If I could do that, then I would be ending every day feeling accomplished.

Feeling accomplished at the end of every day

My immediate next thought was: “How on earth do I do this?”

Turns out, it’s much easier than it sounds.

Feeling accomplished at the end of every day is within reach if you follow these 3 steps.

How to feel accomplished in 3 Steps

1. Plan ahead for productivity

Clearly define what it is you’re going to work on before your day starts, and be sure it’s a task or project that is meaningful to you and your business.

We do this by winning tomorrow today.

Every night before you end your workday, write down the ONE goal you want to accomplish the next day that’s meaningful to you and your business.

Knowing exactly what you’ll work on the minute you sit down at your desk will prevent any wasted time being spent on wondering “what now?”

Diving straight into working on your ONE goal will ensure your day starts out productive.

2. Know what your next most important step is for discipline

Once you know what your ONE goal for the day is, start mapping out the steps required to achieve your goal.

You may not know what every step is going to look like or require until you get to it, which is why it’s important to NOT get caught up by the things you don’t know. Instead, focus on what you do know: your next most important step.

If you continue to work on your next most important step, the step that follows will reveal itself, and being disciplined enough to continue your journey step by step without making excuses will ensure you achieve your goal for the day.

3. Time block for focus

 You have your ONE goal and you know what your next most important step is. Only thing left to do is FOCUS: Follow One Course Until Success.

By setting time blocks for each step you need to take in order to achieve your goal, you’ll help fend off distractions and start to snowball your momentum.

Let’s say your ONE goal is to complete and schedule your next blog post. If you’re starting at square one, your next most important step is to come up with the topic or focus for your post.

Give yourself five minutes to brainstorm the topic or focus for your post, and before you dive in start your timer. When five minutes is up, look at what you’ve written down, and then write out your next most important step.

Set a time limit, press start on your timer, and repeat.

Feeling accomplished at the end of every day is within reach.

If you’re not currently ending every day feeling accomplished, then it’s time to find a way to translate your work, your time spent, and your small wins throughout the day (visual or not) into success.

The quickest way to do so is to start practicing productivity, discipline and focus as outlined above so that you have at the very least ONE goal you’ve achieved at the end of every day that you can celebrate.

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