Time To Learn & Time To Take Action

Somehow I find myself almost all the way through March without having written an update on here for some time!! So what have I been doing for these past 3 months, well thats actually a good question as I should really be holding myself accountable and summarising for my own benefit…..

  • Reading & Learning – I have taken the time to revisit a lot of the systems and products that I have previously (and even recently) bought, garnering further information and tips and techniques that I can incorporate into my business and methods. Its been quite an eye opening time as whilst I have learnt a fair bit I also lose track of how many times I have read the same old stuff. Which goes to prove either of two points, that this stuff actually works or there are a lot of people making money selling re-hashed content to ‘newbies’! Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below….
  • Planning & Strategising – I have been breaking down my goals into smaller rungs on the ladder so that I can take the steps to climb higher and higher with success and an income to match. I have also looked at the different aspects of my business as it is now and as I want it to be to enable me to break it down into different sectors/types and income streams which will work pwerfully when pulled together.
  • Product Development – I have been working on my planned products for 2010 (more to follow later..) which are both a combination of outsourced products which I will have rights to and also own produced by yours truly! My goal is to start to get those out there so that I can build my affiliate connections and reputation as well as achieve some sales along the way.
  • Socialising – I have managed to enjoy myself along the way, doing plenty of socialising. Sadly its not been the best of business networking as yet as due to work commitments I missed out on a jaunt to Vegas to meet up with my mentor Alex Jeffreys along with the opportunity to attend Mike Filsaime’s Affiliate Appreciation weekend and meet up with lots of my fellow Marketing With You students. You can read more of the exploits over at my pal Marcus Passey’s blog. However I am looking to make up for that with some networking here in the UK and I’m looking to meet up with Sean Beardmore, Iain Buchanan & Rob Bradley in Birmingham soon – guys if you’re reading this get in contact and we can throw some dates around, or alternatively if anyone else is local and fancies a pint and some strategising….
  • Anything else – sure there is tons of other stuff such as my actual day job, following all the sport thus far this year and of course the day to day house work & tasks, but no point going down that route as affects us all!!

2010 path Time To Learn & Time To Take Action

So as we continue on the journey through 2010, what am I doing now and what are my main priorities…

Blogging – this blog has once again got to become my main priority and focus as I have been neglecting it. I need to go back to basics and hold myself accountable whilst adding value and building relationships so I will make a commitment to post at least once a week from here on in.

List Building - I need to focus on building my list and further enhancing and deepening the relationship that I have with my subscribers. Having recently digested a number of high profile products I will begin to put the ideas into practice and the experiences that I have along the way will allow me to both build and add value to those on my list.

Thats enough for now, stay tuned for my next update….

Tom


 

33 Comments

  • By Julie Priddle, March 22, 2010 @ 8:05 am

    Hi Tom,

    Thought I'd come and check out your blog as you kindly left a comment on mine last night.

    I love the design……real easy to read and navigate around. I have a slight obsession with my blog theme – actually it's bordering on perhaps needing psychiatric help! Still, I'm not hurting anyone…..so will continue messing around with it no doubt. LOL.

    I look forward to having a look at the products that you have coming out in 2010. I wish you the best of luck.

    Kind regards,

    Julie.

  • By Dev Maritz, March 22, 2010 @ 4:28 pm

    Hi there Tom!

    Exellent article!

    Especially liking the idea of going back to all the old products you bought and getting tips from it.

    I think that so many people just overload themselves with e-book after e-book that they never really get going.

    Anyway, Great post again and I will be sure to bookmark your blog

    Take care

    Dev

  • By Anthony, March 24, 2010 @ 2:35 am

    Hi Tom
    I certainly can identify with your comments about how fast time slinks away under the door – weeks ebb before we realise it.
    I was lucky enough to meet Alex and some of the lads in Vegas, and might even get to the UK before the year is out.
    I look forward to seeing the results of what you produce.

    Cheers
    Anthony

  • By Cliff Truss, March 25, 2010 @ 11:11 pm

    Hey Tom,

    Well done for returning to your blog.

    I think that your blog should be the base and the face of your business.

    I agree regarding your point suggesting there is a lot of re-hashed products doing the rounds. It's very hard to find something that is truly original.

    What's happening in Birmingham then?

    Good luck,

    Cliff

  • By marcus passey, March 26, 2010 @ 7:59 pm

    Hey Tom you alright mate,

    I like that post good plan of attack, I need to do the same. How is it all going for you? is your business growing well?

    As long as you take action everyday things will happen…action leads to results.

    Thanks for stopping by my place again and thanks for the awesome comments on my book really appreciate that.

    speak soon

    Marcus

  • By Tomharvey, March 29, 2010 @ 11:48 pm

    Marcus

    Thanks for coming over and your comment. Its going well mate, little slower than I would like but will get there in the end! I'm finding the hardest part is having the time to keep taking steps forward but as you rightly say some action on a daily basis will lead to results.

    Speak soon my friend

    Tom

  • By Tomharvey, March 29, 2010 @ 11:56 pm

    Hi Cliff

    Thanks for your thoughts. Indeed the blog is an important tool to communicate with other people and put your face, personality and ethos out there as the face of your business, and I need to get back active on it again.

    Its disappointing to see all the re-hashed products peddling the same old ideas and theories but if there is one thing I've picked up its that certain things are proven time and again, and its sorting those from the fads/waste of time which will help on the road to success.

    The main takeaway I have is that anything that I create needs to be different to stand out from the masses.

    Birmingham is ok, moved up for work (for now!) but frequently find myself travelling back to London!!

    Speak soon

    Tom

  • By Tomharvey, March 29, 2010 @ 11:58 pm

    Anthony

    Thanks for stopping by, was gutted that I missed the Vegas action due to work commitments, next time my friend!!

    Let me know if you hit the UK as always interested in trying to get together with fellow marketers, hope things are going well fo ryou, will stop by your blog and see whats happening. Cheers

    Tom

  • By Tomharvey, March 30, 2010 @ 1:02 am

    Dev

    Hi. Thanks for your comment. I've still got so much stuff to wade through – loads of the rubbish and otherwise that I have bought, downloaded and ignored, has been an interesting exercise if only to prove that I've waaaay overloaded and not taken enough action to date. Reckon it could easily take a year just 'learning' without even doing anything else but must press on and keep taking action no matter how small. Hopefully will be able to impart some of the training to other sthrough the blog and comments. Ill swing by your blog to see how things are for you, trust all is well so far…

    Tom

  • By Tomharvey, March 30, 2010 @ 12:06 am

    Julie

    Thanks for the visit and your kind words. I remember when I was first looking at themes how overwhelming the options really were both free and paid. I went with one I liked that seemed to be easy navigable but then again I keep thinking about a change! Think Ill leave it for now and focus on the content for the time being though. Its all too difficult not to get distracted tinkering with the minor details and to keep pressing forwards but rest assured its not a battle that we face alone! Keep up the good work and speak soon

    Tom

  • By Dieter Stone, April 6, 2010 @ 1:53 pm

    Nice article!

    I am still in doing the Alex Jeffreys Coaching, but I am planning to go through the products I purchased in the past after it as well.

    Not so much to advertise them, but to take out a couple of good tips and share them with the readers of my blog. As far as I remember must products I have were high on hype, low on content kind of products.

    But Tony Robbins once said: if you only get one good tip out of a course, its worth your time.

    Hope to read something on your blog again soon.

    Dieter

  • By Darren, April 9, 2010 @ 1:02 am

    I got a little off track some months ago. You just need to refocus and looks to me like you are doing that. I am constantly learning stuff and sometimes you just have to take time to "learn". The blog will always be there and once you implement your plan they will come to it.

  • By Rob Bradley, April 14, 2010 @ 6:16 pm

    Hey Tom,

    Great plan mate, so as long as you take CONSISTENT action you'll be achieving your goals without a doubt.

    If your finding it difficult to get the time to keep things moving forward then maybe take a few of the 5 & 10 min tasks from your to do list and put them on a new list that you can do when you're in really busy times.

    That way you now going to feel like this project is just standing still!

    I'm trying to figure out when I'll be down your way next so I'll be getting in touch soon.

    Rob

  • By Sean, April 21, 2010 @ 5:49 pm

    Hey Tom,

    Just traced this post, and it is good to see that you have action planned now, way to go. I have recently been thrust in to the realms of IM full time in the last week (more over at my Blog) and I am sure we can arrange that meet up real soon! Especially as the weather is better now :)

    I recall a few months ago, taking stock, looking at the wealth of information I had and revisited module 1 from Marketing With Alex,and to be honest, that was the kick up the ass I needed, Plan then action.

    So my product is well underway and will be ready very soon.

    Talk soon Tom!

    Sean

  • By Paul, April 23, 2010 @ 7:39 am

    Hi Tom,

    Great post mate, really enjoyed reading what you've been up to, I've been by a few times waiting for an update actually. :)

    Although you should try not to neglect your blog, my advice to you would be to but your main focus on list building, and just update the blog at least once a month.

    I got too caught up with blogging back last year and realised my focus was on the wrong thing, so I switched focus to list building which has started me making me some money each week.

    I'm writing a set-by-step report on list building at the moment, I'm not sure where you are up to with your list, but I'll I'll try and remember to let you know when it's ready.

    A few of my mates are going to the Bristol event, Sean is one of them, James and Andy Michaels are the others, and I'm not sure if Paul Wilson is going too?… I've also spoken with Rob Bradley a few times too… Sounds like a good bash, would of liked to go but it's a bit out of the way for me.

    Anyway just keep taking small steps everyday and tick something off your "to do" list, and each tick will be a step closer towards where you want to be. ;)

    Talk soon,

    Paul

  • By Sally Neill, May 11, 2010 @ 12:13 pm

    Hi Tom,

    Loved your blog post, I think I can learn a lot from just watching you and reading your blog posts, added to my favourites, Sally :)

  • By Glyn Lafferty, May 11, 2010 @ 1:31 pm

    Hi Tom,

    Back to basics or forward to basics for us new people to alex's coaching is definitely

    the road to success and holding yourself accountable.

    I find aswell that alot of the products that I have read in the past seem to tell you the

    same old stuff as you said.

    Like your blog well optimized and love the graphic at the top with your name

    Glyn

  • By Sally Neill, May 11, 2010 @ 4:03 pm

    Hey Tom, looks like solid plans you have set out, I bet success is right around the corner for you now, Sally :)

  • By Pauline, June 9, 2010 @ 5:09 am

    Great post Tom and I need to do all of these things as well except the blogging :) I will take some notes and implement them from this post.

    I haven't done much socialising as yet but then I am only a student of marketing. I look forward to your products being launched in 2010.

  • By Tomharvey, August 11, 2010 @ 7:45 pm

    Sally, Thanks for stopping by and your thoughts. I do hope so although I've been soemwhat distracted in the last few months (small matter of a new relationship, work pressures and the World Cup) but I'm back with a new focus now so watch this space. Tom

  • By Tomharvey, August 11, 2010 @ 7:50 pm

    Pauline, Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Looks like I could learn a thing or two from you in regards to blogging – some great content that you have going on over at yours and regularly updated (Ill be reading through your posts and have subscribed to your feed). I've been distracted for the past few months by a variety of things but won't let it stop me and I'm now back with a bang so please watch this space!! All the best, Tom

  • By Tomharvey, August 11, 2010 @ 7:55 pm

    Darren, so true my friend. I've been distracted once again, for a variety of reasons, but have returned and of course the blog is still here as well as the useful content. I'll be sharing and implementing what I've learnt as I have now refocused and am intending to be back with a bang. I'll be stopping by to see what you're up to, hope all is going well. Tom

  • By Tomharvey, August 11, 2010 @ 7:59 pm

    Dieter. Thanks for stopping by and apologies its taken so long to reply – I've been taken away from my Internet business for a while for a variety of reasons but am intending to be back with a bang! What you say is so true, if you can take one useful point or action from a product then its been worthwhile. Its just a shame how the industry is clogged up with so much re-hashed stuff, I lose count of the number of ebooks and products I've read which are essentially the same thing. As Alex teaches we need to add and give value to build a sustainable business and thats certainly what I intend to do here. Will be paying you a visit shortly. All the best, Tom

  • By Tomharvey, August 11, 2010 @ 8:09 pm

    Rob. Thanks for your visit and input. Sadly been struggling a bit with consistency (or any action!) recently as had a number of distractions. But nevertheless I'm not going to let a couple of lost months (in my internet business anyway) cause me to give up.

    Your point around breaking down tasks is a great one as all too often its easy to put things off when usually you can always find 5 or 10 minutes to keep things moving forwards, and its key to do so. Will definately be implementing that one!

    I'm intending to come back hitting the ground running so watch this space….in the meantime ill be heading over to check out your new report and the useful safelist tricks article I see you have. Cheers

    Tom

  • By Tomharvey, August 11, 2010 @ 8:12 pm

    Sean. Hope you're well and the full time world of IM is treating you well. I see that you have gone underground/off the radar for a bit – no doubt planning and delivering something significant – let me know if I can help at all or when it all comes to fruition.

    Ive been off the radar myself for a while as been sidetracked and distracted by a number of things, but nevertheless I'm back now and will be taking steps forward to get to where I want to be and catch up with some of you other guys!! Must get that meet arranged….

    Tom

  • By Cheryl *IM* Jones, August 11, 2010 @ 9:49 pm

    It certainly is a challenge to balance learning and doing. I will do one thing fairly consistently for a while and then get bogged down learning something new and neglect some other aspect. I can certainly understand you breaking down all the areas you are dealing with to evaluate them.

  • By Dawn *Oz* Riley, August 12, 2010 @ 10:03 am

    Hi Tom
    As a relatively newbie even I understand a lot of the products out there are merely reworked ideas – but hey if they help then no problems.
    Enjoyed your blog however I don't know where you can find the time to fit all this in.
    to your online success
    dawn

  • By Tomharvey, August 12, 2010 @ 11:15 am

    Cheryl, thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Indeed its hard when your new as there is so much to learn, digest and do but the key is to keep taking action – no matter how big or small – and you will keep pushing forwards. I have found that breaking tasks down helps me to focus and achieve more. All the best in your endeavours, speak soon, Tom

  • By Tomharvey, August 12, 2010 @ 11:18 am

    Dawn. Great to see you hear – hope Mark's coaching is going well. I must admit I do struggle to juggle everything and find the time but hopefully by continuing forwards I can free up more time as IM becomes a full time (of sorts – hey!) job and income. As you rightly say, as long as you can take something from a product then it has been worthwhile. Whilst things may not work for everyone they can become improtant pieces of the jigsaw and your own unique approach. All the best, Tom

  • By Tomharvey, August 12, 2010 @ 11:28 am

    Paul, great to see you again – hope you're well! Thanks for stopping by (and your continued visits!) – have been waylaid slightly for a variety of reasons but that certainly hasn't dulled my ambitions or determination and I fully intend to be back with a bang and to share and implement what I have been learning and discussing. I have found it hard to focus on both the blog and listbuilding and I think that yolu have a good point in your approach – no point in making regular blog posts which may well compromise on quality when you can spend that time better on listbuilding and generating some real money by delivering value. Would love to see a copy of your report and the tips and techniques which have been successful for you – let me know when its ready as cant see it on your blog as yet. My aim is to get to some more networking events to learn more tips and also network with some fellow IM'ers and MWA students, so hopefully will meet you soon! All the best, Tom

  • By Michael Pedzotti, August 22, 2010 @ 9:20 am

    Hello Tom, I am glad to see you taking stock of your situation. May I suggest that you also write/blog about your MWR with this blog. That is, Most Wanted Response. Why does this blog exist? How does it enhance your lifestyle/business/personal goals? What does it do for you and what does it cost you (time/money/stress) to maintain it?

    Get your head around those things and you will be able to more clearly prioritise your time and effort into those things that deliver the highest returns on your investment.

    Cheers, Michael.

  • By Tomharvey, August 23, 2010 @ 1:30 pm

    Hi Michael. Wow – thanks – some great insight and thoughts for me to assess my focus! Will have to add the MWR to my blog in order to sharpen my focus and prioritise my time better. Speak soon, Tom

  • By Tomharvey, August 28, 2010 @ 9:41 pm

    Dean. Thanks for your thoughts, as you say building a business takes time and taking action is a key part of thaty taking steps fo yontinue to build, then when you feel comfortable or can afford it you can outsource and speed up your development. All the best, Tom

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