Now that I’m on this new business journey, at times, I feel I just want everything to be perfect. I want to make sure my website looks just right or my video has the exact feel I am trying to portray. I look at my business and keep thinking “it’s got to be just right, otherwise people aren’t going to engage with me.” Whilst having one of these moments of doubt, I logged in to one of the group calls with the SFM, and it was here that I heard some words that had a profound effect on me – the words of Justin Woolf, who said “give yourself permission to take imperfect action”. Justin says a lot of people are waiting for that perfect answer, but it often doesn’t exist. That really resonated with me, as for one reason or another, I kept finding reasons or excuses not to launch my business. His words made great sense to me. Don’t worry, just get started. People who are in search of something or want more from their life will get the context of what you are saying and the message. They won’t be worrying about whether your website or video is A-grade. Instead, it’s the authenticity of your message that counts. So, I can finally say that I got started knowing full well the action I was taking wasn’t perfect, but that I was on the journey now and I could always make modifications and adjustments along the way as my knowledge grows. I think my lack of action, at times, was doubt creeping in. It’s doubt that paralyses us from taking action. In the words of Suzy Kassem, “doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will”.

There is so much to learn about affiliate marketing, but what continues to be a common theme in the conversations I have with the leaders in this community is just to start. Just keep going and don’t worry if it doesn’t work the first time. As long as you stay committed and take consistent daily action, all will fall in to place. So it is for me too that I have cast off the bow lines and ventured out of the harbour to see where the wind will take me. Please don’t misunderstand what I mean here. I have set my sail with a destination in mind, but just like a sail boat, I will need to continue to make changes along the way as I begin to understand where the best wind comes from.

I have found many ways where I can develop my business. What I didn’t know when I first joined the SFM is I can become an affiliate for many products and services across in areas that I am passionate about. For example, some people have a passion for electronics and so they write articles about these areas of interest and become an affiliate for the product they are writing about. In turn, they receive a commission for introducing the buyer to the product. I thought that seemed a great idea – getting paid for writing about something of interest, that others would also find interesting and helpful.
Another area I have been exposed to is the marketing of products on Amazon FBA – Fulfilment By Amazon. Within the SFM is a dedicated team of individuals who run trips to China a couple of times a year, helping with the sourcing of products and the setup of introductions and creation of agencies, where you learn how to distribute products on Amazon, Shopify, WooCommerce or any other online platform. It’s as much about understanding how this all works and avoiding the downfalls in getting started, so that you too can set your sail in the direction you want.
There have been many occasions where I have had self-doubt. However, it’s words like those of Justin Woolf that have helped me along the way. Just start. Take that first step forward, and then take another, and another. Before you know it, you are creating habits of productivity. This imperfect action I am taking is backed by a faith in what I am doing and very much comes back to my purpose or my “why?”.  Why am I in this business? What drives me? Who am I doing this for? What impact do I want to have by being in this business? It’s questions like this that I am constantly asking myself – particularly on those days when I am feeling challenged or when I cannot see results. I am also reminded of the words of Stuart Ross who talks about living your ideal day. I think about what my ideal day would look like and question if I am living my life in a way that is congruent with my vision of that ideal day. It is with these things in mind that I keep taking imperfect action, knowing full well that well intentioned action is better than not taking any action at all in terms of productivity and outcome, but also in terms of feeling good about myself and knowing I am moving in a forward direction. Are you moving in the direction of your goals and dreams? I’d love to hear from you on what you’ve found works for you. Feel free to get in touch via the contact page.
Is what you are doing right now going to give you that ideal life or that ideal day? I really hope so. If it’s not then maybe it’s worth taking a look at what I’ve discovered with the SFM and learn how you too can take imperfect action towards your ideal day. Click here to start.
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