Are you one of those that has not found success at affiliate marketing? There are many lies that we have been told about success or what I refer to as limited belief. A limited belief is simply something that you believe that just may not be true. Something you just never questioned because, well you just accepted it as truth. These limited beliefs or lies we have been told or tell ourselves may be more like it can greatly sabotage affiliate marketing success.
Could you be sabotaging your affiliate marketing success with your limited beliefs or the lies you have chosen to buy into?s? I sure was. I have been working online from home for 3 years now and not until the last 12 months did I finally begin to see success in my online marketing. What turned it around for me is so simple it’s not even funny. It wasn’t learning more about Search Engine Optimization. It wasn’t becoming a better writer. It wasn’t any new over night success program I bought. Below I am going to share 7 limited beliefs that very well may be blocking you.
1. I Cant Get Ahead in This Bad Economy.
Our economy is suffering. People are losing jobs, can’t find jobs and suffering. People are struggling because of our economy. I can’t tell you how long I bought into this mind set. I was struggling, I lost my job, I lost my home, so surely it must be the economy. Then others would sympathize with me and my situation and reinforce that it is almost impossible to get ahead in our bad economy. I stayed stuck and the bad economy became my excuse. An excuse that was validated daily by the media every day.
I began working at home online to attempt to earn a living. I was still buying into the economy being bad and that I would probably struggle to gain success or any financial freedom at all. I was telling myself that I would be lucky to just get by in these days and times. I can’t count how many times I was told to get a “real” job or that I learned others were talking behind my back about how I would never make it working from home because it was bad timing with the economy.
So I continued to operate on this belief and again and again, I failed. I became a self fulfilling prophecy.
What if though, none of this were really true? What if I could find success in our bad economy. What if not only could I survive but thrive in this so called bad economy. What if others could as well? If we all could, wouldn’t our bad economy be better?
I wasn’t even attempting to sale higher dollar products because I simply believed that most people could not afford it. When I stopped believing this and began to promote higher dollar products more money began coming in. The truth is that people will spend money when there is value to be gained. To think otherwise I have found is simply not the truth.
This brings me to a product that I am in the process of creating. I see so many how to products out there at ridiculously low prices. Would I sell more products if I offered it for $19.99? Maybe, but honestly, if I have a product that can help you earn thousands of dollars online, why on earth would I undervalue it at such a low price. My product, though I haven’t decided a price is going to be well over $100.00 dollars. I also value myself more than to sell myself short. Self value is important in all areas of our lives. People will value you about as much as you value yourself.
This was the first belief that I explored and began to let go of. I am now thriving in our so called failing economy. If you believe that you can’t get ahead in this failing economy, I challenge you to release that limited belief.
2. There is Too Much Competition
This belief keeps many from even trying to enter a competitive market. They think they can’t compete. They fear they will fail with a lot of competition so they don’t even try. Here is one thing I have learned. If there is a lot of competition, then there is a lot of money to be made in that area. If others are making it in a competitive niche, then instead of being fearful, what if I choose to be inspired by them?
When we fear competition, it means we feel on some level that we are not good enough. This doesn’t have to be true. Who says you or I can’t be just as good as our competition and maybe even better. There is no rule that says you can’t. It’s just a belief that you have most likely because you have been told this most of your life or perhaps you had a bad experience. There also is no rule that guarantees that what happened last time you choose to compete will happen again.
Many spend a lot of time tracking their competitors. There are even programs and software out there that helps you to spy on them. What if you spent that energy in creating instead? What would happen?
I have entered some highly competitive markets and made it. I have even had those that I was competing against contact me. I have been a guest blogger on their sites. I have been offered joint ventures with them. I embrace my competition and think of them as friends, not my enemies. The change in that mindset has produced nothing short of miracles for me.
When I stopped letting this one fear stop me from even trying, I began to see results. You see there is enough to go around for all of us. There is no limit when it comes to online marketing. I also found that when I let go of this fear, again, ideas began popping in my head. Ideas that the fear had previously blocked because I simply believed I wasn’t as good as my competition.
3. There is Not Enough Money to Go Around!
Do you often feel like there is just not enough money to go around? Do you find yourself often saying “I can’t afford it”? Do you ever say “I am sick of being broke”? If so, you believe money is a scarce resource.
Here is the thing. It’s been said that our thoughts have a lot to do with the world we create for ourselves. That being said, if you keep saying you are broke or you can’t afford it, the Universe hears you and keeps giving you what your focus is on. Not enough. Removing these words from your vocabulary alone can create little miracles in your life. I am living proof.
I can give you countless examples of that scarcity mindset and how when I changed it, my life changed as well. What we focus on is what we get. If we focus on saving pennies, pennies is all we get. What if you changed your focus. Not only change your focus, but use actions to support it.
After struggling for so long and finally making some decent money, I was still scared. Scared to spend money, because I still feared it would be taken away from me at any time. My actions supported my mindset. I would find myself putting items back when I shopped because I felt guilty still for spending the money. I wanted to take a weekend trip, something I haven’t done in a long long time. I couldn’t bring myself to do it because I felt there were things we needed more. I had a lot of guilt when I spent money.
Really it’s not so much guilt as it is my belief that money was scarce. My past experience only backed this belief even more. I had to tell myself again, what if what happened last time doesn’t have to happen this time. What if I took of for the beach for a weekend and my online business made money while I was gone.
There was only one way to find out and that was to face my fear and trust that yes, there is enough and Money is not a scarce resource. I took that trip. We spent close to $500.00 bucks that weekend. Before I left I was inspired to add just one little link to one of my Squidoo websites. Something very small that took little effort. When I got home Sunday, can you imagine how I felt when I had earned $700.00 over the weekend while I was wining and dining and basking in the sun at the beach?
When I first got to the beach I was experiencing the guilt and regret for choosing to spend the money on my pleasure instead of needs. I sat on the balcony and came to terms with this. I refused to believe that this weekend trip would influence me. The result was amazing. To let go of guilt alone is freeing. To make more money because I refuse to buy into this scarcity mentality even more so.
I challenge you to examine your beliefs around money. Do you believe it is hard to come by or that there simply isn’t enough? What if, just what if, this simply just isn’t true? What could you do? Where would you be?
4. The Only Way to Get Ahead is Through Hard Work
The belief that nothing comes unless you work hard is probably a belief that almost every human in this world has carried with them for ages. Our parents taught us this and their parents and so forth and so on. It’s what I call almost inherited as it is passed down. My daddy still tells me this. My boyfriend believes this as well.
A few weeks ago after he came home from a 13 hour day of hard labor work, on like day 6 I asked him, “Why do you work so hard”. His answer was “Because that is the only way I will ever have anything in life”. I then asked “Who told you this?”. He replied, “My daddy”, with a big proud look on his face. This belief has become part of what defines him and this is one belief that I really question. I do admire his stamina, but his life is suffering in other areas because of this belief. He is tired, very tired.
Me on the other hand, I get up when I wake up. No alarm clock for me. I work sometimes long days behind my computer, but only because I get on a roll and love what I do. If I get sick, I can stay in bed. If I want to go out and do something, I can do so when I want with no one to answer to or get approval. I go to sleep when I want too and often I wake up to several hundred dollars in earnings. Am I working hard? No, not at all. The work I did a year ago pays me today if I work or not. What I do today only adds to this. A year from now I will be making what I make now, plus what I am creating today.
Will I ever stop working? I might, but I doubt it. It’s just so easy and fun.
One good idea, one little change I have found often increases my earning. I no longer have all those limited beliefs blocking my imagination and I have found that an unblocked mind has some amazing insight and intuition that takes little work, yet reaps huge results.
What would happen if you let go of this belief?
5. There are No Short Cuts In Life
I can’t even count how many times I have heard that there are no short cuts in life. Even as a child, this was told to me. I had many fun places to play as a child and things we could do. There was a store about a mile from my house we would walk to and buy candy or bubble gum. There was a park not far away. There was a church not far away either. All of these places I could get to them by cutting through the woods as opposed to walking down the path or roads that were put in place.
My mom freaked when she found out I was cutting through the woods. Snakes were there, I could get lost, or heaven forbid an escaped convict might be hiding in those woods. She forbid me to take the shortcuts. Is this story of the woods really relevant? I think so. Our parents put their rules and their fears on us as small children and then society seems to enforce them over the years as we grow.
My dad started with a telephone company right out of high school as a lineman. He worked his way up over the years to Management. 20 years total. More data for my belief that there are no shortcuts in life. He is retired now and living comfortably, yet he is still on a very fixed income. That’s a lot of years to work to now be on a fixed income, even if that income is til the end of his days.
While I respect my parents, I have began to question this belief that there are no shortcuts in life. In one year working online, I was earning what my dad did when he retired. It took him 30 years, it took me just 1. If I keep doing what I am doing, I can retire in 5 to 10 years with a lot more than what he did.
Not only that, but I have found effective shortcuts along the way. When I first started this online work from home business, I was told so many things that I just had to have to make it work. Recently, I generated a one time $700 overnight. I started attracting money! It was a shortcut, no doubt. I still use it to generate some fast cash. No one was short changed because of this shortcut by the way and value was received by all.
Next time someone tells you there is no shortcut, think outside the box. Perhaps there really is. Unlock your limiting beliefs.