By Elridge Jones
Sometimes, it pays to take a breather when you work online. There's a lot of competition out there and certainly it's no cake walk (no pun intended). But the key is not to take things too seriously, relax, have fun and get your creative juices flowing. I recently took a walk the other day myself before I wrote this article and came up with some bits of wisdom I can pass along to the rest of you that will help you in your online endeavors:
- Think while you walk. Knowledge is the driver for your business. Internet marketing is no different than the thought processes that drive success in other business. Think of ideas your competition is using and how you can use them for yourself. Think of ways to relate to people on your email lists. Money making and saving ideas are good too. Jot down things to remember for later.
- Formulate plans of action from your ideas The best laid plans are no good on a piece of paper - get them out there and act on them. Write that article. Make that Facebook post or tweet on Twitter. Post that ad. Take your ideas and learn to run with them and see how they pan out.
- Brainstorm ways to relate to others in your business. Communication is the best way to keep your business growing. From posts in blogs to emails, it's all good. Don't just talk thopugh, learn to listen a little. Listening to a business mentor as well as customers can tune you in to things you would never think of on your own.
- Write while you walk. A small memo tablet works well for this. If you are more of a text person, bring your mobile phone along on your walk. Getting pics of the outside world are a great idea if you have your phone - I catch glimpses sometimes to post on blogs and social sites. Be creative and catch those ideas that come to you while you are on the move.
- Rehearse your way to success. Practice what you need to do next to grow your business. Say it out loud to yourself while you walk. Read your favorite article (just make sure you bring a copy on your walk). Read your goal list and commit to yourself along the way. Keep your blood pumping and your mental neurons firing.