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    I just wanted to say thank you for creating this thread. Prior to reading this thread, I had tried to start multiple businesses. I tried to do career coaching for introverts, career coaching for ambitious millennials, admissions and financial aid coaching for college bound high school seniors, productivity advice, and most recently content marketing.

    As you can see, I was constantly hopping from idea to idea because my WHY was messed up. Here are the top five things I value that I want in whatever business I choose:

    1. I want to be able to set my own hours (important because I have young children)
    2. I want to be able to able to stay at home with my children (so I cannot be going into an office or physical store everyday, can't take a lot of in-person meetings)
    3. I want to be able to conduct the majority of my business online over the computer
    4. I want to be able to earn money as I create new content rather than wait for a finished product (cause waiting would take me forever due to constant family distractions)
    5. I want to be able to able to control how much I earn from that business as much as I can (so I don't want to be depending on the cuts of profits others are willing to give me like in partnerships or affiliate marketing, at least not as my main source of income)

    At the time that I found this thread, I could literally feel pressure and tightness in my chest because I was so frustrated with not being able to settle on any one idea. My physical health was literally suffering because starting a business was the hardest thing I had ever done in my life (yes even harder than having children).

    And I was frustrated because everything else I tried to achieve in life had come so easily to me. I couldn't understand why all of a sudden I felt like I had lost focus and mental clarity.

    I was ready to throw in the towel and get a "real job" when I went through the exercises you listed here, particularly the one about imagining yourself several months from now. I am the logical type as well so it took me a few times to get this right. I actually looked back as well as forward and found a couple of common themes.

    One was in psychology. I love psychology. I have undergrad and grad degrees in it and I read about it every chance I get. I read about it late at night, first thing on Saturday mornings, and often cite it in everyday conversations.

    I never considered anything for an online business in this area because I assumed I wasn't qualified due to lack of credentials. I am not a licensed practitioner. So I figured I should let it go.

    But in my "future vision" I saw myself combining two skills that I have: my knack for psychology and my ability to create content (particularly written content).

    In the last nine months that I have been trying to start my latest business, time and time again, questions came up to me or other people on online platforms about not just how to create persuasive content but why it works. People were taking templates from others and trying to apply them to their businesses and target audiences, only to find that they didn't work.

    They didn't know why, but I did. I started testing out ways to combine these skills by helping people out for free in Facebook groups. I'd help them with social media posts, sales pages, blogging strategy, anything really that involved trying to make someone take a certain action online. And people were appreciative and even asked for my rates!

    So I have decided to pursue a business with the flagship product/service being an online membership site. My WHY is no longer to make money and to make my own schedule.

    My WHY is now to show people how to leverage psychology to gain attention and sales for their content, products, and services. I want to help people I know deliver value as opposed to people who are selling garbage. I hope my copy will be good enough to weed the scammers out.

    My WHAT will be content that explains the how and why behind online marketing strategies and content creation as it relates to psychology and human behavior. I'll go into the sexy topics like sales pages and funnels but also a lot of people don't know why exactly a lead magnet is even so effective so they fumble around creating the wrong ones.

    My HOW plans to be the membership site though I am flexible in this area as long as it can be delivered online and preferable asynchronously at least 75% of the time. I figure I can start my membership site and let my buyers know that its new but that is to their benefit because they can essentially build their own product. They can tell me what they want and I will create it for them. So they always get value out of the subscription. I'll start with a few things then start taking suggestions.

    This is a major breakthrough for me because I just couldn't understand why I kept failing. So I just wanted to say thanks! I literally feel a weight lifted off of my chest.

    If you have any feedback or anything I should know, before going too far down this road, I would welcome it. I won't have a heart attack thanks to you! Right now, I am trying to find the best way to market this membership site. I have so far been building up my credibility and authority through forums and groups but I need to look more into other free tactics. I don't have an ad budget at the moment.
     
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    Just wanna point out how fire this thread is.

    Love the analogies.

    Love the reframe.

    Definitely found it EXTREMELY useful for putting somethings I've pondered into perspective.

    Thank you.
     
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    That's excellent.

    Can you recommend any good psychology books? I found a couple on Amazon I'm thinking about purchasing, but I was wondering if you could recommend a good one you may have read?

    These are the two on Amazon that stand out to me because of their titles and reviews:

    https://www.amazon.com/Human-Psycho...TF8&qid=1509750434&sr=8-7&keywords=Psychology
    https://www.amazon.com/Art-Taking-A...750434&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=Psychology&psc=1
     
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    I didn't really get any deeper-benefits from reading books.
    • NLP Practitioner Training
    • NLP Master Practitioner Training
    • Self-Study in Various Emotional Release Techniques
    • Hypnosis Training
    • Psychic/Law of Attraction/Spirituality Trainings
    The NLP training got me started, but it wasn't until I've been practicing the actual tools of transformation for years before some of the logical lessons sunk in at a deeper level.
     
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    The Law of Attraction leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I wasted about seven years of my life on that stuff. I bought the Abraham-Hicks books, read them several times, listened to the CD Getting into the Vortex, watched the seminars on YouTube, and something just didn't sit right with me with all of that stuff.

    I was always told, reading is not enough. You have to APPLY what you read. And believe me, when it came to the LOA stuff, I APPLIED IT. NONE of it worked. Having studied the books and all of the information that was available, I found so many contradictions in Abraham-Hicks' teachings. As MJ DeMarco mentioned in his books, the businesses and marketers know that people are attracted to events and instant gratification, and I feel like the LOA was just one big way to make money doing just that.

    If you actually benefited from all of the LOA and Spiritual stuff, good for you man. I applaud you. But I really do believe a lot of that stuff is just a bunch of hogwash, and doesn't do anything to change people's lives.

    Psychology, I believe in, because it's there. It's physical. It's real. How a person thinks and behaves is a direct result of the experiences they've had in life.
     
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    THATS A GOOD IDEA ...WHERE CAN I SIGN UP?
     
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    LOA is wishful thinking for lazy people. Visualization is very powerful technique that has proven to work. Read pyschoybernetics by maxwell malts.If you visualized and did nothing than you were just day dreaming. But if you used visualization plus effective daily habits than it will most certainly help.
     
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    Thanks for the reply.

    The best way to share the insights with the entire Fastlane community is to post your specific and detailed questions in this thread. What you're struggling with, what you've worked on the past, etc. If it involves a specific product that you don't want to advertise publicly, of course keep that confidential, but through this thread, I'll be glad to share my insights, as well as anyone else who wants to jump in and share their insights as well.

    The reason for doing it in this thread is because a lot of people come through here all excited, we spent our time replying, and they disappear. So if the help can help the original person who asks the question, it can help many others; even if the first person doesn't act on it.
     
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    There's the right way and the wrong way to go about the LOA.

    People like Will Smith, Jim Carey, and other famous, successful people swear by it, and by combining the being with the inspired doing, with the subtle nuances around all that; the progress you make unfolds without resistance and more naturally than without it.

    I've had tremendous gains and breakthroughs in both my personal and professional life by incorporating the practice into what I do.

    Standalone, it's not a tool that will make a million dollars fall on your lap as you watch TV.

    I see three groups of people:

    1. The Abraham Hicks, Sit on your couch and wait for $1 Million to fall on your lap people.
    2. The stressed out, non-beleiving motivated people - who go against it because of the way group #1 preaches it.
    3. The people who have opportunities come to them, mixed with the inspired action, and the right nuances of LOA - mixed with the practical business stuff.

    I write about LOA stuff on this forum for group #2, with the assumption that we already have the marketing, sales, action, and experience taken care of. Because when you have both of those...that's where I noticed the real magic happens. There's a lot of nuances about the topic that are mis-interpreted, so the general stereotype of #1 keeps people away (which is probably a good thing because most people who teach LoA fall into category #1 and set people up for failure).

    Set goal, do the LOA rituals, act in the real world, opportunities come your way naturally, act on opportunities, repeat.
     
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    What LOA rituals specifically? As I said, I spent about seven years of my life on the LOA, with no positive results what-so-ever. The Abraham Hicks stuff has to be the worst, and unfortunately, the most out-there. The contradictions are unbelievable, Abraham never gives a direct answer to a question (it's always "In other words..."), and Abraham claims to be approximately 100 spirits who channel the information through Esther. That, and I have reason to believe that the channeling is not 100% legit (I have a friend who worked for a branch of government, who told me some things). Whether he was being truthful, or whether the channeling was fake or not, the information he told me was enough to question this LOA stuff even more.

    There are exercises in the book "Ask and It is Given". Vibrational escrows (later on called "the vortex"), where whatever you were able to manifest with your thoughts, such as doing the 17-second method (17 + 17 + 17 + 17 = 68 = manifestation), would always being waiting for you in a buffer, waiting for you to "align" with it in order to have it.

    I've done meditation, visualization, believed I already had what I wanted. I did the Scripted method mentiond in Ask and It is Given (another joke). And when I brought up the Scripted method on the AbeForums, I was told information by people who swore by this stuff, that I shouldn't "regurgitate" the story, because of expansion, or something to that effect (I don't remember), which was also contradictory to what Abraham said in the book, and yet they are the supporters of Abraham's material!

    Never had manifestations. Never got "inspired-action". I've spent hours of meditation, visualization, fantasizing about what I wanted. Listened to the meditation CD "Getting into the Vortex", watched dozens of YouTube seminar videos, read all of the books over and over...... Never had any results to show for it.

    I even wondered if all of the Hollywood Celebrities are in on the hoax, because further research showed that so many people were having no luck with the LOA, and that some of the LOA's quantum-physics information that was thrown around was shown that it was just not likely to be the case.

    And the LOA hurt even more... Because if you weren't getting results, IT WAS YOUR FAULT. You weren't doing it right. All the LOA did was cause me pain, and it caused other people pain as well. Abraham practically said in the books that people always tell you to "Let your conscious be your guide", and that you should instead do what "feels good". Telling people to not abide by their conscious? Give me a break. You have to go through life having a conscious. It's your sense of right and wrong.

    I could write a book on all this LOA stuff, and how extremely sick it is.

    My friend told me they're trying to lull everyone into a sense of apathy, and as the LOA became more mainstream, I could actually see that. For God sakes they made a movie called The Secret, and its backed by a lot of famous celebrities. People want what they want without doing anything. They want the easy way. And as MJ always said in his books, people want events, not process, and that's exactly how the LOA material was marketed.

    Now I always agreed that you have to take action. Without action, nothing can happen. But in my opinion the LOA just threw so much confusion and misery at people. I was one of those open-minded people who tried believing in it, only to ultimately be disappointed.

    All I ask is, if the LOA worked for you, what rituals are you referring to? I was the hardcore LOA guy who tried just about everything that was out there.

    Also, I'm going to re-read this whole thread, because I think a lot of the information you put out there is very good. And I checked out your website. It is very impressive.
     
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    It looks like you were looking for an easy solution and wanted things that you wanted "free of charge" without any hard work. Have you thought and considered that LOA brought you to MJ's books and this forum to show you what you were doing wrong?

    I think with positive affirmations, visualizations, daily positive habits and immediate action are whats necessary for success in anything. A fat person wanting abs can't "visualize" and "wish" for wash board abs, he has to go out there and "work" for it.

    If I had a choice to perceive an event as either negative or positive, I'd rather choose to be positive. I honestly believe that God, universe or infinite consciousness, whatever you want to call it will always push you in the right direction. Take a look at what the Rock says. See below, very inspiring


    View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iye7YYJt6A
     
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    That is only half-true. You see, I have had some strange coincidences, such as one time at work, I thought of four different people. And within that hour, the four people that I thought about, showed up in the order that I thought of them, immediately after I thought of them! I even thought of scenes from TV shows and movies, only to come home and see my father watching those exact scenes I thought about while I was at work. What are the odds of that? And these strange coincidences were happening often. But then there'd be times when I had a dry spell, where nothing would happen at all.

    So based on these strange coincidences, I believed that there was "something at work" here. And that something was the LOA. However, the more I experimented with the LOA, the more nothing was happening. And yes I did try to "manifest" things by doing some thought-work, but I was also doing the techniques to get "inspired-action." I was perfectly willing to do work, but Abraham's teachings suggested that doing anything from a place on non-alignment is the wrong way to go about it. According to Abraham you need to "align" with whatever it is you are trying to manifest, and then it would be easier. You'd get "inspired-action", things would just seem to fall in your lap. I never got inspired action through anything I've ever visualized or meditated on. And Abraham said that doing anything without alignment will always be hard work and counter-productive, and that you need to align first, then do.

    I found too many contradictions in the teachings (you can read and research these yourself), as others have noticed as well. When something is contradicting, that means that information is faulty. You can't have something be both one and zero at the same time. It is either one or zero. And while all the "logic" of Abraham's teachings seemed great, I realized that just because something seems logical, doesn't necessarily mean it is true.

    I knew that action was a part of the process, but the LOA made it seem like that the action-part would be a lot easier and enjoyable, when in reality, that is not always the case.

    If there is any truth to the LOA, it certainly has not be preached well at all. I have yet to find one good reliable source of information. They all say the same thing, regurgitated over and over again. Visualize, meditate, shift your beliefs, what you think is what you get, your emotions either repel or attract what you are thinking about, etc.

    That is another thing I see thrown all over the place, beliefs. Even MJ mentioned beliefs in his books. And yes I would agree, beliefs are important, but they're not always easy to change, and I "believe" (yes there's that word again) that regardless of your beliefs, if you just set your mind to it and try, you move probabilites in your favor. I agree with most of what MJ says in his books.

    It's just that everyone throws the "belief" crap around these days, like it is just so plain easy to do. You are who you are internally. Internal change takes time. Events and circumstances in your life create your beliefs. But also your own intelligent logic creates your beliefs as well. Yes, try to change your beliefs to be beneficial to you. But don't spend eternity doing it. You need to act. Action is what creates results, not wishful thinking. And yet the LOA is marketed by telling you the opposite. LOA = Wishful thinking, and easy/little action creates results.

    No, the LOA didn't bring me to MJ's books. You know what brought me to MJ's first book?

    I was doing a search on Google to see if there was anyone "real" who actually became rich by reading and applying what was said in the book Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill. I found very little of anything, but I did find search results of people mentioning "MJ's book is very good." After getting curious, I did some searching on MJ DeMarco, and it lead me to his book, The Millionaire Fastlane. I found it on Amazon, and bought it. And this was over a year ago now. When I read TMF, it really put things into perspective. And when he discredited the LOA in his book, it made me feel more at ease, because I already had suspicions that the LOA stuff was a bunch of bull.

    No, the LOA didn't bring me to MJ's book. My inner determination, my eagerness to better my life, to find a "real" source of information that would help me change my life, brought me to MJ's book. And when I found it, I thought his book was one of the best things ever written.

    The LOA is a scam. I have yet to see a shred of proof in all honesty. I chalked those strange coincidences as just that - coincidences. Things happen. At best, if the LOA does work, it "works when it feels like working". I've had things I've thought about actually show up it in weird ways. Like when I was thinking about Chinese food, and when I got home, my mother wanted the same thing. Or when I brought home pizza, I found out that my parents had already gotten pizza. I have had tons of "coincidences", too many that I couldn't just toss the LOA philosophy out the window. But seven years of practicing, trying to utilize it to help me change my life for the better, just left me disgusted with the whole thing.

    And then when I mentioned to my friend, who worked for a branch of government, about the channeling that Abraham was supposedly doing through Esther, to bring everyone the LOA information, he told me some interesting things about what this branch of government was doing, and what the "channeling" really was. My mind was blown. And yes I believed him. Is it possible he was making his stories up? Of course. Anything is possible. But the things he told me sounded credible. Whether Esther herself knew or not, it was possible that she wasn't getting her "channeled" information from spirits. That's all I'm going to say on that front. It makes me uncomfortable getting into that conspiracy territory.

    Could I be wrong about the LOA? Of course. Have I seen any real tangible proof that it exists? Not really.
     
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    Exactly!

    Problem:
    The modern-day personal development and Law of Attraction market is utter bullshit.

    People getting sucked into these things, feeling happy-go-lucky emotions on the inside, all the while their life is in absolute chaos and being slowly destroyed on the outside.

    Solution: You found your business idea.

    P.S. - in full transparency, I've already been writing a book on the exact topic to shed light on the real LoA, and not the other stuff that leads people down a false path.

    For my rituals - I just spent a few hours doing it on myself, and if I manifest $2,000 this weekend - I'll let you know how I did it :p

    For you - look backwards into your past and notice how important people naturally came into your life, and how important things came your way. I notice a specific type of look in the eyes when I meet someone I'm supposed to meet. From there, I just act on it and go back to the everyday life stuff and things seem to make sense when you connect the dots looking back.

    Instead of getting your information from books, rely on your experiences and how things naturally unfolded in your life, and go from there.

    stever jobs connectthe dots quote.png

    But staying on topic with the thread, yeah - this is a problem that is widespread throughout a market and needs a solution desperately.
     
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    I appreciate that. :) As for your rituals, if you don't mind me asking, is it a secret? What from the LOA, actually does work? Or are you saving this information for your book?

    Are you referring to the business ideas (the topic of the thread), or the LOA? I just wasn't sure which one you were referring to.

    Also, I'm sorry if I derailed your thread a little bit. It was not my intention. I was merely curious about the psychology stuff you had mentioned, and when you listed the LOA, I felt like I had to share my story because the LOA caused me more frustration in my life than it helped. But I am an open-minded person, and if by some chance the LOA really can be leveraged, I'd like to know how.

    Thank you for your input. :)
     
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    What you wrote is exactly how business ideas are found. It causes frustration for you, and I'm sure millions of others in the market. The market needs disruption, so by gaining entry into the LoA market, and then shifting the information in the direction of things that are working for you - this will solve problems for them.

    People will get results, and then word will spread about how great this solution is.

    So yeah, this is exactly how business ideas are formed.

    Starting with noticing your own frustration, and the frustration of others.

    It's a process that has so many nuances, where I do it on myself and with people one-on-one.

    Basically, I bring up a vision in my mind - looking through my own eyes, as if I already have what I desire. I then think of what specific emotions I'll feel when I already have it. This is common LoA stuff,

    But where I go deeper is I use a series of psychology emotional release techniques so you literally feel as if you have it right now (anybody can have feel-good positive emotions, but by releasing the underlying unwanted emotions, this gets the job done). Also, from there, I shift the identity/self-image of already being the person who has what you desire. After that, I release the attachment (Fear of failure or fear of success), so you are 100% emotionally OK if you have it or not. Most people are so attached to the outcome, because they run away from the failure.

    For me, this process takes 40 minutes to an hour.

    Then, 24-48 hours later - either sales appear or opportunities appear. I met a girl at a meetup group the other day who does the exact type of marketing that could help my business. I got her number and plan on giving her free sessions and a free link to my NLP Practitioner video course. From there, perhaps she'll do marketing for me as an affiliate, as part of my company, or whatever. Or maybe not. But I noticed that the way she appeared in my life cam so naturally, and was what I Was asking for.

    Outside of those 40-60 minute sessions, I switch back to full-blown entrepreneur mode and act on things that come my way.
     
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    Very interesting. Thank you for sharing that with me. :)

    And you are writing a book on this too? I fully endorse this book. :) Let me know if there is some way I can help you with it. In the meantime, I'm still struggling with this whole entrepreneurship-lifestyle. When I have some time tomorrow, I've got to re-read all of the posts in this thread, and continue reading the copywriting books I bought. I really want to stop reading so much though and just take action already... Perhaps I should start with the cold-calling already. Start off by calling three businesses and asking them what their problems are. Start with baby steps. Life needs to change. My life is going nowhere.
     
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    Okay, I just got done re-reading this entire thread, phew! :p

    Admittedly, I breezed through this thread the first time around, and I'm sorry I did. I didn't really take in what was being said. I found everyone's posts in this thread very interesting, and I have compassion for everyone here who has been having difficulty in their lives. I hope you guys find the answers and success you are looking for.

    Yes, I would agree that this entrepreneur stuff is probably one of the most, if not the hardest, things you can do in your life. No arguments there.

    So, after re-reading this thread, I just had a few questions, if you don't mind AndrewNC.

    I am merely curious. This may seem obvious, so you had someone else code the apps for you?

    This is probably going to sound stupid to you, but when it came to the glow in the dark dog collars, did you actually make them yourself?

    In other words, did you build the initial prototype, and then have a manufacturer produce the rest, and then you sold them on a site or in a store? Or did you sell an already-made collar?

    The reason I'm asking, is because as I understand it, you don't necessarily need to create a product in order to sell it. You can sell a product that someone else has made, and get a percentage of the profits. It was just a question that popped up into my mind when I read that portion of your post. I was just curious as to the kind of workload that went into that kind of product, especially since I have never created or sold a product before.

    Can this method apply to corporations too? For instance (and I'm just using this as an example), I like the idea of the Super Nintendo Mini. I can't just contact Nintendo and be like, "Hey, I'll advertise and market your Super Nintendo Mini for you in exchange for [insert amount or percentage of profits here]." They're a big corporation, and most likely have their own advertising and marketing campaigns. Am I wrong about this?

    I just wanted to say that this is the best thread I have come across so far on this forum. Thank you for creating it. :)
     
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    The apps were magazine apps. The code for them was open-source and I learned how to edit the code at the basic level. Most of the content part was done through graphic design work and other stuff.

    This. Found a manufacturer in China. What I found out after selling through the first batch is that the collar slipped easily and it became loose, where my sister's dog (within fenced property) got loose from it. So I could have had the manufacture update the design. But my business focus went to my Limitless brand, so I never re-ordered. A lot of competition in that space now also, so I didn't really have the desire to run forward with it.

    I have a friend who develops (confidential), and gets commission for every widget he sells to business owners who processes payments through PayPal. He was talking about expanding his (confidential) widget to Stripe.

    "Oh, no, they would never create an affiliate program just for me..I'm only one person. A small player."

    Turns out his (confiential) widgets send $20 Million per year in transactions to paypal, and the one email he was never going to send to some customer service agent at Stripe - got circulated throughout the entire company and landed on the CEO's desk. They are in the process of accelerating the creation of their affiliate program just because of him.

    Will Nintendo reject you? Will the accept you?

    You'll never know until you try it.
     
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    Hey,

    How's the progress coming along on this?

    -Andrew
     
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    Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions. I know that you didn't have to, but I appreciate it. :)
     
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