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How to declare your own independence

Every year we celebrate another 4th of July. Here in the United States, we call it Independence Day, the day our Founding Fathers said no to tyranny and yes to freedom and self-government.

As I think about that day, and those times, I marvel at the courage it must have taken to face down a superpower and declare their independence.

So many doubters. So much resistance. Odds stacked against them.

As I think about the people struggling to make it online I remember the courage it takes to break through and find a business that really fits you.

For most of us, there are doubters, resistance and odds stacked against us. Sometimes it is just impossible for others to support our dreams. I know it was that way when I started.

And yet the fact remains that the Internet can be the portal to freedom for almost any person willing to take decisive action and follow a proven path.

How about you?

Have you drawn that line in the sand and declared your own independence?

If you are not experiencing the freedom you know an Internet business can bring I believe there are seven steps you can take to get there quickly.

Before I list the seven steps let me say that these are the same steps I took so many years ago.

The same steps I’ve seen literally thousands of people take over the last 13 years as they have made brave choices and forged a new and better work life online.

The truth is, it won’t be easy. In fact, it will be hard. There will be sacrifice and a learning curve.

But it can be done. I know because I’ve done it. Without any preparation or real online skills, I was able to go from confusion to clarity.

From survival to significance.

And the rewards will be more than you can imagine now. I’m not talking big money (although that’s nice too) but true life rewards like charting your own course and having more freedom.

I firmly believe you can do this too.

Let’s look at step 1.

Step 1 – Make a commitment

Doesn’t all success ultimately begin with a commitment? I believe it does.

But many today mistake commitment for interest.

Far too many are willing to “try” a thing and see if it works without making a real commitment.

Far too few are willing to abandon their fear and fully commit to a proven course of action.

I’ve been blessed in my life to have succeeded in several industries. I credit God for my blessings. While good timing, hard work and a willingness to learn were present in each case, my success can no doubt be traced back to making a commitment.

Consider what Ken Blanchard, co-author of the One Minute Manager, has to say about commitment. (Emphasis mine)

There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses – only results.

We all “hit the wall” when pursuing success.

Obstacles we could not have imagined pop up from the most unexpected places, threatening to sidetrack our progress.

When a person with commitment encounters these obstacles they say “how do I solve this problem?

The person without commitment often says “how do I get out of this deal?

The difference between these two mindsets is huge and is very often the difference between success and yet another disappointment.

Step 2 – Believe in yourself

Allow me to borrow a little story from Zig Ziglar. Imagine that tomorrow morning a person you completely trusted called you and said the following …

I’ve been meaning to tell you for some time that I’m glad you are my friend. You are a credit to your profession and a real asset to your family and community. People look up to how you live your life and the choices you make. If I could spend an hour a day with you I know my life would be better.

How would that make you feel?

If you were a teacher or a Mom or an engineer would you be a better teacher, Mom or engineer?

Of course, you would!

But would you know more than you knew before about being a teacher, Mom or engineer?

Not at all.

The truth is this — no one is going to make that call. So you have to do it yourself.

Am I talking about talking to yourself? Absolutely!

You are the voice you trust most so why not hear some good things from yourself instead of the negative we all must fight?

You see, motivation (especially self-motivation) and self-worth make us better at anything we try to do.

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One of the saddest realities in today’s world is that many people don’t really believe in themselves.

They can see how this person or that person could achieve success. But they can’t see how success will happen for them.

The list of reasons is long.

  • I’m too old
  • I don’t understand business
  • I don’t understand technology
  • That business is already saturated
  • There is too much competition
  • I wouldn’t know how to find customers
  • I’m no salesman (or saleswoman)

Don’t get me wrong — there are very real reasons why success might take a bit longer for some than others.

But there is no reason why all people can’t succeed online.

Step 3 – Write your own declaration of independence

Do you have a written personal mission statement?

If you do then you have your own personal declaration of independence.

Good for you.

But most who read this don’t have a written mission statement. A simple statement of what they want their life to be about and the legacy they want to leave behind.

Most of us know what we want. We know who and what we want to become. But we forget to take that next step and write it down.

While it’s fine to want to be a good person, or love others as you love yourself, or to try to make the world a better place, nothing replaces a written mission statement.

If you need help getting started with a mission statement of your own please check out this article on Entrepreneur.com

Step 4 – Have a written goals program

In my view, this is the big one.

It has often been said that studies show that only 3% of people have written goals. That 3 %, according to the lore, earn more than the other 97% combined.

While I have not read that study what I am sure about is this …

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Yes … THE most important.

How can it be the most important?

Because of this – my goals program, which is extensive, is the rudder of my business and life ship.

My goals help me see the future, analyze the present and prepare for what’s next. I never have to wonder what to do next because it’s in my goals program.

I use a very simple, proven method to set goals. And I have done so for many years.

If you want to use what I use click here to learn more about Zig Ziglar’s goals program.

That’s not an affiliate link, just a wholehearted endorsement of the best program out there in my view.

Step 5 – Chose a proven path

They say that most people working online will never earn even $100. Sad but probably true.

I believe the major reasons for this is information overload, confusion and the endless pursuit of the “quick fix” or “next big thing”.

If you were my brother or sister I would tell you this — TOTALLY IGNORE the “next shiny object” that promises overnight success with little or no effort and do the things that really work online.

What are those things? My blog is full of articles about them.

  • Blogging
  • Copywriting
  • Email marketing
  • Content marketing
  • Web traffic and sales conversion
  • List building
  • Affiliate marketing
  • Goal setting, motivation, and positive thinking

These are the most proven paths to success online.

You don’t need to do them all but you do need to do the ones that make sense to you and to which you are willing to commit.

Remember this …

Anything worth doing well is worth doing poorly until you can do it well.

Just like the first time you tried to repair a car or bake a cake or play any sport, success takes time and practice. Trial and error.

When you are examining your commitments and setting your goals, remember this … you don’t need to reinvent the wheel in order to succeed.

In fact, going for the “next big thing” while ignoring proven methods just might be the fastest way to fail online.

Choose a proven, reliable, understandable way of working online and commit to that.

Step 6 – Work on a schedule

I know a lot of people reading this work a job and do their online business after work. Many people work online after dinner or after the kids are in bed. I admire your persistence and effort.

No matter whether you work a job and then work online or whether you can devote your full-time attention to your online business, working on a fixed schedule will help you.

The benefits of working on a schedule are many. Allow me to share my favorites.

Working on a fixed schedule will …

  • Help you get more done
  • Help you not overwork
  • Help you maintain focus
  • Help you not feel burned out
  • Help you set boundaries in other areas of life
  • Help you prioritize how you spend your time

If you have ever found yourself clicking links in emails, thinking that maybe this one is the one that will turn things around, and forgetting what you really intended to do then working on a schedule will help you.

I believe almost anything can be scheduled. From reading email (only twice a day!) to writing a book to checking out new business to posting ads, if you schedule your work you will get more done in less time and enjoy that work more.

Step 7 – Never surrender your dream

I saved the best for last! 🙂

We all have dreams. You have one and I have one. Some of us have many.

Whether yours is written down or not, you have a dream in your mind of what you want life to be like.

This dream — your dream of the life you want — must NEVER be surrendered.

It must be kept alive at all costs.

POWs who return from war constantly report that they had a dream (or several) that kept them alive and sane.

Top achievers, who are often recognized as an “overnight success” (when in fact they have worked hard for years) often talk about the dream that got them there.

I remember writing about never surrendering a few years back and getting chewed out by a reader.

Are you saying I should stay with a business that is clearly never going to make it? That’s just stupid!” are among the things he said. (I must have really struck a nerve)

Of course not!

Never surrendering to me means never surrendering YOUR dream.

Think of it this way; the dream you hold in your heart, the dream of what you want your life to be like is the destination.

The business you choose, the methods you use and the people you work with are the vehicles that get you to that destination.

The vehicle might change but the destination remains the same.

I’ve been online long enough now to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that success is waiting for those who seek it, who chart a clear and proven path, take bold action and never surrender.

Nothing is more freeing than a successful online business. One you can operate from anywhere, on your own schedule and in complete freedom.

You deserve success. You deserve freedom. Both are waiting for you right now in the form of a successful online business.

When you have both you will have a beautiful thing indeed.

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Happily married for 43 years, Charlie is the dad to two wonderful daughters. He is the author of 12 books on Internet marketing and creator of over 15 membership sites. You can see all Charlie offers using this link Click Here

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jean laguerre

I really like this article on taking our own independence, Charlie. I take this time to think about the courage of our founding fathers who deserve all our gratitude for the price the paid, and so we are enjoying today.

Happy July 4th Charlie.

Jean Laguerre

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    Charlie Page

    Thank you for your comment, Jean. It takes courage to live in today’s world but the courage they showed was impressive.

    Charlie

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David Wakeman

Hello Charlie,

Happy Independence day to you. Thanks for this great article. I am in my early 60’s and want to build an online business for retirement. I am sure that it’s possible and your article is empowering.

I am just getting to it and one of my biggest stumbling blocks is defining my mission statement. I am reviewing the article that you pointed to and being a good resource, it brings back the same issue. I am declaring my independence and don’t want this to stop me from going forward.

Being at the beginning of the journey it’s hard to define much of the questions the article talks about. I know I need to create an avatar for the Niche that I will start with, but there is more to it.

I know why I am starting a business, I have an idea of who I am trying to reach and why, but not having a product to start with, I will need to start with Affiliate marketing.

When you first started on your journey, did you have a complete mission statement or did you define it as you progressed?

Thanks for any insight that you can provide.

David

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    Charlie Page

    Hi David,

    When I started online I had a mission statement from my offline business. I have been self-employed for over 30 years. About 15 years ago I was so ill I had to shut down my business and so had to make working online work if I was to feed my family. Thank God, that happened and here we are today.

    I would encourage you to take a little time and define why you want an online business and set some goals before you begin with things like avatars or niches. Unless you are following a passion and so know the niche and can see the person you want to help, doing the work of thinking it through will be helpful to all future actions.

    Charlie

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      David Wakeman

      Thanks Charlie. I am working on that and will make sure I write it down so that I have an understanding and goals before I move forward.

      David

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George Rossi

Hi Charlie,

I just wanted to say thank you for a very nice written and heart felt independence thoughts.
I’m one of those getting goose bumps while singing our national anthem…

I agree with you. In our country, everything is possible to accomplish applying your steps.
Regarding “drawing a line in the sand and declaring my own independence”; I did it. However, a bit different.
I’ve drawn the line with soap in my bathroom mirror. A reminder every time I go there …

I wish you and your family a wonderful 4th July.

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George Rossi

Hi Charlie,

I just wanted to say thank you for a very nice written and heart felt independence thoughts.
I’m one of those getting goose bumps while singing our national anthem…

I agree with you. In our country, everything is possible to accomplish applying your steps.
Regarding “drawing a line in the sand and declaring my own independence”; I did it. However, a bit different.
I’ve drawn the line with soap in my bathroom mirror. A reminder every time I go there …

I wish you and your family a wonderful 4th July.

George

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Michael Simard

Thank you so much, Charlie!

Your timing is impeccable as I’ve been thinking about & revisiting my 2015 New Year’s goals recently.

To say that this 7 step know-how article is right on, would be the understatement of the decade, in my opinion!!

Please stay healthy & tireless, you “are” making a difference!

Subscribing to your newsletter has been one of my very best business & life moves EVER!!!

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Gerry Begg

Enjoyed and related to your seven step success blueprint which I found very helpful.
Happy Independence Day Charlie

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Mark Mansfield

Ps. have an awesome 4th July Charlie

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Mark Mansfield

Hey Charlie, I’d love to have a 1 hour talk with you. I had a look at “Entrepeneur.com” what a great place to look! I also read the little story from “Zig Ziglar’s blog, very interesting. Thanks for the very informative article. Mark M

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Dave McKinnon

Hi Charlie I really find your blog very very educational in so many ways. Your post seem to be endless and timeless in there value to your readers. I’ll be honest and saw the title of this post and thought oh its just another pump you up article I need something with some info I can use like how to build your list etc. Was I ever wrong! I am very happy I decided to read this post and I will come back to it when I need some motivation so I don’t start stinking. You nailed it for me from commitment to never surrendering.
What i great post.
Thanks

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Abel Samaniego

Thank you Charlie for your support and these awesome independence thoughts, I am already motivated. I just signed up for the CSBB you offered, I am looking forward to being a successful marketer online, again thanks for your timely help.
Abel.

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    Charlie Page

    Thank you Abel. I saw that you joined Common Sense Blog Blueprint. Thank you for doing that! I’m proud of this course and look forward to adding even more value to the site soon. I have not announced this yet but I’m building a site to showcase members of CSBB and will be driving traffic there for them. I’m hoping this leads to very good things for CSBB members. Appreciate you being with us.

    Charlie

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Whiskey

Charlie,as far as the 4th of July goes I hav mixed emotions. Descended of Huron, Scottish ,English, and German lineage. Yes I am a American mutt but proudly so who clings to all his blood lines but mostly his American Indian ancestry! I am blessed for They give me the tenacity in my heart to know no matter how oppressed or persecuted a people have been the Light will always shine out darkness! There is nothing ANY of us cannot accomplish! We all have Sky Fathers Universal knowledge and Earth Mothers love within, all we have to do is share it! In my humble opinion we have all come to into this dimension not for ourselves but to help others. As soon as we learn to give selflessly of ourselves we reach the highest summit attainable in life! Your words have been very inspirational to me!! Thx u for your selfless giving,your sharing help! I will surely pass it on today!! 🙂 Talk to U soon in DOE. Again Thx u Charlie! You must have moccasins in your past…..just a surfer, whiskey

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    Charlie Page

    Thank you for your comment. Although we don’t share the same beliefs completely there is plenty we can agree about. You said “As soon as we learn to give selflessly of ourselves we reach the highest summit attainable in life!” and I couldn’t agree more!

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    Charlie Page

    Thanks Jeanette. You and Joe are special people and I hope you are doing well.

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Michael Zaenglein

Hi,
Your story on Independence Day was as close to my thoughts that I
actually read my own mindset! When I started online, I was the one
chasing shiny objects until one year ago I finally posted my goals on the wall. I see them everyday and make notes on my progress, and I do go forward no matter the obstacles.
Your Article is by far the best advice I have seen in print, and I believe anyone should place this Article with their “goals” on their wall of dreams. Thank You for Inspiring Words!

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    Charlie Page

    Thanks Michael. Putting your goals on the wall is brilliant! I like to put thing on the bathroom mirror too as I know I will be using that every day. Keeping the right things in front of our eyes is so very important.

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Andy

Thank you Charlie. I really enjoyed this one and quite a few of your points struck a resonating chord with me!

The bit I’m suffering with is “perfectionism”. I keep reviewing and adjusting / changing things and it seems to take me forever to get anything finished. Do you have any tips or resources on dealing with this?

Many thanks and I wish you, your family and friends a wonderful 4th July.

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    Charlie Page

    Thanks Andy. Your comment led me to write the following article. I hope you find it helpful.

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Gerry Begg

Charlie,
I wanted you to know that your article was nourishment in many ways for a wavering spirit but most of all it helps maintain my faith in fellow man because of the giving without expectation
A sincere thankyou

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    Charlie Page

    Thank you for your comment Gerald. I appreciate you taking the time.

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Paul Warner

Don’t know how long it took you to write this post but no doubt I can tell that it is heartfelt with lots of “Golden Nuggets” to refer back to when times get tough, and I agree they will. Overcoming walls and
obstacles and having the mentality to do it, is the toughest test. It would be nice if everything fell into place just because you simply are
willing to take the risk, but I would be a fool to think that this would be the case. This post is inspirational and well worth reading many times of which I will do, but where it is going to best is when I hit the wall or obstacle that is frustrating me to no end. I will find peace and serenity in what you wrote and therefore able to move forward with a lot less stress and aggravation, and that in itself makes what you wrote today a real gem. Paul

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    Charlie Page

    Thank you Paul. I am always encouraged by your comments and appreciate you taking the time. I’m so glad you found this article helpful. This one took about 2 hours to write and format for the blog. But it had been percolating inside for a while! 🙂

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Steve Roth

Hey Charlie, just wanted to say “Thanks” for such a well written and heart felt post.

In this crazy world of learning and applying internet marketing skills it’s so easy to forget about the fundamentals…like getting clear on things like goals and time schedules.

Again thanks for helping all of us out here in cyber-land and have a safe and happy 4th of July!

Steve Roth

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    Charlie Page

    Thanks Steve! I hope you have a great 4th … and every day after!!

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Paul T

I started trying to earn my independence it 2009 and have been slapped so many times by Google that I have permanent penguin flipper marks and panda scratches all over me.

The only thing I can say is that I have never given up. I have joined DOE but I still can’t figure out how to use it to my advantage, but I will keep trying.

Paul

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    Charlie Page

    Google slaps are unpleasant (to say the least) and usually completely unavoidable. It really comes down to content choices. I’m covering this in Common Sense Blog Blueprint right now. I visited your site but did not see much content there outside of YouTube videos. Is this the site that was slapped?

    The DOE is another matter. It can be incredibly useful and I want it to be that for you. Please visit my support center at http://charliepage.com and let me know what specifically you want to accomplish with DOE. I will be happy to help.

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Hakeem B. Smith

Charlie,
Thanks. Thanks. Thanks. You have opened my eyes and
mind. The path to taking the big leap in my journey is now open
before me. The dream of a online consultant in my 4 areas of
“expertise” is made more solid by these words! And they were given gratis…FREE! This is what some bloggers sell for money. Thanks again. -Hakeem

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    Charlie Page

    Thank you Hakeem. I’m so happy you liked what I wrote and appreciate so much you taking time to comment.

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Fred Thornton

Charlie, I am 66 years old, raised in a poor family, served in Vietnam, and have lived most of my adult life living from payday to payday. My dream is not to be wealthy, but simply be able to go sleep at night not worrying about how I am going to pay the bills.

I realize that I have waited until later on in my life to try to realize that dream, but I believe it is attainable and will never give up on pursuing that dream.

You have been an inspiration to me, and will continue to be so.

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    Charlie Page

    Thank you Fred. I agree that it’s not too late at all at 66 to get things going. The world is full of people who succeeded in their 60s and beyond. I admire your courage to keep going and know it will be rewarded.

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Debra Moore

Well said, Charlie. In fact, this was timely for me because I’ve been thinking about how my goals are not well defined and need updating. I will be looking at Zig Ziglar’s suggestions and following your outline. Thanks so much.

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    Charlie Page

    If you do I predict you will love his process. As “digital” as my life is I still use his paper planner and goal setting system. I’ve simply never found anything better. New tools are fun but things that have been around for decades have lasted for a reason. Let me know how you are progressing!

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