May 25, 2024

If You’re Reeeeeaaaaally Reeeaaalllyyy Starting From Scratch

Eric Walker hula hoop

Take the long view.

The point of this blog is to invite you to take a look at loooooonnnnngggg time perspective
What taking the long term perspective means is whatever transformation you’re seeking, accept that it will take at least a year if not multiple years. Accept and make love to this idea. Loooooonnnnngggg time.

This is key because it will be the driving force behind your ability to maintain your consistency over time. Examples include dropping all that weight, making all that money, kicking an unhealthy habit, recovering from trauma, repairing a relationship, etc, etc.)
Do not fall for the tricks in the ads on the Internet, or T.V. or magazines that make you believe you’re going to have a 30, 60 or 90 day transformation.
It doesn’t matter what it is: especially weight loss or money gain. For you, it’s not going to happen. Do not fall prey to that mindset.
Learn to get on and off the train ride because you will fall off the train occasionally.
It’s okay as long as you learn to get back on when you fall off. You’re going to have good times and bad times. What you’re really doing isn’t just molding your body, or your bank book, or your spirit, you’re also molding your character.
Become what you seek.
You have to BECOME that 180 pound person instead of the 280 pound person you are now. You have to BECOME a $250K a year earner instead of a $50K a year earner that you are now. This requires consistent character building. It’s a looonnnnggg process, but absolutely worth the effort.

This requires that you change your consciousness, and to do that, it’s going to take just as long as it will to change your body or your bank book. The two work together. It’s a looonnnnggg personal progressive evolution.
How to go about it is simple. There are tons of books, videos, trainings, plans, etc. Immerse yourself. Knowledge is everywhere.
Want to start losing weight?

Start walking as soon as you get up from bed in the morning for a full hour on an empty stomach. Commit to that for a year. Add other things as the walking gets easier. There are about 1001 other ways to get started, but that is one very simple one.

Have money making interests on the Internet that provide you with time and money freedom?

Find a pocket of people somewhere on the Internet that have a need you can fill. Create enough value that you can fill it, and people will pay you for it. There are about 1001 other ways to get started, but that is consistent across anything that makes money.
The main take home point is keep a looonnnggg perspective. Years!
The cool thing?

If it doesn’t take that long, you’re still building yourself for the long haul. Because once you “make it” you will inevitably lose yourself, you reappear a dozen times. Until someday you suddenly find you got nothing to fear. You’ve become the person capable of continuing, evolving.

That goes for anything big that you seek to achieve. If it’s a personal transformation, it’s going to take years. Accept it. Commit to it. It’s a powerful place to be. It’s realistic. And it will give you piece of mind that you don’t have to get it done right away.
Our Daily Marketing Coach is a good place to start if you’re looking to develop your online make money interests. Get started here.

About Eric Walker

Eric is an 80/20 Marketing staff member and marketing collaborator. He spends his days writing content and copy for a marketing purpose. Eric is an optimist. He believes in a bright future and our ability to build it together. If you have a question, and/or would like to communicate with Eric directly, email


  1. I completely agree to Loooong term perspective,to Biuld a strong foundation.
    Long term also Builds trust which is key to any Business.

  2. Having a long term vision is essential to your success dream.

  3. Interesting that people take years to auto-destruct and then they want everything to be fixed within a day. It is a must that you have very regular wins on the already planned longer trip that takes you to destination.

  4. Mary Sisseck says:

    Zig Ziggler told me a LOOOOONG time ago: “There ain’t no free lunches.” Wish all Americans knew that & then do something about it!

  5. I think some people who are looking for the quick hit or get rich quick stuff are too scared to make enough changes in their life to do the long-term.

    Until they get out of their fear and leave their comfort zone, they will never think long-term.

  6. I believe that the main reason people bounce around is that they haven’t sat down and figured out what is truly important to them. Once you realize what is truly important to YOU. it’s easier to put on blinders and focus on how to get what YOU want. Too often allow commercials, hype, advertising, and others tell us what is important and how that “importance” is measured. When we define what we want and why, it’s easier to maintain perspective, apply tenacity, and build momentum to accomplish our goals. Because we are emotionally tied to the “reason” and “end result”, it’s easier to pick ourselves up, shake off the dust, and jump back it. We commit ourselves to the goal, not necessarily the path.

    I believe that each of us can have everything we want in life, once we decide what is important to us, why, and then roll up our sleeves and get to work. The journey of life is more enjoyable when we can see our destination, regardless of how far it is.

    Of course, this is just my humble opinion. :)

  7. I’ve always taken longer than most to compete tasks. That was the comment from teachers. I do well when I take my time, not as well when I rush. For the first time, this is good. Not slacking but I take longer to process. Learning the correct way the first time saves time, energy and money in the long run, for me. Deal with personal/emotional issues, heal properly first. Business falls into place. Blogs, videos are smoother, natural.

  8. Eric,
    This is exactly what I needed to hear today! Thank you for the kick in the pants. Writing out and not bouncing around and sticking to my guns, refining my craft is the only way to be successful.

  9. I’m with Sue. One of the biggest reasons people cannot hold on for the loooooonnnnngggg term is because they have not done the homework to discover “why they should bother”. We all have something within us that will motivate us for the long haul, but we have to go digging. (hint: it’s usually NOT bigger houses, cars and boats)

    That “deep motivational root” is one of the few things that will help us overcome the constant “programming” we get from TV, Internet, other people, etc. that says if we can’t get it now, it’s not worth having.

  10. I agree 100% because I have experienced success in my past with my first business from home; but It took some time before seeing and experiencing BIG results. Every business takes time to build. I’m doing the same thing with my present coaching business and I’m making a lot of progress with each goal that I achieve towards my purpose with my visions.

    Every day is a step closer when we take action, and every inch counts towards that bigger vision and breakthrough! Some guro’s try to paint a different picture to help them get rich, don’t fall for it!

  11. I believe it was Michael Jordan who said he was an “Instant Success” after working three years to improve his game. Best wishes, G. Boyce Bazzell (Bazz)

  12. On the darkest day of the year this was a message I needed to hear! In years past I don’t think it would have registered so deeply because I lacked community & support. Now that I’ve got that covered as a member of Daily Marketing Coach I know 2014 is going to be the year I gain some ground & earn money. I’ve worked at getting acquainted with all the aspects of this community for a year. Heading into my second year I’m ready for the hustle!

  13. This is a good word.
    Taking time to focus, plan and commit.
    Seek the Mentor(s) to resource with. I cannot do this alone.
    Celebrate others successes but don’t compare yourself to them.
    For me it is a loonngg investment of time and money. Likened to a PHD. Even though I’ve made some gains, I feel like they are baby steps towards the long term goals.

  14. Great question Eric, especially the one sent in the e-mail that got me to this post: “Yet, why do so many people fall prey to the short-cut, quick-fix mindset. ”

    Granted the long-term approach is the best and most logical way to reach the goals that you have. But I believe the reason why people fall prey to the shortcut mindset is not based in logic, but emotions.

    People know what they should be doing, but they “feel” frustrated, out-of-control or not being the master of their circumstances. I know this has been part of my problem and the problem of many, many others as well. They have had so many years of unsuccess they just want something, anything that would work to change their situation.

    The solution?

    If what ever the goal is, be it physical, financial or whatever; there needs to be some very quick small successes to keep your spirits up. If a person is trying to achieve financial success and has gotten involved with a course, business venture or other method, without seeing some results within a few weeks the frustrations will return and the next quick fix e-mail or book that appears is then turned to.

    For many it’s a roller coaster ride of emotional highs and lows looking for that magic formula that will finally make the difference. My advice to those who are wanting to be a coach or advisor is to ensure that there USP includes some small successes for their students as quickly as possible.

    When you create that solution you will indeed have more clients then you could imagine. I believe most of us that are here with DMC and this blog have experienced what I’m talking about to some degree or other.

    When we take that experience and knowledge along with the step-by-step methods masterfully created for us in the back office, then we will have the tools to create life-changing solutions for our clients.

    Again, a great question! It has helped me to focus with the laser point accuracy what I now must do. You have rearranged the 10,000 piece puzzle that has been bouncing around in my head for the past few weeks. I thank you for that.

    • Great insight John. Thanks for the thoughtful comment. I’ve experienced it too. We all have. And you’re correct it is emotional. Then the emotions start arriving fewer & further between. Then everything represents work. Then complete emotional detachment, but with relaxed intensity. Glad to connect with you at the DMC group page as well as this post. Thank you.

  15. One day I was researching hedge funds. During my search, many words caught my attention and as you know, when surfing the web, you can be led to many other related sites. Hedge funds led me to”thrift” and somehow I ended up on site that talked about “The Dark Triad Trait.” It was quite interesting to find out that the “right now” syndrome in some cases can be apart of your DNA. Which makes it even harder to transform your life for long term goals. Advertisements and marketers don’t help the cause either. Re-conditioning is possible when you realize you’re insane. Insanity has been define as doing the same thing over and over again yet expecting different results. Great blog. Hope you help many.

  16. Thanks ERIC

    I am truly a victim of immediate gratification. Growing up, my elders would tell me all the time “slow down son, don’t be in such a rush”. I thought that was the way it was supposed to be. Hurry up and get it done so you can reap immediate rewards. I am just coming to the realization that it’s a process, a system that should be followed. I’m a slow learner but I understand processes and systems having spent time in the military. Work the process or the system and it will work for you.

  17. In his book, The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People, Stephen Covey talked about having your Compass set on “True North”. He said that if your Compass is sat on True North, it does not matter what happens along the way or how loooonngg it takes to get to where you are going, you will eventually get there… if your Compass is set to True North.

    This post is a great post in getting me to reflect back on the past and asking myself if… In 2014, will my Compass be set on getting the things done that I need to become successful regardless of how looooonngg it takes?

    Thanks for the post!

  18. Yep, in full agreement with your article and a good encouragement to me. Thanks Eric.

  19. Eric,great post,I have failed half dozen times with get rich quick deals over the years…
    Then my 92 year old mentor,and author of “A Touch of Greatness” []
    told me, SLOW down,just look at nature,it’s not in any rush,yet it acomplishes everything in time.
    I was too young then to understand the meaning of his wisdom,but years later I finally find out hard
    way by trial and error, how wise he was…I wish I have LISTEN to him more…

    We all have hear saying easy come easy go,just look at most of instant lottery winners,most of them
    lose all the money the quckly won, and ruin their life almost as fast as they winn jackpot…

    Everything worthwhile will take time,to grow,but you have to first DECIDE what exactly you want?
    Then,start ACTION by digging,planting the seeds,take care of it,and harvest will surely come…
    Great job,Eric!

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