10 Jedi Tips For Successful Internet Marketing
What are YOU? A Jedi, or a But-I?
You always have a choice on how to approach things…so would you like to be a Jedi, or a But-I? Let me make sure you understand the differences between Jedi and But-I…You probably remember what a Jedi is, but maybe you don’t know what a “But-I” is. A But-I is the part of our personality that is obstinate, unwilling, non-cooperative, stuck, cranky, quarrelsome, and that finds fault and finds problems everywhere… especially within ourselves.
Our But-I part says, “But I can’t. But I don’t know enough. But it’s too hard. But I don’t have the right tools. But I don’t have the time.” But-I, But-I, But-I. I think you get the idea. Our But-I is full of ifs, ands, or buts– is that you?
And the Jedi? You remember them… from Start Wars… Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, light sabers, and “may the Force be with you.” With amazing powers and strong qualities, the remarkable Jedi can teach us something about being successful in our internet marketing businesses.
What qualities do the Jedi have that might apply to internet marketing success?
- Jedi serve
- Jedi are courageous.
- Jedi do what is ethically right
- They act quickly and decisively.
- They lead (they don’t command).
- They are calm and at peace, in control of their emotions.
- Jedi know that complete concentration and patience are essential.
- They seek to improve themselves through knowledge and training.
- edi balance the use of their strengths with the control of their weaknesses.
- They work with the light side of the Force, not the dark side.
“Oh, goodness,” you say, “I’ve been operating like a But-I! I’ll never make it!”
Fortunately, once you understand how a Jedi operates, you can begin to take steps to change your mindset and your approach. We each have But-I traits and Jedi traits. We can use the Jedi as models and choose the qualities we want to emulate, and allow our But-I qualities to fall away. To reach success as an internet marketer, you want to work on those Jedi qualities. So let’s look at those qualities and see how we can apply them… read on.
Serve by giving information and value, by answering questions, and by directing people to where they can find answers (not always them all the answers yourself). I’m sure you’ve heard the expression “Give a man a fish and he eats for a day, but teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime.” Although your goal is to be of service, this does not mean you should do too much! We take away the opportunity for growth that happens when people have to stretch and learn if we do too much for them.
Starting a new endeavor and having to learn a lot of new things can bring up fear. Courage does not mean being without fear… it means pushing through the fear and taking action anyway. Heroes are simply ordinary people acting despite the fear. A person who is successful is the person who puts aside the fear and goes ahead and does it anyway.
Do What Is Ethically Right
Basically, don’t lie, cheat, or steal. Be honest and authentic in your relationships. This means being real, not being perfect. When people feel you are genuine instead of putting on an appearance of perfection, they will connect with you more easily.
Act Quickly and Decisively
Avoid analysis paralysis and the bad habit of rethinking every decision after you’ve made it. For help making decisions, grab some paper and a pen and write down as many pros and cons as you can think of, then let go of any feeling attached to them, and decide. Then move forward with your decision. Might you make a mistake? Of course that’s possible, we all make mistakes… but that’s one of the absolute best ways to learn! Don’t keep yourself from expanding and learning because of indecision.
Be Calm and At Peace and in Control of Your Emotions
I cannot be clear when I am not calm. When I am unclear I am baffled, and when I am baffled I am not effective. It’s important that I give myself time and space to foster a peaceful and clear mind, and not allow my emotions to run amuck. Meditation and working at staying organized are a great help with this.
Know That Complete Concentration and Patience Are Essential
In today’s busy world, we find it difficult to focus on one thing at a time. Multitasking is way overrated–studies have shown that it does not work very well, at least with human beings! I constantly work on improving my focus and concentration and practice putting other things aside when I am working on an important task. I usually work in spurts of one or two hours, then take some time to do smaller things, and this helps me to stay focused, while giving me a little break now and then. Patience is certainly essential in all parts of our daily lives– it makes growth, improvement, and expansion possible.
Lead (Do Not Command)
I’m sure you’ve heard the saying that you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink. As a leader, you set the example and provide encouragement, information, and support, but you don’t make the decisions or do the work for somebody else. Make a call to action (always a great practice) but know that the other person may or may not take that action, and it’s not up to you to force it.
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” John Quincy Adams
Improve Yourself Through Training and Knowledge
New things to learn are always coming at us. As I learn more, I have more of value to offer others, as well as myself. Acquiring new skills is beneficial for me, and it helps me benefit others as well. There are things to learn beyond just marketing skills– like in developing good work habits, great mindset, radiant health, and blooming relationships. As I learn, I expand as a person.
Balance the Use Of Your Strengths with the Control of Your Weaknesses
We each have weaknesses and we each have strengths. Really strength and weakness are really two aspects of the same thing. Most important is to begin to recognize our strengths and our weaknesses–and from there we can see where to concentrate our efforts. Controlling your weaknesses means becoming aware of them and allowing them to drop away as you develop your strengths, instead of trying to force out your weaknesses.
Work with the Light Side of the Force, Not the Dark Side
Focus on the positive, not on the negative. What you focus on expands. What you think about, will come about. If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right (Henry Ford). We’ve all heard clichés that relate to this… but it makes common sense that if I put my thoughts and energy into something, I will get more of the same, don’t you think? Put your thoughts and energy into what you want, what you’d like to create, what will benefit all involved–this is way more constructive than focusing on the negative aspects of things.
Choose your perspective, and choose your mindset. Then take action. Proper mindset will lead to proper action.
May the Force be with you!