Rise 150

Challenge Yourself

Rise-150After a 2 month hiatus I returned to the gym today. I had allowed my self to slack off from working out due to a business trip, then the holidays, then the thought of “oh, I’ll just do it from home”. Who was I kidding? It’s way to easy to say I’ll walk in and hit the tread mill right after I check email. Or I’ll use the dumb bells while on call.


We do the same thing in our business – I’ll add more autoresponder messages as soon as I get the sales page JUST right. Or, I’ll buy traffic as soon as I redo the video, etc. etc. blah blah blah BULL.

I’m guilty and I’m not ashamed to say it. I tend to be a bit of a perfectionist almost to the point it hurts.

What am I going to do about it? REFOCUS – get back on the proverbial bike and get kicking. Some times I think it maybe a good thing to take a break take a look at things and see what is working and what is not and what you can do differently.

We’ve all been in that spot where you do the same thing that after awhile it turns from fun to work. I mean think about it, would you eat the same meal 3 times a day for the rest of your life? Why should our appetite for work or success be any different.

I think we need to do something each day to challenge ourselves, do one thing different everyday to keep life fresh, keep our marketing fresh.
That could be something like Googling your keywords to see where your site comes up. Check out the sites that come up before yours. Maybe look at other ad methods, or traffic methods. Maybe the next day do the same thing on Yahoo, or Bing etc. Doing this could help you find keywords your not using or generate one more method of traffic.

Something else to try pick one of your autoresponder series optin yourself and see if the messages make sense when you get them.

Maybe pick one thing on your to do list and do it so you can scratch one thing off and be closer to your goals.

On the fun business side I like to read quotes, or play word games (yes I’m a Words With Friends Addict – Frank3D if you play) word games challenge my thinking to spell and learn new words and think about strategies. Another fun thing is StumbleUpon.com if you’ve not checked it out try it. You put in categories that interest you and start stumbling. You WILL find cool new things.

Anyway the whole purpose of this blog was to see what you are doing to challenge yourself or see if you’ve done the same thing of falling out of cycling and what you are doing to get back on and stark kicking.

I’d love to hear your comments in the space below! Whether you comment or not I hope you take a moment to at some point to challenge your self to reach the successes you deserve!

About Frank Deardurff

My Passion is my Faith, Family, Love for Music, Art and Photography. I myself have delivered many of my own training courses as well as webinars and teleseminars for many other coaching groups. I’ve also published a book titled “50 Biggest Website Mistakes”. Having many decades of experience in various forms of graphics and IT experience and aspects of online business, my vision is to help others overcome their fears and frustration with taking their businesses online and reach the next level of success.


  1. Jeanette Cates on January 9, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    For years I worked 12-16 hours per day – and loved it! I’d get excited about a project and work non-stop for days. But a bout of depression changed my whole outlook on work and life. Since then I find that my capacity for “work” has diminished and my capacity for “fun” has increased. While they used to be the same thing, they are now different and done in different places. What that means is that I’ve stopped working like I used to.

    Instead, I work until I don’t want to. Then I get up and do something else. I return to work when it feels like something I want to do. And amazingly enough, everything I NEED to get done is getting done. Most of us put too much pressure on ourselves to produce, produce, produce. If you listen to your instincts, you’ll find you are 100% focused on what you are doing – and it all gets done. With a lot more time for OTHER things!

  2. Mauricio Martinez on January 9, 2013 at 3:17 pm


    I wholeheartedly agree.

    My will to God’s will.

    Joy immediately follows.

  3. Don Tietz on January 9, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    I to stopped exercising about two months ago, Now I even forget what excuse I used.
    I will refocus too, and get back to the pool and lose those 15 lbs. one more time.

  4. Rex Wisehart on January 10, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Amen, Brother.

    I’m trying to refocus both my exercise habits (take a look at http://OldMansRevenge.com for a little fun) and work.

    It has nothing to do with a New Year’s Resolution… it has everything to do with ‘it’s ’bout time to get moving again’.

    Atta boy, Frank – on both sides.

  5. Karen Brunet on January 12, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Here’s a goldmine of a tip worth thousands of dollars from the above post (in case you missed it):
    “Something else to try, pick one of your autoresponder series, optin yourself, and see if the messages make sense when you get them.”

    It’s so easy to overlook the simple things that build our online businesses – just like it’s easy to dismiss exercise.

    Thanks, Frank, for another gem of online marketing wisdom – in addition to the reminder to exercise. LOL

    Karen Brunet
    The Irresistible Marketing Coach
    It’s not just a website…It’s the Mother Lode!

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