Will You Share Your Goals, Fears & Obstacles To Success?

Last Update: June 04, 2019

Guys I am on a fact finding mission today and would ask for your help if you have a few minutes. I am feeling the need to rework my niche and clarify exactly who and what my target audience actually want.

I think I have become too caught up in what I think people want rather than trying to address real problems that other affiliate marketers have, particularly those new to the business.

If you are happy to share could you answer the following questions - all, or one, or some ... what ever takes your fancy:

1) What Is Your #1 Goal?

2) What Is Your #1 Obstacle To Reaching That Goal?

3) What Do You Want To Learn Most?

4) What Is Your #1 Fear?

My idea is to eventually build out the most thorough training and products to specifically address the problems and fears that we face as affiliate marketers, to move us towards our goals, and so I can provide massive value to my tribe.

Of course if you'd like to PM me that'd be fine too, I know not everyone wants to share their vulnerabilities in the group.

Thank you in advance and as always ...

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mbhanni Premium
Just wanted to put my two cents in.

1) What Is Your #1 Goal?
To make enough money so I can actually take a real vacation one day.

2) What Is Your #1 Obstacle To Reaching That Goal?
Time. There just isn't enough time in the day for me to all I need to do.

3) What Do You Want To Learn Most?
Writing content. I am struggling to write them. I hope I get better over time.

4) What Is Your #1 Fear?
Not being good at this.
FKelso Premium
My #1 goal is to have an active website with lots of traffic. I haven't reached that goal yet.
NeilBrown Premium
My goal is to eventually make enough money to pay the bills and not have to worry about how were going to get everything paid, and to enjoy life, at least a little bit so that life doesn't seem like it's only about work "all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy".
My obstacle is my lack of patients with myself and lack of self confidence in myself.
What I want to learn the most is that I actually have the ability to pull something like having a business of my own off.
My biggest fear is that I make so much money and become so famous that I have to go in hiding, LOL, seriously, my biggest fear is that I put every ounce of energy I have into this business and months become years, three years, four years and longer to have nothing to show for my efforts.
HeidiY Premium
Indeed Neil I have the very same fear ... about having so much money and having to turn into a recluse ROFL.

But seriously I think that mindset is still the #1 factor holding most of us back. We've all read the self-help books or the online gurus talking about believing in yourself and overcoming the "money scarcity" mindset.

I know I've tried many suggestions over the years and I think I am getting on top of it ... but maybe I'm not because the dollars are not flowing as freely as I'd imagined by now.
JoePlale Premium
Heya Heidi,

Here are my first impressions/thoughts on these questions:

1) What Is Your #1 Goal?
My Goal, is to get enough money coming in .. “on a dependable/continuing basis”, so that My Wife and I never again have to dread the last week of the month, for fear of coming up short.

2) What Is Your #1 Obstacle To Reaching That Goal?
My main “obstacle” is two-fold:
“Lack of Focus“ (“Squirrel” and “Shiny Object” Fascination) ..
“Fear Of Success (that is a whole ‘nother topic)

3) What Do You Want To Learn Most?
I have been doing “Computer Stuff” since the days before the CDC-6600 .. and from the beginning of the whole InterWebs Thang .. so I have A LOT of ‘somewhat related’ Knowledge and skills .. but with the aforementioned “Focus Problem” (and a number of Physical and medical problems over the last 25 years), I have only had sporadic success in the field. .....
BUT ... “Lord Willing, and The Creek Don’t Rise”- And with the Awesome and Comprehensive Training (as well as a Great Support system within The WA Community/Family) available to us, here at WA, I am Determined to Succeed !!!

4) What Is Your #1 Fear?
Being in my 70s (and moving A LOT Slower than before - both Physically and Mentally), with A LOT of “Catch-Up” and work to be done, I Fear that I might die or become so debilitated, that I will be unable to “Set My Wife Up”, and provide for “ALL” of Her future needs.
HeidiY Premium
Interesting you should say about "squirrel" and "shiny object" syndrome Joe cause I was only thinking about that a week or so ago.

Is it "shiny object syndrome" if whatever the new program, platform, system you decide to follow actually works?

I love the feel of determination that comes through in your comment, it actually makes me feel stronger reading it. You have a very lucky wife and I am sure she will appreciate all your efforts as they come to fruition.

Thank you for sharing it is helping me formulate a plan of attack for my training.
Tipqmon11 Premium
Hi Heidi,

My #1-Goal-To make enough money to quit my job and do what I love full-time.
My biggest obstacle: Time Management....Working full-time and helping with sick elderly family members takes a lot of time. When I have down time, my intention is to get to work but at times I am so tired and the cycle just continues over and over. I have to break this cycle.
What I want to learn most: To grow at understanding Affiliate Marketing, SEO and Content Writing at the level where I can truly teach it others.
HeidiY Premium
Me to T, it looks like quite a few of us are looking to quit our part or full-time jobs.

It is the thought of working for myself, and the freedom to earn as much as I am worth and to be rewarded for my efforts that drives me day after day.

We will be masters of our destiny and join the ranks of super-affiliates.

I find that if I allocate myself 3 - 5 tasks for the next day and write them down the day before I can get them done. I have a small A5 diary I use each day to plan the next day (I'm old school like that).

If I already have a small list of tasks and I don't have to think about what I have to do in the short time I have to do it I get more done.

They don't have to be huge tasks, it might be as simple as:
1) researching 3 keywords
2) writing the first 2 paragraphs of a new article; and
3) finding 1 header image.

The other cool thing I read recently which is helping me is using the phrase:

"if not that then what?"

So ... if not writing a 2000 word article then what else could I do towards that goal?

Think about the huge overwhelming task that seems impossible in the time you have and ask "if not that then what?"

This tricks your brain into thinking that the easier option is really no big deal, and you get something accomplished. This way you work slowly and steadily, but daily, on your business and it doesn't stress you out as much.

Works for me :)
Tipqmon11 Premium
Wow, so sorry for late response...I have been out of commission for the past several weeks. Playing catch now and these are great tips that I can use. Thanks so much!

Have a Wonderful Day! :-)
Talk2Ray Premium
Hi Heidi.
My #1 Goal at the moment is to make enough from my website to quit my part time job..
My biggest obstacle to reaching that goal is "me", it is too easy to get comfortable and kick back and relax.
What I want to learn most is how to create posts that reach out and answer peoples real needs.
My #1 fear is getting out there letting people know me better. I like people but I tend to be more reserved. Guess I fear that they will not accept me for who I am.
HeidiY Premium
Agreed Ray, I get the same way. I think "well I could do that now .. but it's not going to matter if I put it off for one day, I'll do it tomorrow" and before you know it a week has passed and my business has stagnated.

It's so much harder to get the motivation back after 7 days, than if it was just one!

We are so alike Ray, it's uncanny. Trying to answer people's real needs is the main reason I wanted to get some direction from you guys, so I can build a solid curriculum of topics and know it will actually be information people want to read and that will help them.

I have grown more introverted as I get older. Not sure when it started but it's only getting stronger. I thought internet marketing would be great for me, I could toil away in the background but NO everyone's doing podcasts, Facebook Lives, Youtube etc...

I have done a few screencast tutorials but that's as game as I've got so far in exposing myself to the wide world. Something for us to work on :)

Thanks heaps for sharing your thoughts it is most appreciated.
Brenda63 Premium
Hi Heidi,

I am going keep my narrative short and simple. See below:

1. Goals: To learn how to build websites through themes in WP. Gain knowledge in keywords. Learn how to understand and utilize SEO. How to market my business in Social Media.
2. Obstacles: Suffer from Chronic Health Issues (MS, Health ailments, fatigue, vertigo, and muscle spasms). Procrastinating learning the lessons (due to fatigue). Time constraints. Constant interruptions throughout the day.
3. Learn the Most: SEO, Content Writing, and Video Marketing.
4. Number One Fear: Videos Marketing. The not know how.

Thanks for asking us. Hope our answers provide you the necessities to provide a training blog for us.
HeidiY Premium
Brilliant thanks heaps Brenda these are all great topics. You guys have been so helpful.
Swangirl Premium
Hi Heidi,
#1. My goal is to make enough money online that I can quit my job and have more freedom. I don't need my websites to provide a total replacement income but between them and rental property I think it is very realistic that I can do this.

#2. My biggest obstacle is consistency. If I blogged more frequently I would have higher traffic and search engine rankings (consistently vs. sporadically). It is hard to find the time since I have two other jobs however. I know I am not using my time as efficiently as I could however. Many of my products are low priced and have very low commissions. If I had higher priced products and higher commissions I could do better.

3#. I want to learn to use videos since they are the way to go now.

4#. My biggest fear is that I will never have the time for this to really be successful and therefore it will have been somewhat of a waste of time monetarily. It is not a waste of time in terms of education however and for the friends I have met. I will always be glad I found WA and would not change a thing but I know you have to put in the work to be really successful and if you simply don't dedicate enough time to it, you will only get mediocre results.
HeidiY Premium
I'm in the same boat with the time constraints Jessica, some days it is infuriating. I sit at work and just think about how I could be building my empire, but we do what we have to do until we can do what we want to do.

I shared some of the time management things I have been using in a comment above to T, maybe they can help you too.

Your fear is the same as mine. What if I have spent all this time and money for nothing! What if it actually never comes to fruition simply because I haven't given it the time it requires?

They are stark thoughts! I just keep thinking it might take extra time and therefore we need to be a little more gentle on ourselves and accept our current limitations. It doesn't mean it won't happen, it simply means we have to have more stamina than others.

We got this, one baby step in front of the other :)
Swangirl Premium
Thanks for that great commiseration and encouragement Heidi. I agree. It will just take us longer but we will get there! Thanks!

APachowko1 Premium

Your strengths are your weakness, your weakness are your strengths.

1. My goal is to make a living as an affiliate marketer so that I can give up my job.
2. Myself. I am not getting younger and the need to learn becomes harder. But I am stubborn and will not give up.
3. How to become a good email marketer.
4.That I am doing all the spade work for nothing.

Hope that helps
MikeAdkins Premium
Hi Heidi

1) What Is Your #1 Goal?
To make an income that fills the gap between being comfortable and having the chance to travel easily and without worrying about what's around the corner.

2) What Is Your #1 Obstacle To Reaching That Goal?
Use of my time. I am confident in WA but feel like I am letting the "everyday crap" getting the way of my learning and building of my on line presence.

3) What Do You Want To Learn Most?
How to Build an on line brand based on what I already do and know,

4) What Is Your #1 Fear?
That I listen to the old farts who are sceptical and raise their big bushy eyebrows when I speak of my plans and my future WA journey.

I hope this makes a little bit of sense,

Warm Regards