Tips On How To Have A Successful Online Business - Getting Your Mindset Right

Last Update: June 13, 2019

At Wealthy Affiliate you've got all the resources, support, and training on how to have a successful online business that you could possibly need.

But apart from following the World class, step by step training and applying what you learn, there's something else that only you can do.

You need to develop the right mindset for success.

You can get help with it by reading books and listening to audios on personal development from the great life coaches out there such as Napolean Hill, Earl Nightingale, Bob Proctor, Jim Rohn, Zig Ziglar, to name but a few, or encouragement from within the wonderful Wealthy Affiliate Community from people who've gone through it just like you, but only YOU can actually do this bit for yourself. And when I say YOU, I also mean I'm not trying to lecture you here!

There is a simple ABCD process for getting your mindset right:

A: Attitude
B: Belief
C: Commitment
D: Discipline

Let's take each of these in turn.


This is the single most important factor that could be holdingn you (and me) back.

Everybody has challenges, agreed? And these challenges have a nasty habit of jumping right out in front of us every single day! It's not the challenges, it's how we deal with them that are going to determine whether things work out bad or good for us.

Some people allow difficulties to derail them, but these difficult are ONLY A MENTAL BLOCK and not a physical one. Yes, there will be times when we have no choice but to put our business on the back burner for a short while, but in all but truly exceptional circumstances, this is temporary.

Here's a wonderfully inspiring post from a lovely lady here at Wealthy Affiliate who had to take time out due to ill health, and she still earned a $1900 commission from a single sale - the power of passive, residual income that Wealthy Affiliate can give us.

It's an inconvenience, naturally, but it's also an opportunity for you to flex your muscles - your mental ones, not your physical ones.

Here's some words of wisdom from the first Man to Climb Mount Everest (assuming he didn't just take the credit from Sherpa Tenzing!)

Life could be telling you that you need to go to work on your problem solving skills.

When you encounter a road block, you can go over, under, or around it, or you can just stand on the gas and smash right through the middle of it!

Just sitting there or turning around and allowing it to steal away your better tomorrow for you and your loved ones in not an option.


Henry Ford said: 'Whether you think you can or can't, either way you are right'. Or words to that effect, I don't know if I've quoted it 100% correct or not, but you get the point, right....?

Generally, if we think we can't do something, we won't even attempt it, and the result of that is predictable and a self-fulfilling prophecy. Likewise, if we genuinely believe we can do something we'll give it our best shot and sure enough, results start to show in time. But when the going gets difficult and the progress becomes slow, we need to keep our belief. That's the difficult bit. Slow progress is still progress.


Following the Wealthy Affiliate training takes a personal commitment, and it will help you find out what times of day you can commit to this by first of all working out what times you can't commit to it.

Assuming 8 hours in bed at night, knock up a spreadsheet with 16 rows on it for the hours you're up and about and 7 columns representing Monday to Sunday and fill those rows and columns in with the times you're otherwise committed - school run, your day job, commute, chauffeuring the kids back and forth at weekends, etc.

Write in the rows / columns what you're doing during those times and, if you like, give each particular time commitment a different background colour on the spreadsheet.

You'll then be able to see just from looking at it when you can commit to business building activities.

IMPORTANT: Don't set yourself a definite deadline for completing the training until you've got yourself into a regular routine. Once you've done a couple of the training modules, then you'll be able to give yourself a pretty good idea of how long it's going to take you. This will give you a clear and achievable goal and the motivation to work towards it.

If you set that deadline before you know how much you can do in your available time and you fall behind, you run the risk of convincing yourself you can't do it and of giving up.

ALWAYS allow time for relaxation and family. I get my kids home from school at around 4PM and supervise their homework with them.

Then I start prepping the evening meal before my Wife gets home from work. We then eat together and chill together afterwards as a family.

I don't do any work during that time, and will carry on from about 9.30PM for an hour or 2, once we've got the kids to bed.


This is the actual following through on your commitments.

When you have that spreadsheet with it's brightly coloured blocks on the wall above the desk in your home office, you'll have something staring you right in the face making you accountable for your time. Try it, it works!

They say it takes 21 days to form a habit. Once you've gritted your teeth and done it once, it will become second nature.

Don't just do it once. Rinse and repeat. Rinse and repeat. Rinse and repeat ad infinitum!

I'll leave you with one last question. It's not for you to answer me, it's for you to answer yourself:

What is it that is holding you back, and more importantly.....WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT....?

Have a great rest of the day, folks!



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KC1953 Premium
Great post, Rich. Really like the Thinking About It poster.

I'm reminded of the proverb, "Promises and plans must be put into action, or else they are useless."

Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. — Dale Carnegie
RichBrennan Premium Plus
Absolutely. I find the more I do, the more I want to do. And the opposite applies equally as much.
Rich :-)
kezsam-Sam-F Premium
I really enjoyed reading this post. I have read quite a few books from some the authors you mentioned.
Thank you for the reminders
RichBrennan Premium Plus
Do you remember this one from Zig Ziglar? 'Personal development is like bathing. We recommend you do it daily.'
That's one of my favourite quotes of his.
It's a constant journey.
Rich :-)
JAHisgreat Premium
Insightful material, Rich. Thanks. I think this has come to me just in time...

Warm regards,
RichBrennan Premium Plus
Thanks, Edgar.
I'm going to be doing more posts like this, so watch this space!
Rich :-)
JAHisgreat Premium
You bet, Rich. Would really love to be part of the 1%, and the insights shared are actually the real recipe for success. I need more of these stuff... and more! :)

Thanks again, Rich.
TimMurphyRN Premium
Amazing Post my friend. Great read and very insightful.
There are many gems of wisdom in your post that people would be wise to incorporate and utilize.
Well Done!!
RichBrennan Premium Plus
Thanks, Tim.
Personal development is a passion of mine.
I'm of the opinion it should be on the curriculum in schools.
Rich :-)
alfredg1948 Premium
Beautiful Post Rich
RichBrennan Premium Plus
Thanks, Alfredo. Glad you enjoyed reading it.
Rich :-)