At 2.00am this morning I was woken up by the dog. Thinking that it was time to get up and go to work, I made a coffee, drank it, woke my partner up with a ready made coffee thinking I was doing a good deed – only to be told that it was 2.00am. Many hours before our normal weekly wake up time!
Clearly, I should have checked the time again after my first cup of coffee!
Why I Am Happy to Be Sleep Deprived!
Today is not the first time that I have woken up at 2.00am during the One Funnel Away Challenge (OFA). Actually, it is probably safer to say that I have been waking up at ungodly hours most days since starting the challenge. I put this down to a few things.
- Excitement – Because of the belief that funnels will be profitable
- Anticipation – What’s next and I want to see results
- Competitiveness – Not wanting to be left behind
- Personal pressures – Determination to see the Challenge through
- Belief – In the process
I haven’t been a good sleeper for years and it has always been a bit of an annoyance. There have been many occasions when I have wanted to prank my partner when he’s sleeping simply because he CAN sleep! I regularly function on between 4-6 hours sleep every day and have been doing it this way since my daughter was born 23 years ago! But, the last four weeks has been whole next level!
Lately though, I have had a whole lot less but I am happy to be sleep deprived. I’m tired most of the time at the moment but if my sleep habits were any different, I don’t think I would have gotten as far as I have in the challenge. By the time my partner gets up, I have listened to all of the training, cleared my emails and done some work on my funnel.
Not resentful of the good sleepers anymore – just thankful that I have more time to get it done. Thanks OFA!
Belief In ClickFunnels
One of my personal fears is to be ‘salesy’ – I don’t want to be that stereotypical car sales person. But, one thing that I have come to realise since starting this online business journey (and something that has been reaffirmed by the challenge) is that marketing is actually a service!
I worry that my posts have all been about the One Funnel Away Challenge and Clickfunnels and salesy. But, it is because I honestly believe that my funnel is going to work and want to share the message.
The worst thing about my new found belief in clickfunnels and the challenge is that I also know that my posts do appear to be ‘salesy’. But, they are not meant to be.
Every comment that I have made about the challenge is sincere in line with what I am trying to do here which is help as many people as possible make a living with a heart based business – doing what they love. I believe that clickfunnels can do that. The fact that I am worried about being salesy reassures me that my ‘why’ for doing this is not unethical but authentic.
From the outset of the Challenge, the team instilled a belief. A belief that Clickfunnels and the One Funnel Away Challenge is a tried and true system that will work – providing you put the time in. A perfect example of the committment the clickfunnels team has to our wins is in the last page of the workbook (3 days away) – yes, I read ahead!
“It’s important to remember that this is JUST the beginning of your online business journey. Those who get good at getting lucky, are really just the ones who:
Stay committed to the process rather than the result only
Remember that marketing is still about people
Never give up!Russell Brunson – One Funnel Away
One Funnel Away Immersion
In the last 4 weeks, since starting the challenge, my sleep hours have dropped more! My 2.00am start this morning was just that. The start of my day. It’s a waste of time (for me) to try and sleep after a coffee – so I did what all half asleep people do. Facebook.
While checking on the One Funnel Away posts, I got sucked into a sales page. As I was about to purchase, I heard Stephen’s voice in my head.
“Buy slowly”Stephen Larson – One Funnel Away Challenge
Meaning – mimic (yes, Stephen – not steal) what others are doing that is working. So, I backed out of the sales page. Saved the link and will study it later today – with a view to studying what worked or got me ‘hooked’. Or as Russell terms it, funnel hack.
The One Funnel Away teaching format seems to stick and I have been completely immersed. I have been living and breathing this stuff since finding Clickfunnels and the One Funnel Away Challenge. So much so that I am sure that my work thinks I have a terminal illness because I have been having a LOT of sick days!
Staying Committed To The Process Rather Than The Result
Apart from Wealthy Affiliate and my blog, this has been the most committed I have been to anything relating to my online business.
The training has been and is inspiring, motivational, interesting and incredibly educational. It works. Every day, I get up excited to complete the next part of the challenge.
My usual priorities have taken a back seat to the challenge and this is because I am determined to see this through and can’t wait to start advertising to see what happens. Some of the OFA community on Facebook have already started sharing their personal wins and it is awesome to see.
Not for a second am I saying that the challenge has all be plain sailing but that is where the committment comes in.
Never Give Up!
According to Stephen Larsen, only 30% of the people that start the challenge are still in it now. I am pretty sure that is reflective of all online courses that people buy – me included. But, the challenge has been different because you are actually taking action steps every single day. I think it’s the progress that you make along the way that helps keep you on track.
Given that we all have busy lives, I think it’s important to have some internal pressures too. I can see how it would be easy to give up along the way but I am so glad that I haven’t. Every challenge and win is all just part of the journey. Worth it!
As Vishen Lakhiani says,
“Most people overestimate what they can achieve in a year but underestimate what they can achieve in three years.”Vishen Lakhiani – Code of the Extraordinary Mind
I plan on hanging in.
Remember That Marketing Is Still About People
I know that I will never forget the people behind any marketing that I do.
This is for two reasons.
- Unethical marketers. I have been scammed too many times by sales letters and products that only ever give you a portion of the story. In most cases, leaving you more confused than ever and despondent because success online clearly only works for ‘other people’.
- Purpose. This blog was set up for the sole purpose of documenting/discussing/teaching the challenges I have had along the way in the hope that it could help someone else.
After doing this challenge, I know that success online isn’t just a pipe dream. This challenge has strengthened my resolve to keep going until I can be in a position to do what Russell, Stephen, Julie and Ed are doing.
Onward and upwards!