There is a way for you to earn more money without working too hard or getting incredibly lucky.
Would you like to know what it is?
It can be summed up in three simple words: be more consistent.
How do you do that?
Keep reading and I’ll tell you.
How to be more consistent
The secret to earning money is not luck or intelligence or creativity — it’s consistency.
The people who are the most successful are the most consistent. This is true whether we are talking about money or sports or art or anything in between. You must show up each day, do the best work you can, and then do the same tomorrow.
Here are some steps you can follow to do exactly that…
1. First, do something.
If you’re not happy with your current financial situation, do something about it. Complaining does not count as taking action.
2. Take small steps.
You’re not going to pay off your debt or gain financial freedom overnight. Start by taking a small step that you can handle.
Take two minutes to figure out how much money you need to make each month to pay down your debt. Spend five minutes brainstorming possible jobs that you would enjoy.
Taking action doesn’t mean “instantly find a solution” … it simply means moving towards your goal.
3. Develop a pattern you can maintain.
When I started my business, I was motivated and ambitious and I wanted to get my message out to the world. To achieve my goals, I started reaching out to 20 new people each day over email, phone, Skype, and so on. It worked well for the week or two that I could keep it up.
In the end, however, finding 20 new people everyday takes a lot of time and other things needed to be done. I would have been better off reaching out to one person each day for an entire year.
One email doesn’t seem like much, but with consistency it becomes a lot.
Don’t go overboard with your goals. That’s how you get burnt out. Simply choose an action that you can repeat each day and then repeat it.
No fuss. No overwhelm. Just one small action.
4. Give yourself permission to fail.
Actually, I’ll do it for you. You now have my permission to screw up, make mistakes, and take a deep breath because it really isn’t the end of the world.
Look, I know you want to create a better life for yourself (and you can!), but don’t act like you need to know all the answers right now.
Take a chill pill and don’t let your uncertainty about the 10th step prevent you from taking the first one.
It’s OK to mess up. It’s OK to not be totally sure of a decision. You’ll never know if you’re making the right moves unless you have some wrong ones to compare them to — which brings me to my next point…
5. Being more consistent doesn’t mean that you consistently avoid mistakes, but it does mean you consistently learn from them.
This includes learning from your actions as well as from those of others.
If you’re wondering where you should go to learn how to earn more money (besides Passive Panda, of course) … I’ll tell you the answer.
You only need 3 things and they are all free…
1. A library card.
Books are, without a doubt, the best source of knowledge on whatever topic you’re looking to learn more about. Why? Because it takes a lot of effort to write a book and whenever you read a good one, you’re are benefitting from years of research and writing … all packed into a few hundred pages.
Pick a topic that will help you earn more money, go to your library, and read more.
2. Use Google, but not how you think…
Yes, there is a lot of information on the web, but I’m not suggesting you use Google for that. Instead, use Google to find people who have done what you want to do.
Search for anyone and everyone who has successfully accomplished the types of things you want to do in your life. Trust me, no matter what you want to do, someone is out there that can help you do it.
Once you find those people on Google, email them!
(Don’t know what to say? Get this course, then do it.)
People who have lived a life worth living will supply you with brilliant insights you never would have discovered … and who knows, you might even get a friend out of it.
6. Find a better group of people to hang out with.
Take a look at this quote…
You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.
Who are your five people?
If you’re being honest, that group might not be the five that will lead you to a great life. There are two lessons here…
First, people who are a drag are also dragging you down with them. It took me a long time to learn this, but if someone is bringing you down, then cut them out.
And you don’t owe them an explanation — explaining is draining. I won’t pretend it’s easy, but you will be better off for it.
Second, there is a group of people out there who will inspire you each time you meet with them. Maybe you’ve experienced this before — a great lunch or a refreshing conversation that left you motivated and inspired to do more.
Interactions like this can be life changing … and they usually seem to come from the same people. Search these individuals out. Do whatever you can to help them and you’ll find that they will do the same for you.
7. If something is hard for you, then change your environment.
It’s a fundamental principle of psychology that we only have so much willpower each day. As the day goes on, we lose our ability to make tough choices … even if they are in our best interests.
Think of it this way…
Let’s say you have 100 points of willpower each day. Let’s also say that you want to quit drinking coffee, but that each time you deny yourself it takes 20 points.
Morning — Wake up. 100 points left.
Early morning — Look at coffee bag on kitchen counter. 80 points left.
Lunch — Eat in the lunch room. Coffee pot nearby. 60 points left.
Early afternoon — Draining argument with your boss. 30 points left.
Five o’clock — Rush hour traffic. Stressful day. 15 points left.
Get home — Try to deny … Sorry, not enough points. Game over. Coffee time.
It doesn’t matter if it’s coffee or smoking or exercise or business. We only have so much willpower and if you keep putting yourself in a situations that drain it, then your odds of taking the right actions consistently will go down.
In the situation above, you could take the following actions to reduce the need for willpower:
- Don’t buy coffee at the store and it won’t be sitting on the kitchen counter
- Eat lunch at your desk, outside, or anywhere away from the lunch room
- Get into work earlier or leave later to avoid rush hour traffic
- Ask about working from home to reduce the odds of your boss transferring their stress to you
Find the pain points, the draining or difficult decisions throughout your day, and think about how you can eliminate them from your life. How can you make it easier to make difficult decisions? Or how can you eliminate the decision making all together and simply automate the correct actions?
Controlling your willpower and overcoming your weaknesses (we all have them) is a key step for maintaining consistent effort.
A final piece of advice: don’t wait.
Take a small action today and start being more consistent.
Those three words — be more consistent — will change your life.
What do you think? Will consistency make a difference in your life? Leave a comment below.