You may think when a customer buys a $2,000 information product that they’d move mountains to go through and extract every piece of value from it, yeah?
Well, it doesn’t play out that way in the real world. 97.3% of courses, programs and info products that get bought never get consumed in full.
If you want to sell products, this is a bitter pill to swallow – because even if you created the best product or program, most people who paid you for it won’t go through all of it – or half of it… or even 10 percent of it.
…And if you’re brave enough to examine your own behaviors, I’d bet a dime to a dollar you’ve bought plenty of courses that you didn’t finish…
or even start for that matter.
When consumption rates are this bad it’s not a problem with the customer, or with your lack of willpower, or a matter of intelligence. The problem is systemic. There is something fundamentally broken with the information industry, if most people can’t even finish what they pay for.
But what if there was a solution to this madness? It should excite you to ponder such a solution for two reasons:
- you would probably become way more successful way sooner, and
- the information business, even in its “broken” state, still produces nearly a billion dollars in daily online sales.
A recent breakthrough though is set to flip this whole industry on its head. It’s called the Experience Formula
It’s also for you if you’ve considered selling your own info products or running your own coaching program, but don’t know where to start – or even if you have existing info products or programs, but can’t get them to make you the money you want.
The world doesn’t need more info products. It needs experience products.
My head hurts, my body is tight with anxiety, I’m even starting to perspire a little (Nan always said that ladies don’t sweat)…
Can I really break my habit of free flowing, time wasting procrastination?
I don’t know, or at least I won’t know unless I do something different. Because if I don’t, I fear that I will just keep ending my day with a blank look on my face when asked “what did you do today?”
I can see so clearly that I simply can’t afford the energy expense needed for my mind to frantically search on rewind looking for signs of what I actually achieved during my waking hours of the day. Its time to channel that energy into completing tasks. And I need to embrace the act of rewarding myself or celebrating the completion of both little things and big things.
I guess it’s starting with doing this blog challenge. Even though it’s Day 6 and I’m only doing the Day 5 topic now, *sigh. I think it’s because I haven’t started using the Pomodoro Method/Technique. My partner Nat has and she’s raving about it. So what’s my problem then?
Before I go and beat myself up, I am going to remind you as the reader, which means me as the writer of this, that we are all hardwired differently. Some people have natural systems, structure and discipline focus. Others need to learn these traits. I am the latter.
I don’t even want to get into my removed outlook on what success is these days, at least not in this post. But I will use the term for the sake of the example of creating new habits. I am not here to focus on ‘changing’ my old addictive habits. For peace of mind, and honoring where I am at right now, I will simply take on board the new habit of following the Pomodoro Method.
My plan is to use a timer on the phone for the first step of listing the tasks I want to complete in a cycle.
A cycle is just short of 3 hours. I will only complete one cycle a day. And I know this will completely shift my experience of always being busy (doing not much) to instead being productive for one hour, forty minutes each day. There is enough evidence out there to support the fact that more can get done in a lot less time using methods like this.
So what will I do with all my spare waking hours?
This scares me a little. But perhaps it’s time to finish the Day 3 challenge topic of writing down (thus embedding the intention to create) just one version of my ideal day.
- I wake up and grab my notebook & pen and write down 10 ideas or summarize the brilliantly clear thoughts and inspirations that float through my well rested mind.
- Before that nourishing morning juice mentioned in my ‘Want it, Visualize It, Experience It‘ post, I enjoy 20-30 minutes of yoga or stretching.
- Depending on the location I am house sitting at, I will feed & walk or play with the pets. Maybe have a quick swim too 🙂
- I find a comfortable spot in the house to set my Pomodoro session in motion
- First 25 minutes is dedicated to doing an impact/ease session to create my to do list of the 3 MIA’s (most important actions)
- In each 5 minute break I will pat or play with my foster pets, stretch with them and pour a glass of water
- It will be time for lunch after one Pomodoro cycle, so I prepare an awesome salad with either warm pan fried polenta, some chicken or fish and a glass of flavoured mineral water
- I rest my body after lunch but I want to keep my mind inspired, so I listen to an audiobook or continue on a video course (I have many that haven’t been completed).
- If the mood strikes I will start a second Pomodor Cycle in order to take action on any inspirations that have come through. If not, I will catch up with friends either in person or online or head out to explore the new area I am house sitting in.
- I love sundowner/happy hour and I can now celebrate my productive day, occasionally with a lovely sauv blanc or pinot grigio, and otherwise with a refreshing mineral water and some tapas.
- The rest of the evening is open for whatever will be – eating or relaxing or dancing or watching movies or walking or swimming or talking with family and friends or just enjoying lots of pet cuddles 🙂
Wow – that was amazing. 3 days ago I resisted writing down anything about how my ‘perfect day’ and now in a 25 minute session I have written what my day is pretty much currently like! The only thing that has been missing from this picture to date has been the focused productive bursts of time.
Y’know what – I really think I can do this!
This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 5
Through my personal development and spiritual awakening journey over the past decade, I have noticed a recurring theme among the oodles of a-ha moments, the deep meditative insights and in doing the ‘what is my what, why, who am I’ work, I just keep coming back to this feeling that I am a connector of some sort.
I have played the role of connector, conduit, link, junction, adaptor, joiner even match-maker, for as long as I can remember. But I don’t think I’ve ever really taken ownership of these labels before (not that I really need to either), because I just do what I do naturally and I enjoy it!
(For some reason I have an image in my mind of a plumbing pipe joiner – geez, how sexy is that!)
In pondering Natalie Sisson’s Day 4 challenge to ‘Unlock my Superpowers’, I can see how I’ve done exactly as she has seen others do – exactly what I often see others do! If I don’t take my natural ability, start to value it and allow it to fully develop into the superpower it is meant to be, then I won’t be that pebble being tossed into the water that I want to be.
It is about me first (facepalm)!
Is that selfish or selfless to say?
As a connector, I have the ability to help so many other people join up their dots to bring their ideas to life, get themselves out being seen & heard, talking to and networking with the right people, being promoted in the best places… living their freedom lifestyle using their unique superpowers!
My ripple effect CAN be like the butterfly effect.
I am a connector.
I don’t know how I will get paid to be the full expression of this, but that is kind of irrelevant right now. Right now I just have to feel into this role and perhaps be the conduit for myself for a little while until the clarity settles.
If you have ideas for me – please do share them and I will return the favour.
We are all one.
This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 4
I have never really gotten into the dream board stuff.
I have tried though. I mean I thoroughly enjoy the playfulness of sitting in a group of people and flicking thru old magazines to cut out images supposedly representing experiences or things I want in my life (*here’s the first disconnect).
But what has happened in the past is that when the time comes to paste the images on the ‘dream board’ and stick it up on the wall, a kind of chasm between me and them seems to energetically keep me at a healthy distance from the reality those images portray.
Why is this so?
I have asked that question dozens of times because most of my circle of friends are all about the dream board, or meditating about manifesting, or the painted picture or like Natalie Sisson calls it – The Perfect Day.
There have been times where I’ve even poo-pooed the whole visualization process, but I can see now it was because myself and a few others, were only choosing things we ‘thought’ we wanted. Maybe that’s why I seem to sway more towards having direct experiences of things in order to really know?
But is that just a game too? Do I really need to first experience something before I know if I really want it? I dunno, but right now that seems to be what is working out best for me.
This could be because the incredibly humbling experience of mahoosive failure that we had in Dubai came about because I was chasing things that I only ‘thought’ I wanted. Truth is I didn’t want ANY of what I was chasing. I didn’t want to be the CEO of a Company. I didn’t want to be working from a lovely air conditioned office in Media City, Dubai. I didn’t want to only take mini vacations to Europe or Asia and return to the business to ‘work’ and plan my next vacation.
How funny to think that I had simply bought myself a super expensive job. But I didn’t want a job!
No wonder its said there is wisdom In hindsight! I was being a sheep, following what I thought would give me financial freedom, without any real pondering on what the cost of that ‘so-called’ financial freedom really was – no wonder it was such an epic crash and burn!!
So now I am here blending my judgement of dream boarding and visualizing with having direct experiences. I am flicking through photo’s from some of our house sits, and the ones singing to me are the ones we took at our amazing gig in Breckenridge Colorado. In April 2016 Nat and I spent the first 4 weeks there on a clean eating plan. And these photo’s are showing me what I really want!
Every single day of that house sit I got up and made a fresh juice for myself and a blended juice smoothie for Nat (I’m not a huge fan of eating my drinks).
The impact of looking back at these photo’s and feeling the feeling of nutritional fullness from starting my day with one of these power juices is really surprising me.
I have a longing now.
I long to have a masticating (slow) juicer at more of the house sits we do. If I can’t have that, maybe I need to work out how I can carry one of these babies with me… sounds kinda ridiculous right now, but lets see what the power of want, visualization and experience will have on my creating of this 😉
*This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 3
What does your perfect day include? Even if you are not taking part in this blog challenge, it’s a really valuable and fun exercise to take part in – go pick up pen & paper and feel into what you want!