Motivational Monday #5 – What Motivates You?

by Lyndon on January 19, 2015

What do you wish you could do?  What do you want to do more?  For some the answer is drive a super car, for others it might be go to Disney World with their family, and for many it’s help charities or others.

If you are lucky enough to live in North America you most likely have everything you need.  Keep your wants in the back of the mind and try to use them to motivate you – after all, it is easy to be complacent.

I have been travelling for the past month and I just found an OUTSTANDING place.  I’ll be working hard upon my return so that I can continue to return here are explore the rest of our amazing world.  Here are a few pictures from this morning.

 

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Go Get It!  Make it a good week!

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Motivational Monday #4 – FEAR

by Lyndon on January 12, 2015

This one is interesting. I think there are many reasons for mediocracy. I don’t believe fear is the only reason why we are complacent. It is still a good video, watch it and go make it a good a week!

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A Resolution Free 2015

by Lyndon on January 8, 2015

SMART-Goal-SettingIn my recent 2014 year in review post I mentioned that I would not be making any resolutions but that I would be setting some goals.

Following are a few actionable/measurable goals that I am setting for myself. I will review them monthly on the blog.

Note: I am vacationing for the next 4 weeks and as a result many of my goals will not be met in January.

Fitness

Measurable Goal:
Workout/Exercise a minimum of 6 times per week. (Monday to Sunday)

Details:
Cardiovascular exercise of 30 minutes or more, weight training, or playing sports will count as a “session” for this purpose.

Why:
Exercise is good for the body and mind. I am happy productive person when I exercise regularly.

Nutrition

Measurable Goal:
Maintain a balanced “healthy” diet 5 days a week.

Details:
I won’t go into details on what I consider to be a healthy diet as it’s probably not of interest to most readers. Email me if you care ☺

Why:
I feel better when I am eating well. I also feel happy when I am lean. I often struggle with food and binge eat. I want to become more consistent with my diet.

Relationships

Goal:
Demonstrate more patience on a daily basis

Measurement:
This one is tougher to measure as I don’t really have a benchmark. I am going to allow my wife to be the judge of how well I am doing. I will quote her monthly; this should be good for laugh.

Why:
I have a short fuse and am impatient with myself and my loved ones. It’s not a flattering behavior. I need to develop more patience.

Blogging

Goal:
Blog a minimum of 2 times per week on LyndonReid.com

Measurement:
See above, this one is straight forward.

Why:
I have already set this goal. I am enjoying blogging. I want to continue to blog and get deeper into the online businesses I am launching to help others experience the benefits of running an online business.

Online Earnings

Goal:
Increase annual revenue to $100,000 CAD. With a target net income of about 80,000 CAD

Measurement:
Monthly income statements will be provided on the blog as we work towards this goal.

Why:
Earning money is fun. I believe $100,000 is reasonable goal. I am currently doing roughly $2,000 a month, which would put me at $24,000/year, but I am just getting stated.

Business Structure

Goal:
Incorporate my online businesses.

Measurement:
Successful incorporation and tax filing.

Why:
Preferential tax treatment.

Real Estate Investing

Goal:
Determine next move for our business.

Measurement:
Document a plan, even if the plan is simply to hold existing assets.

Why:
I can’t decide whether I want to take on investors and purchase larger properties, purchase multifamily properties, purchase vacation properties or diversify outside of Winnipeg, purchase single family homes/condos, attempt to take over a small condo, or just chillout and hold existing assets. I need to set some direction for myself so that I do not continue to spin my wheels.

Review Goals Often

Goal:
Review goals monthly and adjust as necessary.

Measurements:
Documented review of goals every month.

Why:
It’s easy to lose focus. Regular measurement will help to maintain focus. Goals may need to change or be adjusted. Regular reviews will ensure that I am working towards goals that continue to make sense.

That is a fair list of goals.  I’ll leave it at that for now and review monthly. Did you set any goals for 2015?  What about resolutions?

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Motivational Monday #3 – FOCUS FOCUS FOCUS

by Lyndon on January 5, 2015

Happy Monday. Make it a great week and go get it! But first watch this video :p

I like this one because it talks about focus. I struggle with focus big time. I have trouble seeing long term projects through and I find it very tough to sit down and focus on a task. This is something I need to work at.

I also like that it talks about self reflection – I believe getting to know yourself is very powerful. I try to reflect often.

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2014, I Love You

by Lyndon on January 3, 2015

Good bye 2014

Two thousand and fourteen was a chaotic year. Some of the highlights included getting married, lots of travel, an awesome honeymoon (which I am still on), acquiring another property, and starting to blog and launch online businesses again.

Lyndon Reid - 2014 a year in a review

I feel blessed. I typically sit back and reflect and reset during the holiday season and then start setting goals (not resolutions but goals) in the days following. I believe it’s good to reflect on all my good times and accomplishments because It’s so easy to continue pushing forward and just forgot.

Wedding

Our wedding was June 28. Most of the first half of the year was spent planning and preparing for this day. The month of June was the best of my life. My best men Grant and Dom took me to San Diego in early June for an epic bachelor party and when we returned wedding festivities began. Family and friends from around the world (all over North America, Portugal, Brazil, etc.) made the trip and the rest month spent visiting and celebrating. Our wedding was perfect in every way thanks to my wife’s amazing attention to detail and get it done attitude. She planned a 400 person wedding while working about 65 hours a week! Just a great month.

Chiefs

I love the Kansas City Chiefs. I am about 800 miles from Arrowhead Stadium so it’s not always easy to head down for a game. I was fortunate to go to 5 of the 8 home games this year and saw some epic ones including the Monday Night Beatdown of the New England Patriots where the Guinness book stadium noise record was set.

Real Estate

We were able to add a condo to our portfolio this year and it’s been a great hands off property.

Blogging and Online Marketing

I started blogging again and am enjoying it. I am happy about that. I also launched an online business and we grew it to about $2000/month in revenue pretty quick, we now have staff so we will grow it further and reinvest the income in to other online ventures. I’ll be blogging about these adventures beginning in February.

Honeymoon

My wife and I decided to delay our Honeymoon until winter and take an extended break. I am composing this while we lay on the beach in Maui. Next week we are off to Kauai followed by Oahu for a week and then finally Bora Bora for a week. So far the trip has been amazing. We love Maui. It’s pretty amazing to take the time to disconnect from “real life” for extended periods of time. If you have the flexibility I highly recommend taking a 4-6 week vacation.

I couldn’t
be happier with where things are at in my life and am extremely excited to ride the waves that 2015 bring us!

Lyndon Reid - Riding Waves on Honeymoon

Aloha!

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Travelling Office

by Lyndon on December 31, 2014

One of the best parts about blogging, affiliate marketing, and online business is that the only thing you need to do business is a laptop and a WiFi connection. Most jobs or businesses require some sort of physical presence to service clients, man a store front, manage staff, please a boss, etc.

For the next 5 weeks or so my wife and I are escaping winter and spending time surfing in Hawaii and diving in Bora Bora.  We are on an airplane now – with the snow and cold long behind us – on our way to Maui and so very excited. (if you haven’t suffered through a Winnipeg Winter you can’t possibly understand how nice it is to skip most of it J)

Update: we have now been in Maui for a few days and it’s great here! If you have been and have some tips/must do’s get in touch below or through social media and let me know.

Here is a video from my desk or umm work surface today.

I will still be blogging, although a little less often, and I will continue working towards the launch of a few web sites.   We now have staff back home who fan fulfill orders on our commerce sites and deal with customer enquiries.

I will also start on the case study/walk though I promised on how to make money online.

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This one was suggested by reader bigbadbaz.  I have watched it many times in the past.  It’s a great one.  If you search around you find the full speech as well.  This is extra fitting cause it turns out I am blogging from the beach today!

How Bad Do You Want It?

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Let It Go, Let it Grow

by Lyndon on December 26, 2014

grow-teamBeing less of a control freak will help my businesses grow.  I have finally brought in some help and I am excited about it!

I have always had trouble accepting help with my small businesses.  There are  a few reasons for this:

  1. Cost containment
    Over the past decade or so I have run a number of Web properties but many of them were small businesses.  I didn’t want to affect profitability by putting someone on payroll.
  2. I am Particular
    Okay, maybe even anal.  I have trouble letting go of things.
  3. It’s Still Work
    Bringing someone in to help involves training, setting expectations, managing, dealing with invoices/payment, etc. You need to have enough work to justify the overhead of bringing people on.

Over the course of the past month or so I realized it was important I accept some help with a few of my web sites because things were starting to get overwhelming.  I have hired a couple of great writers who will be putting together the content for a number of my websites (not this blog, this is all me).  I also launched a small website that is earning about $2000 a month but takes about 5 hours of effort a week. It is poised for growth but I just haven’t had time to concentrate on it as I find myself hardly squeezing in the time to keep things operational. I brought on someone to take care of the day to day activities of that project and will look at growing it in the new year!

I am pretty excited to be growing my team as it will allow to me focus more time on other tasks and projects.  As an added bonus, this will also allow me the flexibility to travel and step away from things without have as much in the back of mind.

Take a moment and thank about whether or not it is time you look at hiring or contracting out some of the work you need to get done so that you can concentrate on the things you are good or the things that you WANT to do instead of the things you NEED to do.

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I Know Santa!

by Lyndon on December 25, 2014

I don’t have much to say other than I love Christmas and wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.  Here is how mine is usually spent.

Christmas is an exciting time of year.  Kids start going nuts.  Traffic gets really annoying. Affiliates and retailers see an increase in revenue :) and 9-5ers get pumped about extra long weekends.

I love Christmas.  I look forward to coffee on Christmas morning. I look forward to all the family time. I look forward to lazy days. And I look forward to seeing how excited kids get.

My wife and I don’t exchange gifts.  Instead we have a big Christmas party.  Our friends, family, co-workers, and their kids come by for food and drink.  And the old man himself (yep we know him) shows up with a huge sack of presents for all the kids. It’s pretty special to see all the excitement (and fear from the youngest of the kids).  The party has come and gone.  Check out a few pictures below.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are spent with our families and friends as well.  It’s a great couple of days!

Merry Christmas everyone. Enjoy the food, family, and laughter!

P.S several people (non-internet marketers) have told me they did ALL of the Christmas shopping on Amazon this year. Now would be a good time to start thinking about how to get your cut of that pie next holiday season!

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Spinning your wheels? Watch this short video and the DO WORK!

YouTube (as well as a host of other sites) are home to many great sources of inspiration and motivation. I will be posting a video, picture, podcast, or story at 5:00am every Monday Morning so we can view it first thing and then kick ass all week long.

Rise and Shine is a favorite of mine. I often tell myself I am going to get up early to work on projects or workout but fall victim to the sleep button on my alarm.

The voice you’ve chosen to listen to is one of defiance. A voice that’s says there was a reason you set that alarm in the first place. So sit up, put your feet on the floor, and don’t look back because we’ve got work to do.

I actually load this video up on my phone prior to bed. As soon as my alarm clock goes I spring out of bed, hit play, and attack the day!

Rise and Shine! Welcome to the Grind!

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