I’ve always loved Valentine’s Day. I love the activities that are associated with the holiday, and the emphasis it puts on love and relationships. This year, though, Valentine’s Day means more than love and romance. It’s actually turned into a time of reflection for me.
During this time of reflection, I am really wanting to emphasize the importance of family and friends. While support is important in everyone’s lives, it’s also true for Internet marketers. We are in a business that requires a great deal of dedication and because of that, it’s very important that we get outside support.
For me, I love turning to my husband and adult children during the difficult times. They remind me of why I got into Internet marketing in the first place. They remind me that I have a vision, and I’m working toward realizing that vision. They motivate me, and help me stay on track. Most importantly, they help me clear my head so I can focus on the task at hand.
I know that I’m incredibly blessed. Some of my colleagues don’t have the same support system I have. They might have a spouse who doesn’t understand why they “spend so much time on the computer.” They might have kids who feel jealous over the time dedicated to building an online business.
Whatever the case may be, this lack of support can be detrimental to an Internet marketer. Unfortunately, when this lack of support occurs, we rarely know how to handle it. We fight back, or hole up in our computer rooms with the doors shut. We yell, “If you can’t support me, I’ll do it without you!” We do all of this because we don’t know how to get support.
I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Most of our family members and friends WANT to support us, but they don’t know how. Because of that, it’s up to us to teach them.
How to Encourage Your Family to Support You
Instead of locking yourself up in the computer room, let your spouse know what you need from him or her. Explain why working on the computer is important, and what goals you have set. Then, tell your spouse how he or she can help you reach your goals.
You might find out that your spouse always wanted to help, but just didn’t know what to do. Also, instead of letting guilt get to you when dealing with your kids, explain that you have hopes and dreams, and that you work hard and plan to realize them through building your Internet marketing business. You could let your kids take part in your business by doing little helpful tasks that you designate. Let them become a part of it. That way, they will stop working against you and start working with you.
Once you get your family and friends on-board, you’ll have more confidence and finally be able to make it past some of the hurdles of Internet marketing.
You’ll also let go of the guilt that can come from working at home. Then, once you’re free from all of these burdens, you can realize your true potential.
Make sure to give your spouse the attention he or she deserves, keeping your priorities in order. I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!