Yes, 5 whole days!
I know, I know, I can only imagine how many of you must be scoffing at me right now, but for a couple who lives and runs a business online 5 days sans-work is a pretty big freakin' deal.
As I mentioned last week, we skipped down to Koh Phi Phi for a quick little jaunt of catching up with friends, doing the tourist thing and sipping fruity libations. It was heaven, even with the torrential downpour we had for half the trip.
And while half our days were filled with teeming thunderstorms - causing me to audibly sigh at least 14 times a day - it allowed us the rare chance to sit there together and do nothing but think.
Sounds exciting, doesn't it?
To us it was.
I mean, anyone who runs their own show knows how time-consuming your day-t0-day tasks can be. And when you're not dealing with day-to-day tasks, you're planning for the next stage in your business, thinking up new marketing strategies, promotional tactics and planning future product launches.
So to have the chance to just sit on our balcony and unwind was a welcomed reprieve.
But we didn't just think, we got clear.
On what? Well....
We Were Coasting
I know that may sound a tad insane considering we work quite a bit but in reality we weren't testing out new strategies, tactics or techniques with our affiliate sites. We were just sticking with what worked because, well, it was working.
This lack of change in our affiliate sites caused us to stay level and not grow at the rate at which we wanted.
Sure, we had grown over the months but it was more of a slow and steady growth - the kind you would expect from consistently adding new content and backlinks.
But there were no earth-shattering improvements, which is what we really (really!) want.
Vacation takeaway? We need to stop talking about it and get cracking; identify new, profitable niches, build new sites and scale our efforts. Like, now.
We Are Creatures of Habit
When we are in Chiang Mai we get up at 7am and preform the same morning routine each and every day (more on that coming soon); when we don't do this we feel sluggish, moody and unproductive.
And even though we were galavanting around paradise, we felt drained every morning.
We would wake up whenever our eyes finally opened, eat a greasy breakfast and even drink coffee. *gasp*
Now that may sound perfectly vacation-y - and a few months ago we would have wholeheartedly agreed - but these days we thrive on a routine that consists of daily exercise, green juice (no coffee or caffeine allowed) and meditation. It is one of the only ways we feel armed and ready to tackle our day with clarity and focus.
Vacation takeaway? We thrive under this morning routine. It helps to keep us on track and without it we just don't feel ourselves. We realized we have to stay dedicated to it if we want to continue to feel magnificent from the moment we wake up - vacation or not.
We Prefer to Feel Uncomfortable
When it comes to staying successful in our business, we have realized that we
prefer need to stay uncomfortable.
Why? Because when you get comfortable you tend to get a little cocky and a little lazy. You fall into the trap of making excuses and finding reasons for why you don't haaaave to get that project done today.
For us, it is too easy and too damaging to slip into that mindset; so we are choosing to avoid it from now on by continuously learning, changing up how we run our business and testing out new niches.
After all, it is through our most uncomfortable times that we have risen to the challenge and taken ourselves, and our business, to the next level.
Vacation takeaway? Stay uncomfortable. Stay hungry. Stay humble.
We Were Ashamed of Our Financial Goals
Anyone who owns and runs a business has their own financial goals for both themselves and their business - a marker of sorts that they can measure their success by.
For instance, our buddy Sebastiaan has a goal of earning 20,000 euros a month. Our friend Bryce, a goal of $1,000 a day. And our neighbour Adam, a goal of 27 sales a day (equaling a million a year!).
And yet, we felt guilty for setting our sights on $25,000 a month. After all, who were we to earn that much? Why couldn't we be happy with $10,000? Why were we being so greedy?
But after sitting and thinking about it we realized, why the fuck not? Why couldn't we earn that much? Who are we NOT to earn that much? And why is wanting to earn a lot of money (by helping people to the best of our abilities) greedy?
I mean, there are thousands of online business owners who are cranking in thousands of dollars a day, hundreds of thousands a month and millions a year! So why couldn't we join the ranks of them with a few years of hard work, dedication and determination?
Vacation takeaway? We decided we can and we sure as hell will.
We Have So Much to be Thankful For
Life: It's the best game in town and full of things to be grateful for - something we always knew but really sank in for us on this trip.
Thanks to our rainy balcony sessions we realized that we are beyond grateful for:
- our marriage
- our families
- our friends
- our health and safety
- the business we continue to build
- the city we live in
- the many amazing people we have met along the way
- the gorgeous view from our apartment
- morning green juice
- conversations we have had with different entrepreneurs on our journey
- Skype chats
- a-ha moments
- the cost of everything in Thailand
- meditation sessions
- 80 bhat cocktails at the Cocktail Van
- the vastly different but equally as beautiful islands we've been able to visit here
- $4 hour long massages
- scooter trips through the Thai mountains
- the many monks who traipse the streets
- the hundreds of ornate temples the cover the city
- the fresh fruit and veggie market across the street from us
- our condo on Koh Tao
- the gazillion cute dogs that roam the streets here
- Josh's outdoor fitness group
- cheap wine
- beautiful sunsets
- the freedom to live how we want, where we want
And last but certainly not least, we are supremely grateful for you! Our lovely and loyal readers, or as we like to call you the Screw Crew!
It is because of your support, emails and encouragement that we keep striving to dish out weekly insights and techniques you can use to rip yourself out of a soul-sucking 9-5 job and into a life you love - one that satiates your soul, makes your heart happy and allows you to wake up feeling grateful every single day.
Because we all deserve to live that kind of life!
And that's what we realized while on vacation.