This is a support ticket I received last week. Does this situation sound familiar to you? I’m sure it happened to you when you were a newbie.
For those of you who are still going through this phase of internet marketing, I’m going to share with you my advice on managing information overload.
Did you notice that I said “this phase” of internet marketing?
Yes, it’s a phase that every newbie will go through. Some survived through this phase. Some are defeated.
Ok, here are my tips on managing information overload:
1) Information Overload Is Good!
Always tell yourself that “information overload is good”.
You see, the truth is, there are only two things that separate you from getting what you want.
The first thing is INFORMATION. The second is ACTION.
So if you are overwhelmed with information, you should be thankful, not frustrated.
2) Get Your Feet Wet
With an overload of information, what you need to do is to TAKE ACTION.
As the old saying goes, you can’t learn to swim without getting your feet wet.
Information will forever be overloading unless you INTERNALIZE the information. And the only way to internalize information is to use it repeatedly.
If you don’t have a website, start one. If you haven’t started promoting any program, start promoting one. You’ll face challenges as you go along. This is when you dig out those pieces of information in your harddisk and see how to put them into practice. In other words, this is when you start internalizing the information.
You will waste some time. You will lose some money. These are just part of the process of getting your feet wet.
3) Mind Your Own Business
The more information you internalize, the more savvy you become. Eventually you will reach a stage when you start to “mind your own business”.
When you start minding your own business, you’ll begin to know how to filter information.
Imagine you being a train station where loads and loads of cargo (information) will reach your station. When you are new, you tend to take in all the cargo because you think they are all important and relevant. But as you start minding your own business, you’ll be selective and take in cargo that can help you grow your business.
As I said, information overload is GOOD. Imagine you being a train station with no cargo train passing by….. (Did you know that all successful people in the world convert themselves into a power train station. They want more trains to pass by so that they can have more selections.)
Note: Newbies can’t start minding their own business from day one. They have to go through the ‘information overload’ phase and the ‘getting your feet wet’ phase. Reason: they have too little information and experience to decide what their own business is. So if you are a newbie, get your feet wet first.
4) Always Take An Inventory Of What You Know / Have
My last advice for managing information overload is to make it a habit to take an inventory of what you already know or have.
If you understand how the universe works, you’ll know that everything happens for a reason and is intended to help you achieve what you want.
At any point of time if you feel lost, always look around you and see what is it that you know or have that can help you to move on. You’ll be surprised that the last piece of information you need is right there with you.
Again, that shows that information overload is good.