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The taste was orgasmic.
Fabulously fluffy rice.
I wanted to kiss the cook.
Husband and wife included (European style on the man).
Kelli and I feast at a small Buddhist vegetarian restaurant in a quiet Thai neighborhood when we visit Chiang Mai, Thailand.
The food there is among the best on earth, from my experience.
Wholesome, delicious, healthy, filling. We eat lunch there daily, and if I could get an IV drip of this culinary goodness, from Chiang Mai to here in New York City, via an around the world tube, I’d do it. I’d spare no expense.
When I first walked into the place did I ask the owners to see their tax returns to vet the quality of their food?
Did I ask how much monthly or yearly income they made, to determine whether or not the food tasted good?
Did I inquire as to how much they make daily through each dish – signing like a Farang Cave Man because I speak little Thai – to determine what dish to order?
A friend told me that the Jai, or Buddhist vegetarian restaurants, in Chiang Mai, Thailand – with the bright yellow sign marked by a red symbol that looks like the number “7” – offer fabulously tasty, wholesome, cheap-ass vegetarian food.
Factor in how Kelli and I enjoyed delicious vegetarian fare in Phuket a few months prior at similar Buddhist vegetarian restaurants and we were sold. All in.
I listened to referrals from a trusted friend. I also had a positive prior experience at similar restaurants.
When I walked inside the place, I scanned for a hygienic environment, Check.
I ate. I enjoyed. I feast on this fare daily in Chiang Mai.
Asking how much the restaurant owner made, money-wise, had nothing to do with the process of deciding whether or not I would eat there.
These folks are not farang financial advisors. They are cooks who own a Thai restaurant.
They do damn well financially because the place is always packed. Every day. At all hours. New pans flying out of the kitchen, filled with fresh veggie fare.
All because these folks fell in love with their craft, developed their cooking skills and rendered generous service for years.
You never need to make a single income claim to build a thriving blogging business.
If you fall in love with blogging, develop your blogging skills and render generous service for years you will live the life of your dreams through blogging, without ever making a single income claim.
Generous, persistent giving precedes getting.
The Doctor Analogy
When I walk into a doctor’s office I never ask to see their tax returns as a qualifier.
My vetting does not include checking the Kelly Blue Book value of the Ferrari in their driveway.
I do not appraise the property upon which the doctor’s office sits.
I do not give a shit about what they earn money-wise or what they own money-wise.
I care only about if they are skilled enough to help solve my medical issue.
I visit the doctor based on the referral of a trusted friend or a trusted doctor.
Trusting a close friend or skilled doctor put me in the office. Not checking the doctor’s tax returns.
As for your blog, you don’t make money through it or live your dreams through it by gaining folk’s trust, by making income claims; you make money blogging by trusting yourself and getting clear on your worth as a human being independent of what you do or what you own or how much money you make.
People who buy your stuff or hire you reflect back to you your clarity. These folks arrive, and buy, often based on trusted buddies who referred them to me, but in truth, I just allowed in like-minded folks based on my own clarity in self, my message, my clarity in doing things mainly with love, for fun, and I never needed to share that I manifested an energy called money to accelerate this process, or even to set it in motion.
You don’t gain their trust. You allow these individuals in based on the clarity you have in self, your blog, and the help you offer.
Of course, the clearer you get, you tend to help more folks and promote more folks and make more friends and render more useful service – premium and free – and this is referred to as over-delivering, and these bloggers who over-deliver often live their wildest dreams and make plenty of money, but you didn’t need to gain anything, because you already have everything, being connected to it all.
OK; now that we have discussed the Blogging Buddha Lesson of the Day, let’s discuss make money online blogs and income claims.
Make Money Online Blogs
If you go the route of John Chow or Pat Flynn it is advisable to do income claims because your chief benefit/promise is show people how you make money online.
John and Pat are fully clear on choosing this path. They promise to teach you how to make money online. So they share how much they made and how to do it.
I am clear on teaching you how to retire to a life of island hopping through smart blogging. So I share selfies from Fiji and Bali and Thailand, how many months or years I spend in these places, and how I do it.
The Wrong Crowd
Unless you run a make money online blog, you attract the wrong crowd by making income claims.
Paper chasers flock to you. People who worship a neutral energy called money versus choosing a life of fun and freedom.
Most of these folks are:
- hellbent on proving their worth to their wife or husband or parents or society at large, BEGGING for approval or to prove they are good enough by stacking a neutral energy called money in Scrooge McDuck like fashion, swimming in pools of dubloons, and showing off their big homes and flashy cars as if these things are the meaning for their existence, their essence, the only reason that they are worthy of love and acceptance
Do ya really want these folks to be your readers?
I didn’t think so.
Making Money Versus Spreading Love and Changing Lives
A guy named Bernie Madoff was really good at making a poop load of money and advertising his prowess to clients.
But he also was equally adept at creating a shell game that spread nightmares, bankrupted people and eventually, he found himself a nice little square box to live in for the remainder of his life.
Some guys online are really good at manipulating people, numbers and things to receive money.
Some guys online are really good at helping people with love, for fun, and money is simply an effect, of that loving cause, and flows in freely to them, but they don’t give a rat’s rectum, as money is just something you exchange for something else. Bleh. It ain’t a God to these folks, it is a Gift, but not THE Gift, just an extra or bonus, or icing on the cake.
Some guys online are really good at helping people with love, for fun, but are new to doing things from a loving, fun energy…..and this is where we dive into a concept that I like to refer to as Loving Lag Time.
Loving Lag Time
You can get billion dollar advice from someone with $10.
This is because for some folks, a lag time exists between them offering helpful, dead on, successful advice from a place of fun and love (advice that helps you live the life of your dreams) and their manifestation of an energy called money.
When I had 4 pennies in my wallet – literally – I recall 2 distinct experiences:
- a dude who legitimately made millions of dollars a year tried to bitch me out via email and social media, namely because he saw me as an established presence online, a rival, a threat, believing I was making as much money as him
- a few 6 figure earners claimed – their words, not mine – that I was a fellow 6 figure earner….because they believed I was a 6 figure earner based on the clarity, soundness and inspiration in the advice I offered
Little did they know I was not a 6 penny earner who made Oliver Twist look like Tony Stark.
Anyway…..are you beginning to see why making income claims or believing income claims or using income claims as a prime trust-builder can absolutely destroy your chances of living your dreams, of having fun, of blogging with love and of designing a life of freedom?
If you offer advice for how to make money online you might make income claims. But people who like your energy will follow your blog, sign up for your courses, buy your products and hire you for your services based on your help, not your tax returns.
Because we live in a Universe of energy, not outcomes.
However, unless you are 100%, dyed in the wool clear/chill/at peace/poised with making income claims – whether running a make money online blog or any blog – don’t do it . Don’t make income claims.
The only reason you make an income claim is to prove you are good enough. To prove you are capable. To prove you are not a scammer. To appeal to skeptics.
Funny thing about trying to prove yourself to skeptics; at the end of the day, if you try to be worthy in the eyes of a doubting asshole, you become the asshole, too, because where your attention and energy goes, grows.
If you try to appeal to an unclear person you instantly move from an energy of love and harmony to fear and disharmony, and unless you are the Dali Lama this ain’t gonna work out well.
Give all of your attention and energy to:
- blogging mainly for fun
- blogging with love
- being a student of blogging
- choosing the best web hosting (read that brilliant review at WHSR)
- practicing your writing
- following 1-2 successful bloggers who are fun-loving, kind, generous and who offer uplifting, helpful advice
- creating helpful blog posts that solve the problems of your 1 ideal reader
- building your friend network by promoting other bloggers, by commenting on their blogs, by featuring them, by interviewing them and by serving them however you can
I wanted to write this post because as I get more interview requests I see this income claim thing coming up.
I respond how I don’t make income claims, and either the fellow blogger understands that we don’t have a match, or their head explodes like the lady from “Total Recall.”
Either way, I am clear enough to either move on or dive back into completing the interview without allowing my fear of loss to override my integrity, my commitment to what I value and who I want to attract to my blog.
Get Entirely Clear on Who You Want to Align With
Get clear on your perfect reader and these folks will help you live your dreams.
These readers will progressively give you more and more money.
These readers will hire you and buy your stuff.
These readers will be rabid, loyal minions, promoting your latest posts and eBooks and courses and services with the enthusiasm of a Revivalist spreading the word for the first time.
If you get clear on tailoring your message so you speak only to people who want to:
- spread love
- have fun
- learn blogging
- practice blogging
- live their dreams through blogging
the paper chasers will gradually disappear – or pop up and then fade quickly – you will build your like-minded tribe and then, you will gradually live your wildest dreams through blogging.
Of course you will make sweet dough. But it will be no big deal. Extra. Icing on the cake.
You will get high off of helping. You will trip off of serving. You will celebrate receiving money like a portly pepper pot feasting on a double chocolate cake, yet 2 seconds after your money dance, you will move on to help, to serve, or to enjoy your offline life.
At the end of the day, you want the F words: Fun and Freedom.
When you love fun and freedom and speak to people who love fun and freedom your life will be a celebration of fun and freedom, as you learn, as you help and as you receive all the sweetness life has in store for you.
Hold an intent to have fun, to blog with love and to help people and success will be yours.
If someone comes along – readers, potential clients, customers, interviewers or anybody – and does not share this same intent, these same values, simply smile and release them as a non match.
Nothing personal at all. Just a choice to walk the fun, freeing, loving path which helps you reach heights you never dreamed you’d reach.
Do you make income claims on your blog?
Why? Who not?
More importantly – and do not avoid asking yourself this question – where is the energy behind you making income claims? Do you feel like you are unworthy unless you proved that you earned money? Or are you making income claims from a worthy, happy, whole and complete place?
How has not making income claims helped you with your blog?
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