I’ve made over $165k from my online business this year (update: by year end this number was $180k).
I knew absolutely nothing about business, marketing, blogging, or making money online a few years ago.
I didn’t grow up around entrepreneurs.
I didn’t grow up selling lemonade, with an entrepreneurial spirit.
I grew up wanting to be a lawyer.
I always wanted to be a lawyer.
Until I didn’t.
If you want to listen instead of read, here’s the podcast episode that goes along with this post — Possibility Thinking.
When I graduated law school with $206k in student loan debt, I decided to start a blog (side note: you can start a blog for $2.95).
I didn’t know anything about online business. And I mean anything.
But soon, I realized that lots of people make money online.
So, I started learning about how other people were doing it. A lot of other people.
I decided to believe that I could do it, too.
I really just decided to believe that I was going to make money online. I decided I was going to be a six figure blogger.
At the time, I was making barely any money online.
I was clueless.
It’s so obvious to people now that I’m the type of person who makes money online.
But a few years ago, that wasn’t the case.
No one—and I mean no one—thought that I was someone who would be an entrepreneur making six figures online.
I had to create the idea of the person I wanted to become from my imagination (from my future).
I didn’t have an entrepreneurial bone in my body.
But I believed I could do it anyway.
I started taking action. I made a lot of mistakes. I only made $8k my first year.
Over time (and with a lot more mistakes), I started to make more money online.
As the months went by, I figured out more things about making money online.
I continued to imagine what was possible for my blog.
I believed I could make six figures.
I didn’t know if I would, but I believed anyways.
And today, I am so grateful that I did.
Because now I’m an entrepreneur at my core.
My entire personality—who I am as a person—is different.
I’ve grown so much.
I couldn’t imagine it any other way.
Now, I believe I’ll be a seven figure business owner.
I don’t know how—but I know.
And it’s not just me who is doing this.
It’s everyone who creates something new.
How Does Anyone Do Anything New (iPhones, Planes, etc.)?
Have you ever thought about the progress that got us to the modern world?
How were modern homes developed?
How was an airplane first flown?
How was a car first driven?
How was a computer first invented?
How was an iPhone created when there wasn’t one?
All things were first imagined from someone’s mind, then they were created.
There was nothing to pull from the past.
Before computers, there was no computer to demonstrate it was possible.
Before iPhones, there was no iPhone.
This is how all things are first created—from the mind.
Possibility Thinking Vs. Probably Thinking
Possibility thinking means you use your imagination and look to the future to determine what is possible.
You are focused on “what can be.”
It’s very future focused and not limited by circumstances or the past.
With possibility thinking, you rely on your mind and emotional state to cause the effect in your life.
If you believe in possibility thinking, you will be more successful than someone who doesn’t. You will create the exact success you imagine for yourself in your future.
Probability thinking means you look at the circumstances and the past and decide “what may be.”
With probability thinking, you rely on your environment and cause and effect.
If you believe in probability thinking, you will continue to stay in the same socioeconomic status and continue to repeat the same results that are typical from you, pulling from your past.
Your Brain Is Wired To Repeat The Past
Something that’s good to know while we’re talking about this is that your brain defaults to repeating the past.
Your brain is programmed for survival, which includes seeking pleasure, avoiding pain, and being efficient.
It’s much more efficient for your brain to repeat the past.
It knows that you’ve stayed alive up to this point, so it naturally wants to do more of what you’ve already done in order to make sure you live.
But if you know this you can catch yourself defaulting to your past and create from your future instead.
Creating Your Future From Your Future (Not Your Past)
We talk about what is possible based on the past.
We want to know how to do it in order to believe it’s possible.
People will say to me that they can’t start an online business and make money online because they don’t know how. As if that’s a good reason.
I didn’t know anything about business or making money online.
But I believed it was possible anyways.
And I did it. I created my future from my future.
Imagine if everyone thought this way throughout history. We wouldn’t have cars. We wouldn’t have iPhones. We wouldn’t have airplanes.
Look around your environment right now. Your phone, your home, your clothes, your computer, your car. It all came from your brain first before it came to be in reality.
How were these things created for the first time if no one knew how to create them?
Someone came up with an idea and tried a million different ways to create what they imagined until something worked.
This applies not only to the big things—like iPhones and cars—but also to the little things in your life.
Don’t’ let not knowing how be a reason why you can’t design your dream life.
You can create a new future from your future.
Never having done it before isn’t a good reason not to do it now.
If you can imagine it, then you can create it.
And even if you fail, you learn. You grow.
If you do nothing, you will repeat your past and stay exactly where you are. You’ll create more of what you already have.
This is what most people do. They keep repeating their past. Five years go by and they have the exact same results.
Not knowing how to start a blog or make money online is not a good reason not to do it.
You can create your future from your future instead of your past and design your dream life.
I did it, and while it wasn’t easy, I couldn’t imagine it any other way.
I’m a possibility thinker, and I’m never going back.
5 Steps To Become A Possibility Thinker
Here are 5 steps that you can take right now to become a possibility thinker:
- Become aware. Pay attention to your current thinking and feelings with respect to your goals, dreams, and future. This includes the words you say and the people you spend time with. Notice whether you’re repeating your past or creating from your future. Catch yourself being negative or limiting your possibilities by your past. You have to stop the criticizing and negativity before you create new possibilities.
- Change your environment to promote possibility thinking. Change the media you let into your life to reflect your new possibility thinking personality (from Instagram to TV and everything in between). Get around people who are possibility thinkers (join networking groups in your community or platforms online).
- Read books and listen to podcasts that support possibility thinking. The more you fill your mind with possibility thinking, the more you’ll become someone who is a possibility thinker. What you focus on expands. Check out my Recommended Book List here.
- Journal as a possibility thinker. Spend time every morning journaling as someone who is a possibility thinker. What type of thoughts and feelings do you experience as this person. The more you think and feel like you are already a possibility thinker, the more you’ll signal to the universe that you are that type of person. Watch the universe provide for you after this—it’s magic. I got this from the book Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself by Dr. Joe Dispenza, which is one of my all time favorite books.
- Create a “dream life” vision. To test out your willingness to go there and become a possibility thinker, create a dream life vision. You don’t have to tell anyone. But really let yourself go and come up with a scenario that is your dream life. It can be 5 years from now, 10 years from now, 20 years from now, or more. Where do you live? How much money do you have and make? What is your family life like? What’s different and what’s the same?
A Final Note!
Take a look at your life.
Your home, your family, your job, your health, your money.
You created all of it with your mind.
I remember when I first learned this and realized I had unnecessarily created a less than ideal living situation (in my old, run-down apartment).
Once I truly became a possibility thinker, I started using my mind intentionally to create my future from my future.
No matter where you are in your life right now, it’s time to start dreaming again.
There is no downside to possibility thinking.
You will grow, learn, and/or succeed. You won’t stay the same.
For more blog posts about my story to a six figure business, read my Online Business Page.