STOP Saying “IF” and Start Saying “WHEN”

Written by Zac Johnson
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I was never a big fan of inspirational posts, merely because while you read them, you are pumped up… but afterward, the majority of people will forget what they read, or never take initiative. Since my last “I wish I was Rich Like You” post went over pretty well, I thought I would throw one more at you.

There is a very big difference between dreamers, and people who put ideas into action. While most people wish of winning the lottery and say things like “If I’m ever a millionaire…“, the truth is, this will really happen to none of us. First off, half the people who say it, don’t even purchase lottery tickets… and the other half have such astronomical odds against them, it’s just unlikely.

On the flip side, you have people and believe in what their dreams are and put action forth. They know the lottery isn’t how they will get rich, and they are willing to set their ideas in motion. The same holds true for making money online, running your own business, or any task you are looking to accomplish.

For anyone that is already following me on Twitter, you may have seen one of my “Dunk Training Day # – Done” messages. My current personal goal is to dunk a basketball. I’m only 5’10” and I’ve tried to dunk before, but got lazy with my training. Now I’m putting full effort towards that task, and it isn’t a question of “IF”, but “WHEN”!

If someone doesn’t believe in your idea, or what your striving to accomplish, who cares!? Do it for yourself, and it will be that much more rewarding when you prove the doubters wrong.

How much closer will you get to your goals, when you STOP saying “IF” and start saying “WHEN“?

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28 Replies to “STOP Saying “IF” and Start Saying “WHEN””

  1. Zac, you are so correct in saying that … it shouldn't be if … it should be when … because IF you never try … you'll never know!

    Good Post!

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  2. Fabulous post, Zac. I work a lot with people who are just learning or trying to make money online. A lot of them have great goals and start off very inspired, but they don't follow through because of their own fears of they let naysayers get into their heads. Sometimes you have to put all that aside and just do it. And as I always say "Shake the haters off!" 😉

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  3. Excellent post. There have been a lot of IF's on my list. I've actually always wanted to train to dunk a basketball. I got about 3 more inches to jump to be able to dunk it well. Is there a specific training program you are following?

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  4. Very well said Zac "There is a very big difference between dreamers, and people who put ideas into action". These days i have come across many Internet surfing guys who keeps thinking big dreams but never put anything in to action. You post was up to mark & truly professional. Making money online, daily may be millions of people think but very few can actually place game plan for that & achieve the Goals.

    Thanks for sharing such a wonderful thoughts.

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  5. So how many tries did it take to capture that silhouette picture that you put in the post? 🙂

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  6. What's your vertical now Zac? Can you also palm a basketball as well?

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  7. Nice Post Zac but I'm sorry to say I *still* don't see value of Twitter, unless you tell me that help you with your dunk??

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  8. Great post! People need to take initiative and start planning ahead, not dreaming ahead. If you start focusing on the when, you'll start thinking of more application based ideas than dreams.

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  9. Great article and very true what you said. I especially liked your line putting full effort towards that task, and it isn’t a question of “IF”, but “WHEN”!.

    Hope you don't mind but I am going to Twitt your post to my followers.

    This article made me a fan of your site and will come back for more.

  10. That's an awesome way to look at being rich. I was surprised that you said all those things. Most people think only of themselves. cool

  11. You do a nice job of writing motivational posts despite the fact that they are not intended to be motivational.

  12. Zac you are very much correct when it come to putting plans in to action. Many million people across the world plan things daily but very few of them can actually put those plans in to action. I have already planned my entire 2009 calender and going in right direction till now. Let's see how well i can follow all of my plans which i have sent for the year. Once again would like to thank you for sharing such a great post with all of us, You Rock ..!!

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  13. As they say, it's not about what you know but how you use it. Most people today aren’t very receptive on being ’sold’ on something. They are tired of this method for business, and a new method is now available that will make everything easier and natural…it's called attraction marketing. In incorporating the attraction marketing formula into your business, you act as an educator as well as a seller while you develop ongoing relationships with clients. The results will be much more favorable then if you were to try to hard-sell everything.

  14. Zac,

    Ahh the mysteries of successful online marketing…

    So far I have hosting with several domains in my name, but no clue how to 'administer them'. No WordPress blogs or any clue how to get started. Still on 'Blogger' with my six blogs that have not been updated in months…

    It's becoming clear that a full-time job is required to begin funding an on-line business, and without specialized knowledge in several key areas, it appears unlikely that many will succeed, including myself.

    Inspiration is one thing, but having the tools 'in my toolbox' to succeed at this business is the critical missing link. Required expertise in so many web-site maintenance tasks is sucking all of my time from making any money hosting campaigns.

    Non-traditional businesses, cloaked in secrecy about techniques, keywords, landing page designs,and discovering unscrupulous ad networks, and Acai-berry-tea scams used to make customer's sign up for repeated monthly charges to their credit cards, just to make money online, are daunting challenges for a new marketer like me.

    Guess not everyone can be successful at Affiliate Marketing after all?

    Respectfully,

    Nicholas Chase

  15. You say your not into inspirational posts but if or should I when you think about it they are needed for some people. They help those that feel like quitting and giving up these type of post bring them back and tell them they can do it, so keep the post coming.

  16. I so agree… I have a number of projects going on… A gift basket business , a traffic exchange and a subscription site. Years ago when i was 16 i wanted to do all these sites and never did it. Now i couldn't be happier! Plus i'm a 20 year old new mom… I need to make money somehow.

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  17. Hi

    I think one thing that people forget when they make big plans is that they will need to make sacrifices/changes to carry their plans through. "If you do what you always did you'll get what you always got" 🙂

    Neil

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  18. Good advice. It took me a year of internet marketing before I realized that I had to stop reading and thinking and start doing. My motto is "take action!"

  19. I think you hit it on the nail when you say that people will read motivational stuff get all pumped about changing their lives.. etc but then toss aside all of thee ideas in less than 72 hours. Yes, surely everyone is a dreamer, but of those dreamers who are the believers that accomplish things? Not many. That is why they say its so lonely at the top.

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