We trained on the same things constantly in the Marines.
It got to where we knew whatever we needed to know and did whatever was required without even thinking about it.
And it covered a wide swath of issues.
Take safety, for instance. They beat those lessons into us mercilessly.
As a result, we had about a two-thirds smaller occurrence of injuries for any comparative occupation in the civilian world. We got hurt much less.
Something else considering how hard some of us worked and how often we had to do things by hand.
But these lessons were gone over and gone over and gone over and then we were tested and tested again, and on and on. We knew everything in our sleep.
When any occasion arose to use what we knew, we did the right thing without even thinking about it. It had become automatic. And that is the result of habitual training.
It hurts while it’s taking place. It’s boring as hell. It feels ten friggin’ kinds of redundant. But it works. We got more done, safely, without ever giving it conscious thought.
Where this comes into play for you most will be in how you address the building of your online presence and the creation of content.
Mother Google wants LOTS of content before she’ll deliver that free traffic to your site
I’ve found that the people I work with have the hardest time producing that content on a regular basis. There’s the creation of it. Then there’s making it look right to the human visitor. Then there’s making it look tasty to the search engine spiders who visit your pages to see what they’re about.
Build your pages and posts right and they’ll show up closer to Page One in Google searches. People will fall into your lap. Maybe they’ll buy something from you, become a client, or join your cause.
Content’s what brings ’em and creating content is tough for many.
You’ll need a plan and a template or two
You’ll need an outline of what you’re trying to say. You’ll need to know why you’re saying it and stay true to that motive as you write.
You’ll need to see when a new direction or vibe overtakes you that is better than your original plan and know how to reshape what you’ve already done so as not to waste too much time or effort.
I do all this for myself and I’ll show you how to do the same. It gets easier the more you do it and I keep learning better ways to teach it and help with the creative process.
But once the plan’s been established, you must work your plan
You will then see your masterpiece grow before your eyes. There is a strong chance it will become something much cooler than you can envision right now. And the only way to find out is to start and then stick to the plan.
The photographer of this post’s featured photo: Margarida CSilva