Josh Monen

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Month: May 2017 (page 2 of 7)

My New Morning Ritual

Morning ritual reading

What I read this morning.

I love having a morning ritual.

When I take time to do things that fill me up first thing in the morning my day is noticeably better.

And even though I like rituals and routines I don’t necessarily like doing the same thing every day.

What’s important to me is that I actually have a couple free hours in the morning to do whatever I want.

And since we just moved into our new home last week I’m figuring out a new routine.

Here’s what I did this morning… Continue reading

Having Hard Talks with Clients

Today I had to have a hard talk with one of my clients.

He’s an owner of an insurance agency and one of the clients who I have on a monthly retainer. We manage his website, PPC campaigns and do CRO work.

I recently met with his marketing coordinator like I do every two weeks to check in, update them on changes and to get feedback on the quality of leads we’re generating.

For the last three months the feedback has all been positive. 

But on the last call she said they’ve only had ONE lead that’s been in their ideal account size. She didn’t make a big deal about it, sort of said it in passing. So I could have let it go. But I didn’t.

I didn’t because I was shocked! For three months I’ve been hearing, “Yes, the leads are good.”

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Goals Are Discovered, Not Made

Years ago I got into the habit of setting goals at the end of December for the upcoming year.

And like most people, I failed to achieve them. There were some goals I hit. Like getting out of debt and quitting my job to freelance full-time.

But I’d say about 80–90% of my goals were just good ideas I thought I should write down. They came from my head, not my heart. So it should be no surprise that I made little to no progress on those goals.

And after reflecting on this I realized that there is a difference between goals that are discovered and goals that are made.

The goals we make feel artificial. The goals we discover feel alive and exciting!

Those are the goals worth focusing on.

But how do you discover your goals? Continue reading

Let Go of Things Outside Your Control

We just moved into our new home a few days ago. And yesterday we finally got internet hooked up.

I was excited because I was in my new home office working away when I got a call from a random number.

“Hello, this is Josh,” I said.

“Hi, this is Alex from Century Link. Just calling to confirm your appointment for tomorrow to get internet setup,” the caller said.

“Oh, I already got it hooked up. You guys came out yesterday,” I said.

“Oh, Ok. There must have been a mixup. Can I just confirm your address?”

The address he gave me was one digit off so I told him and he updated it in the system. But as soon as he did, I lost internet. Continue reading

Be a Reliable Freelancer: Honor Deadlines!

The last four days have been a whirlwind for me.

We closed on our new home Friday afternoon and moved in that night! The next day we got started on our first home project, which was to remodel the 10×20 outbuilding on the property so I could use it for my new office.

This project took us all day Saturday, Sunday and most the day today. But it’s done! The new doors are in. The new floor has been installed and the walls painted. I even got a little A/C unit installed to keep me cool during the hot days.

Even though I was super excited about moving into this new house and getting my dream office all setup I had to pause everything for several hours today to finish a client project. Continue reading

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