Making money online takes quite a bit of faith. You don’t know exactly where you’re going, but you head of in that direction anyway. Strange, isn’t it.

I was reading the book Advanced Selling Strategies by Brian Tracy (you can buy the book from my friend’s site, as he is an affiliate for amazon. His site is: http://stevechambers.com/).

On page 90 of the book, I read something that sounded really neat. It was a quote by Henry David Thoreau. It says:

“If you have to build castles in the air, your work need not be lost. That is where they should be. Now put foundations under them.”

Your castle, your business, needs a strong foundationThe reference, of course, is to building a successful business. In his book, Brian Tracy found a common theme among 3,300 studies that examined the personalities of “leaders.” That one quality was the leaders “ability to imagine an ideal future well in advance of creating it.”

When you are just starting out your business to make money online, it often feels like you don’t know how to get started. But I’m sure that you have a hint of what the outcome might look like when your business is making money on the internet. Taking action and moving towards that outcome without receiving any immediate reward is basically a definition of the word “faith.”

Flip that definition around. The outcome of the faith you’ve had, and in taking action is your reward – your payday! Without the reward, would you take any action?

Your vision of the future, even though it doesn’t exist yet, is the eventual reward for all the actions you’re taking now. And I bet that sometimes if feels like you’re spinning your wheels on the climb to the top. You’re wondering if you’re going in the right direction. It takes faith to keep pushing on against those odds. I’m with you, as I struggle with this too.

As I was reading through the bible this week, I came across a passage that was remarkably similar to the quotation by Thoreau.

“By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; … For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.” Hebrews 11:8-10 NIV

Do you see the similarities? Both Thoreau and Abraham had a vision of a castle or a sparkling city. In each case, the structure had no foundation underneath it. Right now, you may feel like you’re in that same situation. You don’t know how to move forward, or which direction to take. Like for Abraham, I bet you often feel like you’re a stranger in a foreign land, right?

Moving to build that foundation of your future city is what you are doing right now. You’ve come to a great web site to get good advice. Here’s why. Where Thoreau didn’t know how to build a foundation, the bible tells us to do it God’s way.

You see, God is all about money, wealth and rewards. To get that, he knows that you’re going to need to build on a strong foundation. Make your business one that is built on the foundation of being “fruitful to others.” It is really that simple, and that complex. And when you do, it will be built to last forever.

If you would like to know more about selling online, I recommend that your next step to be getting the program “Secrets of Sales Success.” It will turbo charge your business and make it easier for you to make money online.

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Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 Biblica. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

Question for today: If there was no reward for your efforts, how much effort would you put into your work?

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  • http://www.directsellingadvice.com Mark

    I grew up on a farm and was use to doing work without visible results until months later… lesson of the farm, you don’t get a harvest unless you plant the seeds 😉 Great post by the way!

    Mark
    Direct Selling Advice, Tips, Skills & Techniques

  • http://www.simplesurvivalguide.com Rob Northrup

    The old idea of building on sand or on rock comes to mind.

    Seize the Day,
    Rob

    Simple Family Survival Tips For Disasters and Emergencies

  • http://alamghafoor.com alam ghafoor

    Delayed gratification…sadly a quality that is missing in present day life.
    Go for your dreams and build the foundation to hold them up.
    Great advice. thank you

  • http://www.EslLessonUsingSocialMedia.com Eileen O’Neill

    Reward and motivation go hand in hand, don’t they? We look with hope to the future to be able to reap the reward for our past and present labors – that hope is our motivation to keep going and work towards the future…. Great post!

    Eileen O’Neill
    Using Social Media in ESL/EFL/ESOL…

  • http://www.aprilbraswell.com Vegas Boomer Dating Expert

    Hi Tim,

    I was immediately reminded of the old classic Christian hymn, “How Firm a Foundation,” which btw I utterly LOVE. And love singing it.

    I like how you recommend BOTH having Faith and Vision WITH Action! Some people in the past few years are erroneously suggesting to people just to wish and attract. When anything worthwhile requires combining that with EFFORT. The early Christian settlements here in the States in the Northeast area, you didn’t eat if you didn’t toil. It was fundamental when you’re in an agrarian culture. We can still apply that in the internet and cyberspace, can we not?

    LOVE your website and how you pull such practical truths from the book of wisdom, The Bible.

    Happy Dating and Relationships,

    April Braswell

    Cyber Dating Expert and Online Dating Coach

  • http://robertkaufer.com Robert Kaufer

    I take issue with your statement “God is all about money, wealth and rewards.”

    The God I worship is about Love and Service. Mondy, Wealth and rewards are tools to accomplish his will on earth for his glory.

    Bob
    Law and Health with Robert Kaufer

  • http://www.babysittingworld.com Lisa McLellan

    I loved that quote from Thoreau! I had never heard it before but it is another example of looking at something from another perspective.
    The internet is indeed the type of place like a farm where you do all the work now and get paid later!!!

    Lisa McLellan
    Babysitting Services, Nanny Services, and Nanny agencies

  • http://customhomemadegifts.com Peggy Larson

    Foundation is everything! Not only in business but in life also. There are many temptations out there and people who lack a good foundation may succumb to those tempting ideas and objects.

    I’m learning in this business building, a good foundation starts with a great coach and so far Kevin’s been more than that! I recommend his 168-hour week book to everyone!!!

    Peggy Larson
    Custom Homemade Gifts

  • http://www.ThingsToDoForFreeIn.com Michelle Mason

    This is a great post. It is easy to lose faith in yourself and your projects because you do not see the results, or even the path ahead. But if we look at our goals, we can work backwards to find out what we need to be doing now. I am struggling with this these past few weeks, so this is a great reminder and inspiration!

    Michelle
    Fun and Free Activities

  • http://www.theharwoodgroupny.com Jennifer Battaglino

    I love your posts and your message that it is ok to have faith and be prosperous at the same time. WE don’t have to suffer.
    We need to build the foundation and put the work in to see the results down the road. We all need a lesson in delayed gratification…

    Jennifer Battaglino

    The Harwood Group – Tinnitus, Chronic Illness, Fears, and Anxiety

  • http://www.stevechambers.com Steve Chambers

    The businesses I have worked with that are the most successful are the ones that take the time to build a solid foundation before trying to expand and grow. The ones that try to go too far too fast are very shortlived.

    Thank you for the referral.

    Steve Chambers
    Body Language Expert

  • Austin

    The more I follow the truth, life and the way which includes wisdom the better things get? And if I always keep going no matter the cost, where will it put me?