This is a republished guest post by Brand Connell from Brandonconnell.com
As you may know, RobsWebTips.com will no longer be a blog on January 1st, 2011, so Brandon’s guest articles on there will be published here.
Cause and effect are things we learn about in elementary school, but it’s not always something we seriously consider in our adult life. I mean, the basics are there. For example, we know we can’t go out and shoot someone because it will result in our going to jail. But that’s the extent that we think about cause and effect.
If we were to carefully consider cause and effect before we make many decisions in our life, we can better predict what will happen and raise our quality of life. Take for example a teenager dropping out of high school. That would be the cause. The effect may be that the teenager is unable to get a sustainable job. Not keeping a job will result in him/her having to move frequently because they are unable to pay the rent every month. This can go on and go on, and it’s what’s known as a cause and effect chain.
Let us look at that scenario from a different perspective. Let’s assume that the teenager stays in school. This may result in him/her wanting to further their education with a college degree. That degree may allow them to get a good paying job. Having a reliable income creates mental stability and happiness. Because of their happiness, they have a winning personality which attracts the opposite sex. They end up getting married which results in 3 kids and a dog. The kids grow up and result in grand children. So on and so on…
What I know about cause and effect now, I wish I knew many years ago. When I started thinking positive about life, it opened up the doors which allowed me to understand cause and effect in much detail. I think about the cause and effect of my actions now, and it truly changes the things that I might say to someone, or the things that I do on a daily basis. Having this understanding will prevent me from getting into arguments with the wife, or losing a client because of a minor detail that I may or may not offer in my service list.
How does this relate to blogging?
As a full time blogger, I can use cause and effect to my advantage. I can think about what not blog commenting or guest posting will do to my blog. The effect of that lack of pursuit will result in my blog not getting the necessary traffic to be a success. It will result in my inability to create a large network with which to use for marketing and affiliate product promotions later on.
As an affiliate marketer, I can use the cause and effect chain to determine what I am capable of. Take for example the idea that if I were to create 5 new niche sites daily, 5 times a week, and then blog comment to gain traffic and build links to them, then within a year I should have a very niche affiliate income. Building that income will result in me having more time on my hands to spend with my family, and to be able to build even more niche sites to grow my income. Having that residual income will allow me to take my family on vacations that I would not have been able to take them before.
Now let us assume that I did not take that time to create those niche sites even though I thought about it. It would mean that I did not create that residual income. That has the effect that I will remain confined to a regular job working for some corporation that may lay off everyone at any given time. A layoff may result in an eviction or utilities being turned off because the bills cannot be paid. The choice to not go after an opportunity had a very different effect didn’t it?
Think heavily about cause and effect, and the chains that they create.
Each effect becomes a new cause for a new effect. That is simply how life works. It’s your job to mold your cause and effect chain into something that you can be proud of.
What kind of chain are you creating?