One of the biggest hot topics today is mental health.

It seems as if more and more people are dealing with problems like depression, anxiety etc.

This is also something which many people in business have to handle.

If you’re struggling with these issues then you need to do something about it.

After all, unless you’re able to keep yourself on an even keel you simply won’t get anywhere.

So what’s the best way to do this?

In my experience it’s blogging.

There are several reasons for this.

The biggest being that most stress comes from not having clients or work to do.

(And therefore not having money coming in.)

When that happens you’re usually left sitting around staring into space…

…and this is what leads to problems like anxiety and depression.

But this is why a blog like this can come in so useful.

Whenever I’m stuck with nothing to do I’ll use the time to reel off a dozen or so blog posts.

It always makes me feel better.

Blogging is almost like a form of meditation actually.

Not only that, it’s great writing practice and also helps you find clients.

(In fact, dozens of people have hired me because they liked my blog.)

Plus it massively reduces the stress of not having work…

…and also helps to clear your mind and put your thoughts into order.

More tomorrow:


Alastair Walton


I was watching a Tony Robbins interview the other day…

At about the halfway mark he said this:

“I’m not here to have an argument with my brain.”

I think most people can relate to this. Whenever we have to do something (whether it’s exercising, eating less, or breaking bad habits) we tend to get into arguments with ourselves. The one side of us knows that we have to take action…

…but the other side resists.

Whether it’s through fear, laziness, anxiety, or simply the unwillingness to change…

…our mind slams the brakes on.

But in order to get anywhere in life you have to stop doing this.

You have to learn how to turn off your thoughts and do what needs to be done.

You have to put yourself on autopilot and become a mindless personal development Zombie.

I’ve experienced this in my own life.

At one stage I wanted to start taking daily walks.

I was slightly overweight and knew that I had to get more exercise.

And although I did start to develop the habit it was still hard as hell.

I’d sit there having an argument with myself…

“Should I do it?”

“No I’m too tired…”

“You have to do it…”

“Today was really tough…”

Etc. etc. and so on.

It was only when I started to turn my brain off and get out of the house no matter what…

…that I managed to hit this habit with 100% accuracy.

The point is this:

Don’t get into arguments with your brain.

Stop thinking about what you have to do.

Simply decide what needs to be done…

… turn your mind off…

…and get going.


Alastair Walton


I’ve had a lot of success in this business.

On the other hand, there were times when things went pear shaped

One thing I’ve learnt about freelance writing is that it definitely goes in cycles.

One minute you’re swamped with work…the next it’s crickets.

On top of this, clients come and go.

And in my experience this usually happens at the worst moment possible.

What you also have to realize is this:

Freelancing is, by its nature, a highly unstable business model.

It’s really a thing of feast or famine.

So if you’re just starting out (or you have hopes of doing this one day) then here’s a massive piece of advice: start building up your emergency fund.  You’ve probably heard it said that you should have at least 3-6 months of living expenses saved. This is good advice, but a year is even better. In fact, you should actually go beyond this, and save up as much money as possible.

What’s more, learn to spend within your means.

Don’t blow every cent that you make

Better yet, create products which you can sell as a sideline to your freelancing career.

The bottom line is this:

You need a bankroll that will help you ride out the bad times.

Do this and you’ll survive long enough to make writing into a viable career.


Alastair Walton

P.S. Another big advantage of a bank roll is that it helps you deal with deadbeat clients. If you have money saved up then it’s very easy to dump a crummy client. On the other hand, if you’re desperate for money then you’ll have to take whatever you can get…


If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time…

…you may have noticed I write a LOT about personal development.

But why is this…

Am I some kind of self-help guru?

(A Tony Robbins wannabe).

No, the reason why is much simpler.

You see, in order to have any type of success, you basically have to become a better person.

This is unavoidable.

And it’s especially true if you’re trying to launch some type of internet business.

It’s not enough to simply learn the ins and outs of entrepreneurship.

No, if you’re going to be more successful, then you often have to change yourself on a fundamental level. You have to learn how to manage your time, set and achieve goals, become more disciplined, and smash through the mental barriers which are holding you back.

Unless you do this it’s impossible to get anywhere.

Instead, you’ll waste time, make excuses for your failures, and procrastinate.

To a lot of people this might sound simple, redundant and even corny.

That’s understandable.

Self-help is a dorky subject.

But if you continue to think this way, it’s unlikely you’ll ever achieve anything.

On the other hand, if you’re a person who truly wants to get somewhere in life…

…then personal development is an absolute prerequisite.


Alastair Walton  


Tony Robbins has always been a major inspiration to me.

Over the years I’ve bought all his programs and listened to them endlessly.

He’s one of the best speakers of all time by a wide margin.

All in all, he could be the greatest speakers who ever lived.

His ability to motivate and move crowds is unparalleled.

I’ve watched him captivate thousands of people and make them eat from the palm of his hand.

And that’s what I want to talk to you about today:

You see, the secret behind Tony’s success is that he’s an incredible speaker and sales man.

He basically makes money every time he opens his mouth and uses this skill everywhere.

In speeches, his seminars and in interviews.

But if you read his book Awaken the Giant Within he mentions giving speeches to anyone who would listen. That he would sometimes practice the same speech in front of an audience three or four times a day, until it was completely polished and effortless. The reason why he did this was because his goal was to become an absolute master of public speaking.

You should do this as well.

Find one thing to specialize in and become the best in the world.

This is how you get to the top and it works every time.


Alastair Walton


I’m a massive fan of Canadian motivational speaker Brian Tracy.

He often talks about a concept he calls…

“Putting yourself on the side of the angels.”

What this means is that you should do everything possible to guarantee your success. You see, very few people ever achieve their goals. The reality is that most fail. Not only that, there are fundamental forces you have to contend with. We cannot control the outcome of things. Much of life depends on your starting position, being in the right place at the right time or plain old luck. But this shouldn’t get your down. It’s not a reason to give up. You have to try your best regardless.

You have to put yourself on the side of the angels and do everything possible.  

There have been times in my life when the chips were down and things seemed hopeless.

In many of these situations failure wasn’t an option.

(Seriously, failure would have meant homelessness or worse).

What did I do?

I put myself on the side of the angels.

I thought about every possible thing I could do to guarantee my success.

You can do this as well.

Sit down right now and think of everything you could possibly do to achieve your goals.

Come up with as many things as you can…

…and start doing them NOW.


Alastair Walton


“I was sitting at home and had a profound experience. I realized, in all of my being, that someday I was going to die, and it wouldn’t be like it had been happening, almost dying but somehow staying alive, but I would just die! And two things would happen right before I died: I would regret my entire life, I would want to live it over again. This terrified me. The thought that I would live my entire life, look at it and realize I blew it forced me to do something with my life.”

The above quote comes from writer Hubert Selby Jr.

(Author of Requiem for a Dream and Last Exit to Brooklyn.)

This guy had a brutal life:

After dropping out of school at age of 15 he became a merchant seaman. While at sea he was diagnosed with tuberculosis. Doctors suggested he was unlikely to survive for very long and gave him less than a year to live. He then spent 3 and a half years in and out of hospital and the next 10 mostly bedridden.

Without any qualifications, work experience and poor health he couldn’t get a job.

It was then that he decided to become a writer.

There’s a lot you can learn from this guy’s life and the above quote.

The #1 thing being that time is extremely precious.

(Far more precious than you could possibly imagine.)

For this reason you need to become pathological about how you spend your time.

Realize you always have less time than you think you do.

Also realize everything takes longer than you think it will.

You’re not always going to be successful on your first attempt.

You’re going to make mistakes which could cost you years.

Which is why it’s important to become hyper vigilant about your time.

Have a plan for every day of your life…

Continually push yourself harder….

And refuse to tolerate procrastination…

Remember, time is more precious than you could possibly imagine.


Alastair Walton


Back in the day I would constantly listen to motivational speakers.

One of my favourite people to listen to was a guy called Brian Tracy.

(A Canadian motivational speaker and business coach.)

According to him, anytime you want something, life will test how badly you want it.

He calls this the, “Persistence test.”

To get through this test you have to keep pushing.

If you just keep pushing you’ll pass.

A good example of this is email marketing.

You can email for days and sometimes weeks without making a sale.

But if you keep building your list…

Improving your copy…

…and hitting send, eventually one day something will happen.

You have to believe that circumstances change and if you keep pushing success will come.

Remember, you could be three feet away from gold.

But if you give up prematurely you’ll never know what might have been.

When all is said and done, life is a funny thing.

It’s almost a rule that you never get what you want the first time.

Generally it only happens after your second, third, fourth or even fifth try.

This is the persistence test and the only way to get through it is to JUST KEEP PUSHING.

Got it?



Alastair Walton.


People are always looking for answers.

They want to know what the next step is:

What font should the headline on their sales letter be…

What’s the latest technique for getting traffic…

How do they handle clients…

The entire marketing advice industry is built on helping people figure this stuff out.

But here’s what you need to realize.

The answer to all your questions is that there is no answer.

Things are never black or white they are shades of grey.

Which is why you need to experiment.

Experimentation is how you discover untapped resources nobody knows about. The faster you experiment the faster you’ll be successful. People at the top are constantly doing this and it’s why they are at the top.

Unfortunately most marketers are terrified of experimenting.

They sit around and wait to be spoon fed answers.

But this is something you cannot afford to do.

You have to experiment.

Bottom line:

Get out there, experiment, fail fast and LEARN from those mistakes.


Alastair Walton


Survivor is one of the most popular shows of all time.

After more than 40 seasons it still continues to entertain.

In my book the greatest winner was used car sales man Brian Heidik.

(From Survivor Thailand.)

What was really amazing about this guy was how effortless he made it look.

During one tribal council he said something that I’ll never forget.

I can’t remember the exact quote but it was something about how you have to, “Be the ice man.”

What he meant was that to win you can’t get too emotional. When times are tough you need to keep your cool and have ice in your veins. You cannot feel fear or any type of negative emotion or give into anxiety and neurosis. You have to be like a gunslinger crossed with a top gun pilot and focus exclusively on your goals while thinking only of success.

Most people can’t do this and it’s why they don’t get anywhere.

If you’re one of these people remember that fear recedes before facts.

The more you know the more confident you’ll be…

…so make sure to leave no stone unturned.

(In either business or life)

Bottom line?

Become the ice man and you might too have a shot at sole survivor.


Alastair Walton