Internet-of-the-Mind (IOTM) is a metaphor I use to talk about change and some basic neuropsychology of the mind. Both terms - "change" and "mind" - are highly abstract and open to strong debate in any conversation where they come up.
I am not a neuroscience expert... I'm a therapist who has blended almost three decades of experience and learning into a model that makes sense to me. In these pages I stress -- and hopefully demonstrate -- over and over again that each and every one of us has our own "Map of Reality" or world view. This is mine.
With Internet-of-the-Mind, I have blended what we are learning about the brain into my theoretical model of being human and helping others make the changes they want. This model has grown and evolved for as long as I have been a therapist. It will continue to grow and evolve over the coming months and years -- that's the exciting part!
But it's still only MY model...other therapists have THEIR models and maps of "reality". This is the nature of diversity. My learnings and how I put things together will be helpful to some people but not others -- they will find what they need with someone else who has a more compatible world view.
I had ZERO knowledge or abilities on the Internet when I started this project in January 2008. But with a little help from my friends at SiteBuildIt!, I built every bit of the Internet-of-the-Mind.com from scratch!
I wanted to give my face-to-face clients access to resources not available anywhere else, something they could refer to and use not only in between sessions but long after therapy was over.
After several false starts and many frustrations I finally found SiteBuildIt! They showed me EVERYTHING and gave all the necessary tools to succeed. If you are considering building your own website, you owe it to yourself to check them out!
I have organized the website as if it were a networked database of information... If you click on a link it will take you not only to the relevant page, but frequently to the specific location on the page where the linked information is contained.
So you can start on any page you'd like according to your needs or area of interest and follow the links...
If you get lost or want to go back to a certain topic but can't remember where it was -- just go to the Sitemap on the top navigation bar to view an outline of the pages and their headings.
Just get used to clicking the back button to go back to where you were. I think anyone who has ever read a book where they had to keep flipping back through pages to review something will appreciate this feature.
Or, if you are more sequentially oriented, you can start at the top of the left side navigation bar and read each page in order to the bottom of the navigation bar.
Internet-of-the-Mind is for anyone interested in its content. My goals are:
As I mentioned above, initially it was to provide my face-to-face clients valuable resources they need to get where they want to go as soon as possible. These pages, services, and products are therapy & coaching tools that have become a valuable supplement to our sessions. But as I wrote those early pages, something else began to happen...
I started getting traffic and letters from all over the world. The emails from people were almost always expressing gratitude for the site; particularly for the Iceberg Model which forms the core of my work herein. There are letters and testimonials from people in Australia, Africa, Europe, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, India, Russia, Switzerland, France, United Kingdom, Brazil, and more!
It is awesome to realize that the materials here have an impact in the lives of others! And then to see it taking root in so many places worldwide is especially gratifying. I began to see more of what God's plan for me has been all along. I became even more passionate about growing the Internet-of-the-Mind.com. It has not been easy, but nothing worth doing ever is...is it?
When I got started, I knew absolutely nothing about building anything on the Internet. So the first thing I did was some research. Most of what I learned initially was how NOT to do it! I ended up with little more than a brochure online that had a few pictures, my phone number, and a little bit about who I am. I was lucky if 2 or 3 people a week stumbled onto my "online brochure!"
A year later I found SBI! ~ which stands for Site Build It! It was like finding a diamond laying on the ground! They said they would GIVE me all the tools needed and take me by the hand to teach me step-by-step everything I need to know, not only about building a website, but about making it a successful online business. And to tell you the truth, at first I was very skeptical because it sounded too good to be true...But I am here to tell you EVERY WORD IS TRUE!
Was it hard to do? Yes and no... It has been incredibly easy to learn the skills I need because the people at SBI! really did what they promised. They gave me all the tools I needed, PLUS step-by-step, easy to follow instructions, video guides, support forums, etc. Now, having said that, I started this website almost 5 years ago. It has been a work in progress every since then. The learning may come easy, but there is an evolutionary progression that takes time and dedication. You will learn one skill, then another, then another, and so forth - It takes time and dedication. This is why you need to bring only two things to the table - a desire to learn something new and PASSION for the mission of your website. You must love what you are building!
I started out with 37 unique visitors to my website in the first month with steady growth the Internet-of-the-Mind.com is now up to 40,000 unique visitors per month - and still growing! Little did I know when I started that was going to be The first day of the rest of my life! By following instructions, taking my time, building quality content, being all about my visitors, staying focused on my mission, and a few other things I've learned, my site has grown steadily in pages and traffic EVERY MONTH over EVERY YEAR (except the growth levels off in December every year for some reason in my case?)
Can you do it too? SBI! is not for everyone, but if you want to build a business, have passion, motivation, and stay realistic (i.e., are not looking for a get rich quick scheme!) it is almost a sure thing. Just follow the SBI! blueprint. They will even walk you through picking a topic for your site! But do your own research ~ check out their Homepage to get an idea about how SiteBuildIt! works...
Since I am in the SBI! affiliate program, if you click on any of the links above to check out SBI! and then decide become part of the SBI! family, I will get a commission payment (with no additional charge to you.) Their awesome affiliate program is yet another great thing about SBI! If you do decide to become an SBI!er, don't hesitate to contact me if you ever need anything. WE SBI!ers ARE the people behind SBI! We help each other succeed and we love to pay it forward!
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