Productivity: Are You Ready to Work Hard Now and Reap the Rewards Later?
The thoughts of quitting start to cross your mind.
The fact is that you are uncertain how much longer you’ll have to keep on working, until you can turn your blog into a full-time income.
With this income, you’d be able to quit your boring day job and start living the life of your dreams: being your own boss, getting enough time with your family and traveling to exotic places.
Since the reality is the complete opposite, you feel like throwing in the towel.
I’ll ask you to reconsider what you are planning to do, because I might have a solution for you. I’ll just need couple of minutes of your time.
Do you think you could listen to me just a moment?
You weren’t prepared enough – were you?
Blogging is much more complicated than what it seems.
First of all, there is all this technical stuff that you have to take care of: themes, plug-ins, different settings, and web hosting – the whole nine yards!
Then, there are the certain myths about blogging and one of the most persistent ones are that blogging is so damned easy. Just write whatever you wish, get it published and you’ll become successful right away.
This couldn’t be farther from the truth. You’ll soon realize that the quality of your content really does matter – and a lot!
The myth about blogging simplicity is also related to time and commitment: You can’t just spend some odd minutes on your blog on a weekly basis and wish that you are going to become super-successful.
The fact is that if you are going to be writing anything meaningful, it’s going to take time and effort to do so. Unfortunately, spending just a small amount of time on your blog on a daily basis will get you results – but nothing spectacular.
Finally, you haven’t yet internalized that you have to do a lot of work – especially in the beginning.
Everyone – including the most successful bloggers – have worked a lot when they started out and they didn’t take any shortcuts: They worked hard, failed, learned from their mistakes and kept working hard again.
Eventually they reached their success since they were committed enough. They weren’t afraid to work like nuts.
Your focus needs realignment
Setting goals – blogging related – is fine, but it’s your focus that needs some adjustments.
You see, one thing that keeps you going on a daily basis is the motivation, the drive inside you. Now, if you don’t have that internal fire inside you, then anything (whether it’s blogging or something else) is going to be very hard.
This internal fire is created by a compelling goal. If you don’t know what it is, you don’t have any reason to take action to reach it.
But there is another goal-related thing that needs to be understood and this may sound a bit counter-intuitive: Don’t focus on the goal! Instead, keep it in the background all the time, but don’t let it become an obsession, something that you think about all the time.
You see, if you only think about what might happen sometime in the future, you find the present less compelling.
Unfortunately, the present is when you have to do the groundwork for your future. And if you find the present boring, then you can’t justify the effort that is needed with your blog.
So what we are going to be doing next is that we tweak your mindset a bit, so that you’ll keep on working and eventually you reach your blogging success.
So let’s do it – right now!
Get the fun back into blogging again
Obviously, you have an exciting reason that helps you to wake up in the morning full of enthusiasm.
In my situation, I wake up early and I’m ready to do some work before I hit the office. I know that when I work enough, I’m finally able to generate enough income from my online business and support my family.
However, there is another thing that you have to do: Make the present enjoyable.
Learn to love writing the blog posts, connecting with other bloggers or building your e-mail list. When you do that, the transition from the current situation to your dream becomes much smoother.
So how do you actually make the process more enjoyable?
Well first of all, you should remember your past victories.
What small successes you already had so far: Did you receive a thank you e-mail from one of your readers, did you get a lot of positive comments in one of your blog posts or was some other famous blogger linking to your stuff?
These victories – sometimes smaller, sometimes bigger – are worth remembering every day as you build your blog.
Second, gather a group of people to support you when you feel like quitting or when you are feeling down.
Sure, blogging can be very lonely at times, but when you have people you can go to, it helps the situation a lot. You can support each other when the motivation is lost or if getting to the goal seems to be impossible.
Finally, you can always hire some external help if you want to speed-up your progress. What I mean is hiring a coach and it can definitely get you on the fast track when it comes to reaching your goals and success.
I have been working with a coach for almost a year and I’m very happy with the progress I have made.
The blogging success mindset – step-by-step
Let’s put all the things you have learned so far into a detailed plan, that’s easy to follow:
1. Make your goal important. Integrate your goal into your everyday life, so that it’s at the back of your mind (subconscious) all the time. The more important the goal comes to you, the more willing you are to take action to reach it.
Write down your goal or even – try to find images that visualize your goal. Put them somewhere where you can see them easily whenever you need to.
2. Get in love with the process. Switch your thinking from something in the future to the present.
Of course, you need to have a compelling future goal, but at the same time you should focus on the present. This makes your everyday blogging tasks easier, since you are not living in the future.
3. Have a success journal. Take a couple of minutes every day and write down your daily successes. Whether it’s something big or small, it doesn’t matter.
When you keep writing the stuff down on a consistent basis, you’ll soon have a lot of your personal success stories that you can get back to. They can also make you feel good, when you don’t feel like writing a post or doing something else blogging related.
4. Form a support group. When you feel de-motivated, who do you turn to? If you don’t already have anyone to get support from, it’s time start a personal support group.
For instance, you can do this by contacting other bloggers in the same niche as you and start a private Facebook Group. With this group, you could talk important things that are related to the blogging processes or help each other out if things get complicated.
And hey, no-one is stopping you from starting a virtual mastermind group, where you get on the Skype on a consistent basis and talk things out.
5. Hire some help. You could always hire a coach if you’d like to start moving forward faster in your blogging career.
Now, I know that this option can be very expensive.
At the same time, if you can afford it then why not? You’ll notice a much faster progress towards your blogging goals than by doing things yourself.
Although you should have exciting to goals to reach to, it’s the present that matters the most.
That’s why you should learn to love the present and this makes your blogging journey much smoother.
Start a success journal, form a support group or even hire a coach.
With these action steps, your present becomes more enjoyable and you’ll reach your blogging goals much easier.
Over to you: How do you motivate yourself, when you don’t feel like blogging?
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