Have you ever said to yourself any of the following?
- I’m just too busy. I can’t find time to blog.
- I’m technically challenged so I’ll probably never be successful at any of this.
- Other bloggers in my niche are way better than I am anyhow.
I call this the “inner game of blogging.” It is often something not talked about very much in most of the blogging course today. The thoughts and questions happening in your head will ultimately determine your actions. If you tell yourself your too old, too young, or not not smart enough, you’ll quit.
It’s a choice. It’s your choice today. If you are an aspiring blogger, I have 5 things I want you to stop saying today. Don’t worry, I’ll tell you what to say instead.
1. “I’m too busy. I can’t find time to blog.”
I hear this one a lot. I get it. I know we are all busy, but let me ask you a question. I want you to think of a successful blogger you know and answer this question: “Are they less busy than I am?” Here is the truth: we all have the same amount of time each day. Just because a blogger is full time doesn’t mean that blogging is easier.
Answer: “Consistency breeds momentum.”
Choose instead to be consistent. From your consistency you will gain momentum. When a blogger tells me they are too busy to blog, I encourage them to back down on the frequency to which they blog and be more consistent instead. Maybe for you it is better to select every Tuesday as the day you will publish a blog post no matter what. Consistency breeds momentum.
2. “If this works. I’ll be an instant success.”
There is nothing wrong with being optimistic of a new service, product, or book you are about to launch. The problem is our belief that we only need just one thing (insert name of your book, product, or service) in order to be successful.
Answer: “I choose to value the long term over the short term.”
Choose to see your next thing as a brick you are laying for an amazing foundation you are building. Choose to value the long term over the short term. Luck happens to those who’ve been preparing backstage for a long time.
3. “I’m technically challenged. I’m just not very good at technical things.”
Pardon the french but technology sucks for all of us. Seriously. Earlier this year I did a joint webinar with a few other blogger friends. We all promoted it via our email list and created quite a buzz.
My one responsibility was setting up the Google Hangout and embedding it onto a page. Easy, right?! I’ve done it lots of times. This time was a disaster. I literally felt like I was at fault. I had wasted everyone’s time. We only had 32 live viewers once I figured out what went wrong.
Answer: “Everything is figureoutable.”
Technology challenges happen to all of us. It’s just the way it is. Marie Forleo taught me a statement that I repeat often: “Everything is figureoutable.” Don’t let technology challenges stop you.
4. “I’m just going to follow the money.”
While the make money online hype seems to have calmed down a bit from ten years ago, it still exists today. One of the main reasons I chose to start Blogging Your Passion University was my desire to be a realistic voice in an unrealistic market. Yes, you definitely can earn money from home as a blogger, but you won’t get rich because of a software or a secret Google loophole.
In the middle of 2010, I became distracted. I was beginning to make a nice monthly income from Google Adsense and decided I needed to explore that further. So, I “followed the money.” I set up niche blog sites on niche topics solely because they were good Adsense earners.
By the end of the year, I sold the domains and pulled out of that strategy. Why? I wasn’t passionate about the topics and I wasn’t teaching or serving anyone with any value.
Answer: “I choose to teach and serve in areas of my passion.”
You are probably thinking: “Passion won’t put food on my table.” I agree. So, build a business model around your passion. Then, go teach and serve that tribe. It’s what we teach you how to do inside Blogging Your Passion University.
5. “There are so many others in my blog topic that are smarter and better than me.”
Competition will often stop you in your tracks. The answer is to stop seeing others as competition. See them as people who share the same passion as you. Sure, they may be more talented than you in certain areas, but that doesn’t negate your unique gift.
Answer: “I have a gift. My gift is needed in the world. Someone needs to hear it from me.”
I believe that everyone has a gift. There will only ever be one person that has the unique talent mix that you do. Your gift is needed in the world. I’m so passionate about this thought that I’m writing a book about it.
You can grab the first 5 chapters of the story here: The Gift – What You Have That the Richest Man Can’t Buy.