Sometimes, asking this blogging question gives you clarity. You and I get a little lost. Maybe distracted. Bloggers seem to be moving along adt an efficient clip. Doing effective things, most bloggers feel good and stay on course. But life intervenes. Perhaps some fear gets triggered in you. Or you feel a bit lazy. No blogger is perfect. Even serious pros are not robots. You and I are human beings. Being human, we stray off blogging course sometimes into ineffective, inefficient activities.
Pro bloggers right their ship fast. Pros get back on course immediately. Being back on course allows these bloggers to succeed and also to largely enjoy the journey. Why? Knowing that you’re on the right path gives you peace of mind.
Do you blog in a distraction-free environment? This is a good question to ask. Phones, YouTube and streaming services try to grab your attention if you forget why you blog. But successful bloggers have such a strong reason why that they get back on course and leave distractions behind quickly.
Follow their lead. Take a page from their blogging book. Know why you blog. Tie that reason to something fun and freeing. What makes you feel alive? Do you want to circle the globe as a blogger like me? Cool. Begin to visualize how your life will look and feel when you become a traveling blogger. See yourself on the beaches of Thailand. These are mesmerizing spots. I visualize myself on these beaches often even though I’ve been there already. I plan to return when international travel starts up again.
Seeing myself on these exotic tropical beaches gives me the confidence, clarity and knowing to stay on blogging course. I do not get lazy but I do not force things either. I do not turn around in fear but I also don’t push myself to do what I’m not energetically prepared to do. I am open to feedback but nobody shakes my confidence with a negative review. Do you see what I mean? Being on blogging course helps you stay the journey without getting too high or too low. Instead of taking detours out of fear, you stay the course. Instead of charging ahead too quickly and making countless mistakes, you stay the course. Instead of going way too slowly and not growing how you should be growing, you stay the course.
Staying the course is basically creating and connecting generously, monetizing your blog freely and trusting in the blogging process while you trust yourself. Blogging is simple. Create and connect everyday. Trust in yourself. Trust in the process. Know that success is yours. Visualize your dreams. Everything sounds simple, right? It is. But taking the simple journey for a long time feels uncomfortable in moments. In those scary moments, stay the course instead of panicking and bailing. This is the difference maker. See the journey through even when it gets dicey.
Tips for Staying on Course
Visualize your dreams early and often. Seeing your dream in mind makes it feel more real because it is more real each time you visualize. Your vision is true. Allow it to feel true by tasting, touching, smelling and feeling your mental picture until it comes alive. Remember why you blog. Tie the reason to something fun and freeing. Reduce distractions. Turn off your phone for an extended amount of time daily. Work in a quiet room. Find an office space somewhere if you can. Stay away from streaming services during your work day. Feel free to watch Netflix or Hulu or Amazon Prime after you complete your work for the day.
Close the door and let your family know when you’re working. Treat it like an office job. People can only reach you if it’s a genuine emergency. Other than that, get to work and let people know you’re serious about getting the job done. Family and friends treat you how you teach them to treat you. Get down to work. Be clear on folks respecting your time. Family and friends will respect your time.
Other than these tips, do scary things. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Bloggers stray off course only through fear. You fear something, avoid facing the fear and step away from the blogging fundamentals. Or you step away from the blogging fundamentals because you get lazy, which is again, fear manifest. Maybe you start cutting your work day short because you made a few bucks. Or maybe you take off a few weeks because you hit some lofty income goal. Whatever the case, when you choose to stray off course, growth stalls then comes to a grinding halt. Get back on course. Start creating and connecting generously again. Stick to the fundamentals. Visualize your dream life in mind to energize yourself for this long blogging journey.
I know you’re up to it. You wouldn’t be reading these words if you doubted your ability to stay on course, right? Catch yourself honestly when you stray off course. Pull yourself gently back to the successful blogging path. Resist the urge to get rich quickly because overnight success is impossible. But you knew that. Sometimes your ego may want a shortcut or hack but your heart knows that good things take time, generous service and staying on blogging course. Remember that and you will be set for your blogging career. Nothing will tempt you for more than a few moments.
Have fun creating and connecting generously. This is being on blogging course because sticking to the fundamentals ensures you become a successful blogger. Catch yourself fast when you stray off course. Nudge yourself gently but firmly back to the successful blogging path. Success will be yours and you will live your dream through blogging as long as you stay on blogging course.
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