I don't forget what it was like to get started online. When I started my first blog 5+ years ago, I was excited and scared to death. Even today sometimes I have to remind myself of one or two of these things…
1) It's Okay To Be Scared Of Doing New Things
I don't care what your background is, there is going to be something about blogging that frightens you, and that's okay. It's not the fear that's relevant, it's moving PAST your fear to achieve your goals.
The thing I had to learn over and over is that as soon as you move past your fear and do the thing that worried you so much, you realize there was no reason to worry at all.
It's like that big scary monster you saw in your closet as a kid. Turn on the light and you realize that monster is just the clothes you didn't bother to hang up. It's nothing.
Heck, it's less than nothing. But you won't get to know that until you do the things that make you nervous, whether it's posting on a forum, writing articles, putting up a web page, doing your first launch, approaching people for guest posts, etc. (Asking for guest posts used to make my stomach groan until I heard back from the person).
2) Look For Ways To Push Past Your Comfort Zone
This is taking #1 even further – not only are you not allowing fear to get in your way, you're actually thumbing your nose at fear by deliberately seeking out the things that aren't currently in your comfort zone and doing them.
Perfection does not exist. So stop trying to achieve it.
I'll give you a real life example – I had two students who were both creating their first products. One of them planned and strategized and researched and planned some more. Finally, she got started, and she made sure to get every sentence just right, every period in the right place, every video made without a stutter or misstep.
That student is still working on her product.
My other student made mistakes on his videos and you know what? He's now launched not just the one but two different products and he's doing well.
The first student hasn't made a dime yet, and I fear that by the time she launches her product it will be out of date and unsaleable.
I'm not saying don't do a good job – I am saying do the best you can and then finish it, whatever it is. If you're always working to make it perfect, you'll never finish and you'll never reap the rewards.
Settle for really good, and you'll not only achieve a whole lot more – you'll also be a lot less stressed, too.
3) Celebrate Your Successes
Even if it's a minor success, take the time to celebrate it in your own way. Whether that's doing a little dance or hugging your partner, treat yourself – you deserve it. Plus, it gives you positive reinforcement so that you can achieve more and more successes along the way.
I celebrate every little thing. The other day I had a cupcake because I hit 6500 subscribers (yellow cake with double fudge frosting – yummy!)
4) Take A Break
If you're working 12 hours a day 7 days a week, you're going to burn out and get tired of the whole thing. Take it from someone who knows. Take time to rest, enjoy life and recharge your batteries.
Why is networking so important? 3 reasons:
- Working from home can be lonely, daunting, and just plain difficult. It's easy to procrastinate. It's easy to get bogged down on some little obstacle. But when you've got others to turn to for support, it gets a whole lot easier.
- You can get quick help. Having trouble loading that widget or formatting that ebook? Contact your friend who is a wiz at it and you've got the help you need. Be there to help them, too.
- Promotion. Do you think it's just coincidence when you get 5 or 10 emails promoting the same product? No. Those are friends of the person launching the product. It can make all the difference in the world to have a list of people to turn to when it comes to promoting your products.
6) List Build
No need to spell this one out – if you've got a list then you have people to promote to. The better and bigger the list, the more prosperous your blog can be. If you're not list building, begin now – as in TODAY.
I know I've hit on this before, but here goes – STAY FOCUSED!
So many times I see people
jump from this to that
to the thing over there
and around and around
and they never stay focused on one thing for more than a day or two and then they wonder WHY they're aren't successful.
Pick something. ONE thing. Then FOCUS on that one thing until you've got it done. Eliminate distractions. If need be, REMOVE distractions from your immediate vicinity. Set a work schedule and STICK to the work schedule.
Here's something to make it simple:
The more focused you are, the more money you will earn with your blog.
8) Take Action
Don't just plan and daydream, DO. Move forward every single day by taking a real action that gets you closer to your goals.
Blog posts. Courses. Products. Services. There are those who buy lots of products and those who PRODUCE. Who do you think is more successful?
By producing you are also building your own reputation online, which furthers your success. So take the plunge and begin producing. In fact, make a HABIT out of production.
That's it. Stay away from fear and burnout and celebrate, take a break, network, list build, focus, take action and produce. Do these things day in and day out starting today and continuing as long as you're a blogger and you WILL be successful.