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Do you have a proclivity for hard work? If you do, remember to keep it simple.
When you hear the word simple, what do you think about?
To many people, what comes to mind are:
- No drama
- Lack of complexity
The list goes on…
My husband often says that people make life more complicated than it should be. The truth is:
‘Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.’ -Steve Jobs
I totally agree.
Granted. It is not always easy to achieve simplicity in life, especially in the blogging world where we set so many goals that very quickly become unattainable. However, with focus and the confidence of knowing what you want, you can simplify the way you run your business and your life.
Take these 6 simple steps to simplify your blogging life.
Your greatest asset is your confidence, use it well.
Set realistic goals and pursue them confidently, in the knowledge that you will achieve them within a realistic timeframe. I used to read income reports a lot. Trust me, they freaked me out.
You know why?
I compared myself to those bloggers and second guessed all my efforts for my blog. Nothing I did was sufficient or was ever going to earn me that much money. It made me miserable.
Rome was not built in a day as they say. Instead of letting the reports affect me in a negative way, I now use them, when I do read them, to prove to myself that you can make an income from blogging. To be honest, I’d rather not read them at all. Now I am confident that as long as I keep learning and applying myself to my blog, I will in time make a full-time income from it.
Forget the past mistakes, focus on the future.
Don’t let past mistakes define you. Some people are so hung up on past mistakes that they hold up their progress. Don’t dwell on any mistake you’ve made. Learn from it and reposition yourself for success. Successful people treat their mistakes as a learning curve, an advantage. Treat your mistake as an opportunity to grow.
Do you know how you can achieve this?
Surround yourself with people who will help you grow. When I started blogging, I subscribed to dozens of blogs, Facebook and Pinterest group boards. I was new to blogging, (I’m still new), and I thought that these groups will suddenly make my blog traffic grow exponentially overnight.
I was naïve. Some of them didn’t relate to my niche while some didn’t comment or liked anything I posted. My effort in these groups was sapping my energy and making me cranky. I was not focusing on what really mattered to me. I felt like I was drowning in a sea of information. The words of John Naisbitt quickly came to mind, ‘we are drowning in information but starved for knowledge.’
I quickly realised that I was directing my efforts to pursuits that will not bring me success or make me grow. I was not learning. So, I unsubscribed from some of them. Don’t hesitate to unsubscribe from any blog, board or group that you are not benefitting from. After all, the purpose of these groups is to help you grow.
‘Stop letting people who do so little for you control so much of your mind, feelings and emotions.’- Will Smith.
Your greatest enemy is self-pity. Don’t wallow in it.
‘Self-pity in its early stage is as snug as a feather mattress. Only when it hardens does it become uncomfortable.’ – Maya Angelou
Be kind to yourself and avoid succumbing to pressure. It is always a good idea for writers to schedule their posts. This often means writing endless blog posts. Unfortunately, we don’t always meet our schedules and deadlines. When this happens, as it often does in this business, especially if you have endless other commitments like working a 9-5 job or raising children etc, don’t go into a meltdown or panic. Forgive yourself, click the reset button and start again. Don’t wallow.
Be in Control, look after your health.
‘Those who think they have no time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.’ – Edward Stanley
Don’t let the need to be successful clutter your mind. Keep things simple. Find ways to avoid stress and anxiety. I talked extensively about the benefits of hot yoga, which I practice. It is my way of decluttering and keeping calm.
Invest in yourself. Education is key to success.
Never stop learning. Read empowering books as well as fiction.
‘An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.’ – Benjamin Franklin
Surprise yourself by learning new skills you will never have thought possible
When I ventured into the world of self- publishing, I had no clue what I was doing, but I knew I wanted to publish my romance novellas. I also knew I wasn’t going to wait for some big publishing company to find me and my work. That was unlikely to happen. So, I taught myself everything I know today about self- publishing. It was scary. It was daunting, but I got there in the end. I have also become a better version of what I used to be. I am no longer afraid to learn new skills. Don’t let self-doubt cripple your dreams.
Arm yourself with a new skill like:
- Take a social media class
- Take yoga classes
- Take public speaking classes
- Learn podcasting
- Create a course
- Write a book
You will be wonderfully amazed at the new person you will become.
Asking for help is not a sign of weakness but rather, of strength.
You cannot do it all.
‘Asking for help does not mean that we are incompetent. It usually indicates an advance level of honesty and intelligence.’ – Anne Wilson Schaef
There is no shame in admitting that you are not a superhero. Assign certain jobs, especially the technical aspects of your blog, that’s assuming you are totally clueless like myself, to professionals, friends or family.
Aim to work smart and keep things simple.
Do you have any tactics for keeping your blogging life simple? Please share.
Thanks for reading.