Jim Rohn used to say that if someone gives you a million dollars, you’d better become a millionaire real quick. That way you get to keep the money.
The thing is, most people would say yes if offered the opportunity to get all that they ever wanted. By magic.
But that’s not the right answer. Because if you’d be honest with yourself, you’d have to say not yet.
Because this is one of the trickiest parts when it comes to developing a proper mindset when it comes to blogging.
Easy come, easy go.
Yeah, I know. Terrible cliche, but these four words, put together, give us the answer if anyone would ever ask us if we’d want to win the lottery.
Imagine your blogging journey as if climbing a mountain. Another terrible cliche, I know. Now, the goal is to reach the top. One step at a time, painfully slow. It’s going to take an awful lot of time, depending on the height of the mountain you want to climb.
But if you were offered the chance to be teleported to the top? Would you take it?
If you did, you’d probably die on your way down.
Because you never trained for the climb, you never overcame the obstacles, setbacks, and frustrations that invariably appear as you climb towards the top.
Easy come, easy go.
It’s all about the journey, not the destination
Yeah, today’s post is all about cliches.
What I want to share with you today is the fact that you should enjoy that things are hard. You read that right. You are building emotional resilience, slowly becoming stronger, more patient, more experienced.
This should be enough to comfort you.
The harder it is now, the easier it will be later on.
That’s a rule of life.
Keep this is mind, because blogging tends to break one’s heart early on. You start a blog, write a few posts, and then after a few weeks of no feedback, it is all too easy to quit.
If you focus just on your goals, each setback makes you ask yourself, “why?”
Why do this? Why keep blogging when no one is reading you?
But when you focus on the process, on doing your best every single day, on writing one great blog post after another, then setbacks can be easily defeated.
The process builds emotional resilience, not reaching your goals. A goal offers you something to aim towards and the opportunity to celebrate when you reach it, but the process is what makes you become the kind of person who can have all that you want.
Enjoy the process. The hard work. The act of writing one word after another. Because if you do not, it will be almost impossible to derive enough joy from the highs to sustain you during the inevitable lows.