On my journey to becoming a full-time blogger, I have had my fair share of ups and downs. I have tried things that worked and things that have failed miserably.
Along the way, I have learned some valuable lessons when it comes to developing a proper mindset.
Here are the 5 most valuable lessons I have learned in my seven year journey.
1. It is not the destination, but rather the way you travel towards your destination that truly counts.
Having a successful blog is something I’ve always wanted, but early on I lacked the patience to work and work and work until it happened.
I wanted it all know. I wanted to go to sleep one night and wake up to thousands of notifications as one of my blog posts went viral. I wanted to earn money while I slept.
What I did not realize at that time was that I would miss the most important part of all, the journey itself. The beginning and end are nowhere near as important as what we experience and accomplish along the way.
It sounds like such a terrible cliche, but it is true.
It all comes down to evolving, overcoming obstacles, failing over and over again. It is all about growing through the issue of having no readers.
Instant success teaches you nothing, and that, in itself, is a big problem. If you do not know what you had to do to become successful, you cannot replicate your success.
So never forget, the journey is far more important than the destination.
2. Hard work always pays off.
Blogging takes a lot of time, commitment, and persistence. What makes it even more difficult is the fact that you are investing a lot of time and energy into something that does not show clear results.
The progress is invisible, and it might trick your mind that it is non-existent, which is why you should keep in mind that hard work tends to pay off the moment you feel like giving up, when you can’t take it any longer.
3. Networking is half the battle.
When I first started blogging, all I wanted was to write. To share my ideas. To inspire. I did not want to spend time reading other people’s content, or commenting, or stuff like that.
Needless to say, I only got about 500 views during my first month of blogging. Almost no comments at all.
Over time, my mindset shifted to the point where making friends and networking became one of the most important of aspects.
If you want to be successful as a blogger, you must realize that you need to build genuine relationships with your readers and fellow bloggers. Otherwise, you’ll most probably be writing in a void.
4. Focus on doing what you love.
Here’s the thing: blogging is a lot about doing things that you might not enjoy. Sometimes it’s about formatting a post, or networking with others, or having to write guest blogs, or having to write for free, or having to focus on headlines.
Of course, you should focus most of your energy on what you love doing. What is that one aspect that you love doing more than anything else? Do that. If it’s writing, do it. If it’s networking, do it.
The idea is there has to be a balance, and you have to also work on those aspects that you don’t enjoy as much.
5. If you do not give, you shall not receive.
I’ll admit that when I first started blogging seven years ago, my main focus was to make money as fast as possible. That was it.
The problem with that mindset was the fact that I was trying to reap the rewards before providing any value.
This, in turn, made me bitter and remorseful. As most folks tend to become over a short time blogging. They want stuff they haven’t earned, or they feel entitled to having thousands of readers after just five blog posts.
Providing valuable content to your readers on a consistent basis is key.
By focusing on providing value first, you will no doubt be rewarded for your time and efforts. It takes time, but pays off in the end.
Mindset is almost everything. If you do not know what you want, why, and how to get it, you will never have it.
Also, mindset takes time to develop. It takes time to learn what you should do, expect, or think of yourself and others.
If you’d be 100% honest with yourself, you’ll probably notice that there are times when you want it know, or you feel entitled to a form of success you haven’t worked hard enough for. It happens. To all of us.
The key to developing a proper mindset is figuring out what thoughts help you, and what thoughts don’t. Feeling angry that the world has yet to acknowledge your brilliance or being impatient because of it hinders your ability to focus 100% on what you have to do.
Yeah, mindset is that important. Get your mind right, and you can have anything you want.