With a headline like that, you’re probably wondering what is this most important, phenomenally crucial, aspect you need to make it as a blogger.
If you’re like most people, you probably think it’s:
- creating fantastic content
- understanding SEO
- networking a lot with other bloggers
- being aware of some shortcut or growth hack
Nope, it’s neither one of these.
The number one, the most important ingredient, the determining factor of your success as a blogger is this:
Mastering your mindset.
Seriously, without the right mindset, you won’t become a successful blogger.
Nothing works unless you’re willing to do the work. No tool will help you unless you have the enthusiasm to show up and get stuff done.
Because here’s the thing…your mind will determine whether you truly believe that you will be successful or not.
Either way, your belief will become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Your brain is designed to align your life to fit your beliefs.
Read that again…your brain creates your reality based on what you believe in.
But if you believe deep down that you can, you will. It’s as simple as that.
So, if you want to the results, you need to first adopt the mindset that you are a blogstar. Or, at least, you’re way on your way to becoming one.
Your fate lies not in the stars, but in your hands.
I know this all sounds like a bunch of clichés, but the truth is that your mindset determines your attitude. If you think your niche is overcrowded, or that you’re too late to the game, or that you need a ton of money to spend on ads to promote your blog, well… you’re not going to show up every single day, right? You’re not going to punch the damn keys, you’re not going to share your truth with the world.
The way you act when no one gives a damn about your blog will determine if anyone, someday, might give a damn about it.
Look, I get it. We put a lot of emphasis on the technical. On replicating some formula, some strategy. That’s what I’ve been doing for the past 3 years. Helping other bloggers develop strategies that help them write better content, grow their audience, and monetize their blogs.
But, you see, more often than not, they give up long before they even get to see if those strategies work. They give up because they don’t feel like doing the work, because they don’t feel like showing up at their desk, sitting down, and punching those keys.
If you believe you can, you will try until you can.
Do you know what makes the difference between a blogger who consistently publishes content, grows a community around their blog, and manages to earn a side-income and one who struggles to get even a few likes on their articles?
Some are willing to do the work that no one seems to be in the mood for. Some are so enthusiastic, actually, to do the work that they keep showing up, day in and day out.
That’s all it takes.
If you know nothing else about blogging, about life, then you should know that if you take care of your mindset, if you figure out a compelling mission for your blog, a vision that drives you to show up every single day, then you will become successful.
And it’s mind-boggling how few people are aware of this. How much time people spend searching for a perfect guide, some secret, some shortcut.
There is no substitute for inner fortitude.
Let me repeat that, in case you missed it: there is no substitute for inner fortitude.
When you have the right mindset, it will show in your writing, it will show up in the way you interact with your readers and fellow bloggers, it will show up in the amount of energy you put into your blog.
Develop the right mindset, and you will become unstoppable.
The Universe seems to be testing our commitment.
How bad do you want it?
If you never asked yourself that question, if you do not know the answer to it, then you’re closer to giving up than you might think.
And no how-to guide is going to help you.