Are you Becoming Lazy Too? How to get back on Track
I’ve had so many experiences in life both the ugly and good ones just like every other person and I believe we’re here to help each other by sharing our various experiences and the lesson we learnt from them. Some days ago, I shared a post on how I’m becoming lazy at blogging lately, and I want to thank you all for your motivations and encouragements on that post, imagine Top Blogging Coach without your guys. Can’t thank you enough.
One thing that gave me joy and boosted my productivity is when I noticed that I’m not alone on this. So I want this post be a continuation of the previous one, but I will be sharing with you how I was able to overcome those feelings and how you too will do the same. I learnt this from somewhere and I’m sure you’ll also like to know about it.
Just like many people out there, some mornings I wake up and feel less than eager about blogging. Sometimes, this feeling doesn’t originate from laziness; but it’s a stronger power, a sense of futility and powerlessness. On this post, you’ll learn how you can even have a productive day when you are not really feeling the motivation on the inside.
However, I know you have felt similar feelings of despair or a lack of inspiration at different stages of your business development, especially for those of us who are yet to establish an income stream online that is sufficient for we to live off, or if you are right at the beginning and you have not seen any return for the work you have put in.
Does another Person’s Success normally Inspire or Deject you?
Now, depending on how you view the world and also depending on your own personality style, you may either feel inspired or dejected when you hear of the success of others, and while it’s obviously better to look at other peoples achievements as motivation, but as a mortal human, jealousy, depression and anger may be your initial response.
Do you know that your mind is your greatest asset for success in business? But it can also be a strong force of hindrance, sabotaging your efforts, destroying your work ethic and leaving you with no option but to return to the soul destroying job you promised yourself that you would never go back to, that’s if you don’t take time.
How to work even when you don’t feel like.
One of the characteristics I believe is synonymous to the success of most entrepreneurs is an ability to keep working in the face of failure and an ability to force yourself to be productive when you don’t feel like it.
I remember vividly some of the businesses I’ve done in the past that failed and how I use to promote them by walking around university campuses placing posters on boards, experiencing a feeling of impatience, a lack of confidence and a constant inner-questioning of whether what I was doing was a waste of time or not.
One of my failures and mistakes that I will never forget was when I lost about $500 some years ago. I invested on a fake business and before I know what was happening, they eloped with my money and that of many others including my friends. I know $500 is not much, but it’s still a very big money especially owing to the fact that I’m not making any money on my own then.
That incident really got me dejected and I nearly gave up the whole idea of wanting to be an entrepreneur, but after so many considerations, I decided to forget about it and move ahead knowing that its part of the different experiences I will encounter.
I ones read a story that says that….” A Native American was talking to his grandson about how he felt. He said, ‘I feel as if I have two Wolves fighting in my heart. One Wolf is the vengeful, violent one, the other one is the loving compassionate one. The grandson asked him, which wolf will win the battle in your heart? The grandfather answered….. The one I feed most.
That also brought me to one of Napoleon Hill’s quote: Enthusiasm is the steam that drives the engine.
I know it’s very hard to be confident of success when you have yet to seriously experience it. In many ways, at this stage of your business career, faith and fake-it-till-you-make-it confidence in your idea has to carry you through the self doubt, the set-backs and the slow growth.
You must know that nothing goes right all the time. Sometimes clients will ask for refunds, or they won’t be happy with what you provide or the universe creates a circumstance you had no way of predicting, which you just have to deal with.
For you beginners out there, one of the greatest challenges you will be facing often is your battle with self doubt and limitation. Others around you will jeer at your attempt to buck the trend to start a business, your own results will come slowly and for a long time you will have to work every day for little reward. Patience and willpower are necessary at this stage.
Life is all about experiences and experience they said is the best teacher. For us to succeed in life, we must first of all fail for sometimes. That you failed doesn’t make you a failure, it simply means that you’ve not succeed yet and you have to try again. I put It to you that if you’ve never failed before, then you’ve not started yet. I remember another quote that said that…… If you want to succeed, double your failure rate.
In hindsight faith in an outcome is easy because the experience is had, before this; you’re playing with chance and believing in the possibility of success without tasting it. If you don’t have any tolerance for uncertainty, you better get rid of your quest to become an entrepreneur.
Which way to go Now?
One of the things you should be doing whenever you feel less than enthusiastic is to focus on output, rather than the external elements that bring you down. You might feel utterly crushed, but you know that if you create something or take any productive action, you will continue towards your goals.
The great thing about output is the power it has over your mood. Negative emotion breeds negative actions – lying on your bed or watching TV for example – or a lack of any action at all. If you focus on creating something and just take one little step forward, the physical effort you exert effects your inner emotional state. Your ability to soldier on in the face of emotional dissonance can carry you through the darkness and return you to a state of congruent activity and thought.
You must be cognizant of the fact that blogging for money is not a quick results endeavor and like you are possibly feeling from time to time currently, you question whether the work you put in will ever bring the desired outcomes.
I remember publishing content on my blog, content I thought was very good, but no one left a comment and my traffic wasn’t going up at all. After posting my content, I’d head out to other blogs and diligently make my presence felt by leaving quality comments.
I came across blog posts covering similar topics as my own that, in my opinion, were not as good as my articles, yet this blogger had a following of hundreds of readers and lots of comments made to every post. I wondered whether I was doing something wrong.
I can’t answer that question, but I suspect that it was simply a case of patience and dedication to the process I was executing. I needed time to get to where I wanted to go and I needed to believe that my actions day-in and day-out would take me there.
I quickly learned with blogging that I had to enjoy every small success and focus on the commitment towards a goal, with at times blind faith. That motivation and commitment, even when I felt less than excited about my progress and very uncertain about whether my blog would ever take off, carried me onwards.
The end result is one year of publishing content to this blog every single week, no matter what mood I’m in. And you don’t know how happy I use to be these days whenever I see that someone has left a comment on my blog unlike when I started.
This is not something every person can replicate. Regardless of life situation, access to free time, resources or any external variable, simply put – most people don’t have the motivation to finish the race.
There is a point where you need to take stock of progress and make changes or even quit altogether. Unfortunately most people take the exit door all too early and this lack of action merely reinforces the already prevalent lack of results.
It’s not rocket science, but as moody and imperfect human beings, there is a challenge to overcome oneself. This is, and always will be, your greatest challenge in life.
If you truly want to realize an outcome and taste success, then you must complete the necessary steps to get there. Not some of them and not just during your best days. This needs to be congruent and forceful effort regardless of external circumstances or internal turmoil.
How many of you know Ana Hoffman of trafficgenerationcafe.com? In my opinion, she is one of those bloggers out there that I respect and hold in a very high esteem. Do you know that her blog is not making much money as it is supposed to? Despite its popularity and the thousands of visitors she receives per month. This is simply to tell you that you’re not alone on these feelings.
She recently wrote a post on this and I’m sure you’ll like to read it if you haven’t. Here is the post……..
Why Traffic Generation Café Is Not Making as Much Money as It Should
There you have it all.
I will like to hear your own opinion on these, did you enjoyed this post? Do you think my tips can help you? What other method have you applied to overcome these feelings? Please I like reading your comments.
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