This is the first post I’ve written in a good few weeks now, in fact the last post I published was back on the 22nd of November, and here’s why?
Sometimes in blogging or in business, a little something called ‘life’ puts you to the test, by throwing a spanner in the works, which can sometimes leave you feeling stunned, suddenly incapable, damned right low and completely unmotivated.
Sometimes we go through tough times and difficult circumstances in life that can affect our ability to continue focusing on what ever it was were doing before the event, in my case and in this case being blogging.
I am currently experiencing one of life’s testing moments myself, hence the long gaps between blog posts, and whilst I’m not able to share with you the dilemma of my current circumstances just yet, for legal reasons, I would like to share with you some tips and suggestions on how to regain some of your passion back for blogging, when life or ‘difficult circumstances’ is putting you to the test.
Separating Life from Work and Focusing on something positive…
This can prove extremely difficult, and I can’t lie, as over the last few weeks I’ve found it extremely hard to concentrate on anything work related, especially when your personal life is in Crisis.
However what I’ve been able to do is spend at least 20 minutes, before starting to work on my blog, focusing on something completely inspirational and positive. In my case I’ve been reading the 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferris! and a few pages before getting started is all I need to read to start focusing on doing some positive work on my blogging business.
If you’re going through some tough times yourself, I know it’s probably hard to do anything other than think about your problems right now. But if you can, just take 20 minutes to find something really uplifting and inspirational to do, something that will help you break beyond the four walls that have been surrounding you and become more positive. Whether it’s listening to your favorite podcast, or even going out for a stroll on the beach and thinking positively about the future that lies ahead, way beyond all the problems that you’re faced with right now…
do something positive before you start blogging.
Look at the progress you’ve made so far… (it matters)
It’s so easy to lose yourself ‘in the now’ and what’s going on around you, that sometimes you can forget about the great things you’ve already achieved with your blog, way back before your problems became apparent.
If you’ve kept an account of your achievements to date, look back upon them and remember the feeling that you got when you reached a particular milestone, or achieved a goal. For me I think about the time I wrote my first blog post and recorded my first podcast session, the time my blog crossed the 100k Alexa ranking, the time I made my first affiliate sale, amongst many more achievements.
You’ll soon start to find passion to blog again simply by looking at your past achievements. It won’t help you resolve any personal problems now, but it can certainly lift your spirits up, only if just for a short while whilst you work on your blog.
A problem, shared, is a problem halved…
You know the saying, ‘A problem shared is a problem halved’… although sometimes you can’t really share your problems with people for various reasons, however if you’re in a positive and caring community, whether it’s online or offline, and have people care about you and your blog, especially if you’ve done plenty to help others in the past, then let others know that you’re going through some tough times at the moment and that you look to them for support and reassurance.
You’ll be surprised just how caring some people can be.
Remember, blogging is about being in a supportive community network, not just on a professional level, but a personal one too, if you think differently, well that’s just too bad.
Well, that’s my tips on staying positive and finding your passion to blog when life is really putting you to the test. I hope to share some more with you about my own circumstances in the coming months when the dust has settled, perhaps more appropriately on my personal blog over at Online Income Journal. In the meantime if you want to share your thoughts and suggestions with the readers below, please do so in the comment section as always.
God bless you all –
Fabrizio Van Marciano
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