I published a post on my blog recently about how to identify and slay blogging limiting beliefs.
A few reader comments nudged me to write this post.
I suffered from a destructive, self-sabotaging, horrific limiting beliefs for a good 6 years of my online career.
Clinging to this limiting belief:
- handcuffed me
- made me work myself into sickness
- created extended failure
- frustrated me
- destroyed my creative talents
- drowned out my intuition
Killing this limiting belief helped me:
- land features on some of the world’s most famous blogs
- write and self-publish 126 eBooks
- tell my authentic, inspired story
- travel the world as an island hopping pro blogger
What is it:
Underdog Syndrome: seeing yourself as an underdog who needs to overcome insurmountable odds to taste sweet blogging success.
I saw myself as the ultimate blogging underdog for nearly 6 years of my blogging career.
I was the bum, broke security guard from Jersey trying to make good.
Unfortunately, when you see yourself as an underdog you subconsciously:
- create obstacles for yourself
- repel money
- repel profitable ideas
- repel successful influencers
- fail for years
- experience some success, but with a constant, continual struggle
I had some sweet success online over this 6 year stretch.
But with continual struggles.
I clawed like a wolverine to make ends meet.
I fought like a Nepali wild man to be heard.
I worked myself to the bone, getting sick, and almost dying in India because I was trying SO DARN HARD to succeed, to cease being the underdog, to overcome an invisible foe, and imagined enemy, I created myself.
Finally, I decided to slay Underdog Syndrome.
I haven’t looked back.
Here’s how I did it.
How to Slay the Demon
I so appreciate the many successful bloggers out there who do their best to help their readers BUT I stopped reading blogs whose core theme was:
- nobody cares about you as a newbie blogger (you are 1 grain of sand out of billions, so you are the ultimate underdog)
- you need to work hard for 5 to 10 years – or longer – to “overcome the odds”
- you need to pore over a single blog post for 10 to 15 hours – or longer – or else it’ll be average at best, or pure garbage, at worst
Guys, I admire every successful blogger out there.
I love them, really.
But some top shelf, tremendous, compassionate, empathetic bloggers are simply projecting their limiting beliefs onto you.
They *mean well* and genuinely want to empower you, yet, they saw themselves as the Ultimate Underdog for much of their lives (and may see themselves as Ultimate Underdogs, to this day) so naturally they built their blogs around the core messages I shared with you above (i.e., nobody cares about you, you are a speck in a sea of sand, you need to work yourself to the bone, to overcome endless obstacles, etc…).
If you, too, see yourself as suffering from Underdog Syndrome, stop reading these blogs.
It’s just your career, happiness and livelihood, on the line.
Fill this blogging void with my blog, or similar blogs where creators empower, entertain, inspire, uplift and remind you of the unlimited power you always have access to.
Look at Tony Robbins.
He’s the most famous self help coach on earth and is worth hundreds of millions of dollars because he makes you feel like a champion not an underdog!
- you are whole and complete, as is
- you are deserving of all good things now
- you are worthy…WOW you are worthy!
- Underdog Syndrome is an ego-induced mental state often consistent with bloggers who imagined themselves to be up against impossible obstacles, or whose egos needed the drama to feel fulfilled
- most Underdogs – like the old, unhappy me – have a real tough time loving and accepting themselves
- You choose to see yourself as an Underdog and can stop seeing yourself as an Underdog
The Ultimate Reminder
Blogging is an energy game.
Meaning, you choose to vibe a certain way (feeling grateful, whole and complete, happy, and just plain having fun with blogging) and you’ll attract:
- Eureka moments (profitable ideas, clever ideas leading to viral posts, etc)
- influential bloggers, who you’ll befriend and build prospering partnerships with
- increasing amounts of money and freedom
- ideas for inspired action, and of course, you’ll act on these inspired ideas to free yourself and to free your audience
Tips for Overcoming Underdog Syndrome
- Surround yourself only with loving, empowering, compassionate bloggers (these folks will make you feel like a champion versus making you feel like an Underdog Chump who needs to struggle for years before making it)
- Pick 2-5 bloggers whose lives seem amazing to you, and follow their every post, check out their eBooks, check out their products, comment on their blogs and share their content on social media (learn from them, support them and move into their Empowered Circles)
- Meditate, do EFT tapping, build a gratitude list and follow daily habits to raise your energy, so you can face, embrace and release your Underdog Syndrome, to become the Blogging Champion you really are
Are you suffering from Underdog Syndrome?
If you feel super inspired and like a blogging champion who appears on world famous blogs you can sign up for my course here.