The heavens opened.
In front of the United Nations, of all spots.
I sought refuge under the not so olive tree branches of the UN. But had to bolt eventually.
Peep the symbolism guys.
Affiliate Summit East
I am in town for a 2 week house sit coinciding with Affiliate Summit East. After watching Zac and the guys grace the stage I’ve been walking around NYC each day for cardio. Last night marked a long walk from the Upper East Side to the United Nations. But the second I turned to head back the heavens opened up. I mean major league down pour.
Cats, dogs, pigeons, parrots and pretty much Noah’s Arc fell on my noggin. Fitting too. Noah’s Arc. You get it.
I found shelter under a tree. No desire to get soaked.
About 10 minutes into the storm, 2 realities hit me:
- no way I’m staying completely dry; deluge water peppered my shirt to make me uncomfortable
- no way I’m riding it out for 20 more minutes
I decided to walk in the rain versus allowing the storm to pass. But I did something else; energized by the torrential downpour I took off my shirt (why get it soaking wet?) and ran from the UN to Yorkville, our house sit spot.
I learned 2 blogging lessons you can cash in on, traffic-wise and profit-wise.
Baby Step it
I felt sick the night before. No way I wanted to walk for another 40 minutes in torrential rains so I found shelter under a tree for about 10 minutes. The rain did not relent so I eventually chose to run through the showers but not until I rested, being kinda dry, for a little bit.
I baby stepped out of my comfort zone to prep myself for the run back home. Smart move. I needed a little break before the run. Otherwise I’d have burned out, and maybe even gotten a little cold from being tired, wet and run down.
Baby step it blogging-wise for long term success.
Imagine you fear doing a Facebook Live broadcast. Does it make sense to set up a live speaking event with a studio audience? Nope. You’ll bomb until you practice speaking for a small audience online, live. Baby step it.
Write your first blog post before writing your first eBook. Create your first video before creating the video course. Success and growth are progressive. Baby stepping bloggers become increasingly successful not by swinging for the fences but by drilling single after single for years.
But Eventually You Need to Leave Your Comfort Zone
Either I hang out under a tree for 40 minutes or get wet and head home.
I left my comfort zone and ran in the rain to be inside the apartment at a decent hour. I did some cardio in the process. Win-win.
Blogging-wise you need to leave your comfort zone to succeed. No way around it. Baby step your way to success but never believe this journey will be easy and comfortable the entire time. You must make some uncomfortable decisions to succeed because traffic and profits sit well outside of your comfort zone.
Write your first eBook. Publish your first blog post. Feel the emotions after receiving your first negative eBook review. Sit with the feelings of being criticized by your first unhappy client. Pure gold, all these experiences are, because successful bloggers grow and prosper well outside of their comfort zones.
Wrapping it Up
Be patient. Build your blogging skills through practice. Rest up. Don’t push it. But be pulled out of your comfort zone routinely to become successful. Find the happy medium between slow, steady progress and diving into sometimes highly uncomfortable experiences to become a full time blogger.