10 minutes ago I walked down to the subway in NYC.
On looking at the MTA card machine I was alerted – by a dude scamming folks in the subway – that the machine only accepted cash.
Hmmm…..I typically pay with my credit card. Quick swipe. I had no cash on hand at the time.
A few seconds later I found out the machine on the opposite wall sold MTA cards for longer term deals; not a single ride.
Kelli and I do the single ride bit as we don’t journey on the subway that much. Walking folks.
I feel a little agitated. But keep my cool. No complaints. All fine.
I walk up stairs. Search for an ATM. I find one after a few shops.
Swipe the debit card. Withdraw cash.
I walk back to the subway. Go underground.
I pay the lady for 2 trips.
Card procured, I side-stepped the scheister. Slid the card. Kelli and I walked through to the train, which arrived a few seconds later.
We get to the Port Authority. I buy our tickets. We literally walk onto the bus a few seconds before it takes off.
Imagine if I stopped to complain in the subway? About the pan handler trying to bum tickets off of me? Or about the fact that a machine only takes cash in the subways of NYC, and will not take a credit card?
Imagine if I spent time complaining about having to wander NYC for an ATM? Imagine if I complained about the bank fee on the ATM withdrawal?
You know what’s happening; I miss the subway, I miss this bus and I delay my return home by a good 30 minutes. Minimum.
I lower my vibe. By choosing to complain about circumstances I would feel crappy. Crappy feeling folks do not write helpful blog posts. Crappy feeling folks likely do not write at all.
Even though I felt slightly annoyed by the panhandler and cash only situation at the machine I remained calm, cool and collected. I maintained my wits about me. I saw a solution versus problems, or versus complaining about circumstances.
The Blogging Application
As with the 45 million life stories I relate to the online world, I saw a blogging lesson in my experience. My wife nods and laughs as I write these words; she gets to see my blogging act daily, drawing paraleals between our travels and successful blogging.
You absolutely, positively, need to keep your cool when resistance arises online. The White Screen of Death. Google or Facebook algorithm updates that seem to level your blog. A growing legion of spammers or critics besieging your blog. One or two or three income streams drying up quickly.
All of these circumstances cripple the average blogger. Which is exactly why the average blogger is…..average.
But the blogger who remains calm, cool and collected during resistance sees the resistance dissolve.
5 minutes spanned between seeing the no cash sign at the machine and me getting on the subway. I wasted zero time complaining about the situation. I saw a solution. I did not worry, or fret, or flip out, or complain to the MTA worker behind the desk about the circumstance.
I saw a solution. I pursued the solution. I hopped the subway then the bus back to NJ seamlessly. No issues. No problems. One opportunity to seize and use. A little resistance dissolving into the end game.
Resistance will arise during your blogging career. Will you be like most bloggers and complain about resistance, like a big blogging baby? Or will you see solutions amid the resistance?
The solution finders become top bloggers. The solution finders are top bloggers.
Observe how these pros do a fine job wading through resistance like it isn’t even there, gracefully coasting to win after win.
Some bloggers behave in a calm, cool way, naturally.
The rest need to follow daily rituals, to cultivate the habit of being a cool blogger.
- Doing yoga
- Breathing deeply a few times daily
- Spending time thinking through why you do what you are doing with your blog
I particularly enjoy doing 40 minutes of yoga and meditating for 20 minutes on waking.
Each practice helped me go from complaining hot head or blogging worry wort to being calm, cool and collected in virtually every blogging circumstance.
Are you a cool blogger?
What tips can you add for becoming a cool, calm, confident blogger?
What Is Your eBook Income Potential?
Have you bought my exciting eBook?
I help you retire to a life of travel through blogging by sharing my story. Buy it to live your dreams.
Let’s get right down to it guys. Your ebook income potential is whatever you put your mind to. Every cent you make in life begins in your consciousness. If you think and feel really really really rich, trust in the process and generously help people there is literally no limit to the amount of money you can make. Never base your income on someone else’s results because you have no idea what is in their mind and how they feel. This is a common new author mistake. They set the bar based on other people’s results. Bad idea. You never know what’s in another person’s mind so you never know what’s going into their income and you never know how brilliant YOU may be if you focus on yourself and never compare yourself to others.
Even if you see a super inspired person who lives their dreams, and they have pretty sweet results as far as ebook income, never base your potential on their results. They may make a ton of money every month in ebook sales but your journey may be to make a hundred times that amount of income. Never base Your Potential on somebody else’s results. Even if the person has knocked it out of the park as far as sales, you never want to base your life on someone else’s life.
Just look to inspired authors for inspiration. Never look at numbers on a screen. Sales are numbers on a screen. What do numbers mean? Nothing. What does money mean?. It is an illusion, a neutral means of exchange that doesn’t mean anything until your mind assigns some meaning to money.
If new authors ask me how much I make, they haven’t followed my blog for too long LOL. I never make income claims. This is because I would never want to cripple you and your potential. I am only human. Even if I made 2 billion dollars a month through ebooks, that’s still on the low side, because we are infinite beings capable of everything. Knowing this, I never want to hold back your potential and I never want you to base your life on my life because that would dishonor me and dishonor you too.
If you want to succeed as a new author, Follow Your Passion, trust in the process, genuinely help people, and keep making friends. Your sales increase as you help more people for free. It is that simple. That’s the recipe to my success. I never get caught up in sales and I barely check my metrics. I just have ten thousand more people to help today and that’s all that I know. This is how to live a movie worthy life, like I live, helping people all day long and having no concerns about sales or what you’re getting. When you get lost in the process with love, the money takes care of itself in a beautiful way.
Your ebook income earnings potential is unlimited. How is that for inspiration? That’s all you need to know. Me telling you about numbers will not inspire you because numbers are meaningless. Only serving human beings means the most. Being free means the most. Move away from goals and just carry an intent to live a free life through blogging and you will the happiest, healthiest and wealthiest you.
4 Common New Blogger Mistakes
Common new blogger mistakes often cripple blogging careers before entrepreneurs can gain any momentum.
I made my fair share of newbie boo boo’s in the beginning. Be real with yourself. Be straight with yourself. Newbies often have oodles of blind spots to face, own and release, in order to become successful. Excited, but scared new bloggers cannot see themselves in the light of truth but being shown errors helps you travel a straighter, more narrow blogging path.
Common New Blogger Mistakes
Own these mistakes and make the appropriate corrections to accelerate your new blogger success.
I received a sponsored post from a blogger a few minutes ago. Unfortunately, I quoted him the price over 1 month ago. My price rose ten fold since that time; discount for some bloggers, for a short time. This common error cripples many new bloggers; hesitating. He should have written and submitted the sponsored post in 12-24 hours to lock in his price, to get featured on my blog and to grow his business. Waiting 33 days to submit a sponsored post is an eternity in the blogging world.
Act now. Stop hesitating. Nudge into discomfort. Do not hesitate if you receive an opportunity. Act on it immediately to do as pro bloggers do.
2: No Bond Building
New bloggers commonly try to do everything on their own. Write a blog post. Publish. Share on social media. Sit there. Wait. Repeat the cycle tomorrow. Quickly, new bloggers understand that if you network with nobody, you write for nobody.
Build friendships with top bloggers. Comment genuinely on blogs. Promote top bloggers through your blog and through social media. Make friends. Show an interest in bloggers; not in what they can do for you. Make friends with these pros to better connect with these individuals, and to influence them to promote your blogging success.
3: Not Learning from Pros
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I teach you how to gain the trust of your audience, a key step for new bloggers to take. But alas, most new bloggers choose not to learn from pros, instead, winging it on their own. This is a recipe for disaster because if you have no idea how to blog – and you do not – you will have a 100% failure rate. Example; most newbies are filled with fear and doubt, so their readers cannot trust them, because they do not trust themselves. My eBook helps you to trust yourself so you move into actions that gain reader trust. Buy the eBook, avoid struggles by gaining reader trust and cut your blogging learning curve.
4: Not Blogging
Not blogging is common among new bloggers. Newbies sit on the sidelines, waiting for the right moment. Now is the right moment. Here and now, you can dive into your blogging journey, diving into the game. Sit with fear. Feel it. We all fear. But just feel fear, then, blog, anyway. Feel the fear and do it anyway to become a successful blogger; hit the ground running.
Blog. Free yourself. Commit. Think about why you want to blog. Dwell on fun and freedom.
Embrace the Journey
Expect the unexpected. Waves of different emotions assault your mind as a newbie blogger. Preparing for emergencies simply unearths different emergencies, unearthing deep fears and conditioning you to expect the unexpected. Relax. Be gentle with yourself. Own these common new blogger errors from a compassionate energy to smooth your new blogger journey considerably.
I still make little mistakes here and there as an experienced, veteran blogger but I forgive myself for being human. Do the same thing but also own your errors to free yourself of these struggling, failing energies.
4 Common Blogger Time Wasters
I wrote an eBook on how NOT to waste time online.
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Full time employees, busy moms and college students working part time often find blogging difficult, for there seems to be no time to blog. But there is time to blog the split second you stop wasting time on these incessant things, for minutes or even hours daily.
I do not buy minutes for my phone. At times, my wife buys minutes when she….just chooses to. I am not a doctor; nobody will die if they do not contact me via phone. I can read a map. I can speak to people offline. My phone is a time waster so I rarely use it. Guess what? Some people believe I am an elite level blogger….and I do not use my phone, barring using it at home, with an internet connection. Doesn’t that suggest you can succeed in blogging even if you do not have a phone with minutes? Turn off your phone or trash it or delete minutes for a few weeks. Observe your fear-attachment to technology and being connected. Save 1, 2 or 10 hours of time of needless phone checking and chatting, over a month.
Email. The ultimate time waster for most bloggers who check email 10 to 20 times daily or more. Unless you are a doctor or in emergency services, your blog is not a life and death business. Clients can wait. Really, they can. But most bloggers are so filled with fear, and too desperately attached to clients, that they check email 10 or 20 times daily, wasting time better spent writing a guest post or blog post. I check email 1-5 times daily. No more. My life reads like a movie because I am creating and connecting versus desperately checking my email, fearing loss.
3: Stat Checking
Oh my goodness; stat checking. Who signed up today? How many courses did I sell? How many eBooks did I sell? What are my metrics? Some bloggers check stats hourly. This is madness, because blogging is a year to year, not an hour to hour, endeavor. Nobody blogs well over an hour to hour basis, so why would you check stats hourly, or even, daily? I have blogged for 20,000 hours. AFTER 20,000 hours, some people believe I am one of the best bloggers on earth. Not because I stopped every hour to SEE IF I WAS DOING GOOD, DOING WELL. Successful blogging is like running a 26 mile marathon, enjoying the journey, and finishing. Failed blogging is like running a marathon and stopping every 200 feet to see if you finished, or, how you are doing. Insanity, and a huge time waster, too.
You will never get it perfect. Sorry. So stop wasting time on your 45th draft and just publish the post. We will love it. I promise. Perfectionism robs joy, steals happiness and snatches freedom from every blogger. Be at peace with publishing content. Edit a bit, but go live. Go public. Stop wasting time trying to make something perfect or flawless because critics find fault with anything, and, fans see past your imperfections.
There you have it, guys. Make sure you buy my eBook on the way out.
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