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Do You JUST Blog or Do You Run a Blogging Business?

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One benefit of my eBook:

How to Escape a 9-5 Job that You Hate

is learning how to grow a blogging business, that frees you from your job.

Unfortunately, most former or current employees see themselves as JUST blogging. You know what I mean. Folks downplay their blog. Heck; it is pretty much worthless, in their mind, because it is nothing, insignificant, just a blog. How can you grow a real, thriving blogging business if you feel ashamed about that piddly creation of yours? You cannot. I never saw myself as JUST a blogger because early on, I vowed to never view myself as a security guard who blogged. I was a blogger, and EX security guard.

Yet many current employees who dislike their jobs see themselves as teachers, police officers or office workers who just blog. Change your self-image to change your life. Or cling to your employee self-image to keep creating that experience for yourself. Doesn’t matter. You choose the course or path. Nothing outside of you does.

First Step

The first step to building a thriving blogging business is to see yourself, and to refer to yourself in mind, speaking to yourself, as a professional blogger well before you make a penny. Feel free to either keep your inner confidence secret, or, to share your view of self with the world. You can simply tell folks you are on the path to being a professional blogger. Either way, just convince yourself you are becoming a pro and also remind yourself to let go of your past employment, or current employment, mentally, even as you work the job.

Be a Blogger Not JUST a Blogger

Never down, minimize or rip on blogging, or else, blogging will not like you. I have taken blogging seriously for years. Even though I am light about blogging and do not take myself seriously, I still give significant attention and energy to this awesome, freeing and fun endeavor. Blogging is the real deal. I built a genuine business through this channel because I never looked at it as a joke, or afterthought.

You will see after purchasing the eBook above how blogging gives you, what you give blogging. If you feel blogging to be some silly joke, and give it little generous energy, blogging mirrors your energy back to you as failure. If you take blogging as a serious, credible way to change people’s lives, it will be so, for you, based on your belief and generous effort.

Blogging Serves as the Mirror

Blogging simply gives you what you give blogging. It is all rather simple and direct. But at times, blogging feels uncomfortable because it feels scary to nudge into fears fueling your “just blogging” thoughts. Face these energies. Feel these energies. Release these energies.

I circle the globe through professional blogging. Been doing so for 8 years. Does that sound like a joke or gag or silly venture, to you?

Nope, it sure doesn’t.

Blogging is the real deal but you need to get clear on the fact this is a credible, meaningful way to change people’s lives. This happens with inner transformation. Be with your fears. Be at peace taking apart your self image. Be straight with yourself. Nobody grows by lying to themselves because if you do not face the truth you cannot experience the truth of success, abundance and happiness. No way around that one.

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Do You Judge Your Blogging Day by Numbers on a Screen?

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One of the genuinely most bizarre things that bloggers do is judging their entire day by numbers on a screen. I just checked my email inbox. I saw one email. I received money from PayPal. Cool. Did I worry or stress out or fear that I received one email versus 20 or 30 or 40? Of course not. I don’t want email. I want to have fun helping people and make passive income all day long. That is my intent. Email pulls me away from that intent which pulls me away from a passive empire which pulls me away from a life of Fun and Freedom. Do you see how reframing your thinking and clarifying your intent helps you be free and successful? Do you also see why it’s a huge mistake to judge your day by numbers on a screen?

I recall panicking in the past when I felt that I did not receive enough emails in a day. This was silly but it was fear, too. Resisting fear makes you do really silly stuff. Like judging your blogging day by numbers on a screen. The only way you succeed online is by generously helping people, trusting in yourself and in the blogging process and opening multiple streams of income. Be this person and you will succeed. But the split-second you begin judging numbers on a screen, you screw up that entire process because generosity becomes stinginess. Bloggers hold back because they fear giving too much away in a universe of abundance. The split-second you hold back, traffic and profits are held back from you. This is why most bloggers never make more than $100 during their online career.

Never judge your blogging day by numbers on a screen. In most cases you will feel like the numbers are not enough, which leads to feeling bad, which leads to failure. In a few cases you will become excited at big numbers then crash at the end of the day. In a few cases you will feel average or mediocre, which is not a good emotion. Stop judging numbers on a screen. Blog your passion, have fun helping people, trust in the process and open multiple streams of income. This is a successful blogging formula.

Be a process focused blogger versus being an outcomes focused blogger. Stop basing your life on numbers on a screen. This is almost a form of insanity when you think about it. You have such unlimited potential to help people and live your dreams but staring at numbers scares you? This makes zero sense. Stop staring at numbers on a screen and judging them, feeling like you are not enough or you are not getting enough. You are enough. You are whole and complete. Follow your passion. Be generous. Help many people for free every day but open multiple income streams through which you receive money. This process is simple but uncomfortable sometimes because it requires facing fears, feeling fears and developing your emotional intelligence. Most people would rather judge their day by numbers on a screen vs. facing deep fears and feeling these fears. I was in that lot for a long time. This was not a pleasant of my blogging career.

But facing fears by owning that I judged numbers on a screen and felt really bad about it most of the time helped me feel these fears and release these fears, creating the generous, abundant blogger you see today. Blogging is easier for me these days because I judge a little and give a lot. I also trust more deeply in the blogging process. I trust in myself too. Everything moved in this direction when I stop judging my blogging day by numbers on a screen.

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Do You Get Lost in Blogging Busywork?

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My prime business intent going forward is to get my 124 ebooks in 1 billion places. That’s it. I will promote other opportunities of course and prosper through multiple channels but it is a billion with my 124. Hold me to that. Wait a second. You won’t have to hold me to that. I’m pretty good about being accountable to myself.

Anyway, it’s been fascinating to see moments of my mind attempting to pull me to blogging busy work. You know exactly what I mean. For me, my day is largely about promoting my ebooks through Twitter, Facebook, blog posts, guest posts, Live broadcasts on Facebook, my podcast, and videos on Twitter as well. Other than promoting a few other opportunities, I do not intend to do anything else. But of course my mind tries to pull me toward blogging busy work at times. How does my sidebar look? Is my sidebar converting enough? What about blog comments? Should I open comments on specific old blog posts? Each question indicates some type of busy work that is not genuinely important or business building for your blog. Of course, most bloggers spend a fair chunk of their days on busy work and wonder why they struggle and fail so horribly. If you spend most of your time doing what does not matter, you will fail. But if you spend most of your time doing what does matter, creating and connecting and opening multiple streams of income, you will succeed. Blogging is that simple.

But blogging is not comfortable at all because even though we intellectually know to avoid busy work, our fears pull us in towards the silly activities. Some bloggers spend weeks or months or even years doing stuff that ultimately does not matter. Why spend hours on your blog design when it’s the content you create and the connections you build that lead to your greatest blogging success? You have to be honest with yourself when it comes to blogging. Being straight with yourself makes the difference between success and failure.

I usually catch myself within seconds to minutes of being engaged in busy work that does not really make a difference. I scan my email in seconds. I am down to that number now. But I recall my struggling days when I would be in my email for 20 minutes or an hour or longer every day. I tried to read every word of every email. I tried to engage every silly sponsored post pitch. Huge mistakes. I wasted so much time on what didn’t matter. You know what matters? Creating helpful content and building genuine connections with human beings by helping other bloggers. Do these things and you position yourself to succeed. Add income streams and you position yourself to become a full-time blogger, just like I discuss in this eBook.

Blogging is simple but uncomfortable. Creating and connecting feels uncomfortable when your fear pulls you toward busy work. Ego is like that. The mind is like that. It makes a mountain out of a molehill by pulling you away from core, business building blogging activities towards stuff that waste your time. I have never looked at a heat map in my blogging life yet I’ve circled the globe for the past eight years as a professional blogger. Feel free to spend a few moments checking out heat maps but when moments become hours, you’re messing up. You’re too engaged in blogging busy work. Help people freely and generously. Trust in the process. Open multiple streams of income. Promote your core opportunity the most, like me promoting my 124 ebooks. Success will find you.

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Do You Reject or Accept Opportunities for Growth?

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I just wrote and self published this ebook in a little over 24 hours:

7 Things that Inspired Me to Go from Scared Security Guard to Smiling Island Hopper

 not bad, eh? I asked my readers for ebook ideas.  I received answers. I wrote the ebook. I really hustled on this one. I’ve already generated a quick sale. How? I accept opportunities for growth immediately. Do you feel the same way? Or do you reject opportunities for blogging growth? Be honest with yourself. This is not a comfortable process for bloggers to follow because your ego may sting a little bit.

 Blogging struggle is borne of rejecting opportunities for growth. Blogging success is born of accepting opportunities for blogging growth immediately. I opened another income stream within 24 hours based on seizing an opportunity immediately. No hesitating. No hemming and hawing. No delaying. Other than sleeping for a handful of hours I did nothing else other than write the ebook, proofread the ebook, add photos and publish the sucker during that 24-hour stretch. Oh yeah. I also did some networking and content creating and yes, I promoted a handful of my 123 books. But I wrote ebook number 124 during that time frame too. Why? I love blogging. I love freedom. I love seizing opportunities for blogging growth.

 Emerson said all life is an experiment and the more experiments you make the better. This wise man knew the secret to success. Seize the moment and squeeze all you can out of the moment by accepting opportunities for blogging growth fast. If a reader nudges you to write an ebook, write the darn ebook. Do not delay. Unless you despise writing, and you probably don’t because you blog, write the ebook, help the reader and make money. If one reader has that issue than 50 million readers have that issue. We are all human beings with pretty similar problems when you break everything down.

 How quickly do you reject opportunities for growth because you fear something or someone?  My most lucrative freelance writing client basically had to beg me to work for him. I so deeply feared I would not be worth the money he was paying me and I also feared his criticism, even though he was such a nice, warm, genuine dude. After he would not accept me saying no, I accepted the job and made a pretty penny over the course of our relationship. I learned my lesson. Now I gobble up opportunities for growth so quickly it’ll make your head spin.

 I could go to bed right now to take a quick nap. I just worked for the long stretch to write the e-book and release it. But I gobble up this opportunity to write a guest post. Again guys, I accept opportunities for growth and grow like a stinking blogging weed.

 Do not ignore opportunities because you fear seizing blogging opportunities because ignorance leads to struggle, failure and quitting. Seize the moment. Seize opportunities for blogging growth. Write the guest post. Broadcast live on Facebook. Upload a video to Twitter. Write the ebook. Convert it to audiobook. Create a course. How do you think I retired to a life of island hopping? I did not sit on the sidelines folks, waiting and waiting and waiting for opportunities. I seized opportunities for growth quickly and more opportunities flowed my way. Opportunities seized, multiply fast. Opportunities rejected disappear immediately.

Seize the blogging moment! 

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