Feeling burned out is tough.
I used to face burnout regularly. After working my tail off I had to pull back from blogging for a bit, feeling exhausted. Sometimes, I struggled to see any appreciable results and flamed out.
I eventually uncovered a smart, quick solution to blogger burnout. Move your predominant attention from blogging outcomes to the process. Shift your focus from stats, metrics, money and traffic to creating content and building meaningful friendships with bloggers. Be generous and genuine to make the greatest impact and to be energized for your blogging journey.
It’s almost like you become completely unstoppable the moment you choose to blog mainly for fun and helping people versus blogging from an energy of fear, to get stuff.
Burnout dissolves the moment you focus on having fun helping people and give little thought, attention and energy to blogging outcomes.
Quick But Uncomfortable
I know you can make this shift quickly but I cannot lie; focusing on the process and not on outcomes feels highly uncomfortable. Fear rears its ugly head. If you are human, your mind wants to know your return on investment. OK; you wrote 10 guest posts this week. How many people joined your email list? How much traffic did you drive to your blog? How much did your blogging profits increase? Do not listen to your mind. Face, embrace and release your fears and proceed, focusing heavily on the process of creating and connecting and focusing on little else.
Panic attempts to weed its way into your mind. Do not surrender to this strong energy. Feel the emotion, and allow it to dissolve. As fears pass, you focus again on the process, not outcomes, to build up energy stores, to feel good and to blog from a calm, freeing, relaxed, sustaining, peaceful energy.
Even though I feel some bodily tension at day’s end, mentally I feel pretty fresh, even if I blog for 10-12 hours daily. Why? I am not outcomes-driven. I do appreciate my success but do not cling to tension-inducing, stressful, leaden weights of traffic and profits. The only reason why you feel burned out is because you work really hard and long, forcing yourself to blog based on some condition related to money and traffic. You NEED money so you work hard and long, for 16 hour days, mainly to get money. Heavy tension arises in body and mind. You force yourself to blog, mainly to get money. You ignore getting ample rest, taking care of self and blogging mainly for fun.
Of course, you fall prey to burnout like millions of bloggers before you. Blogging is not stressful. You chose to add stress to blogging. Blogging did not force your burnout. You chose to add tension to the blogging process by forcing yourself to blog, to make money. But if you blog mainly for fun, you cannot feel tension or stress because fun-peace is a full 180 from fear-stress on the energy spectrum.
Blogging for 10, 12 or 14 hours daily is fairly easy if you genuinely love what you do. If you blog mainly for fun, you become burnout-free. Burnout only arises if you try really hard and work really hard to get something out of blogging versus giving yourself to blogging.
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