Blogging is a tough business. Every Tom, Dick, and Harry (or Jane, Judy, and Lane) that has a blog also has a “How to Start a Blog Post” and there are tons of articles about how “easy” blogging is.
The truth of the matter is running a successful blog is a lot of work and there is a steep learning curve. There are a lot of moving parts that have to be in sync to have a successful blog. It can be enough to make any new blogger want to pull their hair out.
But, no matter how frustrating it can be to learn how to blog, lack of knowledge is not why most blogs fail.
The real reason most blogs fail is that people give up. They give up because their belief they will succeed has dwindled down to nothing. Blogs fail because of limiting beliefs.
So what exactly is a limiting belief? According to Changing Minds a limiting belief is a belief which constrains you in some way.
In layman’s terms, it’s that annoying little voice in the back of your head that tells you you’re not special enough, good enough, smart enough, experienced enough, whatever enough to succeed.
The truth of the matter is- you’re enough.
Keep reading to discover some of the most common limiting beliefs.
I Don’t Know Enough
Believe it or
If you’re new at something, are passionate about it, and want to write about it then do so. You don’t have to know it all, you just have to know more than the average person on a topic.
You don’t have to know it all, you just have to know more than the average person on a topic.DEJA CRONLEY- ‘MONEY ON THE GROW’
Tell your readers you’re new and want them to join you on your journey. Share your wins and your failures with them along with what you learned.
You being you and being honest will always be “enough.” You have to believe that to succeed at blogging.
Want more tips on starting a blog on a topic you’re not an expert in? Check out this post and podcast by Problogger on the topic.
I Don’t Have Enough Time
Time is limited for everyone and we all wish we had more of it.
But, if blogging is important to you, you will carve out time for it like anything else. I am writing this at 130 in the morning because it’s the only time I can write as a stay-at-home mom of a two and four-year-old.
Maybe the only time you can work on your blog is at lunchtime, by getting up 30 minutes early, or after the kids go to sleep. If it’s important to you, you’ll carve out time for it.
And remember- blogging is not a race. Of course, we would all love to succeed as fast as possible but maybe you’re more tortoise than
I’m Not a Good Enough Writer
If you’re awful at writing then blogging may be like pulling teeth for you. But, if you have great ideas and still want to blog there are ways to work around to this.
Hire an editor, record your posts then transcribe them, or have a vlog (video blog) or podcast.
Again, if you want to blog (or vlog) bad enough then you can and will find a way to do so.
Need help learning how to write content for your blog? Check out my post ‘How to Write Blog Posts Your Readers Will Love‘.
You can also download your Blog Post Checklist from the Resource Library to ensure you never miss a step when publishing your posts.
I Don’t Have Enough Money to Invest in My Blog
Yes- there are ridiculously priced courses out there. But, there are also very reasonably priced courses and investing in your business at some point will help you reach your goals faster.
There are tons of free courses out there including my 6 day FREE workshop which can help you earn money within the first 2 weeks of starting your blog through email marketing.
There’s also a list of the Top 25+ FREE Courses you can sign up for separated by subject in my Resource Library.
Pro-Tip: There are tons of free trials and services out there. Try them out and (while you have access) take their courses.
You can also take advantage of another free resource: other bloggers. Join a few blogging facebook groups and post your questions.
It won’t take long for you to notice the people who respond over and over again to your posts. Those are the best people to get to know and bounce questions off of.
I’m Not Special Enough
This is the most pervasive and wide spread false belief I’ve heard in the blogging world… and one I struggled with too.
You probably believe others have something special that you don’t but it’s not true.
The people who succeed are the ones who consistently move forward with their blogs and just don’t give up.
Changing Your Mindset
Changing your mindset may be one of the hardest things you’ll ever do but is absolutely worth it because it can help you achieve your goals.
Truth bomb: It’s something I still work on daily. The good news is, there are steps you can take to start retraining your brain.
Read Motivational Quotes (A Lot)
Have you ever read a quote and something about it struck a chord with you?
I have a tattoo on my side with the quote “Happiness is where you find it but rarely where you seek it.” There was something about it that spoke to me.
Words can have an amazing affect on you so take advantage of them.
Head over to Google or Pinterest and type in ‘Motivational Quotes.’
Find a few you like, print them off, and hang them in high traffic areas of your home. Next to the bed, on the bathroom mirror, on your fridge- wherever you know you will see it often and say it out loud when you read it.
At first you will feel silly but use those quotes to motivate you, uplift you, and give you the push you need to stick with this crazy thing called blogging.
Practice Changing Your Inner Talk
Every time you think you “can’t” do something change it to “I choose not to __.”
According to Thoughts on Translation the “I can’t…” mindset is harmful because it ‘deflects responsibility away from the person who’s really in charge: you! And when you start to be more accepting of your own choices, you’re much less stressed and frustrated, because you realize that you’re making a deliberate choice, not being backed into a corner by forces you can’t control.’
Work on changing your inner voice and watch your life change with it.
Create a Dream Board
If you’re like me you just rolled your eyes when you read the words “Dream Board” but studies have shown people who write down and visualize their goals are up to 10 times more likely to achieve them. Even Oprah Winfrey has a board so it can’t be too corny, right?
Need help starting on your own dream board? Check out this simple tutorial by Christie Inge.
Achieving Your Goals
Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t- you’re right.HENRY FORD
When it comes to succeeding at anything, including blogging, it’s not experience, education, or time that determines whether you’ll be successful. The major determinant is the belief you will be successful.
Persevere, find blogging friends, work on changing your mindset, and do what you set out to do: rock your blog.