This guest post is by Adarsh Thampy of Conversionchamp.
I wish I started my blog a long time back when there was a lot less competition.
I wish I was able to write great content from the start.
I wish I had the money to purchase hosting and set up a self-hosted WordPress blog.
I wish, I wish, I wish…
How many of us have wished for something like this in the past? Or, worse yet, is still wishing for things to happen just like that?
I know I have. And I bet a lot of you have wished for something similar as well.
The problem with the “I wish” mentality
Do you know what’s stopping you from becoming the most sought after blogger in your niche?
Yeah, you heard me right. The biggest obstacle to your blogging success is none other than you.
I know this for a fact, because I have been in the same position. I started many blogs, built many successful ones … and then let them die. Yeah, just like that.
There wasn’t enough motivation for me to keep going. So in effect, I was my own bottleneck.
Right now I am determined to change all that. Today, I want to share what I have learned from the past five years of blogging with you so that you realize:
- there’s no reason why you can’t be a success today, even if you feel you should have started a blog long time back
- consuming more information may be counterproductive for you
- there is no reason why you should have a self-hosted WordPress blog either (I do believe that having one is best for business, though).
3 Rules for overcoming the “I wish” mentality
Rule #1: Stop wishing
First of all, you need to realize that wishing is not going to make things any better.
Sure, you could wish you started blogging five years back. But five years down the line, you’d be surprised to find that you’d still be thinking the same. You’ll think then, “I wish five years back I wasn’t dumb enough to not start a blog because I thought I was too late.”
If you keep on wishing, the only thing that’s going to happen is that you’ll never realize your dreams, and others will get ahead of you.
So rule #1 for overcoming the “I wish” mentality is to stop wishing. If you want to wish, wish for world peace. If at all your wish comes true, you’d be satisfied that you contributed to a greater good.
Rule #2: Stop consuming too much information
When I started out, I believed that reading all the information I could get my hands on was the best way to learn and grow. How wrong I was!
Information is always good. But once it becomes too much, it’s going to negatively affect your growth.
At one point I was on a buying spree, and spent more than $2000 on information products and courses. Guess what I did with all that information? Nothing! Really, those courses and ebooks are sitting in my computer collecting digital dust. I haven’t even consumed 5% of everything I bought. Talk about a waste of money.
“I wish” I could go back in time and stop myself from buying so many info products and save some cash. But there’s no use wishing. The damage is already done.
I want you to stop investing your time and money into learning as much as you can. You’ll end up wishing for more information. So stop buying things you don’t actually need. Instead, act on what you already know.
Rule #3: Stop thinking about being a pro all the time
We all want to be pros, right? You can either be a “somebody” in blogging or be a “nobody” in blogging. Which would you chose? I’d rather choose the “somebody” over “nobody” any day.
And what’s the first pro tip we all read about blogging? That you need to have a self-hosted blog. If you run a business, there is no doubt that it’s true. But if you are starting out, there is no reason for having a self-hosted blog.
People think that they need to appear professional in order to get acceptance, and they wait for the perfect time to start so they have enough money for hosting and a domain name, getting a unique theme coded for their blog, and even learning coding to customize the blog themselves.
Do you see a problem here? You are just adding complexity to what is, at heart, a rather simple thing.
Most people never get around to getting everything done, so they don’t start a blog at all. So just start a free blog on WordPress or Blogger if you don’t have the money right now to go the self-hosted route. Having a blog is better than not having a blog.
Over to you
Are you still stuck with the “I wish” mentality, or have you experienced it? How did you overcome it? Let us know in the comments.