Why are some bloggers so successful at what they do, and not others?
I’m sure you think about that from time to time – and you’re not alone.
In the last one year I’ve had the pleasure of rubbing shoulders with some wildly successful and some not-so successful bloggers.
From what I can see, the difference between the mighty and the mediocre doesn’t appear to be talent. Perhaps this might play a small role, but I think it has more to do with the way they think, and the way they do certain things.
They seem to have the mindset of ‘Go big or go home’.
If they’re going to write a book, start a blog or do a presentation, their goal is to lead, to outshine the competition and to exceed everyone’s expectations.
It’s not that they’re naive about the amount of work that’s needed. They’re not intimidated by that. They dream big anyway and do whatever it takes to achieve those dreams.
Seize the Moment
Successful bloggers seize the moment to act on their goals TODAY!
It’s easy to get overwhelmed by hectic schedules, plans, obligations and even family. But thinking about it all at once is unhelpful and unproductive.
Achieving your goals means knowing what you need to do today and actually doing it. Were you supposed to run five miles this morning? Did you skip it because you overslept when the alarm didn’t go off?
If you don’t do what you’re supposed to do each day, you’ll probably never achieve that big goal that you set out to achieve. It’s as simple as that I’m afraid.
Are realistically optimistic
The more ambitious your goals the harder they are to achieve.
Success requires long hours at work, time away from family, less sleep, mental discipline and many bumps on the road. While successful bloggers don’t underestimate how tough it will be to achieve their goals, they do not doubt their own ability either.
They’re motivated, energetic, and positive in their outlook. I’ve also noticed that successful bloggers surround themselves with other positive people who encourage, inspire and help them out when they need it.
Willpower is self-control.
It’s doing the right thing when you’d rather not, and not giving in when you’re tempted to. Successful bloggers know what they need to do to make success happen.
They keep an editorial calendar (blog plan), and they follow it meticulously. They make no excuses, and they take responsibility for their work. When it’s ten o’clock at night and tomorrow’s blog isn’t written, they don’t go to bed. They brew a strong cup of coffee, and get to work.
They embrace technology, learn new skills and get better each day.
Successful bloggers aren’t ‘know-it-all’s’.
They understand that being a good writer doesn’t mean they’re good at everything. They make it a habit to listen to others who have more experience, and those that are better than them at other things.
Not only do they learn faster when they listen well, but they also grow in their own wisdom and experience, which further increases their chances of more success.
Finally, successful bloggers remember their humble beginnings.
They understand that they didn’t get where they are on their own and they resist the temptation to be arrogant and aloof.
This keeps them grateful and willing to help others as well. Successful bloggers also understand that success is fleeting, and so they carry themselves with grace and a certain level of humility.
What about you? Do you realize that you have more control over your blogging success than you think? I hope you’re able to see some of the mistakes that have held you back in the past.
More importantly, I hope you’re able to think and do things differently from now on.
Thoughts, comments, contrary views? I’d love to hear from you – please leave a comment in the box below.
Image credit: courtesy of Shashi Bellamkonda