There are tons of articles and how-to books on becoming a problogger, and most are full of very useful information. I’ve not read them all of course, but of those I have read, they all have one missing element.
Not one has addressed the subject of you getting out of your comfort zone.
You see, many people are working full-time or part-time jobs, doing what they need to do to make it. This is completely understandable. The economy sucks right now and there are bills to be paid and families to support. Unless there is some serious money socked away somewhere, you know that the timing is not right for you to make that transition.
But have you really considered when the timing will be right?
Now I’m not advocating that anyone take a foolish leap-of-faith in hopes that things will work out in your blogging career, that would be just plain crazy. But at some point, you’ll have to begin the process of evaluating your position and determining where you need to be in order to become a full-time blogger.
Admittedly, this is a tough decision but there is one thing I feel certain about. If you wait until the time is perfect, you may never make the move. As long as you are comfortable with the way things are, you’ll likely not get out of that comfort zone.
But consider this, being a bit uncomfortable serves as extra motivation to take action and do what needs to be done to capture the success you so badly want. It forces you to do things that you know you need to do, but may otherwise not get around to doing as quickly, because of your current level of comfort.
Being comfortable can have a bit of a de-motivating factor because you just don’t have that high sense of urgency associated with what you want to do professionally. We have all been there at some point, those procrastinating moments where you feel that it’s okay to put something off until tomorrow. The problem is, tomorrow never arrives.
Get uncomfortable today by doing a little extra work on your blog, write 2 articles instead of one, somehow step up the level of commitment.
To make a serious change in your life, professionally or academically you will have to get out of that comfort zone. This may be as simple as staying up working toward your goal through the night and operating on less sleep, skipping your favorite tv show (for months) or even secluding yourself from your friends.
Building any business from the ground up and expecting that business to bring you a serious salary in the 6-figure range will require a lifestyle change; it’s as simple as that. Lifestyle changes can be uncomfortable, but it is whats required to gain that necessary dedication and commitment toward your goal. The longer it takes to commit, the greater the opportunity for self-doubt to creep in, wrecking your focus.
Want to become a problogger?
Do what you know you have to do – starting today.
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