Want to Become a Problogger? Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone

parachuteThere 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.

Readers of this article may also find interest in:

Developing Greater Focus

The Blogging Life – Reinforcing The Committment

The Blogging Life – Generating Momentum

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7 thoughts on “Want to Become a Problogger? Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone

  1. Mike CJ

    Good points Jimi. I think the problem is many people have the dream of going full time but aren’t prepared to put in the unbelievable amount of work, while still working full time, to get to the point where they can seriously contemplate it.

    If you look at the current crop of top bloggers, one thing you’ll find in common is that they all spent a significant period working ridiculous hours to establish themselves. I’ve learned this from some research I’m doing for a book I’m writing.

    So my advice is to get the family on side, explain to them that it’s going to be tough for a few months, and then work until your eyes bleed towards an objective date for going full time.
    .-= Mike CJ´s last blog ..How many posts a week should I do? =-.

    Jimi Jones Reply:

    You’re right there Mike, a serious sacrifice has to be made in order to realize your dreams. This is common in just about everything.

    Look at the top entertainers of the world, all that fame and fortune. They didn’t get there by cruising, they too worked like hell to make themselves what they have become.

    Those that want easy, may have to keep that 9 to 5.
    .-= Jimi Jones´s last blog ..Want to Become a Problogger? Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone =-.

  2. Ryan

    Real Living starts outside the comfort zone. Change is good. It proves that you’re alive, and experiencing life. Change lies outside of the comfort zone. To achieve things in life you must change, and in some case change radically. It all sounds so simple but people are ruled by their emotions. The more something feels uncomfortable the more we avoid it. Hence the fact that the majority of people live in a comfort zone no matter how mierable they are.

    As for blogging you just have to get started. Now. Later isn’t good enough because later usually winds up being never.

    Great post Jimi.

    Jimi Jones Reply:

    Well put, Ryan.
    I think many are overwhelmed and surprised by the amount of work required to really build a blog into a successful venture. It’s more than just writing posts.
    .-= Jimi Jones´s last blog ..Blogging Blunders – 16 Things That You Should Be Aware Of =-.

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