How to Make the Commitment to Blogging
If you’re at all interested in becoming a blogger and quitting your day job, then you should explore how to make that feeling a reality.
Many of us toy with the idea of working online and quitting our jobs but very few have the nerve to set out and actually make it happen. This is a big shame, however, as there’s nothing to lose and everything to gain. In this post, we’ll look at how you can overcome the fear and the apprehension holding you back and dive in to become a blogger.
If you’re afraid of giving up your job to become a blogger, then it’s time to do some fear checks. This is a technique recommended by Tim Ferriss and it’s highly effective when it comes to combating irrational fears.
To begin, you’re going to ask yourself what it is you’re afraid of and then make a list. Is it the thought of not being able to find work if you aren’t successful? Is it the thought that your family might think you’re irresponsible and leave you?
Once you’ve made the list, you’re next going to go down the column and assess every item in terms of how realistic it is. At the same time, you’re going to write down how you’d deal with that problem if it came to pass.
The idea here is to become more aware of what holds you back so that it no longer just sits in your psyche preventing you from acting. Once you are clear on your fears, identifying solutions, helps resolve the fears and prepares you to handle the worst-case outcomes you are resisting. Taking it a step further, you are challenging the status quo in terms of your thinking. By doing this, you interrupt the beliefs you have that prevent your success.
Lastly, you should insert positive new beliefs that replace the old beliefs that are no longer accurate or helpful.
Would you really fail? Would your partner really leave you because you decided to chase your dreams? Wouldn’t it in fact be easy to walk into another job with your credentials?
More importantly though, recognize that running a blog doesn’t have to mean giving up the day job. Put more time into a blog and it will grow faster but to be honest, you can do perfectly well with an hour a night and some time at the weekends.
If you’re really passionate about your blog, then you should find this doesn’t feel like work either… So why not try fitting your blogging in around your job until it’s bringing in some funds? This way there’s no risk and you’ll have a much better idea of whether you can be successful before you make any giant leaps.
Finally, consider one more fear…
The fear of what happens if you don’t take a chance on blogging and starting your own business. The fear of being stuck in the same job, day in day out, for the next 20, 30 or 40 years of your life.
Now you decide: which is scarier?
Imagine your life 20 years from and now, and consider what you will wish you had done? It goes by quick. Take steps daily to accomplish your goals. You can only do what you can do in a day. So, do what you can to move the ball forward in your life and you will find success.