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“Her head swelled up to the size of a basketball….”
This thought ran through my head. During a savage tropical downpour. While I perilously balanced my meat suit in knee-deep water, in a remote Costa Rican jungle, 3 hours from civilization.
Fer de lanz snakes, the notoriously aggressive, lethal viper of Central America, frequented the stream I was walking through. Said snake tagged one of the homeowner’s hearty Rhodesian Ridgebacks once, causing her dome to swell up to the size of the basketball.
I had to fix the hose which channeled water from jungle stream to the hut I mean house I mean haha shack, because the water became tainted with silt after 2 days of torrential downpours.
I needed confidence to step into the stream, in knee high water, during a blinding downpour, knowing how the homeowner noted he saw fer de lanzes in the spot where I had to walk through.
If I don’t have balls the size of the King of Bayonne I sit inside the hut, don’t fix the hose and run the very scary risk of either suffering from a stomach illness (dirty jungle water = dangerous to drink water) or becoming severely dehydrated. Which in either scenario would suck, being miles away from town.
Don’t kid yourself; *not* having blogging confidence is just as lethal to your blog. You’ll self-sabotage. Every time. If you lack confidence in yourself and your blog. You’ll mail it in. You’ll fail it in. You’ll rail against successful bloggers – whose stones you envy – and may assail yourself, for your pitiful profits, and maybe, just maybe, you’ll snail your way to scant success, drinking ale (to rhyme, and not missing any opportunity for a Game of Thrones reference), and eventually, you’ll bail….on blogging.
BUT…..if you develop blogging confidence you will:
- build your dream life through blogging
- have fun blogging
- work vague, silly, Doctor Seuss type references into your posts
- boost your blog traffic and profits
- appear to be omni-present in your blogging niche
- blog with love
- blog with clarity and focus
- help more folks, 1 to 1
- enjoy the ride
- be given a grander, greater stage to impact folks in your blogging niche
Follow these tips to grow blogging stones bigger than King Kong’s cajones.
1: Blog With Love
I decided to blog mainly with love – not fear – a while back. My confidence shot through the roof.
I cannot lack confidence if I am in harmony (blogging with love) with others.
Fear is the great confidence killer. Because if you fear loss (not enough traffic or profits because you are blogging mainly from fear, for stuff) that fear of loss bleeds through your being and dissolves your confidence.
If your blogging boldness hangs by a thread, face, embrace and release fear-based drivers. Blog with love. Blog to serve. Blog to help. You will become a highly confident, clear blogger by blogging with love.
2: Blog For Fun
Blogging mainly for fun moves you out of the doubt-filled “OK, how am I doing?” energy so you can create from the clear, bold, “Wow this is fun!” energy.
Make fun your prime driver. Not stats. Blogging for fun removes heavy, leaden, judgment-based ways of blogging, and leaves ’em in the rear view mirror.
3: Dive Into Your Blogging Fears
Every single confident, natural, seemingly effortless thing you see me do today I was once FREAKING TERRIFIED TO DO!
Across the board.
Diving into my blogging fears and life fears built my blogging confidence like few other practices.
Because when you dive into your fears, you develop a sort of fearlessness which makes you a highly assured, calm and bold blogger.
Suggested Reading: Creating the Mindset of a Successful Blogger
4: Surround Yourself With Ballsy Human Beings (Cyber Style or In Person)
Check out Will Hatton of The Broke Backpacker.
I have followed his wacky, ballsy, fearless ways for years as he circles the globe. Seeing Will in action made me more confident in life, and through my blog.
I have met countless fearless types during my world travels. But you can meet them at the click of a mouse.
Feast on inspiration. Grub on boldness. Believe in yourself by chowing down on the confident energy of other human beings.
5: Meditate Daily
Meditating daily expands my awareness. Which helps me become aware of my confident ways – so I can move in that direction – and of my non confident ways – so I can move in that direction.
Doing what I feel confident doing powers my boldness. Doing what I don’t feel confident doing ferrets out the non confident energies in that area, in those uncomfortable moments, making me more confident.
Meditating also gives you peace of mind, clarity and calm; all great Blogging Balls Builders.
6: Create Products And Services
Creating a product, then offering a service, and writing eBooks all helped me believe…..”Hey! I’m a blogger!”
Running a blog gives you a boost in your belief in self. Creating premium products and services gives you that extra boost that puts you well on your way to become a pro blogger.
7: Study Bold Bloggers In Great Detail
Confident bloggers like:
all have different styles, but blog from a place of confidence and clarity. From their writing voice, to brand clarity, to their products and services, to their persistence, each blogger gives you someone to emulate if you want to develop your blogging confidence.
8: Toss Salt Over Your Shoulder 3 Times Daily
Sea salt. Of course.
9: Start Doing Facebook Live And Periscope And YouTube Live Videos
9 years ago I hated how I looked and sounded on video. Earlier this year I had the Facebook Live video confidence of a yearling learning how to walk on ice.
I dove into doing live video on Facebook, Periscope and YouTube and experienced a Thor-like level of confidence (with hammer) which surged through my entire blogging campaign.
Doing live videos is one of those “last frontier fears” for many bloggers. Sure you will be scared to do stuff down the road. But diving into doing live videos forces you to see you, to hear you, to open yourself to feedback, to be spontaneous and to….gasp….be the real you!
The last one may scare you, more than you think. But being the real you makes you infinitely confident in all you do.
10: Freely Share Products And Services
Freely sharing my blogging products and services through all online channels – including social media – made me more courageous.
I was scared to do so for many years. But I felt the fear, did it anyway, and when I killed that fear I became more confident.
Many bloggers utterly lack confidence in their premium offerings. Sharing premium offerings on social brings up the lack of confidence so you can purge it. For good. It is only money you attach to a premium product, not the customer or client’s first born, or prized iguana (for Herp Heads).
11: Study Blogging Like A Cyber Nerd
Studying blogging made me a bold, clear, focused blogger.
If you learn blogging, and study blogging, you will exude an air of authority about your work.
12: Write 1000 to 2000 Words Daily (For Practice Or The Real Deal)
Practice the core blogging skill daily.
Get really good at it.
Gain blogging confidence.
13: Buy Premium Products Or Hire Blogging Coaches To Gain Clarity In Your Strategy
Confident bloggers buy premium products or hire skilled bloggers to boost their confidence even more.
Last week I went to NYC to attend Affiliate Summit East. I received a free pass (told ya making blogging buddies rocks!) but spent $30 on transportation to learn from Zac Johnson, John Chow, Syed Balkhi and John Rampton (when I could have watched their YouTube videos or read similar blog posts covering these topics at home, for free).
I took mental notes. I put their wisdom into action. I became more confident and clear, in the past week alone, since rubbing shoulders with big dawgs.
When you spend $3 or $30 or $300 or $3,000 on premium products or services, you instantly gain confidence, clarity and conviction in what you do because you are *being* a pro blogger.
14: Sit With And Feel Blogging Criticism
I wanted to roast blogging critics on a spit, like fat critic suckling pigs, as an idiot blogger many years ago.
I wanted to dump boiling oil on said critics through a murder hole not too many years ago.
The current day me sits with and feels blogging criticism. Because feelings I experience after being criticized tell me if I am confident and clear, or not confident and clear, on my blog, eBooks, courses, everything.
Note; thank those critics who seem to piss you off or embarrass you or annoy you. These seeming scum helped unearth fear-based emotions you needed to clear to become a confident blogger.
How are you becoming a more confident blogger?
What tips can you add to this list?
Course….Or Coach Ryan?
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