Kelli and I visited other-worldly Jebel Akhdar during our trip to Oman. 6,000 feet up in the mountains of Oman, we had a blast exploring this mystical, rugged, gorgeous terrain. But 30 minutes into our trek across the hills I heard a loud, buzzing sound. Like bees. Many bees. Like hundreds of bees.
I saw a few hundred roughly 20 feet from our location. Not good. Before we bounced, 5, 10 then 20 bees bounced off of my face and body. Oh shit. No stingers and being not TOTALLY panicked, I avoided doing the instinctive but foolish swatting that guarantees a bevy of bee stings.
I sprinted on uneven, rocky footing, bouncing from boulder to boulder. Kelli lagged behind but made it out unscathed, too.
Our uncomfortable if not outright scary experience teaches you a few blogging lessons along the way. Life seems to teach lessons in each moment. But extracting blogging – and life – lessons at every turn requires doing a bit of mental gymnastics. Do a deep dive into your mind. Learn how to blog from life itself, along with advice from a few wise blogging mentors.
Peep these 4 blogging lessons learned from the swarm.
1: Resistance Appears Eventually
All flowed seamlessly to the point of attack. Our tour guide found us at the ATM, we paid him, took off, and all seemed well, resistance-free. But humans eventually encounter resistance. Enter bee swarm. Our tour felt seamless in one moment but morphed into the appearance of chaos in the following moment. Life unfolds. Some moments of unfolding trigger deep fears long buried in your mind.
Bloggers; resistance happens. Your blog will crash, people publish 1 star reviews, ya get nasty comments. Embracing resistance allows you to grow. Be open. Be nimble. Do not be foolish, believing you are immune to facing blogging obstacles. You will.
Facing fear allowed me to be here. I circle the globe as a blogger because I faced inevitable resistance. Blogging taught me that obstacles need to surface sometimes to reveal fear. Fear reflects back to your mind the moment some resistance arises. Either face, feel and release the fear to move forward or resist fear to move backwards. But never delude yourself into believing you can and will avoid blogging obstacles. Resistance pops up here and there on this blogging journey.
No blogger avoids resistance. Everyone faces some stiff obstacles along the way. Fear needs to arise from time to time. Being able to face, feel and release fear teaches you invaluable blogging lessons. For example, all that I learned since I published this post years ago only unfolded because I faced, felt and released fears holding back my blogging campaign. I picked up valuable lessons by struggling with various aspects of my blogging campaign for certain stretches. If I did not face resistance I never would have left my comfort zone. Success sits well outside of your comfort zone.
2: Be Calm But Know When to Sprint
I remained calm even as hundreds of buzzing, intimidating bees flew in a massive swarm 20 feet to my right. No biggie. 5 seconds later, the Biblical-like plague descended on my dome. Time to boogie. I sprinted. Not being Lord Buddha or Christ, I had not the poise to sit and be, with bees. I ran mainly because bees beeeegan testing me, slamming into my face and body, assessing my threat status. I urged Kelli to sprint because I cared not for us to be stung 10, 20 or 100 times. Not good for our brands.
Blogging-wise, be calm, poised and confident in hairy situations. No panicking. BUT…..know when to sprint from:
- worn out friendships
- worn out blogs
- worn out income streams
….dropping each like a hot potato.
I befriended Alonzo Pichardo David Boozer Donna Merrill and Vishwajeet Kumar because I let go bloggers who I no longer resonated with, I released my old blog and did away with tired income streams, sprinting from each like I Carl Lewis-ed away from the bee-swarm today.
Frame sprinting as deciding to quickly move away from blogging fear-based circles and ways of blogging to migrate toward loving blogging circles and abundant ways of blogging. Be calm. Be poised. But immediately exit blogging communities seeming to head south. Sprint from these individuals. Join engaging, caring groups of bloggers intent on helping one another.
Jet from failing, fear-based blogging strategies, too. Move towards generous blogging techniques beneficial to all.
The moment you realize that something doesn’t work or even holds you back, drop that sucker like a hot potato. Move in the opposite direction swiftly, clearly and deliberately. Succeed by sprinting away from failure.
3: Avoid Making Catastrophic Mistakes
If I made the absolutely catastrophic mistake of swinging at the bee swarm I’d agitate the throng and be in genuine trouble. Bees never bother non-threats. Bees sting threats. Slapping bees qualifies you as a threat; expect to be stung, once, twice or 30 times if you thrash to and fro, among a huge swath of bees. I felt strong fear but did not act foolishly; I did the smart thing….run out of that MFer.
Guys; your worst, catastrophic blogging mistakes occur if you feel immense fear, panic, and do something asinine. One example is the silly the stuff I see on Instagram daily. I feel compassion for struggling bloggers but all of these folks acting on their desperation destroy their blogs and their reps through:
- spamming my comments
- not investing in a domain and hosting (fear of losing money)
- demanding me to DM them (fear of building friendships by serving people, arrogance, delusion, ding-bat-ish-ness)
Take a deep breath. If I can be poised enough to sprint from 300 plus bees swarming around me, slamming into my head, neck and torso, without slapping at them, you can be poised enough to avoid making a devastating blogging boo boo.
Most blogging errors are not so much doing the wrong things but completely ignoring doing the right things because you fear:
- learning from
- listening to
blogging mentors. Overcome that fear. Place your ego aside.
Invest money in a solid blogging course. Hire a blogging coach. Follow top blogging tips bloggers diligently. Learn how to blog the right way to avoid blogging the wrong way and making massive, damaging blogging mistakes.
Virtually all massive blogging errors never need to pop up on your radar screen but investing in blogging advice offered by pros seems to be step #1 in avoiding these errors. Beginner bloggers make common errors that most pros suffered through before following advice from blogging leaders. Learn from their mistakes. Invest in professional blogging advice. Skip blogging nightmares. Accelerate your blogging success.
4: Walk Immediately into the Same Fear
I feared walking through this area after our sprint to safety. Did the swarm move on? Or stick around? I had to explore because our driver waited for us in that general direction. Nudging out of my comfort zone, the bees swarmed on. Kelli and I had a lovely trek, post incident.
Never, ever, ever be a slave to any one fear again, and again, and again. Blogging struggle and failure meet fear-filled bloggers terrified to leave their comfort zone to face one specific fear. Facing THAT fear frees you, expands your fun and accelerates your blogging success. Broadcast Live on Facebook. Even if you sounded terrible and looked weird and felt humiliated after your first live broadcast just do it. I felt the same way, 5,000 videos ago. Write and self-publish your 2nd eBook, even if your first sold 4 copies in 4 months, like my failed offering, pre Blogging From Paradise days.
Nudge into the fear you fear deeply. Succeed.
Freedom, fun and worldly blogging success await you on the other side of deep fears. Hug discomfort. Be with fear. Embrace a few scary moments to trend toward increased blogging success.
The bee swarm teaches me and you how to deal with fear.
Increased blogging success sits on the other side of fear.
Develop the skill of being comfortable with being uncomfortable.
Accelerate your blogging success by stepping through uncomfortable fears.
Live your dreams through blogging by learning how to face fear versus avoiding this rough-feeling energy.
What blogging lessons did you learn from the bee swarm?
What blogging lessons have you learned recently?