Blogging Tips of the Day: Do You Suffer from a Skills or Courage Shortage?

  February 18, 2022 blogging tips đź•‘ 3 minutes read
Chattahoochee–Oconee National Forest

Chattahoochee–Oconee National Forest

 

Goodness.

 

A recent post I read reveals the genius of Seth Godin. He asked readers if the individuals needed more skills or more courage.

 

No matter how skilled you become you cannot succeed in life unless you have courage. Clarity, confidence and a true knowing of your unlimited potential make the difference. Little else matters until you gain the utmost confidence with a dose of strong courage because skills do not benefit meek, shy, doubting bloggers who never use the skills to scale.

 

I recall a high profile person mentioning a singer whose voice rivalled or even surpassed legend Frank Sinatra. Far and away, the individual noted how this singer had perhaps the most stunning singing skills he had seen. But every time the high profile power broker offered to set the singer up with a feature in the NY Times or some other publication for massive exposure and their deserving worldly success, the singer complained about not being ready for the high profile feature.

 

Of course, the complaint about not being ready was pure bunk. Of course, the singer had little courage, bursting at the seams with doubt, being terrified to fail, to be criticized and maybe even to succeed. A singer with super-star skills pretty much will bite the dust not because of lacking skills. Nope. The individual will vanish into obscurity until this super skilled genius literally steps up to the mic and displays real courage in seizing opportunities for greater exposure.

 

You and I have seen people become worldly famous and quite wealthy despite not being highly skilled. Even though fame and wealth are not the end-all, be-all, these folks had stores of courage to put themselves out there in a liberating way. Semi-skilled people with courage run laps around highly-skilled people with little courage. No matter how skilled you are at anything, nobody will know until you tap into your limitless courage to show the world what you have.

 

Do you have a blogging skills shortage? Or do you need a dose of blogging courage? I recall someone commenting some 14 years ago that he wished he had the courage I had. Of course, I had little courage as a newbie blogger but displayed at least enough confidence and clarity to trigger doubt in the individual. I am still building my courage day by day through creating and connecting generously but I did learn long ago that being highly skilled means nothing unless you believe in yourself. Possessing some skills and great courage precedes increased blogging success. Being crippled by doubt but highly skilled precedes blogging failure.

 

By all means; develop your blogging skills to be credible. But edge outside of your comfort zone routinely to:

 

  • make blogging buddies
  • increase your exposure
  • move higher in blogging circles
  • be truly helpful for fellow human beings

 

Seize opportunities to serve. Do not turn down a microphone unless the opportunity seems non-resonant with your niche. No blogger needs to desperately chase after opportunities but all bloggers better develop an abundance mindset to better gain exposure while genuinely helping people. I try my best to simply be helpful. Being helpful boosts my confidence because the more I help folks the more I believe in myself by believing in others. Does that make sense? Being of service puts the spotlight on fellow human beings. Spotlighting other folks increases their potential in your eyes which reflects your potential back to you.

 

Take advantage of this mirror effect to gain confidence, clarity and courage. Stop buying new courses to gain new skills. Cut it out with doubting yourself and your skill set. Display courage. Edge into fear. Create and connect your way to thriving as a blogger by giving yourself a courage infusion.

 

You do not need to be super star skilled but you better blog with courage or you will fade into blogging oblivion.

  1. Pastor Natalie (ExamineThisMoment) says:
    at 10:13 pm

    Great words of encouragement. I love this last sentence: “You do not need to be super star skilled but you better blog with courage or you will fade into blogging oblivion.” Thank you for sharing this post. 🤗

    Pastor Natalie

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 2:25 pm

      Thank you so much. Most of us suffer from a courage shortage and need a bravery infusion in order to blog with greater success. Most bloggers I come across have ample skills. Even if some appear to be lacking skills their confidence carries them. I recall that individual so well from over a decade ago. He barely wrote in passable English but his bravery, confidence and clarity netted him a high 6-figure salary. Money responds to confidence and clarity before all else. Plus, blogging feels enjoyable when you have some skills, being armed with ample confidence, while blogging feels miserable as a doubt-filled venture…..even when you have skills for days.

  2. Bryan Goodwin says:
    at 10:41 am

    Yeah getting the thought work to make a scary leap is a challenge for so many people. They dream of being able to travel and see the work but to do that they have to make so big and scary challenges.

    There is so many other reason to do things that keep you playing small that it is easy to just do it “later” or “someday” yet those days never arrive.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 2:24 pm

      Those days never arrive. Playing big by showing courage feels uncomfortable but is so worth it. However, facing, feeling and releasing fears related to deep doubts does tax the mind. For example, I decided to keep everything onsite today in terms of publishing content frequently, updating old comments and letting go social media. My intuition pulled me in this direction. I already see the doubt manifest as scarcity thinking arising. Sitting with these fears feels highly uncomfortable. But I also know the more content I publish here and the more beefy comments that boost overall engagement, the more help I can offer folks and the more success that I experience. This is win-win all the way around but fear arising and emerging in my mind feels kinda maddening to face, feel and release again and again today. However, I know skills are not my problem. I suffer no shortage there. My problem has always been courage, or, suffering from a courage shortage. Today feels like me taking a clear, bold step in the direction of making Blogging From Paradise as big-time as possible by facing fear and keeping everything onsite. So far, so good.