Last Updated on April 13, 2021 by Serish | I Hated My Boss
What does it really take to become a successful blogger?
We often think we need to be a tech wiz, a professional writer, or a marketing genius to successfully grow our blog.
But what if I told you the most powerful tool at your disposable is something you have total control over?
I’m talking about your mindset.
And not just any mindset, but a growth mindset.
However, a positive mindset doesn’t always come naturally for some, nor easily.
It sure as heck didn’t for me.
See, when I first started I Hated My Boss, I was all over the place.
I watched tons of ‘how to’ videos and tutorials, read endless ‘blogging tips and tricks’ articles, and nearly lost my damn mind along the way.
In fact, I put off launching this blog for an entire year!
It wasn’t until I changed the way I was thinking, that I started seeing results and a huge jump in my blog traffic.
Altering my mindset empowered me to grow, develop new skills, overcome challenges and conquer new heights.
So, if you’re interested in learning how to become a successful blogger by improving your mindset and building better habits, then you’ll love the tips in this post!
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7 Epic Mindset Shifts You Need To Become A Successful Blogger
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As a blogger, it’s crucial to have a growth mindset that is geared towards improvement and continuous learning.
Stanford psychology professor- Carol Dweck, coined the terms “growth mindset” and “fixed mindset.”
Here, she explains the difference between these two mindsets:
“In a fixed mindset, students believe their basic abilities, their intelligence, their talents, are just fixed traits. They have a certain amount and that’s that, and then their goal becomes to look smart all the time and never look dumb…
In a growth mindset, students understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching and persistence. They don’t necessarily think everyone’s the same or anyone can be Einstein, but they believe everyone can get smarter if they work at it.”
Let’s take a look at the following 7 mindset shifts that will help you become a successful blogger and guide you whenever you’re having self-defeating thoughts
1. Know Your Why
One of the biggest reasons most bloggers fail is because they think they’ll get rich quick.
Motivated by blog income reports from seasoned bloggers, they think it’ll rain dolla dolla bills once their site goes live.
Like many of us, they start with high hopes and when results aren’t produced fast enough, they lose focus and eventually give up.
Truth is, and you’ve probably heard this a gazillion times, blogging takes a crap load of dedication, patience and hard work.
It’s not easy becoming a successful blogger.
With that, it’s important to remind yourself why you started in the first place.
When the going gets tough, and you don’t have a clear goal established, it’ll be that very moment that’ll either make or break the course of your blogging journey.
Here’s the thing- when you strongly believe in your why, your purpose becomes much more stronger than your challenges.
So, take a moment and ask yourself: Why do I want to start a blog?
A simple answer like “I need money quick,” surely ain’t gonna cut it.
Rather, give some depth to your why.
For example, I started this blog because I wanted a flexible and fulfilling career where I could genuinely help others and be able to live life on MY own terms- all while building a passive income stream.
Think about how you can use your expertise to provide value to others and how you can solve your readers’ problems.
Once your why is clear, your journey to become a successful blogger will be that much easier and meaningful.
2. Turn Failures Into Lessons
We often hear about bloggers’ success and how they turned their blog into a money-making machine.
However, what we don’t see is the all the hardwork and setbacks they experienced before they became successful as a blogger.
In reality- the path to success has many roadblocks and challenges.
But this shouldn’t discourage you from achieving your blogging goals.
Failure is envitable. It can’t be avoided.
And that’s OK. It’s part of growth.
Without setbacks and challenges, we wouldn’t be able to free ourselves from our comfort zone or learn new skills.
What’s important, though, is the way we respond to failure. Don’t allow it to derail your vision.
It’s no secret that the most successful people around the world have failed time and time again. And the key to their success has been in their strong will and dedication to keep moving forward.
As Thomas Edison once said, “I haven’t failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
In fact, one of the top three reasons I started IHMB was to share my experience of my first online clothing business.
I failed terribly.
My eCommerce biz went from $80,000 in sales in its first year, to absolutely ZERO overnight.
The following year, it brought in only $17k. Mind you, that was my only source of income at the time and I had racked up nearly $15k in credit card debt.
Was I devastated? Hell to the yes!
On the verge of giving up?
But just when I was getting ready to call it quits, my eldest sister (rest in heaven angel) reminded me that if I was able to generate $80k from my very first online biz, with absolutely no experience, I can do it again.
She told me failure is inevitable. It’s part of running any business, and it won’t always be a smooth sailing. Learn from it and start again.
Then I failed again. And then some more. I will fail again.
But I’ve learned to turn my failures into lessons.
I get it- not everyone is blessed with a cheerleader in their corner rooting for them, like my sister was.
Just know that you’re not alone.
I created this guide to help you (yes, YOU!) reach your blogging goals and overcome any fears and challenges that may lie ahead.
And I know you have it in you to succeed, because you’ve made it this far down into this article.
When you’re experiencing setbacks, ask yourself the following questions:
- What did I learn from this?
- What could I have done differently?
- How can I add more value?
- Do I have the right skills? or…
- Do I need to learn a new skill?
- What can I do next?
Acknowledge failure. Accept failure. Learn from failure.
This is the mindset you must nurture in order to become a successful blogger.
Plus, it’s another topic to blog about 🙂
3. Overcome Self-Doubt
Another major growth mindset to become a successful blogger, is to ditch any self-doubt you may be feeling.
It’s important to have faith in yourself.
Often times, we all question our ability and wonder if we are doing enough- whether it’s our relationship, our career, or our level of “success.”
We feel unsatisfied or inadequate and begin to compare our situation to our friends’ or co-workers’ accomplishments.
But what we forget along the way is that everyone’s journey is different. Someone else’s path won’t necessarily be the path that’s right for you.
It’s important to always remember that everyone is on his or her own journey; it’s personal, unique and not a one-size-fits-all formula.
I know this firsthand, as I was in my early 20’s managing at a reputable bank, working over sixty hours a week, while taking night and online college classes.
My social life? Non-existent.
But at the time, I thought it was normal and what I should be doing to get ahead in life.
What will others think if I don’t graduate “on time?”
It wasn’t until I stopped giving a shit, that I found true happiness.
I one day up and quit my job on a whim.
Just like that.
And it’s been one of the BEST and liberating decisions of my life!
Now, I’m not advising any of you to do the same. It’s something that worked for me, and I knew I would somehow, at some point, figure it out.
It was a risk I took because I wanted to do something for myself, for my future.
Did my family and friends think I was crazy? Absolutely.
I mean, who in their right mind would quit their job with no backup plan?
I was jaded, miserable and my quality of life was declining. Most importantly, it started to take a toll on my mental health.
For this, I had to seek professional help.
And I’m glad I did, as it allowed me to talk to someone who listened to me without judging.
I understand this may be a difficult topic for some- and initially it was hard for me to even admit that I couldn’t cope on my own, but seeking help ultimately enhanced my health and wellbeing.
The thing is, other people don’t know your potential the way you do. They speak from their experience, their individual journey and perhaps- a fixed mindset.
So don’t let people hold you back from doing something great for yourself.
Your happiness is the ultimate key to success.
4. Practice Positive Affirmations
There will be times when you might feel discouraged or overwhelmed.
Let me start by saying, these feelings are totally normal.
Even the biggest bloggers in the game get burned out.
You see, the world of blogging is evolving at a fast pace and it may seem hard to keep up at times.
This is tied to changes in human behaviors and advancement in technology. Plus, not all of us are tech savvy (that would be I).
Not to mention, my first online biz was launched on the WordPress/WooCommerce platform.
And even today, I have a love-hate relationship with this platform.
The learning curve was frustrating, to say the least.
But over time, I learned to practice healthy self-talk by turning my bleak thoughts into positive affirmations.
These are called personal mantras and its purpose is to turn your pessimistic thoughts and doubts into positive thinking.
For instance, instead of telling myself “WordPress is too hard. I can’t do this anymore”…
I flipped my doubts into “WordPress is a new skill I’m learning to develop my blogging business.”
Here are some more examples of positive success mantras:
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5. Set Realistic and Healthy Goals
There’s no use zapping for the stars when you aren’t ready to travel to space yet.
If you want to make it in the blogging industry, start by breaking up your goals into smaller tasks so they’re easier to knock out.
By setting small goals, they become easier to manage and progress is seen faster.
On the flip side, if you set unrealistic goals- you’re likely setting yourself up for disappointment, as the goal may seem too far out of reach.
This results in frustration and can potentially lead to giving up altogether.
For example, let’s say you’ve just published your first blog post but aren’t receiving the number of pageviews you expected.
Perhaps you’ve set yourself high up for unrealistic expectations.
It’s best to keep in mind that you’re just starting out; don’t be so hard on yourself.
A helpful approach to tackling your goals, is to set SMART goals: specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely.
SMART goals are:
- Specific – clear and well-defined. Does it answer the 5 W’s? (who, what, where, when, why)
- Measurable – how will you measure your goal and track its progress? (i.e. daily, weekly, monthly)
- Attainable – is your goal achievable, within reach and not impossible?
- Realistic – is it relevant to your vision? Does this goal align with your why?
- Timely – does your goal have a deadline? When do you want to achieve this goal by?
Here’s an example of a not-so-SMART goal:
“I want to get blog traffic fast.”
An example of a well-defined SMART goal would sound like this:
“I want to get my first 500 blog pageviews in 30 days. I will work 4 hours every morning on my blog, in order to publish one quality article every week.”
In the same regard, you must take care of your health in the process.
Never overwork yourself – you can never put into numbers how much you’re damaging your wellbeing by doing so.
Overworking takes a toll on your physical, emotional, and mental health.
There’s no use running on empty gas.
You know all that you’re capable of, so go at your own pace.
Remember- your health comes first, always.
6. Write Down Your Goals
As cliche as this may sound, writing down your goals is a highly effective practice when it comes to achieving your goals.
In fact, I talk about this in several of my articles here on I Hated My Boss.
Research continues to show that writing your goals down on paper and reading it once or twice every day, is useful for creating a growth mindset- not just for bloggers, but for everyone.
It legit works, but don’t just take my word on this…
Interestingly, a Harvard Business Study discovered that 3% of Harvard’s MBA graduates who had their goals written down, earned ten times more when compared to the remaining 97% altogether.
What’s more- not only will writing your goals allow you to measure your progress, but you’ll also see how they’re coming along so you can make necessary adjustments along the way.
And taking what we just learned in #5 above, setting specific goals that are clear, concise and manageable- are the most achievable.
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7. Invest in Yourself
Probably one of the best investments you could make for yourself, is to invest in yourself.
To become a successful blogger it’s important to expand your knowledge base.
Now, this isn’t always limited to enrolling in higher education- although that too, is totally an option.
But investing in yourself can take many forms and there are tons of options to choose from.
Here are some of the most effective:
Read Books and Other Resources –
Do you know what’s the one thing the world’s most influential leaders have in common?
They read. Books. A LOT of ’em.
Reading books offers tremendous benefits. It improves our vocabulary, enhances our focus, stimulates our imagination and also helps reduce stress and anxiety, to name a few.
Plus, it’s relatively cheap and offers the highest return!
Your skills, knowledge, and experiences will remain intact and with you, even when the economy fluctuates or topples.
That said, here are some of my absolutely fave books on success, productivity and personal development that you may also find helpful:
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
- Think and Grow Rich
- Crucial Conversations
- The 4-Hour Workweek
- You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
Develop Your Skills –
The internet is a gold mine with limitless resources available.
On the flip side, it can lead to information overload.
For example, when I launched this blog, I was reading tons of articles on how to boost my website traffic organically using SEO marketing.
It was way too techy for me and I found myself wasting hours on end trying to figure out what the heck it even meant.
I knew I needed something more consolidated, beginner-friendly and easy to understand.
So I enrolled in an SEO for Beginner’s eCourse. Today, I credit that course for helping me develop a crucial new skill that has already improved my blog, in such little time.
At the same time, it’s important to know which skill it is that you need to expand on.
Luckily, there are certain steps you can take to narrow down your search by asking yourself the following questions:
- What’s the problem I’m trying to solve?
- Exactly what will I do with this information?
- Will this help me further my current skills?
- Does this new skill align with my current/future goals?
- How long will it take for me to learn this new skill?
Prioritize Self-Care –
Taking care of your well-being and mental health should be your number one priority, regardless of the goals you have set for yourself.
It happens to the best of us- we start out with all this enthusiasm and want to learn everything we possibly can so we can become a successful blogger.
And once our site goes live, we’re suddenly in this exhausting race against time.
I know it’s easy to get lost in writing back to back blog posts, creating social media graphics, performing keyword research, and constantly refreshing our analytics.
We tend to forget about ourselves in the process and sadly, don’t even notice it until a family member or friend points it out.
To avoid blogger burnout, here are some healthy tips to make sure you’re putting yourself first:
- Take frequent breaks – Even 15 minutes here and there will make a huge impact on your mind, body and overall health. Make sure to completely step away from your computer and get some fresh air. This way, you renew your focus and can think more clearly. What’s worked for me is setting a timer every 2 hours to remind me it’s time for a break.
- Slow down – Rome wasn’t built in a day. I know you want to get everything done and get ahead, but this will lead to blogger burnout quickly- or quitting altogether. As mentioned earlier, set realistic and manageable goals that are broken up into smaller tasks.
- Switch up your routine – At times, you may find yourself stumped and stuck in a rut. This may be due to your same daily routine. Try to change it up a bit- go for a walk, change your schedule, readjust your workspace by adding some plants to your desk, or position your desk in a way that it helps you limit any distractions.
Final Thoughts: 7 Mindset Shifts to Become A Successful Blogger
Everything in this world is a product of the brain, and you must never stop learning and proving possibilities.
A forward-thinking mindset encourages acceptance of mistakes, experiences, and creativity; you’re not limited only to your current pool of skills and expertise.
Cultivating a positive mindset will make your blogging journey fulfilling, exciting and transform your life entirely.
Just remember to keep improving yourself with these tips and take pride in everything you’ve accomplished.
Before I go, what’s been your biggest challenge as a blogger? I would love to hear from you in the comments below!
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