You wake up super excited to get to work on your blog – your mind is full of ideas and you’re just raring to go!
And by the time you head off for bed, you’re feeling overwhelmed and frustrated with it all – you can’t get those darn images to line up right, there’s a problem with your theme, you’re not getting enough traffic, no one is signing up for your subscriber’s list… and on top of it all, you’ve got to clean house, cook meals and take care of kids.
I feel ya! I’ve got days like that, believe me – any work at home mom does, whether their business is blogging or selling Avon.
And if those feelings of frustration build up too much, the absolute worst thing can happen….
You might give up.
It’s important that you understand – it’s normal to feel that way. We all go through it and you are NOT alone!
And knowing that it’s bound to happen, you need to develop a strategy to help you get through it – actions you can take to help you maintain a positive mindset.
Easier said than done, right?
No worries – I’ve got a few ideas that I’m happy share with ya. Here are 5 things I do to create a positive mindset and keep my mojo moving:
1. Surround yourself with positive, successful people.
It’s been said that “You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.”
Well, I don’t know if that’s exactly true, but I do know that when you spend a lot of time with someone, their mindset rubs off on you. How often have you been feeling good, only to have your spouse come home in a bad mood and drag your energy down?
I found a kick-ass blog buddy who inspires me, who believes in me and who cheers my successes. (She also gives me a kick in the butt when I need it!) I’m in a mastermind group of people who are creating successful home businesses online – we support each other. Surround yourself with these types of people – if you don’t know any, join forums or Facebook groups and find them! Don’t wait for people to come to you, find people who inspire you and reach out to them.
When you have positive minded people around you, that attitude will inspire you. And if doubts do come creeping in, you’ll have people to talk to that are on your side and can help you get through it.
2. Create a mantra or an affirmation.
This is a thing! It really works. Positive affirmations are an amazing way of getting yourself through tough times and helping you become what you want to be. For example, many successful business people use an affirmation like “I am building a powerful and profitable business” to help them achieve their goals.
What affirmations should you use? Write down a list of 3 or 4 of your biggest fears, doubts or problems, then find a way to turn them into a positive thought.
Let’s say you find yourself doubting yourself as a blogger because you fear your writing isn’t good enough. You could turn that into a positive affirmation by saying “I am an amazing writer that people enjoy reading, and I get better every day.”
Want to know more? I did a whole article on positive affirmations right here – check it out!
3. Capture negative thoughts.
It’s perfectly normal to have negative thoughts occasionally. The trick is to catch those negative thoughts before they derail you or send you into a self-defeating funk.
Now, I’m not saying that’s super easy – a lot of times, the negative thoughts we have about ourselves are deeply ingrained habits. It takes a real determination, practice and persistence to retrain your thought pattern and catch that “stinkin’ thinkin” when it pops into your brain.
Once you do though, that’s when you turn that negative into a positive with an affirmation. In fact, the positive affirmation post I linked to just above will also give you tips to learning to recognize your negative thoughts so you can nip them in the bud.
4. Set intentions and then be willing to let them go.
I don’t believe in the Law of Attraction as a mystical magical thing… but I do believe that our mind works to attract the things we focus on the most. Being desperate about your blog’s success is a sure way to block that very success – your desperation will come through loud and clear in your writing, sending mixed messages and negativity out to your readers.
So set your goals and intentions, and then trust in yourself to make it happen. Don’t try to force it – just keep taking the actions necessary, track your progress and adjust as necessary.
5. Be grateful.
Gratitude is quite possibly the most powerful tool for success that you have in your arsenal. Practice being grateful for the positive events in your life; you’ll find the challenges become significantly more easy to deal with.
Keeping a “gratitude journal” is an excellent way to keep track of the good in your life. Each day, write down a few things that you are grateful for; when you’re faced with a challenging situation, take a few minutes to read over the amazing things that have happened. It can really help you change your perspective, and you’ll begin to recognize challenges as opportunities instead of obstacles.