1. The first step is the hardest
With everything new in life, making the initial leap of faith is the toughest obstacle to overcome. But when you accept you’re making a change, you’ll be able to dive right in. The progress you make might be slow, but with research, practise and perseverance, you’ll become a master in no time – be that at blogging or anything else you try.
2. There’s always something else that can be done
Sometimes you can easily set aside one or two hours to complete two blogs without it having a massive effect on your day-to-day life. Yet when you start researching, you might need to go off on tangents to find out more about the subject, while social media, online shopping and ways to improve your writing might distract you further.
The one or two hours you have originally put aside can quickly jump to three or four without you even noticing. Self-improvement is a constant thing, so prepare well, allocate your time and stick to it! After all, Rome wasn’t built in a day…
3. You may find you have hidden talents
Throughout our life we all develop strengths and weaknesses. Some people are better at certain things than others, and vice versa. The thing is, we aren’t always aware of a number of these gifts until we take the leap.
For blogging, it’s not until you start researching and writing about a number of different topics and attempting new disciplines that you may start to realise how much it really suits you. The same goes for learning an instrument, running, cooking or dancing – you might be pleasantly surprised when you find out you’re actually quite good at your chosen activity.
4. Determination, time and patience is key
People are always looking for shortcuts or “hacks” to achieve their goals in the shortest time possible. Unfortunately, to master most things in life you will have to put up with a lot of boring repetition. It takes a long while to get really good at something, so the most important virtues you should have are determination and patience.
It might take you an entire afternoon, or even longer, to write 1000 words at first. Yet if you keep going and write 1000 words every afternoon, you will gradually get better, quicker and it will require a lot less motivation.
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