When you first start blogging it’s a breeze. You really can work anywhere you want, any time you want, and you can blog about whatever topic suits your fancy. It’s so much fun, in fact, you can’t imagine doing anything else. Sooner or later, though, you’re going to get bit by the Stress bug, and it won’t be just once, it’ll happen over and over again. Stress can be a good thing for your blog, or it can kill it. It’s all in how you handle it.
Why Stress is a Good Thing
Feeling stressed means you care
There are people all over the world who are addicted to stress-relieving drugs, walking around like zombies. Why? Because the only way to completely eliminate stress from your life is to completely eliminate everything you care about. Since that’s not possible, they use mood-altering drugs that make you forget you care about anything.
If you think about it, every time you feel stressed it’s because something you care about is being threatened. When you’re stressed about your mortgage payment you’re worried that you’re about to lose your home. When you’re stressed about your son driving the car you’re worried that he might be injured in an accident. When you’re feeling stressed about your blog then that simply means you care about what’s happening and how it will affect your business.
Identifying the cause of your stress presents opportunities for growth
Those people on stress-relieving drugs aren’t doing anything to eliminate the stress from their lives, they’re simply hiding it behind a hazy curtain and ignoring it, hoping it will go away. There are some things in life you just can’t change. Some problems do resolve themselves and some weren’t really problems to begin with, but most stressful situations will end badly if you simply bury your head in the sand and wait for them to go away.
Sometimes, just identifying the cause of your stress will eliminate the problem. You see that the monster in the closet wasn’t really a monster after all, it was all in your imagination.
But more often than not, when you identify the source of your stress you realize there’s some action you could take to make it go away. You could be controlling this situation instead of the situation controlling you.
Stress, then, is an opportunity for personal growth. By facing your fears and resolving the situation you feel more powerful and more in charge. The next time a stressful situation arises you’ll recognize it sooner and be better prepared to handle it.
Stress is also an opportunity for business growth for the same reasons. Ignoring that stressful situation because you just can’t face it could eventually lead to the death of your blog. But by confronting the problem head on you become a stronger business person and you’re better prepared to handle future crises. And trust me, there will be many.
Ignoring stressful situations can also prevent you from growing your business. Every step of the way there’s going to be something new you need to learn in order to move your business forward. If you avoid these learning situations because they’re too stressful, you’ll never gain the knowledge you need to build a successful blog.