It can takes months to start making an income from your blog and it can be years before it’s making enough money to replace your full-time job. How do you keep motivated to keep plugging away, day after day after day?
Focus On Your Reason
In my case, it’s helped me to stay focused on the reasons I want to succeed. Yes, I want to make money, but that’s a goal, and I could make money doing just about anything – some of it a lot more fun that blogging, some of it a lot more profitable than blogging.
But the reason I want to succeed is because I see how shaky our economy is and I know there’s no such thing as a long-term job anymore. And at one point I had a job making very good money but it was also very physically demanding, not something I’d be able to do for the rest of my working life. Plus, there are people out there I wanted to be able to thumb my nose at and say, “There! I told ya so!”
Whenever I feel a lack of motivation I just remember the three reasons I want to succeed and that perks me right up. Why did you decide to become a blogger? To answer that question, finish this sentence: I decided to make money blogging because…
I find it easier to stay motivated if I always have a goal, something I need to work to reach. As long as that carrot is still dangling out there I keep putting one foot in front of the other.
Set Smaller Goals
I suppose you could say I break my long-term goals down into smaller, more realistic goals. For example, at the beginning of each year I set a goal for how much money I want to make over the course of the next year. That’s a pretty big goal and it’s impossible to achieve it over night.
But if I break it down into monthly, and then weekly, or even daily goals, it’s much easier to reach those smaller goals. It’s like the old saying: How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time!
Celebrate Every Success
You’re bound to get depressed and sullen if all you do is work, work, work. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy! So, as I reach each of my smaller goals, I celebrate the success. I might allow myself a Snickers bar or order a pizza with extra cheese. If it’s a really big win, I might take the night off and relax with a good movie or go out with friends for a few hours.
A celebration doesn’t mean you have to send out invitations and hire a caterer. Just do something to acknowledge the achievement and consciously give yourself a pat on the back. Then you’ll feel that much more motivated to get back in the game tomorrow and reach for the next goal.