I Made Money From Blogging! What a Surprising Day!
Last night I just posted my 18th post. I’m getting tired and weary because I still have no results so far, sure I got indexed on Google, but what’s the use of that if I am not converting any leads.
I did and finished my training, and I did not just watch it but I completed each task per lesson before moving on to the next one. I asked questions to Wealthy Affiliate community when I have questions and to be honest, if I get credits for asking questions, then I would probably have saved enough credits to pay my one month of my subscription. I also force myself to write two articles per week in spite of busy work schedule and church ministry. Finally, I also used other resources outside Wealthy Affiliate to ensure that my blog and my process works efficiently.
Unfortunately, I still have not received my first paycheque even after putting all these efforts. As I went to bed frustrated, I wondered if all the time that I have spent, and all the money that I have invested are worth it. However, before I slept, I told myself not to give up. I convince myself that people make a full-time income from blogging and it all it takes is to be patient and to keep moving forward.
The next day, I expected nothing. My focus is to finish another article that I started 2 days ago so I can post it on time. This day, however, is a different day; as I unlock my computer, I noticed a notification. I open it, and there it is my first income!
Nice Story? It Has Happened… Yet!
Yes, it hasn,t happen yet, but I am teaching a very important lesson here. What I just did is I visualize the future I want to be in a couple of week from now. Having a vision is important not only in our online business, but it is equally important to our personal growth and development, our relationship, our spirituality, and… well in all areas of our lives! Vision gives us direction so we can create a reality that we want to be in. It forces us to take the shortest road towards our goals. It keeps us from loitering around, and it ensures that we take the least effort to get into our destination.
The Power of Visualization
Visualization is having an end goal in mind, then you imagine the steps needed to make your goal into a reality.
I bet you have done this as a kid. Does “pillow fort castles” comes into mind? What about building a cool spaceship out of Lego? Before building these things, you probably have to imagine what your fort castles or Lego spaceship will look like at then you continuously think of each step to take so you can build your “dream” fort castle or spaceship.
The visualization that I am teaching is the same only more complicated and complex, but that is okay because you also now have a greater resource at your hand!
Athletes practice visualization as well! A lot of athletes, such as Michael Phelps, practice physically and mentality. When off the court, they still practice in their mind. They reconstruct the scenario, their opponents, possible setbacks, their performance, etc in their mind thus helping them to be ready physically and mentally.
Similarly, if we get into the habit of visualizing our success, the actions that we take every day to reach our goal, and the solutions that we come up for the problems that we may face, then it will help us to stay focus and determined.
How to do It?
Visualization is easy, but it needs discipline. Here are some steps that I believe will help you accomplish this.
1. Have a personal space. It doesn’t matter where it is as long as you can have your silent moment. It can be on a bus/train to work. Your bedroom, washroom, etc. As long as it will enable you to reflect without being disturbed then you are free to choose where you want to be.
2. Consistent time. Do visualization at the same time each day! It should be at the same time and at the same place so it will become a habit, and habit is good since it takes far less energy to do it. I prefer doing it at the start of my day, so I would have an objective and productive day, but you can do it any time of the day. However, I will recommend you to do it when you are most productive.
3. Have a goal. Visualizing is thinking or recalling your long-term and short-term goals, so if you have no set goals yet, then work on it. If you already have goals then imagine how you will achieve it.
Some questions to ask yourself:
- What are the things I need to do to achieve it?
- What skills should I learn so I can be effective in reaching my goals?
- Who are the people that I can learn from?
- What is the obstacle that I might face?
- What will I do if I face this obstacle?
Visualization is a powerful tool since it gives us a ladder to climb on to reach the reality that we want to be in. Visualization helps us to be focused since you have a predetermined step that you will take. It helps us respond more effectively since we readied our mind to different possible scenarios.
Overall always dream big then imagine the steps how to get there!