Happy birthday to me!
Last year on this day I shared some life lessons I’ve learnt through the years.
This year, I’m going to make a quick summary of how my writing and blogging is going.
First, I want to say that it seems like I’m more productive and motivated than ever before.
I’m reading, writing and blogging almost every day for some time now. And it pays off. The only thing I need to do now is keep that flow going and be consistent. Which is also the hardest thing.
I’m writing more about habits.
It seems to be the core topic of Let’s Reach Success, actually. Before that I was writing too much about other things. It was still connected to self-improvement, but was too broad.
So I’m happy that I found a niche now. It’s still not specific enough, but I’ll get there.
That happened for a few reasons.
I’ve realized that it all comes down to habits. All of it – our happiness, success, being in shape, getting things done, being positive and motivated. It’s all about the things we repeatedly do.
And if we take control over them, we take control of our time, mindset, and life in general.
And the results are tremendous.
Consistency is a big part of that, of course.
So, lately, I’ve been trying to define the problems the potential readers of my blog may have, and to give a solution with each post of mine.
Habits are what I’m working on daily in my life, too. So posting about it helps me stay on track.
I finally figured out what routines work best for me.
Getting up early and having a morning routine is key, and I’ll keep writing about the benefits of these two habits.
It’s what makes me feel good about myself and kickstarts my day.
I write immediately after that. Noticed that one post takes me half an hour. Almost every time. No matter how long it is, or whether or not I’ve outlined it.
I’m a fan of measuring things now. It helps me keep track of everything I do and be mindful of it. Otherwise, I waste time and don’t get things done.
Read more about it here.
I committed to writing daily. It’s great to realize that there’s no such thing as writer’s block, and you don’t need to do anything in particular in order to start writing.
I just sit down and write.
And I know that not all of what I create is good. Most of it is below average. But I’m alright with that.
I’ve realized something (mainly, because of the blogs of some pretty amazing people I’m following) – produce as much as you can, and there will be a bigger chance to get noticed.
People like Einstein are famous for one or two of their works, which are brilliant. But almost no one speaks about their other 20-30 good works, and 100-200 bad.
They succeeded because they’ve produced a lot. And that helped them become better, have a bigger chance of getting noticed, and seeing what works and what doesn’t. And all that is priceless.
And something great I know from Dan @TropicalMBA is that you must ship something every day.
The truth is that you need to write as much as you can. To commit to doing it daily, no matter what. And eventually, you’ll get noticed.
And the irony here is that most of the times the things people like the most are the ones you never expected to be appreciated.
That happened to me lately.
I’m occasionally guest blogging at PickTheBrain.
And I wrote one post about building a solid evening routine, where I listed 10 things we can do before we go to bed. Stuff like examining the day, planning out the next one, taking a walk, contemplating, meditating, etc.
Nothing extraordinary, no new ideas or stuff. Just summarized the best things you can do before going to sleep.
And the post went viral.
It hit the front page of Pocket. Got a lot of attention on Twitter.
And then I received an email from an editor of TIME magazine, asking me if they can post the article there.
So I hit another milestone by getting published in one of the most popular magazines in the world. Here’s the post.
And it just proves that you can always get noticed. Just keep writing and getting it out there. Consistency is the foundation of success.
All that just brought me some more views for a few days. And shares in social media.
But actually it was more than that – it means that I can write articles that are considered good by editors, that people like my stuff (at least some of it) and are ready to share it with their friends, that I can produce more works like that.
So if you’re staring at the screen sometimes, wondering whether to hit publish or not, I say go ahead.
The worst that can happen is that no one will read it. So you’re not losing anything. But it might just be the inspiration someone needs.
Another thing I’ve done recently is defining my goals.
Not just having in mind what I want, but actually writing down specific things and figuring out the steps I’ll need to take. And eventually I came down to things I need to do every day in order to get where I want.
And it’s easier when done this way. Now I’m not wasting time every day deciding what to do.
I’ve got priorities. And have things that should be done every day. It makes things much easier. Because I just sit down and do it. And it makes my day meaningful. I’m doing something about my future and all I need to do is stay consistent.
Another good thing that happened recently is being featured in Addicted2Success. I love that site and it feels good to have posts of mine there. Here they are.
I’m also reading more about blogging. But the more not-so-pleasant part this time. I’ve read a loooot before, but this time I’m getting things to the next level.
So I want to know everything about SEO. It’s actually pretty interesting to read about how search engines work, link building, getting more traffic, keywords and stuff.
There are other things going on with my writing and blogging, but that’s the important part for now.
Thank you all who are stopping by every now and then and reading my posts.
Always a pleasure to know that someone invests a small part of his most precious resource on my blog.
I hope you’ll keep making me company on my journey so success.
If you’ve got any questions or want me to make any changes to the blog, pop me an email and I’ll consider it. Because your opinion matter.