Sometimes it takes practice and a little research or training, but for the most part it just takes wanting to write badly enough to do it. We all have challenges to getting our work done and sharing it. Especially when we are not seeing an immediate paycheck for doing what we want to do. Wanting to make a difference, to help people, or change the world doesn’t necessarily come with immediate results or financial success. But typically these are not the biggest challenges. We are the biggest challenges to ourselves. I am a good example.
I had quite a year. In the last year I had pneumonia, cancer, and continue to have deteriorating corneas complicated by advanced glaucoma. Honestly, at the moment the most frustrating is plantar fasciitis. I depend on walking since I don’t drive, and it has become very painful to walk very far. Ok. I can come up with many reasons why I have not been blogging as much, my writing has slowed to a crawl, and I’m not reaching out to my audience. The truth is that I am letting myself get in the way of what I want to do.
I had a wake up call when I read Jon Morrow’s story. He has grown a business around blogging despite numerous challenges. He decided not to let his challenges get in his way. In other words he chose not to be disabled; instead he recognized his environmental challenges. Then he changed his environment. In his article, How to Quit Your Job, Move to Paradise and Get Paid to Change the World, he tells his story of how he became paralyzed from the neck down and created a successful blogging business. Although you don't need to quit your job and move to Mexico to be successful, his story magnifies the fact that you can choose to change your environment––or change how you think about your environment––and become successful despite vast challenges.
Jon shares a video telling how he used guest blogging to get more traffic, A Simple Technique I used to get 100X More Traffic. Guest blogging is not a big secret, but for some of us it’s a matter of getting guest blogging ideas––Jon Morrow shares his––and then putting in the effort and getting it done. For me, it’s not letting the daily challenges and interruptions get in the way of what I want to do.
I have been following Jon Morrow for some time. I am very impressed with all of the free quality information he shares from his own success. You can follow his blog here, https://smartblogger.com/how-to-be-unforgettable/, if you would like to see how to shock your readers awake.
I woke myself up by challenging myself with a last minute Flash Fiction Contest in August. With my story, Little Brown Feet aka Circles of Light, I didn’t win but I got great editorial feedback at very little cost and an invitation to make a few changes and resubmit for the next Wow! Women On Writing Flash Fiction Contest.
You can choose what success means to you and then find opportunities to challenge yourself in new ways (not the same old challenges) and make a difference in your life and work.