Have you ever found yourself working hard on your blog but not reaching your goals? You’re trying all the things but not seeing the desired results? I’ve been there. And the cause wasn’t what I expected.
So often we find ourselves chasing the next technique, tactic or strategy to help us grow our blogs and online businesses. But sometimes, it isn’t a certain strategy that is holding us back.
Sometimes, it’s ourselves.
That’s hard to accept.
It’s hard to say, “I’m the reason I’m not progressing. I’m the reason I not reaching my goals.”
Here are some things that might be holding you back. Or at least, they held me back (see my story in the video at the end).
Doing too much at once
Content creators tend to have a lot of ideas. At any given point in time there can be numerous ideas and projects floating around a blogger’s mind. If you’re like me, you get excited about all those ideas and start working on all of them! Blog posts, videos, products, courses, sponsors – not to mention all the other things a blogger has to do in a day.
Here’s the thing though: working on too many projects at once usually results in A: not finishing some or all of the projects or B: half baked projects that aren’t done as well as they could have been if you had only focused on one project.
While it might be tempting to try and build + grow you Instagram, Facebook and YouTube all at the same time – just pick one. Focus all of your attention on Instagram. Learn it, master it, be involved and active there until you’ve got it down. Then, move on to the next platform.
If you have an idea for an ebook and a 4 week email challenge, pick one and fully execute it before working on the other. I know it sounds simple, but so often I see people trying to pursue multiple projects at once.
Limit your projects and tasks.
Letting competition influence you
It’s a love/hate relationship.
When I asked my audience what their biggest blogging time waster was, almost everyone said something about competition.
Comparing their blog to the competition.
Trying to be like the competition.
Feeling like you have to do everything they do.
Not feel like you were as good as others in your niche.
It can be mentally exhausting and challenging to constantly be comparing your blog and your journey to others in your niche.
There is always going to be “competition”. There will always be other people in your space. But we can’t let them influence our decisions or how we feel about ourselves. I have to constantly talk myself out of this but I am getting better all the time. I try to see my competition as friends and instead of comparing try to support them in their growth.
Obsessing over perfection
I know you’ve heard it said a hundred times, “Done is better than perfect”.
Why then is it so hard to not want it to be PERFECT?
The best of the best. Top Notch. No mistakes.
Often times, fear drives perfection:
“But what if it’s crappy and no one likes it?”
“What if it’s not as good as so and so’s?”
“What if someone complains or criticizes?”
The fear of not being good enough holds us back from reaching our goals. Trying to be perfect drives that fear.
Fretting over perfection can limit our growth. Don’t hold yourself back because it isn’t perfect. Allow yourself room to grow and improve over time. It is okay to not be the best. It is okay to fail and disappoint. It’s normal.
Not making sacrifices or investments
When you’re striving to grow and reach goals, you will have to make sacrifices and investments. Which can be hard, especially if you’re just starting out.
It can be hard to spend money on your blog.
It can be hard to use your free time to work on your blog.
But, there is no such thing as easy money or easy work. If you want to reach your blogging goals, you will probably have to make some sacrifices. You will mostly have to invest some money and time in the process. Being willing to sacrifice and invest will free up more time, resources, energies to growing your blog.
What is holding you back from your blogging goals?
If things are not going how you want them to. If you are not seeing the results you want. If you constantly feel like you’re spinning in circles when it comes to blogging… maybe it’s time to take a personal inventory.
Are you holding yourself back?
Are your actions and mindset keeping you from growing your blog?
They held me back.
These four roadblocks held me back. They held me back from finishing projects. They held me back from growth. And eventually, they led to me quitting.
Here’s my story. The story of how all of these things held me back.
In the video, I made a big announcement! If you’d like to hear more about it, make sure to get on the waitlist!
Luckily, my story goes one. I am overcoming these roadblocks. I am reaching my blog/biz goals. I am doing it! And you can too!