A while back, I talked about how I was going back to the beginning. Ever since my health fell apart, I got depressed and lost faith in begin able to hold anything together. I knew that the only way to get going again was to:
1. Find out why my health is in shambles.
2. Get past the idea the idea that I can’t work hard until I know what’s going on with my health.
Basically, I have been paralyzed with fear. What if I get new clients and then end up back in the hospital? What if I am put on a new medication that makes me to drowsy to think? Well, here’s the thing, I could have numerous horrible things happen each day. I don’t even need to be in bad health and who’s to know what will present itself. I can’t plan for the day I feel perfect again because it’s just not reasonable. It’s also know way to live unless I want to throw in the towel and give up on life.
Intuitively I knew that the best way I would be able to make the transition back into running a strong writing and social media business was to start from the beginning. Like I said in the previous article, I was starting over like my blog was rand new. I wanted to take the familiar steps back to the present. I didn’t trust myself to just jump in full force and anyway, I felt that going step by step would strengthen each step I had previously taken.
I have read a lot. Reading clears my head and helps me refocus as well as get new ideas. I started by reading some inspiring books about people who struggled and then succeeded and struggled more. I saw the truth. It doesn’t matter how well-known you are, how much you make or how good you are at your craft, you will always have times where there will be struggle. Not just a small nuisance of a struggle, but a fight within that will leave you questioning if you still want to pursue what you have been working on.
The other day I grab 3 books from the bookstore. Honestly, there were 5 I wanted, but I made myself slim down the lot. I know I could just go to the library, but my books get used over and over. If they are lucky enough to make it home, they will be reread several times. I cherish my books and look to them often for advice, entertainment and a way to open my eyes.
The two books I left behind felt right, but not for right now. They were still a step past where I was at. One of the books was all about social media platforms with extensive details on making the most out of each site, doing analytics, creating contests etc… Sure I know quite a bit, but technology changes quickly and I wanted to make sure I was on top of everything that was new. T
There was also a book dealing with making your blog into an online business. Another book I really want, but haven’t bought yet. Once again, there was new information I wanted to check out. I really want to look for additional ways to make residual income. One of the things that caught my eye was how you can turn your blog into posts shared on Kindle for a price. Definitely I different idea that I will look into further when I am ready.
So where am I now? Well, the three books I bought were:
Are Liars Tell Stories, by Seth Godin (a book to help me brush up on my marketing skills)
Quitter, by Jon Acuff (leaving a job to pursue your dream. Reflecting on the up’s and down’s of taking the leap)
Success Secrets of the Social Media Marketing Superstars, by Mitch Meyerson (secrets, strategies and tactics from 20+ top social media marketers)
So, why these books? These are the type of books I read when I was first jumping into writing and social media as a career. I like the combination of inspiration, we’ve all been there and here’s some new information you can use.
By going backward again, I have not only filled in the cracks of things I didn’t realize I was missing in my arsenal, but it gives me the opportunity to start fresh. It’s almost like coming back from vacation with a clear head and new determination to go the distance. There is just something about getting information that you might know, repackaged in a crisp, shiny new book. It’s exciting and you pay attention differently.
I am hoping to have these books completed by the end of next week. Then I will be back at the bookstore for the two I left behind. After that, I will be tweaking my blog, reviewing my platforms and hopefully, prospecting again.
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