7 Common Negative Beliefs That Hold Bloggers Back from World Domination

This is a guest post by Henri Junttila.

You have probably heard many say that blogging is simple, but not easy.

Most of the obstacles to blogging success are in your mind. While this may sound a bit “out there” it’s entirely accurate.

You are responsible for the success you have. There are a lot of negative beliefs and fears that hold bloggers back from achieving true success.

Some may be afraid of guest posting, while others are terrified of creating their own products in fear of what others will think of them.

Today we’ll look at seven of the most common negative belief that hold bloggers back from world domination.

If you feel ready to move on, let’s dive in, shall we?

1. “Not Good Enough-Itis”

One of the most common beliefs that hold bloggers and many business people back is the feeling that they aren’t enough, and that they don’t deserve to be successful.

This belief is usually born in early childhood, but it can also be established after that. The simple truth is that you are not your thoughts for your beliefs.

Your beliefs are merely the map of reality, and your map is not the territory. You can change the way you feel about yourself and you can change your beliefs if you want to.

The truth of the matter is that you are good enough to do anything you want.

2. Fear of Failure

Next on the list is the fear of failure and negative expectations. Many people who start a blog and want to earn money with it or other content writer jobs begin projecting the most horrible outcomes in their mind.

They may imagine no one reading their blog, not selling any products, or even having people criticize them for being who they are (a common one).

When you realize that you are responsible for the thoughts you think, you can begin to change them for the better.

It’s easy to worry and fear the worst when things aren’t going exactly as you want, but realize that if you’re blogging on a topic you truly enjoy, you are already where you want to be.

3. Trying to Be Someone Else

When I began blogging, I was looking up to other people, because I wanted to become a great blogger like the big guys.

While I do recommend that you join a training course and learn to build a blog effectively, I don’t recommend that you get stuck on trying to be someone else.

You have a unique voice and you are here on this planet for a reason. Find and start following YOUR passion and you will notice the pieces falling in place.

4. Doing Too Much

If you’re just beginning, it’s easy to let excitement take over. There are a lot of projects (like web content jobs) you can work on and there are a lot of products you can create.

But you also have to realize that if you try to do too much, you will get nothing done.

Pick something you truly enjoy doing and focus on it until it is done. You will notice that the quality of your work goes up and you eliminate the possibility of burnout.

Seems like a no-brainer, doesn’t it?

5. Shiny Object Syndrome

There are dozens and dozens of training courses out there, and each one of them promises you an easy and fast way to create a six-figure blog (okay, almost).

While some of those courses are excellent, most of them aren’t worth your time. I spent a few years chasing the best course, and it did nothing but make me confused.

Pick one course, if you even want to buy a course, and make it work until you even look at anything else. Don’t get caught up in shiny object syndrome!

6. Confusion

Another big obstacle that holds bloggers back is confusion. You see, you don’t have to know every step you need to take become successful.

When I started my blog in late 2009, I had no idea that I would end up where I am now. The only thing I did is I follow my passion and excitement.

I did what I enjoyed doing and the solutions followed. Now, it didn’t happen overnight, but as I kept going, it became clearer and clearer.

7. Money Focus

Last, but definitely not least is that if you’re focusing on just making money with your blog, you probably will burnout at one point or another.

The reason is because you will run into obstacles and you will have to face your fears in order to make your blog truly successful.

When you’re following your passion and your heart’s desire, you will have a much easier time moving through obstacles and fears.

Keep these seven obstacles in mind as you’re building your blog, because they will be crucial in your success.

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  1. says

    Good article, I think the “shiny object syndrome” is especially important for all those reading internet marketing and seo blogs and such, because this market is FULL of scam and hype.

    Every other tool or course out there carries some outrageous claims, such as making a million dollars in a month.
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  2. says

    OH! This post resonates!

    I have seen this time and time again. I have watched, even from my low perch, people fall to the wayside in the last seven months. I know I will make mistakes. I know that I will not be an overnight success. Some people have this process built up way too much in their heads.

    #3 in particular is a common theme for me. I use a quote from Judy Garland on my work emails that says: “It’s always better to be a first rate version of yourself than a second rate version of someone else.” It has helped me weed out these types immensely throughout the last nine or so years. Great advice and a key thought when you look for mentorship.
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  3. says

    I am a recovering Shiny Object Syndrome survivor.

    I couldn’t agree with you more Henri.

    I have given myself permission to go at my own speed. Since deciding this and realizing I don’t have to know everything at once, I am back to enjoying the journey of my blog and business.

  4. says

    I always tell people to be patient and just stick around. Do not just close down your website or blog if you do not see any results initially instead be persistent and keep working on on and offpage search engine optimization. By doing this, you already pass all the other competitors who stop their unfruitful efforts.

    • says

      Howdy Andreas,

      Yes sir.

      If you just stick with it, you will end up succeeding sooner or later. That’s also why I recommend people find their passion, because it contains the fuel that will keep them going.

  5. says

    Great post Henri!

    I’ve seen far too many new bloggers focus too much on making money right from the start. They would fill up their almost blank site with tons of ads. If they notice they don’t make a decent amount within weeks, they shut down their blog.

    It takes patience and I usually tell people to forget about making money in the beginning and just build up their blog first. Money will surely flow in later on.
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  6. says

    You know your subject Henri. I so agree about the copy cat style where bloggers try to replicate another successful person’s voice or blog which always comes across as false or piggy backing to be noticed. It’s best to carve your own niche delivering your own unique outlook on life or advice on a specialist subject. Have confidence, step up, share yourself with the world and the world may just come to you in return.
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  7. says

    This reminds me of Thomas Fuller’s saying that “One that would have the fruit must climb the tree”. It is for sure that one needs a lot of courage and on top of it organizing in order to speak out to the world. And yes one must have load of ideas to write on.
    One thing on which I have difficult time agreeing with many of the bloggers is the exaggerated emphasis on money. I am sure many of us blog to satisfy their passion rather than gathering money. The money is only a byproduct of that passionate hard work.
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  8. says

    Well done Henri, I see so many bloggers, especially newbies, making these mistakes early on and I just want to reach out to them and say ‘settle down….’…That’s why lists like this are so very important, because most of us get into blogging for all the right reasons, and before you know it, things can really start to affect who we are.

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  9. says

    I have definitely encountered all of these feelings. Especially 1 and 2. Trying to compete in the blogging world can be intimidating. The most important thing to remember is not to do what you think other people want you to do, but what YOU want to do. It may take a while to figure out what works and what doesn’t, but you will eventually succeed if you keep at∂ it and continue to write about what YOU are passionate about.
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    • says

      I agree that fear of failure is an important aspect. It can be easy to get caught up in the cycle of fear. Sometimes we start creating scenarios and their negative outcomes, which haven’t even occurred. This thinking prevents us from moving forward toward success. It’s important to have a positive attitude like Andrew noted. Think success and happy blogging :-)

  10. says

    Thanks Henri, personally I think doing too much is my number 1 problem, also getting side tracked by some other blogging related project before I finish the one before it.

    However I think one of the most popular ones that I see other people with is the shiny object syndrome, even I had that problem at some point, but after a while I just saw them as being mostly the same thing re-packaged.
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