I use to read my horoscope, religiously. Checking my horoscope was once a part of my daily morning routine. I’d feel as if my entire equilibrium would be out of whack if I didn’t check my horoscope! A bit extreme now that I think about it, but that’s truly how I felt. Over the past year or so my need to constantly check my horoscope faded. I have no idea why, but it did. It’s crazy how things that were so important to you when you’re younger, can become such a non-factor once you’re an adult!
Recently I’ve started checking my horoscope again, though not as obsessively as before. Now, it’s more of a whenever it crosses my mind – I’ll check it type thing. I don’t have a particular site or app that I use, but often I’ll check astrology.com. I never expected to find a source of inspiration worthy of a blog post in a daily horoscope, but this past Friday I did.
If you stick to your guns, you’ll impress people. Don’t water down your reactions based on the way you think people might react.
That was the last line of my horoscope and for some reason, it really got the gears turning in my head! I began to start thinking of all the times I myself have allowed the opinions of others to hold me back. It’s one thing to stand in your own way, but how often do we allow others to be a barricade in our lives?
Sure it’s easier to just go with the flow, not rock the boat. But, why whisper when you really want to scream at the top of your lungs? I find this to be true in life and within the blogging world. We’re all in search of something whether it’s notoriety, fortune, stability, or something else entirely. Only you know what you’re in search of, so why allow others to control your path to achieving it? There is more than one way to achieve success, and someone else’s path may not be your path. Never be afraid to take an alternate route, no matter what anyone has to say about it! Your destiny is exactly that, yours.
Now how exactly does this correlate in the blogging community? Well, we all know that there are some who are more successful than others. And it may seem as if you need to mold your brand, to mirror a successful one. I mean, it does make sense right? If this approach worked for them, it can surely have the same results for you? But, that’s not always the case. In such a dense field, there’s no need for another anyone. Stick to your gut, and do what works best for you! I’m all for implementing helpful tips and reading up on methods to improve my own brand from someone who has already been through it. But, never do I want to be a carbon copy. That story has already been told, create a new one. Don’t drive yourself crazy trying to keep up with someone else’s pace! No one is allowed to tell you how to run your blog.
When I first started blogging, I felt that I had to post at least three times a week. I would see so many successful bloggers doing three a week, or more. So I felt that I had to do exactly the same. However, I quickly realized that my life wouldn’t allow that type of commitment. Not just that, but I would feel as if I rushed posts just so that I could meet that three a week goal! I’m a perfectionist, I know it and I admit it. That being said, I always put so much into every post so the idea of just breezing through them wasn’t me. Of course, consistency is key but I was putting so much unnecessary pressure on myself. At the moment, I don’t have a set posting schedule. My goal this year is to start posting two a week, and then hopefully that’ll shift into three a week. I’m setting my own pace, and doing what works best for me.
The same can be said for life in general. You may not be as successful as the person beside you today, but that doesn’t mean that you never will be! We are all equipped with our own unique skill set, so don’t push aside your greatness to appease others! I may not be where I want to be yet, but I’ll keep pushing until I get there! And when I do, I’ll take pride in the fact that I did it my way on my own terms.
Never be afraid to forge your own path or to speak up for what you believe in!