Having just returned from Blog World 2010 with a boatload of ideas and things to pursue, it dawned on me that many others who attended are likely feeling the same way. Of particular concern are the early stage bloggers who were fortunate enough to make the trip.

For them, I had thoughts of whether or not they are truly ready to make a lifestyle change in order to pursue their dreams. Certainly some are, but the vast majority of early stage bloggers fail because they have not fully committed to making the change.

The reality is this; sacrifices will have to be made in order to move forward. If you really want to obtain the ultimate lifestyle for yourself you will have to change the current one.

No longer will there be time to sit and watch TV for hours on in, nor will there be time to just hang out on the weekends with no concern for the clock. You will find that many of life’s leisurely activities will have to be reduced or stripped away.

Will it be uncomfortable?

Without a doubt, but you’ll have to get comfortable with being uncomfortable before it disappears.

It’s all about commitment now, meaning you must live, breathe and eat your goals and objectives to obtain them.

I blogged for the better part of a year while I slowly attempted to unplug from other activities. I had a couple of outside business interests that paid fairly well, but my heart was no longer in it. I figured that I would move away from those businesses in a gradual pace while ramping up my blogging time. The result, #fail.

My experience taught me that it doesn’t work like that, at least for me it didn’t. So one day I decided to just chop things off at the knees and move on, freeing my mind to fully concentrate on building an online business.

You may have to do the same if things are not moving in the direction you want to go at the pace by which you’d prefer.

I say that to say this; avoid placing yourself in a position of putting off the inevitable. Self assessment is very powerful and it is something we should do regularly. When we are honest with ourselves critical decisions become easy to make and you’ll find that life gets easier as well.

Blogging and building a real business is hard work that requires demands your full commitment and dedication. For most, that means a lifestyle change because it is unlikely that you’ll find the level of success you seek as a hobbyist or dabbler.

You have to take some risks in life to get the payoff and like a good hand in poker; you may have to go all-in.

So where are you?

Are you all-in or just hobbying around?

Stay Productive!

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8 Responses to You Have to Change Your Lifestyle If You Want to Change Your life

  1. Jimi, I know you are right! There are other less-than-committed avenues that lead to the same failure: opportunism, wherein an otherwise sound business idea does not flourish because you started it, got bored and went chasing after the next new thing; ignorancism, where I’m ever so politely implying (from experience, no less) that following unknown, ego-centric “gurus” who sell snake oil and call it body oil. I was down both of these roads in addition to the hobbying road (as a wannabe web designer).

    I believe the first step on the road to commitment is to get the facts. I hated how some so-called leaders in a business opportunity would imply that the “company” will teach you everything you need to know. Imagine going off to college for a business major and, during your first week, all your professors hand you mounds of staple reports, long lists of books to read, a box of tapes and videos and show you the door…
    …oh, and don’t forget your payment!

    Judging from your email series, I think your readers will have a good mentor.


    Mitchell Allen´s last blog post ..Imaginary Numbers

    • Jimi Jones says:

      Hey Mitch, how goes, man?
      Thanks for the kind words. :-)

      Being committed and focused are key to gaining any momentum toward finding success.

      How’s that saying go? “The company will teach you everything you need to know.” What they really mean is that they will teach you everything they want you to know, which is usually short of the mark. :-) I like that college analogy, it’s so true.

      Good to see you.

  2. Mitch says:

    Interesting post, Jimi, and something I might have to think about a little bit. I’m kind of a jack of all trades. I have multiple business interests, and every once in awhile I wonder if it holds me back from ultimate success. Thing is, I don’t really do anything that I don’t want to do, that I’ve lost interest in, so I can’t say I’ve lost the passion for anything. At the same time, I can’t necessarily say I’m passionate about anything I do either.

    Conundrum city; you’re making me think. Stop that! lol
    Mitch´s last blog post ..Sunday Question – How Do You Motivate Yourself

    • Jimi Jones says:

      Hi Mitch, how are you?
      The fact that you remain in control of what you want to do is surely a good thing. :-) I’ve been there with the multiple business interests, but everyone is different. I’m into the less is more thing now. LOL

      Like me, you’ll know if / when it’s time to move away from some activities. Your current arrangement may work well for you, and I wish you all the best.

      Thinking huh? :-)
      Hey, thanks for visiting, man. Good to see you.

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