All posts tagged Control

2 Reasons to Host Your Own Blog

There are millions of people who have wonderful blogs online today.

They provide valuable content, wonderful graphics, and awesome pictures.

All great things when it comes to blogging.

But the one thing that’s not in their favor is it’s being done using a free blogging platform.

This is good if you are blogging as a hobby or a way to express yourself.

But not so good if you are blogging from a business perspective.

All of your hard work and effort can easily be wiped away in the click of a button, with no questions asked if you aren’t using your own hosting and domain name because you do not own your blog.

Why not build something that you have full control over from the very start.

Why You Should Host Your Own Blog:

1) Branding

If you are blogging for business or to build a name for yourself online branding is a key element in separating yourself from the crowd.

Free blogging platforms make it much harder for you to stand out from the crowd because no matter how hard you work or promote yourself you still are promoting their brand.

Here’s what I mean:

If you are using a blogging site like www.blogsuccess.com to do your blog you will have to create your own name on the site for your blog.

Let’s say you use John Smith.

Your blog name would be www.johnsmith.blogsuccess.com.

Isn’t that a long domain name to explain to your friends, family, or readers.

Wouldn’t www.johnsmith.com be much easier to explain and much easier for them to remember?

No matter how much effort you put into the blog the harsh reality in the end is it isn’t really yours.

By owning your own blog you allow yourself the ability to brand yourself or your site with no conflict.

2) You Have Complete Control

If you are going to have a business online, especially blogging, why not have complete control over it.

You can make the blog any way you want with no restrictions or backlash.

What you post, the pictures you use, the look of your site, and the functionality all depend on you and your efforts.

While owning your own blog may take a bit more effort than using a free platform a piece of mind of having complete control of all aspects of your blog should make it worth while.

If your blog gets shut down on a free blogging platform you could always move to another of course, but that comes with risk of losing your readership and all of your work.

Having complete control of your blog from the beginning allows you to maintain your readership and your work for as long as you own your domain name and pay your hosting fees.

Don’t let hosting your own blog discourage you.

It’s inexpensive to get your own hosting and domain name.

Both combined can cost anywhere from 10-15 dollars a month.

Using WordPress as a platform for your blog you can easily learn how to set it up in less than a day.

It allows you to bypass all the technical stuff like html coding and allows you to easily add features, pictures, and posts quickly.

Again if you are looking to start up a blog for business, I recommend starting it the right way by getting your own hosting and domain from the beginning.

Using these tips will get you started off right.

Best Wishes!

Fear

Fear: The Number One Roadblock

Many people live their whole lives dreaming about something, but never take the time to really put their time and effort into doing it.

They go through the motions living day-to-day as a prisoner in their own minds not having the courage to take the necessary steps to pursue their dreams because of one reason.

That reason is fear!

All of us are afraid of something, but the one thing we do not realize is that it is all in our minds. It has been said that fear is our greatest enemy.

Fear is behind not pursuing dreams, failure, sickness, and lack of building relationships with others.

Fear is just a thought that people create in their minds to produce a feeling of safety so when you are afraid of something you are really just afraid of your own thoughts.

How to Overcome Fear?

Ralph Waldo Emerson the nineteenth-century philosopher and poet said, “Do the thing you are afraid to do, and death of fear is certain.”

To overcome your fears you have to face them.

I can remember being extremely afraid of speaking in front of a crowd.

Just the thought of it made my throat get tight and knees begin to buckle, but after practicing and doing several presentations in front of peers my fear of public speaking began to disappear with each speech.

It was a wonderful feeling to be able to get in front of people and not be nervous to the point I thought I was going to “black out.”

Before then the fear of my mind going blank, stuttering, or not looking my best were all fears that hindered me from taking the necessary steps to speak in front of others.

Taking the time out to really understand that is was all in my mind and that preparation, practice, and action was what I needed to get rid of that fear I felt much better and more accomplished after conquering it.

When you make that decision to conquer your fears and you face them head first the mind makes a shift with your belief and instead of what you fear being foreign it becomes a part of you.

Visualize yourself conquering whatever fear it is you may have before doing it.

Find a quiet place, close your eyes, and see yourself in your mind doing whatever it is your fear.

Imagine the pounding of your heartbeat, the shake in your limbs, and the strain in your voice.

Give yourself positive self-talk that it is all in your mind and you can do all things you believe you can do.

Take slow deep breaths to calm your nerves and see yourself conquering that fear over and over until you are ready to put it into action.

Don’t be afraid to take chances or risks. Learn to think outside of the box and get out of that comfort zone.

It’s amazing the world that you can open up for yourself if you just open up your mind to the things the world has to offer.

Not everyone is going to like you, not everyone is going to see things from your perspective, and not everyone is going to be attracted to you.

Do not let fear be the reason you do not pursue the things it is you would like to do because it is your duty to live the life you see fit for yourself.

Action

Your Actions Lead to Results

I had a discussion with a friend about the importance of taking action.

I explained that taking action is the most important thing a person can do when it comes to success and growth.

You can have all the knowledge in the world, but if you don’t apply that knowledge then it is useless in the achievement of anything.

One of the biggest differences between the successful and unsuccessful often times is action.

How many times have you heard someone express that they have all these brilliant ideas, but never put those ideas into effect? I’ll wait…

Exactly! I’m sure hundreds if not thousands of time.

Many people have dreams, which is marvelous but a dream is just that until one takes the initiative to turn that dream into reality.

You can have faith, belief, and goals but without any action there is no possibility of results.

We have all been placed here for a reason and quite often people never take the time to figure out their true meaning, their purpose in life.

Sometimes it’s because they don’t believe they can, don’t know how, or are afraid of what might happen.

Many people are comfortable where they are. Not having the courage to live up to their fullest potential.

There are many people that go through life wishing and hoping they had more, but are afraid to step outside of the box to go get what they deserve because they are afraid of change.

They continue to do the same things…living their lives in a rut.

Why is action so important?

I believe action has the ability to build character. Action is always positive because it changes your psyche.

Action has the ability to open up your mind to things you never knew were possible for yourself.

You begin to realize that things you were afraid of or felt like you could not do aren’t as bad as you thought.

Or maybe you realize they are as bad as you thought, but you no longer have the doubt, thus expanding yourself to do other things.

I can remember back when I didn’t know how to swim.

I would always be on the shallow end while my friends were having fun in the deep end.

A friend recommended that I come over to the deep end so I could be a part of the group activities.

I decided to give it a shot.

Having imagined myself swimming and having enough confidence in myself to at least know how to “doggy paddle” I jumped into the deep end and literally began swimming.

I would have never known I could swim if I would have never took action.

After that I learned how to breast stroke, free style, butterfly, and back stroke.

My actions lead to the ability to become an efficient swimmer through practice and a positive mind.

You see action has the awesome ability of removing fear and opening up your mind to a world of endless possibility.

When you take action you gain experience and experience can lead to expertise.

So be brave, but not stupid.

Face that fear and take action now!

Chess

Chess: Is It a Game of Life?

There have been many comparisons to life and the game of chess.

I often lay in bed at night and think of different chess moves, strategies, and game plans.

During my mental chess game I sometimes get lost with life situations and end up comparing the two.

I’ve been playing Chess for a few years now and I must say I love it.

I try to play daily and usually do.

I often hear people say it’s too complicated or difficult to learn, but in my opinion the basics are easy.

It doesn’t take that long to learn, but mastering it takes a lifetime.

I think life can be compared to chess because it’s about making moves that ultimately will give you an advantage or disadvantage.

Some moves you might make can bring a negative outcome, but you have to adjust and figure out how to regroup.

Some moves you make now may not show you the negative effects of that move until many moves later.

Wins and losses are guaranteed in life, but you have to keep moving forward and constantly rearrange your game plan for the next journey.

It’s about making the best decision possible with what you’ve been given in the situation presented.

Often we have no control over what is thrown our way in life, but we do have control over how we react.

Never regret your decisions and look at every mistake as a lesson to improve. Mistakes are a part of life.

A bad move can’t be reversed just like most poor decisions in life, but that doesn’t mean it’s over. Take a step back, acknowledge your mistake and figure out another stratagem.

In the long run experience is learned and you become a better decision maker.

I can remember when I first learned how to play.

If I remember correctly I did not win a single game until after at least 100 tries.

It was frustrating, but with every loss my mind was expanded and I eventually got better.

I got to see different moves. Was a part of different situations and was able to apply past experiences to things that were going on in the present and act accordingly.

Life works like that as well. We are built to use past experiences to understand situations we go through in life.

That is the reason why going through things make you wiser and at times better.

You open up your mind to something it couldn’t grasp before.

So keep playing and as you lose you will continue to get better. Eventually you will find your game.

Continue to improve on your craft.

Master it, and keep on pressing forward constantly trying new things and teaching others what it takes to become great.

I’m so thankful for the person who taught me.

Not only did I learn a new game I am now passionate about.

It also taught me a little more about life.

If you’d like to learn more about chess you can get strategies and free play at http://www.chess.com.