I might be crazy but how does 30 days of blogging tips and mom hacks sound? I have a ton of awesome content about how to become a blogger while also being a stay at home mom or working mother. It’s not easy but it’s totally possible. And it’s time for Day 12, where we get super real and talk about sacrifice!
Today's tip might be one that you might want to ignore but really shouldn’t. On Day 12 I'm challenging you to sacrifice one thing. It needs to be something that you love, that you enjoy doing, maybe something that you always do.
Now, I'm not just asking you to quit doing it entirely for forever and ever amen. I'm just asking you to sacrifice that one thing so you can reassign the time you spent doing that to your blogging business instead. Why? Because sacrifice is necessary to succeed!
So, here's an example for you. Let’s say you really love reading books or watching a certain show on Netflix. I'm asking you to stop doing that and then use the time you used to spend on those things on your blogging business instead. I won't lie, this is going to take some self-discipline.
Why self-discipline is important
As moms, we are very familiar with sacrifice. In fact, it seems to come with the territory. But, it's usually that we are sacrificing something that we want to do for someone else to have what they want.
It may be giving up girls' night in order to take your child to soccer practice. Or even sacrificing your hobby money to put your child into that extracurricular activity.
You understand the ins and outs of sacrifice because it's part of being a mom. That type of sacrifice is easier for us. But, it's an entirely different ball game when we are having to sacrifice something to get something else that we want for ourselves. That just doesn't feel “right” when we are just starting out with self-discipline.
But don't be shy about sacrificing things for yourself instead of just for other people! It might sound selfish. And, it might make you feel a little selfish. But, it's not.
It's all about taking another step towards changing the dynamics of what you've been used to. It's about changing your regular habits or the things that you do in the evenings in order to get something that you want even more. And it's about using self-control to change the way you've always done something in order to pursue something even better…like a money-making blog!
How I learned about self-discipline
While I’m far from perfect, I am well acquainted with what sacrifice and discipline looks like. I grew up in a traditional Catholic home. Every year during Lent my family was very open in conversation about what it meant to make sacrifices (my parents did a wonderful job with this!). We constantly discussed making sacrifices for others and working on other ways to develop self-discipline.
As a child, I didn't appreciate how these conversations and the practice of self-discipline was molding me. However, as I got older and became an adult I learned how great it was because it helps you increase your willpower. And when you are building a blogging business, you need a truck load of willpower!
You are working from home and don't have a boss telling you what to do and you need the self-control to stay on task and make your blogging business happen. Willpower and self-discipline will also help you find work-life balance as you learn how to prioritize your day.
Self-discipline teaches you appreciation
In all the years of participating in Lent as a child there is one thing I learned about self-discipline that has stuck with me. Self-discipline really helps you appreciate the things that you are giving up.
If you feel like you don't have time to work on building your blogging business, then you are going to have to find the way to create the time. And that is going to happen by sacrificing something else that you love doing. The sacrifice you make will open up the time that you desperately need in order to grow your business.
I had to make my own sacrifices when I was in the early stages of building my business. For example, I'm a huge bookworm (no-seriously, I’ll burn through half a dozen books in no time). I love reading and quoting books and I even have a page on my website where I share my favorite books for building a blogging business.
But, during the first year of building my business, I had A LOT to accomplish. I needed more time for my business than what I had readily available. So, I had a choice to make. I could keep enjoying my reading, or I could sacrifice my reading time in order to create more time for my blog.
For someone as nerdy as me, it felt like such a massive sacrifice and I only allowed myself to read for a limited time on Sundays. While it was a tough pill to swallow, it made me truly appreciate the time I did have to read on Sunday. I would look forward to that time at the end of a busy week like it was a spa getaway!
It's not all bad
I'm probably making it sound like running a blogging business is a constant sacrifice. And, sometimes, it really is. There are a lot of things you’ll need to put on the back burner or give up entirely throughout the process of building your blogging business. But, you aren't sacrificing for nothing. There is something that comes out of it in the end—a successful blogging business! And, you will feel good that you managed your time properly in order to make it happen.
If you are sacrificing something that you love in order to grow your business, you are going to want to know that you are taking full advantage of the time you free up to work on your business. Check out the Allison Lindstrom YouTube channel in order to stay up to task with my latest tips and strategies. And don’t forget to subscribe to the channel so you can be notified when new advice becomes available.