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Staying in a Positive Mindset: It’s Okay to Have Doubts

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I am all about positivity and getting into and staying in a positive mindset, removing as much negativity from your mind and your life as possible, but sometimes those negative thoughts creep in and it can be hard to make them go away. Believe me, I know. I’m the one always preaching to people about thinking positively and having a positive mindset and not letting the negatives weigh them down. But I’m just as guilty as the next person about being pessimistic occasionally and looking down on myself and beating myself up over silly things. You guys, we’re human and we’re not perfect. In fact, perfect isn’t even a real thing, but that’s something I’ll talk about in another blog post later on.

Here’s the thing, it’s okay to have those negative thoughts once in a while. It’s okay to have doubts about yourself and your life once in a while. You just don’t want to bury yourself in all that negativity. You don’t want to park your mind in that space and then never move on from there. You have to learn how to flip those negative thoughts around into something positive.

For instance, I am trying to make this blog as successful as possible. I want to have content that people want to read, that is helpful to others, and that will hopefully inspire other people to take action and make their goals and their dreams realities. Although I started this blog back in June, I didn’t actually start really working on it until the beginning of September and I got some pretty good traction right away, which excited me beyond belief. However, I just went over a week without posting anything due to some issues in my personal life that I’ve been dealing with, and that traction I had going, came to a complete halt in this last week. I took a look at my stats and saw exactly when the nosedive occurred and I felt crushed. I started doubting if I could actually do this.

Can I really make this work? Do people actually want to read the stuff I post about? Can I eventually make a decent income from this blog? Am I wasting my time doing this? Is it all going to be worth it? Can this dream of mine really come true?

I had all these questions and more swirling through my head, driving me absolutely insane because they were all I kept thinking about. I tried to ignore them. I really did, but they wouldn’t stop. So I answered them instead. I answered them in a positive way.

Can I really make this work? Yes. With hard work and consistency, I CAN make this work.

Do people actually want to read the stuff I post about? I don’t really know. I do know that some of my posts have received comments and ALL of my posts have received quite a few views and the bounce rate on my website is pretty low, so I think that means people are reading my stuff and they like it enough to stay on my site for a while, so YES people want to read the stuff I post about.

Can I eventually make a decent income from this blog? Another question I don’t have a definitive answer for because, well, I can’t predict what is going to happen in the future, but I do know that if I’m posting consistently, engaging with my readers and with other people on their blogs and social media, and posting quality content that is helpful to others that the possibilities of making a decent income eventually are promising.

Am I wasting my time doing this? No. It’s not a waste of my time. Even if no one else ever read a word I wrote, I wouldn’t be wasting my time because writing these posts helps me. I’ve always been able to express myself better in writing than with spoken words, and writing helps me to release some of the anxiety I carry with me every day. Writing helps me, period.

Is it all going to be worth it? Yes. It will be worth it. If the stuff I post on this blog helps just one other person in some form or fashion, whether they are able to overcome a fear that has been holding them back, or they take the first step toward making a huge dream of theirs come true, or they read something I write and think, “hey, I’m not alone. Someone else out there can relate to what I’m going through” then that right there is worth every second I’ve spent working on this website.

Can this dream of mine really come true? Yes! This dream really can come true. It’s not going to happen overnight, and it’s not going to be easy. It’s going to take a lot of work, dedication, passion, and maybe even a few tears, but yes, this dream of mine most definitely can come true.

You’re never going to be able to completely block out the negativity in your mind or in your life. You just have to learn how to deal with it in a positive way and not let it get to you or destroy you. When the negatives rear their ugly heads, don’t dwell on them. Flip them into positives and keep moving forward.

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19 thoughts on “Staying in a Positive Mindset: It’s Okay to Have Doubts

  1. Great job- I completely agree! You have said exactly what I have been thinking. Blogging does ultimately help the person doing the writing. Helping others is a added bonus. Initially it is hard not to get caught up thinking it might be a quick money making business. It takes time and more time. Blogging doesn’t have to be about making money, but about first helping yourself and then others.

    1. Hi Jen! Absolutely! While blogging certainly does help to clear our own minds and figure things out, but if it can help just one other person too, that makes it so much better! Success won’t happen overnight, but if we keep at it, it WILL happen! Thanks for reading!

  2. Insecurity, doubt, and discouragement truly is related to where our mind is parked. I’m a bible teacher, so I always direct women back to 2Corinthians 10:5(casting down imaginations) & Philippians 4:8 (think on what is true etc.) to help them learn to switch their thinking from lies to truth. The more truth you put in the more victory you have over emotional instability, and the moments of insecurity will pass quicker!

    1. Hi Annie! It is completely natural for our minds to go to the negative thoughts. That’s why it’s so important for us to combat the negatives with positives, and do our best to keep our minds focused on the good instead of the bad. Thanks so much for stopping by and reading!

  3. Yes yes yes!!!!! I really needed this today. As a new blogger, I’ve had all these questions rolling around in my head lately too. Even just today I was questioning my purpose, and whether or not I really have what it takes to make a successful blog that not only helps people but can make me enough money to quit my dead end job…could I really live my dreams? Reading your post has reminded me that these thoughts are normal…but what matters is what I do with those thoughts! I’m so happy to be sharing in this blogging journey, you really have me a wonderful boost today 😊

  4. This hits me right at home because I have the same thoughts in my head. Wondering if I am wasting my time, if this will ever go anywhere, am I making a mistake, ect. Sometimes we are our own worst critics but we have to push forward and follow our dreams. Thank you for sharing this!

  5. Yes! Love the article and I’ve had the same thouhts on blogging. Finally I decided that even if I never make a dime I’m going to have a heck of a fun ride. I’m just one person, but I’ll be reading!

    1. Hello Misty! Blogging is fun, though at times it can be stressful too! Making money from it is a great bonus! Thanks for reading!

  6. I’m with you 100%. It’s so easy to advise others to be positive then forget to take care of yourself too. You’re doing great. You can do anything you set your mind too and you’re a great writer. I
    Enjoyed the read. 💞

  7. Wow! You were able to write about exactly what goes through my mind as well. Where you had a personal issue that prevented you from blogging, I had the eye of Irma go over us, so we were without power, internet, etc for quite awhile. Needless to say I didn’t post and I was feeling defeated. For me, it would be nice to make some money, but I am doing this to help people understand the power of a plant slant lifestyle. I too wonder if anyone is actually reading my posts. Evidently, based on the comments, people are reading yours. Nice job!

    1. Hi Doug! Thanks so much for your comment! I’m sorry to hear that you were affected by Irma. I do hope you and your family came out of it just fine. We will all get to the success we want. It’s going to take some time, though, so we need to hold on and just enjoy the ride as we get there!

  8. I love this post! It is really inspiring and a great reminder for those times when we aren’t feeling super positive. I love that you talked about how we need to be mindful that we are human and that it isn’t realistic that we are going to be positive 100%. Even when those negative thoughts come in, it is important not to dwell on the negativity but to spin them into a positive light. Great, great post!

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