This is an except from my upcoming Launch Your Site Toolkit that I’ve been inspired to create 💫 As I wrote this within the chapter ‘Grow with an action plan (without the overwhelm)’ I felt compelled to share it on my blog for those that resonates with the message.
There is undoubtedly an avalanche of blogging tips and advice online. So much so that I believe it’s actually a hinderance than a help and just promotes procrastination and second guessing.
Q: What would you do differently if you were to start a new blog/online business today (and couldn’t leverage your existing audience)?
A: First I would limit the advice I take from all the gurus online. Second I would listen to my intuition more.
-Monica Froese of redefiningmom.com, from the book The Essential Habits of 6-Figure Bloggers
There’s also another element at play here, and it’s kinda critaical to be awear of – and it’s that most advice online is actually someones sales funnel.
…It isn’t pure advice, they have an agenda. And the agenda is to mix value with persuasion (and some scare tactics) to purchase their premium offer.
(Now this isn’t good or bad, you can make up your mind about how you feel about this yourself. I’m just saying it’s something I wish I had of been awear of.)
I have invested in a lot in various courses, that honestly I couldn’t afford (and with dissapointing results) and looking back it’s because I was vulnerable. And stuck. And I thought this course would be the missing piece.
Expert Advice + Intuition
In fact my strategy was all out of order and all out of whack, it would be much better to combine affordable expert advice with my own intuition.
1. Seek Expert Advice From Books
This knowledge is legit, and is usually very similar content to the authors premium course or coaching (if they offer that). Don’t discount the content within a book because of the price. Books have a low perceived value, whereas courses have a higher perceived value and therefore are priced accordingly.
If a book is published (I’ll leave self-publishing out for the moment) you know the content is going to be of quality, after all the publishing house is going to make sure the book is the best it can be. Also consider their adgenda; the goal of a book is to provide mass market value, build credibility and an engaged audience and make a great consistent income for the author and publishing company. Yes the profit margins are low but the reach can be enormous which can equal big payoffs.
2. Listen To Your Intuition
Of course no one knows what’s best for you, other than YOU!
You’ll be surprised by the ‘advice’ because it’s usually fun AND delivers big results in hindsight.
How To Listen To Your Intuition
How do you listen to your intuition? I have 3 ideas for you:
Idea One: Try meditation and listen for inspiration
Try meditating in the morning and be still.
“It [meditation] requires focus on something other then the things you’re usually worried about.During that time of setting time every day to quiet your mind, your vibration is shifting. Your resistant options, that were keeping good things from you were that were hindering you in that way became less and less active and therefore less and less of a player in your vibrational point of attraction, so that what you’ve been asking for has an easier path in. Because you stopped practising the blockage of the path. Thats was meditation does.” -Abraham Hicks
I don’t believe you have to remove all thoughts, because soon you’ll [have thoughts and ideas] start receiving inspiration in the form of thoughts or feelings. And if you follow this inspiration, these can be gold⚡
Idea Two: Write To Your Intuition
Write to your intuition, Jess Lively style. This way of accessing your intuition is actually really cool and especially powerful if you’re skeptical and/or feeling a bit lost and overwhelmed.
The practice is simple: go to a quiet spot and write out the questions you have and wait to hear the responses that come to you from within. Then just free write. It’s like journaling, but you are just asking questions and writing down the responses you hear inside.
Mind you, you aren’t personally answering the questions with your ego/stream of consciousness. You want to wait and listen for the response to come.
Don’t think to much about the answer – just write it all out. (you’ll get to read it and analyse it afterwards)
I did this a little while ago when I was feeling stuck and I thought I’d share the exact transcript to highlight the exercise (You’ll notice it’s more feeling-based then strategic!)
This is very vulnerable to share this but I think it demonstrates the power in this type of experice and I hope this is helpful in some way- if you’re interested, keep reading, otherwise skip down past the convo to idea three.
My Actual writing to my intuition Q&A
First is a Q&A about a new blog I’m launching:
Am I on the right track? What do I need to know?
1. Cut cords with the past. Also, stay in your lane. Don’t look at what anyone else is doing.
Emanate your vibe & you’ll attract it.
2. Trust your path. You are supported
3. Let your light shine. Trust intuition. Meditate, play and do what lights you up!
Alignment before action – when you can’t stop yourself.
I’ve clearly been procrastinating a lot. Why?
You’re making it too big. You can see the full blown manifestation of it and it’s intimidating.
Just start where you are and enjoy the journey.
What do I start with?
Let it be fun. It’s a passion project – try not to make it rigid and plan ect.
Don’t hustle, don’t force. Just go for love 💗
Second is a Q&A about my main business
What would you have me know about this subject?
Find enthusiasm. Play. Feel into what feels good.
How do i grow my income?
How would you have me allow?
Really feel into the good vibes & FEEL IT.
Enjoy the feeling.
Feel into where it’s meaningful & share that! That’s where the power is.
For all the details of how to do this exactly if that’s something you’d like to try, I recommend reading Jess Lively’s detailed post.
Idea Three: Get outside, relax and Play
Maybe the most effective and fun option is to have a question in mind, then let it go and get outside!
Go for a walk, go for a swim, be in nature and have fun. I always have *the best ideas* (which i can’t believe i didn’t see before) after i go for a swim or surf and I think to myself, wow, getting outside actually needs to be part of my biz strategy!
To wrap up – I believe; take everyone elses advice with a grain of salt. It’s your business, you’re rules; and you get to design it anyway you wish 💫