Things you need to succeed at Wealthy Affiliate 1-Effort
What do you really need to succeed here at Wealthy Affiliate?
Over a series of articles in the next few weeks, I've decided to look at a few things that I think you need to help you succeed here at WA. You can follow along with the series and see if you feel that you have these things, or whether there are traits and skills that you need to develop a little more.
I'm doing this as much for myself, as for anyone reading this, as I want to get to writing some more blogs about WA which I can share with others.
So here's my discussion on the first thing I think you need to succeed: Effort!
No.1 - Effort
I firmly believe that you reap what you sow, and that what you put in to something is directly correlated to what you personally get out of it. This is not just a monetary measure, but much more than that. If you put a real effort into your work here, building your website and focusing on moving forward a little bit every day, then the rewards will come. These will be many and varied and they will be related to the effort you put in.
As every child knows, if you don't put the sand in the bucket to begin with, your not going to build a sandcastle! So on some level, there needs to be a degree of effort or work on your part in order to achieve anything. You have to put the eggs in the pan if you want to cook them, you have to run the bath if you want to soak in it, and if you want to build a website, you have to write some articles.
What this effort is and how much you do, will depend on the time you have and your personal circumstances. You might find that since lockdown, you have a lot of time on your hands, or you might be like me, as busy as ever, trying to juggle a few jobs, organise your family and look after your own personal wellbeing at the same time.
If that's you, then you may feel that you only have a little time and it may be difficult to really focus, so you might feel that it's not worth it and give up. But that would be a misconception and could easily be resolved by thinking a little differently and reframing how you think about the time you do have.
I have recently been playing a game on my phone called Gardenscapes - it's basically candy crush dressed up, but I really like the 'dressed-up' bit because as I progress through the different levels, my virtual butler, Austin, gets to refurbish the garden of my virtual mansion. Every time I pass a level, I get a star, and that means I can usually get Austin to do one task in the garden.
Now what's interesting here is that it's only one star at a time, but given time (and I don't play this very regularly), my 'garden' is starting to look quite good. It's even encouraged me to tackle my real-life garden - one task at a time. And suddenly I look back and see the great progress I have made. But you have to put in that little bit of effort to get started.
I believe that this is like life and have taken such inspiration from this little game, I can't tell you. I now write down my to-do tasks and carefully tick them off one at a time; but instead of berating myself for what I haven't done, I commend myself for the time I have spent, be that 10 minutes or 2 hours - I'm reframing it all to the positive, looking at everything as a step closer to achieving my goals.
The same is true of WA - it just takes a little effort, consistently to make a difference, and before you know it, you've built your website, garden space or amazing sand structure!
And what is interesting about this approach is that you find yourself looking forward to achieving that one task and nothing seems too big - it's all manageable and stress free.
As a blogger about the law of attraction, telling everyone to put in loads of effort and struggle really, really hard, goes against all the teaching that I believe is true, because it makes me stressed and I know that will not attract the things I want because it is not a positive feeling or energy I'm creating. It's hard, laborious and no one wants to work that way.
But by reframing my 'effort' into manageable small steps, then my energy changes and I'm excited about what I can achieve - there's a palpable difference in my thoughts and my energy, which allows me to get more done.
So remember - effort is needed, but it should be something you do that is fun and exciting - and that's not about the tasks you have to do - but the way you think about the tasks you do!
So if you want to build an impressive sandcastle (or website), you have to first fill the bucket, and the rest will follow one grain of sand or bucketful at a time!