Have you ever returned from a conference, class, seminar or other event, all gung-ho to apply your learning, but then find yourself quickly enveloped back into your busy life, with your new goals left behind?
It's certainly happened to me, but I didn't want it to happen to my Barrie Business Blogathon participants. So I put together these simple tips that will help you build on your momentum, so that you can keep building your blog and growing your business.
- Celebrate your successes in all forms – At the Blogathon, some people published new blog posts, while others wrote as many as three posts to publish later. Everyone took away a three-month blogging plan, customized for their own business. Some people got their technical questions answered, while others got new insights into the concept of attracting new clients with a blog. All experienced the camaraderie and driving energy of working in a room full of people with a similar goal. Now those are some blogging successes!
- Summarize your learning – I'll be reaching out to my Blogathon participants this week to ask questions about their experience and collect their feedback. Yes, their answers will help me to develop and market future events, but the process will also help them pull out the things they learned and highlight the key actions they want to take.
- Integrate your new practices – I hope the Blogathon participants will take the blogging calendars I created and plug them in to their own calendars and/or time planning systems. For new habits to take hold, it helps to piggyback on the existing systems that are working for you. Put on your lab coat and be willing to experiment. If something doesn't work for you, tweak it until it does – instead of abandoning it altogether.
- Enlist ongoing support – I have always found it helpful to surround myself with people who see the positive qualities in me that I don't always see. Think about who could help build your confidence as a blogger and a business owner, and keep their phone numbers and email addresses handy. Even better, schedule regular times to connect. I would be happy to help with your blogging.
- Restart your momentum at regular intervals – All of the above strategies will help, but it's also important to re-energize your efforts. Sign up for another event, re-connect with your peers from the last event, re-read your notes or find other ways to light that spark.
If you'd like to re-ignite your spark at one of my upcoming Business Blogathon events, stay tuned to the weekly Content Mastery Guide newsletter for dates and details. You can subscribe on the right-hand side of this page.