A couple of years ago, I got really into living intentionally and practicing mindfulness. Over time, however, I found that my anxieties about the future were getting in the way of these practices and my ability to focus on and live in the present moment.
This became especially true a few months ago when I decided to get the blog up and running again. My thoughts became preoccupied with ideas of “someday.” Everything I did, I did while thinking about the future, and this only made me think about the things I didn’t already have. I began to stress over the followers I didn’t have yet and the content I hadn’t created yet and the social media platforms I hadn’t yet mastered. Blogging became more of a chore – a means to an end.
If you’ve found yourself in a similar situation, it is important to remember that mindsets can be shifted; you can make the decision, whenever you’re ready, to focus on the now and mitigate the anxiety you’ve let built up about your blogging or entrepreneurial journey.
As I have talked about many times (and will continue to talk about), I believe that goal-setting is incredibly important. Creating your own life’s meaning by figuring out what you want to work towards is healthy. However, you can’t live in the future. You’re living now, in the present. No other moment should become more important than this one.
So, how can bloggers and entrepreneurs be more mindful of the present, despite having big dreams to fulfill in the future?
Appreciate Your Current Community, Not the Community You Hope to Build
We all want to build large, strong, and interactive communities of like-minded people – and with the right attitude and consistency, we will! However, our focus shouldn’t be tied up on the following we hope to have in the future. Instead, we should be focusing our energy on the following we already have.
I don’t care if you only have 100 people reading your blog, watching your videos, or interacting with your social media. I don’t care if you only have 3! How amazing is it to be creating content for anyone at all?!
Practice gratitude for what you have, and focus your energy on creating content for the people who are already showing up. Put effort into your content, even if you think only a small handful of people will see it. Write your little heart out and provide valuable information for the people who are listening to what you have to say.
I find that this makes the journey more fun and far less stressful. Instead of writing and feeling like my efforts are pointless, I feel excited each time I post to be interacting with the loyal following I do have – despite the size of that following. And – by creating content I am proud to share with my current audience, I find that new followers naturally show up without me having to stress about it at all.
Remember Why You Started
Most of us would be lying if we said we weren’t in this for the money. As entrepreneurs, bloggers, and other content creators, we all hope to take our passions and turn them into careers.
Remember, though, that these passions existed way before they started making you money. You loved something so much you wanted to share it with as many people as possible and build a life around it.
As you create content, try to be mindful of this love and passion. Focus that energy in a way that allows you to feel expressive and excited to share everything you create. Focusing on the love you have for a certain topic can help you appreciate the journey along the way. It is a privilege to be able to create things and to discuss the topics you care deeply about with others. And you can do that right now, despite how far into this journey you may be.
Practice General Mindfulness Throughout the Day
The truth of the matter is this: a calm, clear mind is going to be able to think of ideas for your blog or business a lot more easily than an anxious mind.
Make time every single day to practice mindfulness and focus all of your mental energy on the present moment. Mediate. Go for a walk and focus on exactly what you’re experiencing rather than letting your thoughts wander aimlessly. Whenever you think about it, bring your thoughts quietly back to your current experience.
Few things suck quite as much as finding yourself stressed out and anxious about something you once loved, going through the motions and not really experiencing the journey for everything it has to offer you. Being present in the current moment is harder than it sounds, but the practice is so necessary for those of us who want to create with meaning and offer valuable content made with passion.