I spend a good deal of time daily – 4 hours – caring for both my mind and body. Why not? I spent 15,000 hours blogging over 12 years of my life. Imagine sitting behind a laptop or speaking into a camera for a sustained period of your life? I have to train my mind and body; I have no choice. Otherwise, my mind and body would break down. Quitting would follow.
Currently, I spend 4 hours of my day:
- doing Kriya yoga
- doing yin yoga
- power walking
to circulate my energy, to renew my mind and to keep my body flexible, energy circulating in my meat suit, allowing my body to be fit. Being fit mentally and physically allows me to write and publish 3-5 guest posts daily. I also write and publish 1 blog post daily on Blogging From Paradise. Toss in networking, broadcasting live and a few other blogging duties and I could never complete this volume of work unless I possessed a fit mind and fit body.
Start with 5 minutes of meditating. Sit in a quiet room. Observe your thoughts and feelings. Watch how quickly your mind orders you to leave the room. Pay close attention to feelings like:
arising in your mind. Focus on your breathing. Observe air flowing into and out of your nose, as an anchor for your attention span. Anchoring your focus on your breathing lets you return to your breath after you observe various thoughts and feelings arising in your mind. Some of those thoughts and feeling will be related to blogging, as you meditate for 5-10 minutes daily. Some blogging feelings will be fear; you fear guest posting for your fear of being criticized. But clinging to the fear creates oodles of blogging problems and struggles for you.
What can you do? Face, feel and release the fear of guest posting during your meditating session. Being more free of the fear sparks an idea in your mind; email a blogging buddy asking them to guest post on their blog. On reading the email pitch, your blogging buddy invites you to guest post on their blog; your guest posting campaign begins but only because you faced, felt and released guest posting fears during your meditation sessions.
Begin walking for 30 minutes daily. Increase your cardiovascular health. Lose weight. Feel good in your body. Before walking daily on a sustained basis, fatigue overtook you at 8 PM each night. Forget blogging. Streaming and bed time, for you.
But walking daily for 3 months energized you to the point where you can blog until 11 PM each night. Power walking for 90 minutes daily stabilizes my energy to where I sometimes blog until 2 AM, like last night. But meditating and doing yoga also play chief roles in my energizing campaign. Plus I always get 8-10 hours of sleep or relaxation in bed to rest my bodily temple.
Blogging is a full time mind, body and soul commitment if you want to take your blogging campaign to the next level. Observe bloggers who have some success but burn out because their mind and/or body lacks strength, fitness and wellness. Train yourself to blog. Be committed to blogging.
Training your mind and body lets you enjoy the journey, too. Why go pro if you wind up sick and miserable? Why be a prisoner in your body? Do the mental and physical training necessary to not only sustain yourself but to love the blogging ride, with its various twists, turns and challenges.
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Ryan Biddulph inspires bloggers with his 100 plus eBooks, courses, audiobooks and blog at Blogging From Paradise.