**Another useful yet entertaining guest post from Ryan Biddulph**
It’s Scary Before It’s Easy.
5 freeing words.
5 words that will set you and your blog as free as a bird.
Here’s why: by memorizing these 5 words and by embodying these 5 words you will uncover the secret to successful blogging.
Some folks believe I am a natural on video. Some folks believe I am charismatic. Some folks say I make writing and recording videos seem so easy.
Few of these folks understand this basic truth: it’s scary before it is easy.
Creating videos scared the living daylights out of me 9 years ago. But I felt the fear of getting in front of a camera. I felt the fear of seeing all of my self-conscious terrors flash in front of my eyes. I felt the awkwardness and stiffness of being on camera.
But I felt the fear and did it anyway.
Now, I create 1 Facebook Live video daily. It is easy to me. Really easy. Because I made it easy, through persistent practice. By recording over 2,500 videos. By knowing that, it’s scary before it’s easy.
Ditto for writing too.
I have written more than 20,000 words in a single day during an eBook writing blitz. I wrote and self-published 1 eBook daily for 3 months in a row. A 6000 word eBook at that.
Why does writing come so easily to me?
Because I practiced writing when I felt scared to practice writing. I would sit and look at my laptop screen with tears in my eyes because I slammed into writer’s block after 300 words. Now I can write 300 words in 4 minutes. I can churn out content like a machine. I can help folks through my prolific nature because I practiced way back in the day when I was terrified to practice writing, when it was scary, because I knew that it would be scary before it is easy.
The Weird Tendency of Human Beings
I am a basketball nut. Played the game for 20 plus years of my life competitively.
I estimate that in high school I shot about 55% from 3 point range. Not a number to sneeze at. But I also practiced shooting over 1000 jump shots every day over the summers. Some days I felt like my arm would fall off. Sometimes I feared I wouldn’t have the energy to shoot, or that my calves would cramp up, but I knew that it’d be scary before it would be easy.
Human beings have this weird tendency to see a skilled professional in any niche and believe that the person is simply:
- a “natural”
- blessed with God-given gifts
- destined to be great
Was I born with the ability to shoot a stunning percentage from 3 point range? No. I busted my tail practicing.
If you follow the NBA you know the name Kyrie Irving.
As a young player only in his 20’s, he is probably the most skilled guard on the face of the earth, hitting shots and dribbling the ball with a degree of difficulty almost completely unparalled in the history of the league.
Many fools think he is lucky. Some slightly less foolish folks believe he has a gift.
I personally know from following Kyrie’s game at St. Patrick high school in New Jersey that he practiced up to *8 hours a day* during the summer when he was in high school. 8 hours. Not 1. Not 2. 8.
Is it any wonder he makes shots with an incredibly high degree of difficulty look routine? Or why NBA superstars look at the guy, his shot making ability, and his lightning fast, tight, devastating crossover with awe?
How could I be born to be a successful writer or blogger or video creator? I did not know what a blog was 9 years ago. I never recorded myself on video. I looked like a blogging deer in the headlights 9 years ago during my first foray into YouTube, having the stiffness of a frozen 2X4, looking dead into the camera as if a bomb would go off if I moved my head or body 1 millimeter left or right or up or down.
If you *really* want to see me at my best/peak/electric, peep my Facebook Live Videos Here.
Those videos are informative, entertaining and natural guys. Charged too, like swimming with a school of electric eels.
Anyway, it’s scary before it’s easy. I practiced creating videos and writing posts and networking when I was terrified that I’d fail, or when I feared I was wasting my time. But I saw it through. So naturally, all the practice I put in helped me develop skills in both the video presenting and writing game.
I am no natural. I am not blessed or gifted. You can write similar to me. You can create videos similar to me. But ya gotta practice when it feels scary before it feels easy. The scary period may last for a few days or weeks. The practice period will last for months and years.
You will free yourself from blogging failure. You will become wildly successful through blogging. You will reach heights you never imagined you’d reach, through your blog, in life, if you develop your blogging skills to an eye-popping, world-renowned level, and you develop your blogging skills to such a level by embodying the statement:
it’s scary before it’s easy.
If something I do seems easy to me, at one time, that thing felt terrifying for me to do. The first video. The first eBook. The first product. The first blog post, guest post or blog comment. Everything feels scary before it is easy. Even if it seems easy, fear lurks in the background, threatening to derail your blogging career.
If you want to set yourself and your blog free, you will practice your writing daily. You will network daily. You will write and submit a few guest posts weekly. You will do all of those highly uncomfortable things that hyper-successful bloggers do until those actions become routine, or easy, to you.
You will follow your fun. But you will dive into your fears too.
Because it’s scary before it’s easy.
How are you embodying this statement? Are you doing scary stuff because you know it will become routine down the road? Do you ever look at folks and wrongly see people as naturals, or lucky, or gifted, totally ignoring the years of effort they put into mastering their skills and honing their crafts?
What skills have you made look easy but worked like a dog to master?
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Ryan Biddulph owns the website . He’s a blogger, author and world traveler who’s been featured on Richard Branson’s Virgin Blog, Forbes, Fox News, Entrepreneur Dot Com and Neil Patel Dot Com. He has written and self-published 126 bite-sized eBooks on Amazon. Ryan can help you build a successful blog with the 11 Fundamentals of Successful Blogging Audio Course.