Four years of blogging?
Four years of spreading good news and trying to give quality advice, the kind of advice that I will follow. Four years of trying to build, from the ground up a motivational network of people who will encourage each other. Four years.
And what has it got me? A book deal: No, not yet. Any television n time: No, not yet. A movie deal with options on a sequel: No, not yet. So why do we do this again. Why do I do this again, blog in hopes of finding an audience?
I do this because I believe in seed time and harvest. My harvest may not have come in yet, but I plant seeds of good news and I water by trying and trying again, and encouraging others to try. I get peace of mind in knowing that I am trying to make things better by spreading good news instead of gossip. And I get to learn because I learn by doing, studying and mentoring others who are just getting started. I get to learn by talking to other people who are also blogging or speaking or networking and trying to help others. I learn because it is not enough for me to just blog, I want to make a difference by volunteering hands on so I go and help out when I can. I want to make a difference so I invite others to join me when I can.
I could tell you that it is raining outside and my car won’t start; but I choose to tell you that no matter what you are going through to hold on, the sun will rise tomorrow. I choose good news over bad. I choose the lesson over the pity party. I choose to want to make a difference instead of placing blame. I choose to keep blogging.
Four years of blogging and each year I reach more people. If only one person a day finds something I blog worthwhile, then maybe I can reach 365 people a year. If in 4 years 1000 people have found something worthwhile to hold onto from my quest to spread good news, then it is worth it.
No book deal, yet. No television interviews, yet. No movie options, yet. But in 2016 I hope to get out and speak more, I hope I can help produce some motivational and professional networking workshops. I also hope to help find 100 jobs for 100 people. I also hope I can volunteer once a month and invite others to join me. Four years of blogging and it has been worth it.
Thank you for tuning in. See you on the other side.
The reason I keep blogging.
Most of the things I post in my blog are not new information. Maybe it is just my perspective that is different. I am more than likely not telling you something you have never heard or seen before, maybe it is just something you need to hear or see again with a new take on it. The things I am telling you are to do what right for the sake of doing what is right. I am telling you to believe in yourself and to believe that you can make a difference. I am telling you to learn by doing.
The reason I keep blogging is because I believe these things to be true not only for you but for me. I believe that I have to keep looking for a new take on the same things I have heard before. I believe that I have to do the right thing for the sake of doing the right thing. I believe that I am supposed to believe in myself and believe that I can make a difference.
If I tell you to have faith, I must have faith. If want to motivate others, I have to stay motivated. If I believe that good work is it own reward, I have to do good work. If I believe in seed time in harvest then I must sow seed. I continue to blog because I have to motivate myself as much as I try to motivate anyone else. The reason I keep blogging is because I believe in what I am blogging.
So what am I saying? What comes around goes around? As you sow so shall you reap? Believe in something more than yourself? Do the right thing? Build a team, work together? These are the things I blog. I believe them to be true. And by saying them over and over again, I am learning how to become a better team builder and a better leader. It is not enough to shout to the heavens or stand in the forest and yell at the trees; the point is to make a difference and help others make a difference. The point is to create and maintain a blog that will actually create change in the world that I live in, in my community and in the communities that this blog reaches.
We sit here and say that we are all connected and we all are Six Degrees of Separation from each other. So what are we doing to make the world a better place? If I ask it of others, I have to first ask it of myself. Blogging, mentoring, coaching and training are all things I try to do in my personal and professional lives. At home or on the job, I have to try to keep learning by studying and by doing and by coaching others. So I blog to keep myself motivated and to believe I can motivate others. This motivation will hopeful bring change into my life and to the lives of those who read this blog.
All I can tell you is to stay at it. All I can tell myself is to stay at it. So my promise to you is that I will stay at it. One day, one week, one post at a time; I will stay at it.
The 60 Seconds of Motivational Mojo Top 40 Countdown.
Over 3 years of Blogging; To celebrate 400 Posts I have decided to do a Top 40 Countdown. The Top 40 most viewed Mojo Posts. I have tried time and time again to figure this blogging out. I have not been able to just post and get a ton of view because of keywords or phrases. I have also taken a look at the amount of spam that is automatically blocked by WordPress, still I can find no patterns. The people have spoken, these are the posts the people have viewed the most:
So thank you for being a part of 60 Seconds of Motivational Mojo:
Two years of Blogging. It goes quick, and it goes slowly. Two years of 60 Seconds of Motivational Mojo. So many words typed and so many typos. Thank you for sticking with me. If it made sense to you then I did something right. If it did not make sense, back to the drawing board. No not really. If it did not make sense to you, maybe it wasn’t supposed to make sense to you.
This blog, 60 Seconds of Motivational Mojo was never meant to be perfect and it never will be perfect. It is not written to a formula. I do not have proof readers and editors. Maybe it is just meant to be what it is… it is my stream of consciousness and my observation on this life we are passing through. I am learning by doing and I hope you will do the same. If I had all the answers I would be a best-selling author by now. I am looking for answers and sharing my thoughts along the way.
I am convinced that each of us have a gift. I believe each of us have a talent that we did not earn, it was given to us. We can argue over where the gift came from, I say if came from God. I think the best way to honor you gift is to practice your talent, get around people with whom you can find common ground and let your talent show. Let your light shine. Put yourself on display in a positive way, where you are hurting no one and helping those around you.
So I blog, and I work and I try to learn and mentor and coach others. I try to have a positive impact when doing the things I love. It seems I drive the people I love crazy, but it is because I am convinced even when those around me are not. Give it a try, spread good news and tell people to chase the big dream. Some people will call you crazy. Some will call you a dreamer (which is a compliment.) Others may talk behind your back (ask yourself if you really want friends like that?) Some people will actually be happy for you, and some may actually help you live your dream (those are your real friends.)
Who am I anyway, I am just some guy on the internet trying to spread good news. Pretty much a few times a week for the last two years I have posted on this blog. It went fast, but it was also a grind. Sometimes I would get ten posts ahead, other times like lately I have struggled to post once a week. Time flies when you are having fun and life will get in your way. You may not get paid a dime to chase your dreams; will you let all those things stop you or will you learn by doing?
Two years of blogging and I am still at it. I haven’t been paid a dime to chase my dreams, but I will still chase them. And I will ask you to chase your dreams. It is what I do. Hopefully that if anything has gotten through, that has gotten through. Maybe that is all I was ever supposed to do, all typos aside. If you can’t get past a typo here and there you are really missing the point.
I live to blog and one day I will blog to live.
I have blogged about Leadership: The Five E-s of Leadership:
I have blogged about making a stand: Standing up for what you believe in is the right thing to do.
I have blogged about finding a new job: How to find your dream job?
I live to blog and one day I will blog to live. I believe you should be chasing you dreams, and this blog is part of me chasing my dream. I keep trying to get better. What are you trying to get better at doing?
I have blogged about Life: Life is like a rollercoaster. The question is which hill do we tackle first?
I have blogged about putting others first: The Selfless Leader:
I have blogged about working as a team: Why Teamwork sometimes doesn’t work.
I live to blog and one day I will blog to live. I have to keep on digging, keep on pushing, keep on swimming; I have to keep on keeping on and so do you. So I blog and hope that one day it will connect.
I have blogged about struggles: F.A.C.E. adversity:
I have blogged about fitness: Maximum Muscle Madness
I have even blogged about why it is O.K. to be called crazy: If no one has called you crazy, you are not trying hard enough.
I live to blog and one day I will blog to live. So what is there to fear. I type what I think, I speak what I think, I try to live what I think and learn from doing. So by doing, I am learning and learning fuels more blogging. It is all one big circle. Maintaining an online diary of my thoughts and I invite you along for the ride.
I guess this is my point: Do what you love.
I live to blog and one day I will blog to live.
Sure I have made a bunch of posts to this blog. I have tried to track my hits. I have tried to nudge them along, but for the most part it does it own thing. I guess it means I have to be faithful to the spirit of 60 Seconds of Motivational Mojo. Try to get people to find out the truth for themselves and maybe get up off the couch and chase their dreams.
OK, my dream is to be a new breed of Slacker Rock Star Motivator who tells you that you can chase your dreams, search for truth, search for purpose and use your talents in your pursuit of happiness. I am not trying to flaunt a bunch of degrees or big words, I try to use a down to earth approach to reaching for the stars. I try to use the dry humor of irony to search for the truth. I try to let people know that only their actions can change their lives. Yes, I believe that God is the beacon, but we have to get up, dust ourselves off and chase our dreams. No one can do it for us, which means I can not do it for you and you can not do it for me.
I still have not really figured out this blog thing though. I just type, I upload posts. I see things, I make things up, I try to give examples without dropping names. I am not saying I can appeal to 100% of the people out there. Heck I am more than happy with 1%. Not the 1% who are getting all the press lately. Nope I think that only maybe on a good day 10% of the people out there will agree with me, and then out of those 10% – only 10% will actually do anything. That gives me 10% of 10% or 1%. I think if 1% of people will get up and chase their dreams then my work here is done, or has it only started? Do I abandon ship after we reach our first harbor? For now I row the boat.
I don’t want to post things in pursuit of popularity; I am in pursuit of truth. Why is telling people to chase their dreams not the most popular topic out there? Why is telling people to find out the truth for themselves not the most popular blog out there? Should I tell people to give up on their dreams and believe lies? Is it because I tell people they have to figure it out for themselves and then get around people who have common goals and work as a team? I can’t figure this blogging thing out.
In my mind, I would think that telling people to find out the truth for themselves, find their purpose and use their talents to chase their dreams should spread like wildfire throughout the blogging sphere. It should be like lightning in the interconnected network we call the internet. That is why I still have not figured it out. Is it my suit, should I dress better. Is it my tone? Should I be nicer? I have not figured this blogging thing out. I just blog, I type, I ponder, I observe, I strive to find something positive to take away from everyday. And everyone thinks I am a crazy dreamer who will never amount to anything. Except everyone is a dreamer, the question is do they remember their dreams? Do they chase their dreams or have they given up and want me to give up also. They don’t want to be reminded of the dreams they had when they were a kid. Is it wrong for me to wake up those dreams hidden inside of you? Is it wrong for me to tell you, you can still chase those dreams?
Yeah, I think if 10 people will work together they can change the world. So I am looking for my 9 common goal, common ground, crazy dreamer friends who want to change the world. And I think you should be looking for your 9 common goal, common ground, crazy dreamer friends who want to change the world. This is why I will say again, “I have not figured this blogging thing out yet.” But when I do, when I break through, watch out. We are going to make some noise, we are going to make a difference, we are going to work together setting people free to chase their dreams and we are going to change the world. I just got to figure this blogging thing out.
So I will continue to type, to post, to blog, to hope, to nudge it along and try to figure it out with out selling out. Maybe if I had a nicer suit, a rich father, a better sense of humor. Let’s be honest, none of that stuff matters. I am going to blog anyway. I am going to keep chipping away. Maybe one of you out there will do the same. Chase your dreams; I will keep typing either way.
It’s simple; find something positive to say every day, no matter what happens to you. No matter what you are going through, find something positive to say, write or blog. Everyday pay forward one positive thing; something as simple as saying; “What is the word of the day?”
No matter what you are going through, find something positive. Really, it is simple to write it, it is simple to blog it, it is simple to say it; doing it is hard. Doing it is hard until it gets easy. Actually it starts easy and then gets hard, and then it gets easy again. Because this blog is about motivation, the last thing I want to do is generate a pity party for myself; but I can say I have been through a roller coaster of ups and downs, and still I try to find something positive to take from everyday, and I try to find something positive to pay forward.
60 Seconds of Motivational Mojo started as a Daily Video Blog, and was hard to keep finding ways to film and edit myself on a cheap camera shooting from the hip. It morphed into a thought of the day group on LinkedIn and a Facebook Page. It then became a WordPress Blog, and I am happy to say the Mojo has been picked up by a community blogging circle. Through it all, a year and a half of trying to pay positive thought forward into cyberspace on average of five times per week; I have been able to find lot’s of inspiration, and I have had my share of let downs. My family has seen me lose every bit of my cool in anger, and still I keep trying to say; “Things will get better if you keep at it.”
It is that simple and it is that hard. Say it everyday. Things will get better! Keep saying it; and say it to someone, anyone who will listen. E-mail it, blog it, film it and post it to your social media of choice. Things will get better, if we all get together and try to make it better. There is more than enough doom and gloom, isn’t there? We have to make it better. We have to try. I just refuse to give up. No matter what I go through, I have to believe there is a brighter day out there for those who refuse to quit. Persistence Pays Off!
So I have a duty to everyone who has said, “Hey I like this 60 Second dose of Motivational Mojo,” and I have a challenge for everyone out there. Pay it forward. Never give up. Find something positive to take away from every day. It will be easy, and then it will get hard, but then it will get easy again. No matter what you are going through, never settle for second best!