The weekend before last I had the immense pleasure of joining other money bloggers at the UK Money Bloggers Conference in London. Over the course of about 12 hours I met many inspiring bloggers, learn about blogging-related topics such keyword research, SEO and very useful plug-ins for Wordpress, attend a workshop about affiliate marketing and how communication through email is slowly dying out. "Wow, Lauren, that's great, but I don't care about blogging!" And that's quite okay! I want to share with you other aspects from the day that'll give you food for thought.
1. Do It Scared - admittedly, "Do it scared" is not my original idea (it's Ruth Soukup's) and also an incredibly inspiring podcast I listen to every week. Imagine how your life could change if you approached everything courageously - "simply daring to take action, despite your fear". Since I adopted the mindset of doing it scared earlier this year, I've launched this blog despite not knowing much about blogging at all, spoke numerous times to my bosses regarding my position at work which resulted positively (sorry, I can't go into detail because I don't know who may read this!) and registered to attend the conference in the summer not knowing a soul, but knowing that if I took the bold step of signing up and later attending, it could possibly excel my blogging business. I did these things anyway despite my initial fear... but I've learned that if I hadn't taken these bold steps, I'd be in the same place I was a year ago, which wasn't acceptable to me. By courageously taking steps towards your goals, you may be very pleased by the reward on the other side and it could very well lead you to make another bold move soon after - it's additive!
Top Left: Lynn James of Mrs Mummypenny and Jordon Cox "Britain's Coupon Kid" of JordonCox.com and MoneySavingExpert.com; Top Right: Ken Okoroafor of The Humble Penny; Bottom Left: Kara Gammell of Your Best Friend's Guide to Cash; Bottom Right: Charlotte Millington of Charlotte Musha
2. Surround Yourself with Like-Minded People - have you ever heard the saying, "you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with"? Again, not my idea (it's businessman Jim Rohn's). Take a minute to think about the people you spend your time with - besides your children, perhaps. What kind of influence do they have on you? You are being positively encouraged by them? Are they helping you to grow in the direction of your goals or holding you back? In terms of your money-saving mindset, do they influence you to spend money when your goal is to save money for the future? Are they continuously dragging you down emotionally? Are you trying to keep up with their lifestyle? Or are they encouraging you as you get out of debt (if you are) and save money? I was amazed at how friendly and helpful everyone at the conference was. Oh, and don't forget to consider the things you listen to, watch on telly, read, what you look at on the internet and the time you spend on social media. These things influence your mindset, too.
3. Be Curious about What You Don't Know - I had two objectives for attending the conference: #1 - to meet other bloggers and #2 - to find out what I didn't know about blogging in order to turn this blog from a hobby into a money-making business. I'm curious about what it takes to bring more traffic to my blog, how to actually make money from my blog and how I can better help my readers to reach their financial goals. I've come away with pages of notes and topics to read up on and become proficient at. I was able to sit down with bloggers who have been at it longer than me and ask them questions, which was extremely beneficial. What are you curious about? Do you know what you need to find out and the steps required to get you closer to your goal? Perhaps you're interested in learning about investing, or how to grow a tomato plant, or how to entertain your children on a shoestring budget. The internet provides answers - or at least someone's opinion - to most everything we could possibly think of... how fortunate are we to have answers at our finger tips!
You don't have to attend a conference to make changes to your mindset and lifestyle. By making simple changes to your attitude and decision-making, such as making one small, yet impactful, courageous move today, or evaluating the people you let into your life, you can take the steps towards your achieving your goals.