It’s amazing where Perseverance gets you… Could you honestly resist fussing Dolly?
When she wants something, she uses every trick in her little book to get it and she doesn’t stop trying until I give in and Yep she wins every time…
When I started out on my blogging journey 11 months ago, I set myself a goal to get to Page 1 on the Google Search for Manchester Lifestyle Blogger.
I’ve enjoyed my journey, learning new skills, meeting amazing bloggers and learning so much about the wider world, different communities and cultures etc.
However, there have been people in my life who just couldn’t understand why I would spend time blogging. They give me those disparaging looks and belittling comments…
Do you recognise the times when you’ve been pursuing a goal or a dream and someone in your life offers their ‘advice’ and put a wet blanket on your vision? I bet you’ve come across them too haven’t you?….. Those people who give you the disbelieving looks or comments: “What’s all this time your wasting blogging when you should be working” or “Why would you want to do that?” “You’ll never do it” “You’re wasting your time”
I’ve had this with different ambitions over the years and have often given up on my dream as a result. Well not this time..
I’ve finally realised that those ‘nay sayers’ are really just fearful of any change in their own lives. They don’t want their own ‘comfort zones’ disrupting so try to put me off. If I move forward maybe they feel they are being left behind….
I should add here that this isn’t my lovely hubby, as he is definitely the wind beneath my wings.. I’m lucky as he is supportive of even my most hair brained schemes… well nearly always.. sometimes to both our detriments .. (haha – remind me to tell you the story of dragging him to the middle of nowhere in Turkey one day.. that was definitely an ‘oops’ “why did you let me do this moment!!”.. Did you notice the shift of blame from myself to hubby there?)
This time, I’ve taken a leaf out of Dolly’s ‘perseverance book’ – she never gives up and continues with perseverance and determination, trying new ways when one of her methods doesn’t achieve the result she wants.
So this time, despite those disparaging looks, I’ve continued enjoying my blogging journey and over the last 11 months, I’ve gradually climbed up through the pages from a Google ranking of nowhere, up to page 2.
However, for the last couple of months I seemed to get ‘stuck’, slipping between page 2 and page 3 on the Google Search and although I was pleased to have got to Page 2, it fell short of my goal.
I don’t know why it was important to me to achieve the goal of ranking on page 1 of the Google Search for Manchester Lifestyle Blogger – I think it’s because for the first time in a long time, I was doing something just for me and discovering my inner creativity, which had been locked away for a very long time. My ambition to reach Page 1, felt like the proof I needed for myself, to show me that with perseverance and regardless of those people who didn’t ‘approve’, that I wasn’t wasting my time.
Dolly is my inspiration and whilst I won’t be ‘begging’ anytime soon, I will keep persevering and driving forward to achieve all my goals and I will never again be put off or dragged back by those ‘nay sayers’…
Today I’m proud of myself and I’m blowing a very big raspberry to those naysayers…
I’ve achieved one of my goals… “Yee Haa!!!”
Yes there I am number 2 on PAGE 1 on the Google Search earlier tonight. I don’t know how long I’ll be on page 1, but for now I’m proud and I’ll keep persevering so that I can try and stay there!
I’ve got no clue whatsoever about how I ended up here on Page 1 or what made the difference in the Search Engine algorithms .. but I’m delighted non the less…
It’s a goal I can tick off my list and I’m definitely NOT giving up with pursuing my other blogging goals anytime soon… Self Hosting here I come.. (well for now I’m still researching, but not for much longer.. I’ll be taking action!)
So when you come across the ‘nay sayers’ who are dragging you back to their comfort zone… maybe it’s time to take a leaf out of Dolly’s book and keep pursuing what you want and blow your ‘nay sayers’ a raspberry instead!
Keep persevering, moving forward toward your goal, one step at a time and with determination, despite what people say!
Never give up on your dreams, they’re worth pursuing and with some added perseverance, they are achievable…..