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Suicide, Shame, and the Painful Truth about Accomplishing Your Goals

Suicide, Shame, and the Painful Truth about Accomplishing Your Goals

I was in agony.

Waves of pain unimaginable shot down my spine, causing every muscle in my body to contract as if I’d been shocked with 20,000 volts of electricity. My back arched up at an unnatural angle. My arms and legs began to shake.

One moment, I was on a webinar talking to a few hundred people about traffic, walking them through exactly how to start a blog and make it popular. The next, everything went dark. I was still conscious, but just barely.

Underneath the layers of pain, I remember thinking, “You can’t pass out. You have to finish talking about how to build an email list.” Of course, the pain was so bad I’d forgotten how to freaking see, much less pontificate on the intricacies of opt in pages.

So, I stopped. I waited a few seconds. My vision slowly returned, and I was able to wiggle the mouse up to the “Mute” button again.

For the next several minutes, I just sat there, quivering and trying to catch my breath as waves of pain continued up and down my spine. Eventually, the pain receded somewhat, and I wiggled the mouse back up to the “Mute” button again.

“Sorry folks,” I said. “Looks like GoToWebinar is having some technical difficulties. Can everyone hear me now?”

They said they could. We finished the webinar. Immediately afterward, I went to bed and stayed there for the next 16 hours.

And the worst part?

It was a normal day. I’d nearly collapsed on several webinars, not just that one. You might’ve even been on one of them.

Part of me worried if I was about to die. Another part hoped I would, just to be free of the pain.

I was at the end of my rope. One way or another, things were about to change.

Hold on, though. Let’s back up a bit. More

Why Your Blog Is Going Nowhere (and the Truth about Getting Traffic)

Why Your Blog Is Going Nowhere (and the Truth about Getting Traffic)

Note from Jon: This is a post by Johnny B. Truant. Aside from being a close friend, he’s also one hell of a writer, and I don’t say that lightly. You should listen to everything he says, both here. In fact, do yourself a favor and grab his How to Be Legendary e-book. It’s free, and you can dissect everything he’s doing to learn the proper way to succeed online. Worth every minute.

Ever feel like you started a blog on the right foot, but now it’s stuck in quicksand?

You’re writing lots of posts. You’re promoting them. You’re responding to each and every commenter like they’re your best friend.

But it’s not working. The more you work, the harder you struggle, the deeper you sink.

Why?

Well, it might be a little tough to swallow, but here you go:

You could suck at writing.

That’s not the only reason people fail. Some people are just lazy, thinking it’s going to happen without doing any work. Other people never learn how to promote their posts. Still others are totally anonymous, and they need to improve their connections before they can succeed.

But there are also bloggers who do all of that right, and they’re still stuck.

They are working their butts off, doing everything imaginable to promote their blogs, promote affiliate products, and they’re even networking masters who know everybody, but they’re still failing. And it’s because they suck at writing.

Think about that for a second.

You build it and they come … but it sucks, so they leave.

And another potentially great blog bites the dust. More

12 Blogging Mistakes That Make You Look like a World-Class Idiot

12 Blogging Mistakes That Make You Look like a World-Class Idiot

It can happen, you know.

One day, you become enthralled with a new idea for a post, so you whip it up and publish it to your blog, sure it’s going to get people buzzing all around the blogosphere.

But that’s not what happens. Instead, your world explodes in an inferno of criticism.

Angry comments. Hate email. Losing hundreds of friends on Facebook or Twitter.

Or even worse?

People just write you off. They see your post and think, “This person is an idiot,” and they resolve to ignore anything you say until the day you die.

Of course, that’ll never happen to you, right? More