How Not to Crack Under Pressure? 5 Simple Tips. Look Closer

How Not to Crack Under Pressure? 5 Simple Tips. Look Closer

Just a few days ago, I stumbled upon an article about antidepressant usage in the USA. Wow…

…The facts in the article are just jaw-dropping!


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I had no idea that the situation in the States was that bad.

  • Over 30 million people in the USA are currently on antidepressants!
  • Nearly 70% of all Americans are on at least one prescription drug!
  • One out of every four women in their 40s and 50s is taking antidepressants.
  • etc., etc., etc.

Almost unbelievable, right?

Let’s come to Internet Marketing.

It is not much better here. We read that a whopping 97% of those who try to succeed online fail. The reasons for this are different, of course. But It’s like people cracking under pressure.

Therefore, I want to share with you how to build a stress-free online campaign in this post. Also, how not to crack under pressure.

Pressure to Perform

Think about this. Depression in the western world is such a tremendous problem. Why are so many people depressed? Contemporary lifestyle revolves faster and faster, and people cannot handle their lives anymore. The pressure is too high, and they crack under it.

I feel that pressure too. There are things you want to do (your hobbies, your blog, etc.) Then there are things you think you must do (help your kids with homework, etc.) Then there are also things that you cannot avoid or escape. You simply have to do them (broken pipe, leaking roof, sick child, no job, etc.) Over time, all these problems accumulate, and finally, the pressure becomes too strong to handle. First, stress and then depression takes over, and we have another victim.

Life’s hard. That’s why so many Americans are currently on antidepressants. The numbers talk for themselves.

Now why I write about this, and how is it connected with Internet Marketing?

People are losing their jobs. Or their wages are not enough to make both ends meet. So they hope to make money online. Millions enter into Internet Marketing World, but 97% of those millions fail. Why?

1.1. Things that discourage us

As in other areas of life, there’s tremendous pressure to perform online too. Expectations are high, but when things don’t go that way, it isn’t very encouraging.

Often you are under pressure to perform. And perform fast. Your family has its needs, and you don’t have unlimited time resources to learn and practice.

Also, when you see all other top blogs and professional websites, you tend to see your inability to perform on their level. It discourages you even further. When you see how many things you have to do with such limited resources, you get more and more discouraged.

At least, this is how I tend to see things sometimes. And I can tell you it de-motivates me. If the task were somehow reachable, I would try to work to grasp it. But if it is clearly out of my reach, there’s no meaning even to try. Then the thoughts of giving up begin to press in.

And I think that this is precisely why the majority of that 97% of all internet marketers fail. They feel the pressure to perform, yet they don’t have enough resources to press through. For some time, they try, and then they give up, discouraged.

Should I Give Up?

How not to crack under pressureFailures discourage and demotivate people. Sure, some folks don’t care about failures. They are stubborn enough to stand up and press on. They try and try and try until they win. Yet most people don’t behave like that. They lose confidence and begin to feel inferior to themselves: „Yeah… This stuff is not for me. I am not able to succeed in it.“

I have felt exactly like this. Many times and on different occasions. Many times I have thought that I am not able to succeed online. Maybe I should give up and do something else.

But when I think about my situation, then, in fact, I enjoy blogging and building my online campaign. I am not a professional yet but then… Nobody started as an expert. Somebody has said: The greatest oak was once a little nut who held its ground.” Similarly, every successful blogger has once started off as a complete newbie.

The problem is not my present situation but the way how I see it. Sometimes I wake in the morning, and I don’t want to get out of my bed. I am reluctant to pick it up and start working online because the task in front of me is too big. I feel I am not able to accomplish it. It’s like a mountain. How to remove it?

How to Remove a Mountain?

The solution is well described in the next Chinese proverb: “The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.

As long as you focus on the whole mountain, it frightens you. It’s a too big task for you. You instead tend to give up. Yet if you focus on small stones in front of you, you can carry them away, right? Dividing that mountainous task into the front of you into many smaller, bite-sized tasks, you take the pressure off from you. Day by day and task by task, you can accomplish them. And at the end of the day, the mountain will be removed too.

3.1. Make Small Improvements Every Day

This morning I talked with my friend who runs a small, private elementary school here in SE-Sulawesi. He has told me quite a few times already that from time to time, he felt discouraged. Exactly like I describe above. He, too, felt that his venture to run that school seemed too big to handle. Too many problems, too big challenges.

But I learned a great lesson from him. He said: „Every day, I want to make at least some small improvements to my school.“ And this is precisely what that Chinese Proverb tells. Try to accomplish small tasks every day. Make small improvements every day.

And the key is – do it EVERY day.

Make small improvements every day

3.2. Divide Your Huge Task into multiple, bite-sized tasks

When my family and I moved into our rental house in Kendari, South-East Sulawesi, I found three vast bunches of garbage on the wasteland in front of our home. The truth is, Kendari city lacks trucks to serve and clean all its districts. As a result, hundreds (if not thousands) of households are left to figure out what to do with their garbage.

Terrible, isn’t it?

So what do these poor citizens do?

Simple. They dump their garbage a few meters from their homes. Then, from time to time, they burn it. The problem is, smoke from the burning waste is highly toxic. It fills our home, and there’s no place we could hide.  Even worse, we have three little kids, and I don’t want them to breathe in that toxic smoke.

Burning Garbage

So I went to the city officials and asked if they could send a truck to collect the garbage. They were happy to come but told me to prepare the trash first. I bought a pair of rubber boots and work gloves and started to work.

Our neighbors never bothered to dump their garbage into those three bunches only. They had thrown it all over the wasteland. If I wanted to clean the land, I had to collect the trash into a few big bunches. Otherwise, they wouldn’t take it away.

3.3. A Problem – Too Big to Handle…?

Just 5 minutes after starting, I was ready to give up. When looking at the old garbage on the ground and the polluted area’s size, I felt very discouraged. The task that I wanted to accomplish was too big for me. I felt like: „No… I am not able to do that.“ I tried to take the garbage from here and there, but nothing changed. The land looked the same as before. I was ready to give up and return home, defeated.

3.4. …Or Small Enough to Tackle Successfully?

Yet I did not want to give up: „If I cannot handle the whole area, at least I do some damage limitation. With each plastic bag that I remove from the land, I save my kids’ lungs.  I am going to clean as much as I can.“

So I looked at the 1 square meter of land in front of my legs and thought: „If I am not able to clean the whole area, am I able to clean this 1 square meter of land?“

Yes, I was. So I  set a goal to clean just that 1 square meter of land.

Cleaning land

It did not take long until it was cleaned. That accomplished task (even though only a small one) made me happy and built my confidence. Then I cleaned the second square meter of land. And then the 3rd one and 4th one. When the truck arrived, I had already cleaned the whole waste of land.

Right Approach to Succeed Online

The same way I have learned to approach online marketing. If I watch the big picture, it frightens me. I feel small, weak, and inferior. I don’t even want to get out of bed to tackle it.

But then I think: „The same way as my friend makes small improvements to his school every day, I can do small improvements to my blog every day. What small tasks are there that I can accomplish today? Am I able to write a 1000 word blog post? If yes, do it. If not, am I able to write 400 words blog post? If Yes, do it.“

As soon as I start accomplishing small tasks, I begin to see progress, which builds my confidence. It encourages me to take on the next tasks. This way, I can develop my campaign day by day and stress-free.

Maybe I don’t see significant changes or big results right away. But a year from now, I will have progressed a lot. This is certain. Also, I have peace of mind, and I don’t have to carry the pressure to perform at a high level. I can live without antidepressants.

4.1. Another Key for a Stress-free Lifestyle

There is another thing that I do to keep stress and depression away from me. As I am a believer, I read the Bible – God’s Word. I like to read Psalms—especially those of King David. The psalms help to build my confidence.

Also, from time to time, I need something to encourage and motivate myself. Then I read motivational quotes. For this, I have collected some of my most favorite quotes into different blog posts. I have collected quotes about perseverance, overcoming obstacles and adversities, making mistakes, etc. I have not written those posts only for the case of writing posts. These blog posts with motivational quotes are for me in the first place. When I feel demotivated or discouraged, I go to my website and read those quotes from others. Try it out. It helps you.

Motivational quotes


The numbers speak for themselves. Over 30 million Americans are currently on antidepressants. 97% of those who want to succeed online fail. It tells you that the problem is severe. Our contemporary world is built up the way that people have increasingly high pressure to perform. You are under pressure. I am under pressure.

Many crack under it. The significant majority (whopping 97%) quit Internet Marketing, defeated.

Yet, there are ways to handle the pressure and come out stress-free, winning.


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What About You?

I have honestly shared with you might struggles and fears. So how do you fight discouragement? Are you sometimes afraid to fail? How do you overcome it?


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