WHY I HODL SAFEMOON PT. III
7 SIMPLE BUT EFFECTIVE TIPS FOR STRESS-FREE HODLING
Written by Pheonix Rising
Hello and welcome to the final segment of this 3-part series!
If you’re still here reading, first of all, I want to thank you for coming along this journey with me.
I would hope that your being here means that you’ve gotten value out of this series so far, because that was my lone intention.
If you missed the first two posts in this series, you can check them out here:
Part I: SafeMoon Is The Evolution: What It Means & Why You Should Be Ecstatic About The Future
Part II: Short- And Long-Term Catalysts To Look Forward To For Safemoon's Birthday Month & Beyond!
Today, we’ll be wrapping up with the most critically important piece, which is why I saved it for last, and that is how to win the game inside your head.
Because what few will tell you is that this game of investing is 5% identifying a home run project and 95% managing the thoughts inside your head. So if you can win that battle, you’re all set.
So today, I'll be covering 7 super easy best practices that you can use right now to greatly relieve stress, fear, and doubt while HODLing.
If you implement them, I have the utmost confidence that you will find it remarkably easier to remain calm, cool, and ever-focused on the prize and, thus, far less likely to sell now and regret later.
And the best part: Every single one of these strategies are 100% free!
So, let’s dive right in and wrap up this series to complete our journey together.
7 STRESS MANAGEMENT TIPS & BEST PRACTICES FOR LONG-TERM HODLING
So, I personally never, ever feel stressed out, worried, fearful, or in doubt about my investment in SafeMoon. Never. Not even for a fleeting moment.
This isn’t by accident, though; this is due in large part to my unwavering conviction in myself and my ability to perform sound research and invest accordingly.
But most importantly, it’s my mindset and perspective that does all the heavy lifting when it comes to HODLing and waiting patiently.
Now, to be clear, I say none of this to brag or impress you. Instead, I wish to share tips that I personally use that have helped me HODL in peace so that you too can enjoy that same quality of life while we play the waiting game.
TIP #1: KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE PRIZE
So we talked extensively about this already, which is why I led off with it, but really, the biggest thing that helps me is setting realistic expectations and always keeping my eyes on the prize and having a healthy perspective.
In practice, that means if you forget what this project is all about, by all means, bookmark this blog series so that you can always refer back to it.
It’s so easy to get sidetracked or forget what’s coming down the pike, because SafeMoon does have a lot in the works.
But never forget that you're early to crypto, DeFi, and SafeMoon, all of which are set to leave their footprint on the entire investing world.
TIP #2: FOCUS ONLY ON WHAT YOU CAN CONTROL
Always remember and accept (which is equally important) that you are in control of managing your own stress and expectations. You and you alone.
But in my mind, this is a good “problem” to have.
Because you can’t control how fast the dev team works (though John said they’re darn near a 24-hour work cycle, thanks to hiring devs across all time zones), you can’t control the price, and you can’t control holders losing faith and selling.
So, it’s a healthy practice to ONLY focus on what you can control.
And that means, again, understanding – and accepting – that we're in a volatile market.
Understanding and accepting that people will come and go, and that's okay.
And above all, understanding and accepting that you invested in a startup and, when you make that decision to do so, patience is a non-negotiable!
Quite simply, these things take time, and I found a site that best illustrates this:
As you can see, these are ALL the major players of today (Apple, Google, Facebook, Netflix, Amazon, Twitter, etc.), and it took ALL of them at least 2 full years to even be in profit! (As you can see, most took 5 or more.)
Also, SafeMoon’s Sales & Growth Manager had a great tweet thread to build upon this. It’s a quick read, but a “must-read,” so I hope you’ll check it out.
But be a master of your emotions. And don’t try to change things that can’t be changed, speed things up that can’t be sped up, or anything that’s out of your control. Remaining patient and confident in your investing decisions is hard enough, and really, that’s all you need to do!
Anything else is just making the job harder than it needs to be for you.
TIP #3: BE A BETTER FRIEND TO YOURSELF
I see it all the time, where a holder is in the Discord or on Twitter ranting and raving and speculating, and I just feel bad for that person. Not in a condescending judgmental way. No. I feel bad because these are self-inflicted wounds.
So my next tip is to please remember to be a good friend to yourself.
That means, if you find it stressful to check your wallet balance, there’s a very simple solution you can implement now – just stop checking it.
I mean, if you’re truly a long-term holder, then does the short-term, immediate price really matter if you have no plans to sell anytime soon?
Also, for obvious reasons, refreshing the screen every 5 minutes isn’t going to make the price go up (or down). So, if it’s causing you pain and suffering, just don’t look. This is a self-inflicted wound, and you have the power to stop it.
One of the most liberating things I’ve personally done after holding nearly a year now is to trust that John, Ryan, & Co. have it all covered.
They don’t need me or my input.
They’ll get it done – with or without my help or feedback.
Also, if being deeply entrenched in SafeMoon every day is having a negative effect on your overall mood and disposition, you can just avoid that, too.
The season’s changing, the days are longer, and the weather is warmer. Why not go for a walk, get out in the sun, have fun, enjoy life?
You’re in great hands; the devs will make daily progress and the project will still succeed, which is just a great feeling and place to be in!
TIP #4: CELEBRATE THE SMALL
WINS ON THE ROAD TO THE BIG ONE
This is a marathon, not a sprint, and the sad truth is most will get impatient and sell. But you don’t have to be one of them.
And if you’ve held on this long, even if only by a thread (they do call it holding on for dear life for a reason), then please, take a moment to give yourself some well-deserved credit!
Everyone will say they have diamond hands, but again, the reality is most will sell at a loss; the numbers are the numbers.
So if you've held firm and weathered all the dips and FUD storms, give yourself a pat on the back (even daily), because you earned it and have the battle scars to prove it!
TIP #5: HOPE FOR THE BEST BUT
PREPARE FOR TURBULENCE ON OUR FLIGHT TO THE MOON
The next actionable step is yet another simple tweak in mindset, and that is to hope for the best, but always be prepared for bumps in the road.
That means that, since you are invested in a startup tech company, expect setbacks, mistakes, teachable moments, etc.
If you do it this way, then if one of these things happens, it won't sting nearly as badly. I promise. Why? Because you were mentally prepared for it! 💡
Compare and contrast that to the person sitting on eggshells, always hoping that everything will go exactly as planned. Now, realize just how much that person is setting themselves up for disappointment, all due to their own misguided expectations and flawed mindset.
Of course, if none of this stuff happens, meaning there are no mistakes, missteps, or delays, which isn't realistic (in my opinion), then I doubt anyone would complain about that, so you’re covered either way:
If something undesirable happens, you’re prepared for it. No biggie.
If something good happens, well, no one needs help HODLing when everything is going right.
And your ability to persevere, to even let it roll off your back and not affect you at all, will determine whether or not you make it to the finish line.
And the very same principle applies when you're convincing a friend, relative, or coworker to invest in SafeMoon.
Why add undue pressure on yourself by telling them this will only take a few months to a year when you can, instead, tell them to accept that it'll be a 3-5 year hold before they invest even a penny?
By framing it this way, they won't be bugging you every day, which means you'll be less stressed out, which means you'll be less likely to air that stress in SafeMoon's socials. It's a win-win.
And if it takes less than 3-5 years, guess who comes out smelling like roses? That'd be you, my friend!
TIP #6: LEAN ON THE SAFEMOON ARMY FOR SUPPORT
Still, if none of these tips are working for you, if you believe in the project but are having a bad day, week, or month, then you still have a highly invaluable resource at your disposal.
I’ll get into that in just a moment, but a while back, John had said that we’ve got the easy job, in that while they’re working 20-hour days, the only thing we have to do is HODL.
In reality, no one likes long waits. No one, myself included. But I’m pragmatic about it. I know that there is nothing I can do or say that will make the team work any faster to deliver the best product possible.
It should be noted, though, that John has since acknowledged recently in his Captain’s Log that, while he says that we have the easy job to just HODL, in practice, he knows that’s often easier said than done:
So you’re being heard, loud and clear. But again, if you are still struggling with the waiting game, or anything else, then you should know that, over time, the company has not only evolved, but we’ve evolved as a community, as well.
Circling back to the free resource I’d referenced just a second ago, in the SafeMoon Discord, the dynamic used to be that if you had anything remotely negative to say about SafeMoon, you’d be immediately bombarded with FUD and clown emojis.
Nowadays, frustration and constructive criticism are welcomed in the Discord, while negative reactions are strongly frowned upon, with the caveat being: If presented the right way.
For instance, here are two different ways of saying the same thing:
“This sucks, you suck, everyone and everything sucks. You’re all delusional, and I’m a realist,” etc.
“Hey guys. I’m really having a bad day. I used to believe in this project so much, but I have to admit that I’m losing hope.”
The first approach will almost always result in a warn, another warn, a mute, and, eventually, a ban, whereas the latter will almost always be met with:
“Hey friend. I’m very sorry to hear that. What is it exactly that you’re struggling with? Serious question. I just want to try to help.”
To be clear – this is not theory. I’ve seen this time and again, and I try my best to practice what I preach, too, when I engage my fellow holders who are struggling.
Most of the SafeMoon Army in the Discord really do care and genuinely want to help, but how you say what it is that you want to say will ultimately determine the type of response you get in return.
Again, I promise I’m not lecturing you at all – I just find it sad to see people with legitimate concerns or questions walking away with nothing more than a ban, all because they came in with the wrong approach, which is easily fixable!
But not only are we, the SafeMoon Army, evolving and improving, the team and staff are, as well.
The moderators on the SafeMoon Discord will often be the first to show you love and support. It’s very often overlooked that they are in that role because they are our most bullish and knowledgeable holders.
Similarly, I sincerely doubt that most know that the vast majority of the Discord mods are at the Astronaut level, the highest distinction awarded only to holders who are consistently positive, are as knowledgeable as one can possibly be without being privy to information covered by a NDA and, most importantly, have a burning desire and willingness to share their wealth of knowledge about SafeMoon, crypto, and DeFi with any holder willing to listen.
Next time you’re in there, click on a green name and see for yourself.
So please just keep in mind that the mods are not your enemy, and many of them believe so much in this project that they put countless hours into this week in, week out, and the vast majority of them do it all for free!
That said, there are rules we all must abide by, and they will be enforced. This is not a power trip. It's not suppressing free speech. It is only to foster a friendly, positive, and welcoming environment, where false information is rightly filtered out.
But if a mod can’t answer a question, please know that it’d only be for one of two reasons: They genuinely don’t know or aren’t at liberty to say.
And if they do say they can't answer or don't know, asking the exact same question again (and again) isn't going to change that.
So if you do have constructive criticism (with the operative word being "constructive"), I’ve routinely seen SafeMoon Discord moderators pass ideas up the ladder, and of course, you have an army of fellow holders who will happily lift you up if you’re feeling down.
TIP #7: DREAM BIG…DAILY
The 7th and final tip I can impart to you in order to help you greatly reduce stress and frustration is SO easy, yet SO effective.
So remember how I said that I never, ever get frustrated, impatient, lose hope or faith, or anything along those lines?
Well, I’m not some zen master who has life all figured out. I just do things a little bit differently than our fellow holders who are just riddled with anxiety, and I feel for them, which is why I took the time to write this.
And one of the most critical things that I do that I know for a fact that those who are struggling don’t is this:
I don't view my holdings by what they're currently worth. I view them as what I believe they will be worth, once the fully fleshed out ecosystem is unveiled, which is why the last time I even opened my SafeMoon Wallet was to upgrade to V2.
Make that subtle shift of treating your bag based on what it will be worth, not what it currently is, and you will not only be bullish 24/7, but you will also greatly reduce potential vulnerabilities.
Just like the team can’t miss deadlines if they don’t make them, a hacker can’t access your funds nearly as easily if you never log in.
Now, SafeMoon is going to beef up security to the point where this will ideally no longer be necessary, but the point is to treat your bag like your ticket to freedom. If you do, then you won’t have a care in the world about the current price, because it’s irrelevant.
BONUS TIP: REMEMBER THAT WE
ARE ALL STILL EARLY TO THE GAME!
As the team delivers and as people start to see with their very own eyes the impact that SafeMoon is making in the market (which they don’t, and it’s a mistake to think that they do…yet), the DeFi space, and in people’s lives, solving real-world problems that have gone far too long going unfixed, everything will take care of itself, i.e., there’s no need to worry.
Because as I said right in the first post of this 3-part series, we are only just beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel, as we begin to exit the long, often painful, sideways trending "Hodlers phase."
We’re about to enter the “Team begins to deliver” phase, so it’d be a darned shame for someone to hold this long, only to hit the ejector seat right before the fun begins.
And here’s the bonus bullish news I promised…
Just to illustrate how early you are to the crypto game in general, check out this infographic, overlaying the adoption of the internet in its first 8 years versus crypto in its first 8 years:
As you can see, we are fast approaching a world where, just like the Internet, the overwhelming majority will hold cryptocurrency.