Faith: The Powerhouse of Success
Success is such a funny thing.
I recently read Michael Masterson's fascinating book, Ready, Fire, Aim, and discovered that, in his mind, a company has only just begun when it hits a million dollars in revenues. And to be considered a “success,” you’ve got to push far beyond $10 or $20 million.
In 2005, I considered the joy of finding $5.00 in change under the couch and behind the fridge a major success. Meant we could buy some bread and milk that day for our 6 children.
This morning, I woke up wondering what you thought success might be. That thought brought an interesting picture to my mind … a picture of the journey you are engaged in right now to reach success. The uncertainty of being a good enough writer, the fear of facing possible rejection, the terror of proposals and quoting prices, etc., etc., etc.
It was not too long ago that I was on that journey – in fact, I still am – so, my heart goes out to you. Would it be too condescending and unprofessional of me to suggest that I can help you reach your “success” faster and easier?
You see, one of my personal strengths is understanding how to get myself moving. Oh, you can be sure I’ve not always known the right things to do to create success, but I pretty much always knew how to get myself to do something. Motion without direction is a very dangerous thing – far more costly than knowledge without movement. Michael knows this, which is why he says, “Ready, Fire, Aim.” I always just said “Fire” and skipped the “Ready and Aim” part of the game!
I have a hunch that right now, this morning, you’re sitting there with lots of correct information in your head about becoming a wildly successful web writer. More than you think, as you’ll discover later. But, I bet, as well, that you’re simply not doing a lot of it – certainly not enough of it.
Now, I won’t get into the “it” part of things right now. But, how about I give you a peek inside the perpetually motivated mind of Joshua Boswell to help you unlock your own powerhouse of success?
At the core of my constant movement is faith. No, today, I’m not going to deliver a sermon about religious faith. Rather, I’m talking about the fundamental principle behind all action in all human beings.
Let me give you a simple definition of faith: Confidence that the unseen and unrealized will become seen and realized in your life. Confidence is the key, and seeing into the future is the fuel.
- When you submit to that nasty alarm clock in the morning and force yourself to be at the mercy of a boss each day, you do it because you have faith – or confidence – that you’ll get a check.
- When I was dating my dear, wonderful wife, I did all kinds of amazing things to impress her, because I had faith that she would respond and give me lots of lovin’s back.
- When I buried myself into copywriting and made over $100,000 in less than 12 months, I did so out of faith that what AWAI and Bob Bly were telling me could become reality. Sure, we were dead broke and hungry at the time, but that was not the sustaining power of my actions. It was a confidence and trust that I could achieve the end goal.
How do I stay motivated? How do I keep going in the face of massive opposition? How do I keep moving forward when there is no evidence of success? How do I face rejection, fear, uncertainty, poverty, and doubt?
Faith. I have a crystal clear image in my mind of what I want in life and a confidence that I can achieve it. I usually don’t know how to get there, and I don’t have to. Why? Because someone else knows all those details; I just have to find them.
How can I be so confident? Because I’ve planted a garden before. What I mean is I know that we live in a world that has certain unchangeable laws. If I plant corn in my garden, give it water, and let the sun shine down on it. Then I’m certain to get corn. I’ll never get watermelon by planting corn. This simple principle never varies. Planting corn gives you corn.
It’s the same with people. If I see one person enjoying the writer’s life, then I know I can get there, if I do the same things he or she did. Far too often, we trick ourselves into believing in luck or abstract cosmic fortune, when the reality is if we plant corn, corn comes up.
Once you have that truth firmly lodged in your mind, then virtually any amount of success is at your fingertips.
What is the first step to unlimited success? The first step is defining what you want.
“Where do you want to get to?” asked the Cheshire Cat. “I don't know,” admitted Alice. “Then,” advised the cat, “any road will take you there.”
Translation: You will never reach success in your life, if you don’t define it. Not just because you don’t know where you’re going, but because without a clear vision of what you want, you’ll never have the motivation to get off your rump and do the right things.
Helping myself and fellow copywriters to get moving down the right road is my specialty. Every Monday morning, I grab the video camera and have a mentoring session with copywriters just like you. We talk about overcoming the demons of fear, doubt, stress, fatigue, uncertainty, and clouded vision. I reveal every aspect of my success as a copywriter. I hold nothing back – nothing. Not only that, but I personally answer every email sent to me and give individual feedback and advice. It is magical.
I’d like to invite you to join me and discover that special magic for yourself. Discover what we can do together.
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