Own Up to Your Excuses
“Owning a Writer’s Life, able to work where and when and with whom you want, on work that interests you, away from cubicles and office politics, free of commutes, with the income you choose is a rare, incredibly elite, privileged way of life, a great accomplishment. It is not supposed to be easily obtained. It brooks no excuses. None.” – Dan Kennedy
Last week we talked about fear breeding inaction.
But yesterday, Dan Kennedy reminded me of something else that breed’s inaction in an article he wrote for AWAI…
Now of course the two can overlap when your excuse for not taking action happens to be that you’re afraid…
Whether you’re afraid to talk to clients …
Afraid your writing isn’t be good enough …
Afraid of learning something new like social media …
But the number of excuses you can come up with are never-ending, and they can be just as dangerous to your dreams of living the writer’s life.
Have you made any excuses lately? I know I’m guilty of it.
Earlier this month I shared with you one of my big goals for 2011…
To launch a new website in the health market.
But what I didn’t tell you is that I had actually planned to launch it last year. My excuse for not getting it done?
I was simply too busy. I couldn’t find the time.
So here I am, one year later, with the same goal.
But here’s what’s going to make this year different…
Once I owned up to my excuse I promised myself I’d overcome it.
And since I’ve always believed in learning about success from successful people, I went back to the AWAI archives and looked up interviews and stories from successful AWAI members for inspiration.
When B2B copywriter Ed Gandia started out, he had a family to support and couldn’t make the leap to freelance copywriter, until he could replace the six-figure job he already had.
So he got up an hour earlier each day, and worked nights and weekends on his freelance copywriting. It took him 27 months, but when he finally made the leap he cleared $127K his first year.
And was finally living his version of the writer’s life.
This month I’ve been getting up an hour earlier, and I spend time each Monday morning reorganizing my schedule for the week to make sure I schedule enough time to work on my website.
I’m still just as busy as I was last year. But every week I’m moving closer to my goal, and it feels awesome.
So now it’s your turn.
What excuses have you made to delay your own success?
Sometimes simply owning up to them is enough to get you moving again. But if you’d like some ideas on how to overcome them, I invite you to share them with me and your fellow writers in the comments below.
Together we’ll come up with solutions.
I’d also like you to check out this article I came across when I was looking for inspiration by AWAI Copywriter, Guillermo Rubio…
8 years and 2,600 miles later he’s living the writer’s life – a life he could only dream about when he first started out.
In the article he shares with you his journey, and gives you three simple pieces of advice for moving forward towards your own dreams. (And yes, one of them is to drop the excuses!)
As Dan Kennedy put it in his article …
There are all sorts of excuses not to write, not to write a set number of words every single day, not to get good at writing. There are even more excuses not to make yourself into a freelancer attractive to clients, not to build your own promotional platform, not to promote and market yourself, not to get good at self-promotion, selling, negotiating, deal-making, client control and management.
The cash value of all those excuses is $0.00, yet people invest a lot of creative thought in assembling them.
Don’t let excuses stand in your way. Just like Dan … just like Ed and Guillermo and many other AWAI Members, you deserve to live the writer’s life you’ve always dreamed of too.
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