Moving Your Career Forward

"A professional is someone who can do his best work when he doesn't feel like it."

– Alistair Cooke

Remember back in elementary school, how hard it was to stay focused for very long?

Back when every school had entire walls full of windows, how did they expect us to get anything done?

It didn't matter if it was a snowy December day, or a sunny afternoon in May. We just wanted to be anywhere but sitting in a classroom.

Confession time: I think I'm a 10-year-old kid trapped in a grown man's body.

Really. I find it hard to focus for more than two hours at a time in one physical location. And if I'm not focused, the creative spigot dries up.

Can you relate?

So instead of staring out the window like I did back in school, I move on.

A couple of hours in my home office. A couple more downstairs at the dining room table. Then my daily stop at the coffee shop. Then two hours in the afternoon at the public library (don't laugh - they have a fireplace, comfy chairs and free Wi-Fi!)

All the while I'm writing, learning, growing and developing my copywriting chops.

It's psychological and keeps my brain fresh with new ideas. But even more, the physical act of moving makes me feel like I'm making progress. And I think I am.

How about you?

Do you want to be an A-level copywriter? A web copywriting specialist commanding huge fees? A major player in the exploding social media arena?

The key is making small progress daily.

Back in school, we had teachers and coaches to champion our success and move us forward.

If you'd like to have your own team of private mentors available to you 24/7, I recommend you check out The Professional Writers' Alliance before the Charter Member enrollment period ends. I’ve already joined.

And if you'd like to delve into this idea of moving forward and achieving your goals, read my article, Claim Victory with Consistent Forward Progress. In it I give you five sure-fire strategies for claiming victory in your freelance career.

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Published: February 16, 2011

2 Responses to “Moving Your Career Forward”

  1. Steve,

    Thank you for writing this piece. This one in particular resonated with me: like a page out of my own book.

    A lot of people need to loosen up. Some have short attention spans. Others need a whiff of fresh air and sunshine.

    I find it helpful to stretch my legs. It keeps the blood circulating and the mind feels refreshed. It is great to go swimming as well.

    The intellectual activity of writing needs to be complemented by physical activity. Our bodies are designed for it.


    Archan MehtaMay 17, 2011 at 5:15 am

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