The First Trimester of Copywriting
If you’ve ever been pregnant, or know someone who has been, you probably know the first trimester can be a roller coaster.
By that, I mean the first three months of pregnancy can be good, bad, ugly, or all three rolled into one.
Some women feel great and glow with joy. Others get bloated and sick. Then you’ve got the emotional highs and lows to contend with.
Today, I want to build on the conversation we started yesterday – about how birthing a baby and birthing a new career have a lot in common.
In those early stages of switching to freelance copywriter, just like the early stages of being pregnant, you often don’t want to tell a lot of people.
For one thing, you don’t want them to judge you. You don’t want them to secretly think, “Wow, are you sure you can handle this kind of responsibility?” or “Wow, I don’t really see how you’re going to pull this off …”
On the flip side, people become hesitant to ask you about your decision. This is true even for your closest friends and family. They wonder whether you’ve really weighed the magnitude of your choice and whether you realize how much it’ll change your life.
For newly-expectant parents and fledgling copywriters, the questions are the same: Who are you, do you have it in you to follow through on this, and will you succeed?
Really, it comes down to your self-concept. In other words, what are five ways you can describe yourself when you ask the question, “Who am I?”
According to social psychologist David Myers, your five answers dictate the two halves that make up your self-concept: specifically, your “self-schema” and your “possible self.”
Your self-schema is the way you perceive yourself, such as smart, athletic, or overweight. It influences how you process social information.
Your possible self, on the other hand, is the image of who you might become. It could be someone you dream of or dread becoming in the future.
A newly-expectant mother usually wonders how she’ll handle a pregnancy. She has doubts and fears about the way her body will change, and whether she can handle such a long journey.
Newly-turned copywriters go through the same thing. You question the way your life will change, and whether it’s wise to venture out of your comfort zone.
You especially question whether you’ll be successful and content … and whether it’ll be worth it in the end.
These worries can do a heck of a job on your self-esteem. That means you’ve got to overcome them. How? Picture yourself as capable, dedicated, and flexible. Just thinking about having those traits makes it easier to emulate them. In turn, it becomes easier to take one step at a time … and consistently move forward.
To help you do this, I’ve written an article I’d like you to read on becoming your own self-fulfilling prophecy.
Then I’d like for you to do me a favor and write down five positive words that describe your strengths. Then think about them for five minutes every day this week.
Continue to do this, and you’ll improve your self-schema (self-perception). Gradually, the question of who you have the potential to become – be it a new parent or a successful copywriter – will no longer be a question, but a conviction.
Care to share your five words? Tell me about them in the comments below.
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