How to Make Forward Progress Today
Ever feel stuck?
Like you’re working and working and working but not getting anywhere?
If you’re taking course after course, studying and practicing, but you’re not making any money as a writer, you definitely know what I’m talking about.
And I can empathize with you. Because that used to be me.
Rebecca Matter here – a previous self-proclaimed multi-tasker who was the first one in the door each morning, last one out, and then worked well into the evening at home. I was always super busy and felt very proud to be “that girl” – the one who was always working her butt off …
I could easily “brag” at happy hour on Friday about how I had managed to pull off another 60-hour+ week.
Then I took a job at AWAI and was introduced to a whole new world. And after continuing my work habits for a few years, I decided that I, too, wanted to live the writer’s life.
It was then that I quickly realized it just wasn’t possible. At least not the way I was trying to achieve it.
Today, I’m more effective most days than I was in a full week back then. And that’s what I want to help you with this week.
I’ve learned the key to making forward progress in my professional life. I work a lot less, have more freedom, and have managed to set up multiple revenue streams for myself.
And when I look back on how I used to be, it seems like another lifetime. The way I work now is so ingrained in me that I couldn’t be that same girl even if I tried.
Working a lot more hours, always stressed, and being less productive?
No, thank you! I’ll choose this life over that one any day of the week.
Which leads me back to my initial question …
Are you working hard … and experiencing the reward of forward progress? Or are you working hard and still feeling stuck?
In the past weeks, I’ve had the pleasure of working a lot with AWAI members through live events like the B2B event I held here in Austin, online training programs like the Six-Figure Companion Series, and the mastermind group that formed out of the 2011 Web Intensive called Web Writer Elite.
And one common thread I found between all the groups is that quite a few people were feeling frustrated with their forward progress.
And this week, I’d like to help you work on that too. That’s why I’m taking over The Writer’s Life for the next five days …
By the end of this week, I want you to feel like you’ve made significant forward progress towards your dream of living the writer’s life.
So every day, I’m going to give you an action item I’d like for you to complete.
Stick with me all week, perform all 5 actions, and when you hit the weekend, you’ll know what forward progress feels like.
Today, I’m going to tackle the first step: choosing a path. And by choosing a path, I’m talking about how you’ll get to the writer’s life. Will you become a copywriter, self-publisher, travel writer … ? You get the idea.
Because without a path and the end goal in mind, you’ll never reach the writer’s life. It’s the first roadblock you need to overcome and the first step you have to take in order to move forward.
Earlier this year, I wrote an essay on how to choose the right path for you – taking into consideration why you’re doing this in the first place and what your version of the writer’s life looks like.
Are you looking to make six figures? Are you looking to make some extra cash on the side? Are you looking to develop a passive income stream for yourself?
Figuring that out is key, and you can access that essay here if you need help choosing a path.
But know that whatever path you choose, you can be successful.
AWAI has been helping people live the writer’s life since 1997. We know how to create programs that give people everything they need to succeed. All you have to do is choose the path, and then let us guide you the rest of the way.
Don’t put a ton of pressure on yourself to choosing the “right” path. You’re not stuck with just one for life.
The idea is to just choose a path that appeals to you, begin making forward progress, and testing it out.
THEN you can add other paths in, and additional revenue streams, once you get started. (But we’ll get to that in a future series of The Writer’s Life. This week is about making forward progress with your first path.)
Your action item for today: Choose a path once and for all.
Even if you’ve considered a few paths, I want you to focus on one for the rest of the week. So your action item is to choose the one you want to work first.
You’ve got lots of options to choose from. And I’m confident you can make this decision quickly if you sit down with the intention of choosing one before you stand back up.
Some of the most popular paths to the writer’s life include:
- Self-Publishing/Information Publishing
- Resume Writing
- Grant Writing
- Desktop Marketing or Graphic Design
- Internet Research
If you want my recommendation, I’m going to tell you to start with copywriting.
Because with huge growing opportunities like the business-to-business market (B2B), the internet, and social media, you have the potential to make as much money as you want and truly live the lifestyle you desire.
It’s definitely the most adaptable path you can choose.
And even if you start with copywriting and decide you don’t want to be a copywriter, you’ll be more effective at any other writing career you move into next.
If down the line you decide to move into travel writing, resume writing, grant writing, you name it … there’s definitely no better investment than learning how to write persuasively, which is really what copywriting is all about.
Remember, I’m going to give you an action every day this week to move you forward towards the writer’s life. If you take each step, you’ll feel the forward progress by Friday you need to keep moving forward.
Right now, I want you to choose your path. And if you’d like to share it with me or need any help deciding between two paths, add a comment below.
And then I’ll see you tomorrow with your next step!
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