When Life Smacks You Down, Do This
Steve Roller here …
Yesterday, we talked about picturing your life in high-definition.
I encouraged you to think about what aspect of the writer's life you value most.
Not just think about it, but picture it to the point where it becomes a vivid mental image that motivates you.
And if you missed it, my article No Excuses and No Rationalizations: How to Live a Life of No Regrets gave you a four-step process to set you on a course of reinventing yourself.
But you know what?
The best laid plans don't always work out.
The fact is, life is difficult. And it seems to get in the way of achieving our goals, doesn't it?
I don't know about you, but I've been sidetracked a number of times over the past two years. My four kids' involvement in many activities is a constant challenge. Last summer, a shoulder and back injury sidelined me for a couple of months. The financial stress of neither my wife nor I having a regular paycheck sometimes puts a clamp on the creative side of my brain. And just before I left the country for a month, I overscheduled projects and missed a deadline.
So while I'm happy with my progress since I left the corporate world for full-time freelancing two years ago, I still have a long way to go.
What about you? Do you experience little landmines that threaten to sabotage your success? Have you had to deal with serious things like illness, job loss, or a death in the family while trying to get your writing career on track?
If life has gotten in the way, or maybe even whacked you upside the head, I have one suggestion:
Re-launch your business!
We've been talking all week about the idea of reinventing yourself. A re-launch is a lot easier and quicker, and doesn't involve a complete overhaul.
It's more of a do-over. A mulligan. A second shot.
You're on the right track. Maybe you completed AWAI’s Accelerated Program for Six-Figure Copywriting and got started, but now you've hit an impasse.
The niche you thought you were going to pursue isn't the best fit. The marketing strategy you tried first isn't quite working. The brilliant business name you picked out isn't so brilliant after all.
I can relate because a few months ago I came to the same realization.
So here's my plan for a re-launch that might work for you, too:
- Give yourself a reasonable amount of time to get things together. I'd suggest at least three weeks, but no more than three months. Then schedule a re-launch date. Mine was going to be May 4, but once again, life got in the way. This time, I'm making it public by stating it here – September 27. (If you see me at Bootcamp, hold me to it!)
- First step, figure out what your focus is going to be and how you're going to get started this time. You can do this on your own, but I used two great AWAI tools to help guide my re-launch: Pam Foster's Niche Yourself and Thrive and Nick Usborne's Profitable Freelancing.
- If you don't already have one you like, choose a domain name and business name. I'm keeping what I already have because it works for SEO and describes my business fairly well. In addition, though, I'm building a second website for my niche (following the strategy Pam used).
- Write the copy for your new website, rewrite your existing website copy, or just add some pages to your current site. I'm doing all three.
- Come up with a marketing strategy to attract new clients. There are tons of free articles on the AWAI site. Since you're re-launching and starting from scratch, be sure to include some type of social media campaign. And finally …
- Work while you're getting ready to re-launch! There's no reason to put your business on hold during this time. Even if you're just getting started, take on whatever projects you can.
Realize this, too. Even though you don't know everything, you know more than you think you do. There's no time like the present to jump in again with a re-launch.
What are your plans for the next few months? A new niche? A unique marketing technique? Participating in AWAI’s B2B Challenge? Anything you want to state publicly so we can all hold you accountable (like my September 27 re-launch date)?! I'd love to hear about it. You can share it by posting a comment below.
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