How to Create Your Own Version of the Writer’s Life

 Mindy Tyson McHorse here again, reporting on Day 2 of AWAI's FastTrack to Copywriting Success Bootcamp in Delray Beach, FL.

Today I want to talk about a major problem nearly all writers have. It can keep you from excelling as a copywriter and pretty much leaves you down in the dumps … unless you know how to conquer it.

I see it on the faces of Bootcampers from time to time. Their eyes shine with excitement at being here and their pens scrawl out pages of notes during each expert presentation.

Then they suddenly look downcast.

They think their problem is that they don’t know where to start. After all, the world of freelance writing offers a ton of different opportunities, each one enticing in its own way.

But that’s not really it. The real problem is they haven’t stopped to set genuine life goals. They know there’s a world of opportunity at their fingertips, but they have nothing to give them direction.

How to Set Genuine Life Goals

I’ve met a lot of Bootcampers who have goals like, “Finish the Accelerated Program for Six-Figure Copywriting” or “Land a client at Friday’s Job Fair.” These are great goals, but they’re not genuine life goals.

They’re not enough to keep you motivated over the long haul.

What you need is to set an exciting life goal that revs your spirit and whets your appetite for success. You need to decide what you want to gain from living the writer’s life.

Examples of genuine life goals are:

  • Live abroad for a while
  • Pay off your house
  • Ride a motorcycle from the Florida Keys all the way to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska
  • Put your kids through college without taking out any loans
  • Provide quality care for aging parents
  • Learn how to paint … in Rome

All of these goals boil down to one thing: Life Satisfaction.

3 Steps to Achievable, Genuine Life Goals

It’s quite simple to set life goals. Start by thinking about the things you’ve always wanted but maybe thought were out of reach.

If you’re living the writer’s life, there’s not much out of reach, so aim high.

Next, write down those goals. A Harvard study of the 1957 graduating class found that everybody had goals, but only 3% of graduates wrote down those goals. Twenty years later, that same 3% was worth more than the 97% combined.

Third, write out a plan of action – and here’s where your writing dreams come into play. With a solid life goal in place, it becomes easier to narrow down opportunities. You get to the point where you’re able to look at all the directions you can take as a writer and decide from there which will move you in the right direction.

Having big, long-range goals like this is proven to make people more satisfied and happier. It gives them better concentration, performance, and self-confidence.

All of these are things you need if you want to excel as a freelance writer.

So, when you’re looking through the solid content of all the fascinating presentations going on here at Bootcamp, use your long-range, genuine life goals to guide your decision-making. Do you already have major life goals? If so, please share them with me by posting a comment below.

(Note: If you’re not here at Bootcamp for the live presentations, you can always enjoy them through the 2011 FastTrack to Success Bootcamp Home Study program.)

Even if you can’t be here in person, AWAI has arranged for you to get the entire Bootcamp experience from the comfort of your own home … for a fraction of the price … with the 2011 Fasttrack to Success Bootcamp Home Study program. This amazing presentation package is the closest thing you can ever get to being at Bootcamp: EVERY presentation, ALL the support material and learning resources, EVERY spec assignment – and a free teleconference series to get you rolling.

You can learn more here.

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Published: October 27, 2011

2 Responses to “How to Create Your Own Version of the Writer’s Life”

  1. When I was 35, I set myself a goal to "retire" on my 50th birthday. (Even then, my idea of retirement was more like working the Writer's Life rather than just sitting around doing nothing.) More specifically, I wanted to have $100,000 in the bank and a $100,000 per year income which I earned mostly through passive activities that I could undertake from anywhere in the world.

    Now that I'm 44, I realize two things:
    1. I set my goal much too far in the future. Life has a way of expanding to fill the space allotted to it and this was no exception.

    2. I set my goal exactly far enough in the future. It's taken me 10 years of failing forward to figure out how to make my goal a reality. I'm now making a little money online and have a solid, concrete plan for reaching my real goal. I think I may even be able to do it slightly ahead of schedule!

    Jeff KonturOctober 28, 2011 at 9:53 am

  2. Hi Mindy! We met earlier today during job fair.
    One of my goal is to live abroad in south korea and Japan teaching english. I also want to start a business there. I also want to pay off the house I share with my mum and ensure quality care for my disabled brother.

    YulandaOctober 28, 2011 at 9:29 pm


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