Two Things You Must Do, Regardless of Your Goal
Rebecca Matter here – almost back from maternity leave and excited to share with you what I have planned for The Writer’s Life this week to get you inside the 2011 Fasttrack to Copywriting Success Bootcamp.
But first I want to share a revelation I had a few weeks ago that made me think of you …
It happened about six weeks after having my baby. I was sitting in my closet on the floor surrounded by every pair of jeans I own.
You see, I gained over 30 pounds during the pregnancy.
But I was prepared – even before going into labor – to lose it quickly once my baby arrived.
I bought Tracy Anderson’s Post-Pregnancy workout DVD … a belly band that was supposed to help shrink back my midsection … and 30-day plan to follow that included menus and daily activities I could do to get back into shape.
Yet 6 weeks after having my adorable baby girl, I really hadn’t lost more than the initial weight I dropped from having the baby. And I couldn’t fit into a single pair of my pre-pregnancy jeans.
“It’s not fair,” I complained to my husband. “My plan didn’t work!”
OK, so I hadn’t worn the band …
Or even opened the packaging on the DVD …
And fine, the 30-day plan may still be sitting in the Amazon box on the desk in my office.
Yet I was still quite frustrated with my lack of progress. I kept reading about celebrities and hearing stories from friends about people they knew who were wearing their pre-pregnancy clothes 6 weeks after having a baby.
It wasn’t fair … I wanted it to be me!
And that’s when I had my revelation …
I knew there were two things you must do in order to reach the writer’s life. I’ve written about them before, and had seen the results with my own two eyes time and time again from AWAI members.
And while putting away my jeans I realized I would have to do the same two things if I wanted to successfully get back into shape.
I shared them with you briefly in an email I sent last Friday … the two things you must do if you want to live the writer’s life …
First, decide that you are in control of your life.
Sure we have bills to pay, bosses to obey (for now!), and families to support, but you are still in control of YOUR life.
You are the only person who can determine whether or not you’ll be successful. You’re the one in the driver seat. And you’re the one who is accountable for the actions you take – as well as those you don’t take.
The same was true for me with getting my body back. No one else was going to be able to do the work for me. And even though I had a plan, it was up to me to actually do the things I needed to do to lose the weight and get in shape.
Which leads me to the second thing you and I both must do …
Commit to making a total effort to achieve your goals.
And be honest about what those goals are … what the writer’s life REALLY means to you.
If you want to make a six-figure income, say it!
If your goal is to leave your job so you can be home with your kids, go for it.
Or if you want to have money coming in after you retire …
Or retire early for that matter …
Or travel more … work less hours … enjoy your life every day …
Whatever the writer’s life means to you, commit to making a total effort to achieving it. And then do whatever it takes to get you there.
Learn the skills, market your services, and then continue learning and growing your business until your goals are met.
I’m happy to report that I’m feeling great, and only have 9 more pounds to lose – a big step from where I was just a few weeks ago. I still have a ways to go – and hear the last 5 pounds are the hardest – but I’m committed to finishing.
What about you?
What is your goal for the rest of this year? What about next year? Will you commit to achieving it? I’d love to hear from you and invite you to share with me here.
If you’re coming to Bootcamp, then I’m guessing your goal is to become a successful copywriter. And boy, did you choose a good year to commit to achieving it!
This year’s line-up is incredible with legends like Joe Sugarman, Dan Kennedy and Bob Bly, as well as top experts like Nick Usborne, Steve Slaunwhite, Mark Everett Johnson, Brian Clark, Lorrie Morgan-Ferrero, John Forde, Will Newman, and many others.
PLUS, it’s the last time Michael Masterson will take the stage before he officially retires this year.
In just three days you’re going to learn the copywriting techniques and business-building strategies you need to launch or take your copywriting business to the next level.
But even if you’re not coming to Bootcamp, you may still have the same goal. And that’s why I’m excited about what I have planned for you …
For starters, Bootcamp Alumni Mindy Tyson McHorse and Steve Roller will bring you inside the daily sessions through The Writer’s Life. Each day they’ll share with you what attendees are learning and the biggest takeaways of the day by email.
Next, Wealthy Web Writer Managing Editor, Heather Robson, will make you feel like you’re there in person with insights, videos, and interviews, which will all be posted in a special area on the Wealthy Web Writer site.
For the entire week, you’ll be able to ask questions and interact with Heather and other attendees on the site, even if you’re not a member.
And finally, AWAI Member Eddie Stephens will keep you connected on Facebook and Twitter. So if you’re not yet a fan of AWAI on Facebook, or connected with us on Twitter, now’s the time to do it! Eddie promises to share with you what he learns throughout the week.
Together our team of Roving Reporters will help you be part of the action and give you tips and ideas you can put to use in your own copywriting business.
Of course you do have the opportunity to see and hear everything that goes on this year, thanks to the 2011 Fasttrack to Copywriting Success Bootcamp Home Study program.
In it you’ll get access to every presentation, every handout, and every assignment, as well as over 40 spec challenges.
Just remember, whether you’re attending the live event or participating at home, there are two things you must do to succeed …
Decide that you are in control of your own life, and you commit to making a total effort to achieving your goals.
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