Starting Off On the Right Foot?

“Bumpy” is a bit of an understatement.

My path to success has been more like a rollercoaster.

But in the past year, I’ve learned to steady the highs and lows, to be more in control of my business.

And I can attribute much of the change to five success principles I follow, all of which I learned from Jack Canfield’s The Success Principles. The book contains 64 principles in all, but these five are easy to implement and can make a real difference in achieving the writer’s life.

The first principle is:

Believe it is possible.

  • Henry Ford told his engineers he wanted a V8 engine. They said it was impossible. He believed it was possible and told them to keep trying. Eventually they did develop the first V8 engine.
  • Morris E. Goodman was paralyzed from the neck down after an airplane crash. They said he’d never walk, or even breathe on his own again. In his mind though, he believed he would walk out of the hospital by Christmas. In November, nine months after his accident, he did.
  • The Wright Brothers believed man could fly. While others laughed, they built the first airplane. Can you imagine our world today without airplanes?

So when you’re thinking about what the writer’s life means to you, make sure you believe it can happen.

And if you’re struggling, what better way to convince yourself it can happen than to spend time with people just like you already doing it?

It wasn’t until I spoke to Rebecca at my first Web Writer’s Intensive in 2011 that I began to believe I could actually meet the goals I had set for myself. She gave me specific suggestions on what projects to work on, and how to leverage my background rather than focus on my lack of copywriting experience. With that advice, I knew I could create a plan to reach my aggressive financial goals.

That first conversation was followed by days of talking with other attendees who were actually working copywriters. If they could do it, so could I. I came away from the Web Writer’s Intensive a firm believer and it is one of the key reasons I am living my writer’s life today.

Have you ever relied on the power of belief to reach a goal? Share your amazing stories here.

Tomorrow I’ll cover another basic principle many of us simply overlook — or forget in our solitude as writers. Remembering it can make all the difference.

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Published: January 14, 2013

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