The Enemy of Freelancers Everywhere

Hi, Christina Gillick here with a question. When I say the following words, what comes to mind?

Cold calling … clients … marketing … proposals …

Your heart might beat a little faster. You might even feel nauseous or a little dizzy.

That’s fear. It’s the enemy of freelancers everywhere.

People who haven’t experienced it don’t realize that it’s a real obstacle. Not only does it have a mental component, but it also manifests itself with real physical components. It’s enough to make you want to take a sick day.

However, with practice, a large dose of willpower, and a good strategy, you can overcome fear.

When I first started as a copywriter, I was afraid of everything:

Success … failure … rejection … clients … phone calls … taxes …

You name it, I was probably afraid of it. In fact, fear nearly made me give up countless times before I even got started.

In the beginning, I tried to work despite my fears. This didn’t turn out very well. I procrastinated on the things I was afraid of, and as a result, my business moved at a snail’s pace.

Fear can cause you to go days, weeks, or even years without taking action. If you let it, fear can ruin your business before you ever get it off the ground.

Finally, I realized I couldn’t make true progress in my business until I overcame my fears.

There’s no reason for you to spend as much time in fear as I did. That’s why this week we’ll talk about overcoming fear.

Together, we’ll defeat the fear of failure, the fear of success, the fear of rejection, and several other freelance fears you might be experiencing so you can become the freelance writer you were meant to be.

Tomorrow, I’ll explain three ways the fear of success holds back a lot of would-be successful writers.

For now, I’d like to leave you with this thought:

One thing I've learned about fear is if something is going to happen, it's going to happen – whether or not you fear it. Don’t allow yourself to be paralyzed by fear. Instead, take action, take precautions, and deal with things as they happen. (I’ll explain more later this week.)

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Published: January 7, 2013

2 Responses to “The Enemy of Freelancers Everywhere”

  1. I'm looking forward to reading your articles this week, Christina. As always, thanks so much for your invaluable advice. Make it a Tremendous 2013!!!

    RNin2013January 7, 2013 at 11:25 am

  2. Well, my fear is not the cold calling,it is not having any clients. I am jumping head first into this. I was laid off in October 2012. Unemployment check just keeps my jeep running and food on the table. I have writing blogs, going to school full time, writing blogs and poems on google, facebook, triond, pu.blish,I need a good break. There is NO money coming in. I do need some help. I hope AWAI can steer me in a profitable direction.

    ibprofessorlpJanuary 7, 2013 at 3:41 pm

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