The Five Keys to Wealth and Happiness …
John Wood here, in charge of this week’s The Writer’s Life. I'll be sharing Anthony Robbins’ "five keys to wealth and happiness." Without them, says Robbins, you're limiting your success in your life and career.
I happened upon them while reading the motivational speaker's bestselling book Unlimited Power. I could really relate as Robbins touches on some of the major challenges we face as freelance writers. I’ll dedicate each day this week to one of Robbins' five keys.
Let's begin …
A couple of years ago, I completed my second assignment for a new client. I was excited about this relationship and was hoping it would be a long and mutually-beneficial one for both parties.
But then, despite my diligent follow-up, I didn’t hear from them. I went from cloud nine to completely frustrated.
Have you ever been in a good mood and then encountered a situation which instantly made you feel helpless?
Maybe a potential assignment evaporated into thin air or you received an especially forceful writing critique from a client or colleague.
The thing about frustration is that, if you let it, it can grow in force. It can expand to the point where it can paralyze you and kill your self-discipline. That's where the first key comes in …
You must learn how to handle frustration.
Robbins writes that, "All successful people learn that success is buried on the other side of frustration."
What should you do when you feel frustration coming on?
A quick remedy is to adhere to the following simple two-step rule:
Step 1) Don't sweat the small stuff.
Step 2) Remember, it's all small stuff.
In the long run, no incident can derail your freelance career. This is just a bump in the road that you've already gotten past. If you're having doubts about your capabilities tell yourself that, "If it can be achieved by others, it can be achieved by me."
If that doesn't work, you could read an inspiring article or book. I've written two articles you can check out: Be Happier and Accomplish More by Living Your Life With a Sense of Purpose … and 11 Ways to Achieve More and Feel Better about Yourself. Or grab a copy of Unlimited Power or a book by one of your favorite inspiring authors and start reading.
Another good way to extinguish frustration is to talk with a friend or colleague who you know will pump you up and put a smile on your face.
What do you do when you hit a wall of frustration? How do you turn things around? Please post your comments here.
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