Character Trait #3 for Freelance Copywriters – Get in Touch with Your Emotions
Getting in touch with your emotions, and clearing out the negative ones.
Yes, it's "touchy-feely."
But it's an important and critical component to your freelancing success.
For example, if you experience emotions of anger, depression, and low self-esteem whenever a client (or, if you're just starting out, your mentors or fellow writers) critiques your work, chances are good you won't learn very much from the experience.
Instead, you'll stay in those negative emotions and secretly blame the client for not knowing good work when they see it. As you may guess, this kind of emotion is in direct conflict with what you want: A successful freelance career. This emotion will stop you from getting closer to your goals.
Maybe you're feeling drained and frustrated. You feel that, given all the hard work you've put in, you should already be successful. Things aren't "fair," because others seem to have it so "easy."
This is also a damaging emotion. While no one can argue with what you're feeling, it won't motivate you to take the actions you need to in order to move forward.
Talking about these emotions isn't pleasant. But it's necessary to become aware of them and let them go, if you want to become a successful freelance writer.
Successful copywriters – the ones at the pinnacle of success – have learned how to clear out the kinds of emotional blocks that keep them from doing their very best.
By not letting your emotions rule you, you gain a clear mind. You're able to focus better. And, you'll make better decisions and take more effective actions towards your goals.
That's why this emotional "stuff" is so important.
This doesn't mean you become numb, and don't ever feel a thing. It just means you learn how to effectively deal with your emotions, instead of burying them and not addressing them in the moment. If you get upset at something a client, mentor, or colleague said, for example, don't act on that emotion. As well, don't try and pretend it's not there.
Instead, try and figure out why you're upset. If it's because you haven't expressed something to them, then confront them in a nice way about it, instead of avoiding it. Maybe you're upset because you read the situation incorrectly, and took things too personally when they weren't meant to be that way. Once you realize that, with a calm, clear mind, the anger will naturally dissipate and you can move on.
If you're serious about your freelancing success, I highly recommend you read this article by Clayton here.
He walks you through the process he went through to get past a very tough, emotional time in his life. One that was negatively affecting his income and career.
Once he was able to let go of the emotion that was holding him back, he quickly got back on track, and went on to earn much more money than he had before.