Commit to Continued Action – Your Life Is Now

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to not stop questioning.”

– Albert Einstein

Wise words. But with all due respect to Mr. Einstein, I think the important thing to living your life NOW is to not stop taking action …

Michele Peterson here for the last day of this week’s installment of The Writer’s Life. Here’s what you’ve accomplished this week:

  • Submitting a spec and starting the conversation — a relationship — with a marketer … Action Step #1.
  • Following up with that marketer beyond the “first date” … Action Step #2.
  • Implementing a self-promotion strategy … Action Step #3.
  • Reviewing your resources and refreshing your skills … Action Step #4.

You’ve taken a lot of action this week. You’ve created some momentum, and now you need to keep it going as you build your successful freelance business.

Your Life Is NOW! Action Step #5: Commit to Continued Action

In order to fully embrace the idea that “Your life is NOW!” you need to keep the momentum of this week going. What you’ve done so far won’t mean anything if you stop now.

So, I want you to commit to continued forward progress by taking this final action step: write your own compelling call to action.

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Take all of your persuasive skill and direct it to yourself. Dig deep to uncover whatever core emotions are driving you toward a writer’s life and use them to keep yourself moving forward.

First, identify why you’re taking action or what you’re moving toward …

And write it down as a vision statement.

Joshua Boswell asked us to do something similar to this at Bootcamp. It’s powerful.

Here’s why …

“Vision without action is just a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.”

– Joel Barker

It Can Change Your World

I challenge you to change your world with continued action. You have your vision statement; now write your personal call to action to keep you on track.

It can be as simple or as complex as you need it to be. Mine is “Help someone today … Write on!”

Post your call to action somewhere you’ll see it every day. For example, I wrote mine across the bottom of my wall calendar.

Next, make a weekly To-Do list and include this week’s action steps on it. Review the week’s actions each Friday. Schedule a meeting with yourself for a monthly progress report.

A writer’s life can feel solitary, but you’re not alone! Here’s one last Action Step: Stay Connected and Tap Into AWAI’s Culture of Shared Success. Read my newly published article for more. Now, onward … To success!

Do whatever it takes to keep yourself moving toward your vision …

Take action now.

Because your life is NOW … Write On!

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Published: January 17, 2014

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