3-Step Roadmap to the Life
You've Always Desired

Scott Stembridge here with you again. This week, I’m showing you ways to take action toward becoming a successful freelance writer.

So far, you’ve made a public commitment to be a writer, and you’re working daily on building self-confidence. Today, it’s time to take a look at the big picture.

When you take action to make change happen, it’s important to visualize what that change will look like once you’ve completed it. What’s your big picture? Is it to be an A-list, six-figure copywriter? A best-selling author? Number one in your niche?

My big-picture goal is to become a successful copywriter earning seven figures, living a sustainable lifestyle with my wife and two kids in Wanaka, New Zealand.

I’ve set a timeframe of five years to have achieved this by. Within three years, my goal is to have reached six figures.

My goal for 2014 is to establish myself as a B2B copywriter with six retainer clients, and to develop other income streams.

My monthly, weekly and daily goals are to generate leads, prospects and sales, develop my skills (I’m currently working through AWAI’s Secrets of Writing High-Performance B2B Copy program), and to write.

Whatever your big-picture goal is, here are three steps that will put you on the right path to success:

  1. Decide what your final goal will look like, and write it down in detail. The act of writing down your big-picture goal tells the universe to pay attention, that you’re serious about this. When you know the direction you’re going in, it’s easier to start taking committed action.
  2. Set a date by which you want to have achieved your goal. When will your life look like the big picture? Be realistic. If you’re starting from scratch (like I was), the chances of making six figures in six months are fairly slim.
  3. Take your big picture and work backward. What specific steps do you need to take to reach your goal … each year, month, and week. What daily tasks do you need to be doing? Write them down.

Congratulations, you’ve now got a roadmap to the writer’s life you’ve always desired!

With your commitment, confidence, and a plan, reaching your goal becomes achievable.

Once you’ve written down your plan … take action. Start with the first daily action task … the second task the next day … and so on. Keep moving forward. One step at a time.

Along the way, your plan of action may change, you’ll discover new things about what you’re doing, and about yourself. Be aware of what’s going on around you, and be flexible enough to roll with whatever comes your way.

Ultimately, your action plan will keep you focused on the big picture and what you need to be doing to make it happen.

Please share your big-picture goal in the comments. And tomorrow, discover the fuel that will keep your engine running, no matter what you encounter along your road to success.

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Published: March 12, 2014

2 Responses to “3-Step Roadmap to the Life You've Always Desired”

  1. These steps are really helpful, Scott. And being completely honest with yourself while taking them is a must. Include all the nitty gritty involved - all the details of what I need to succeed to get to my little Swiss villa: self-marketing, the business side (invoicing, taxes, accounting), the difficult clients, the rejections (and acceptances!), the stress & the time it takes to reach those six-figures. It gives a reality check - and can make your commitment all that much stronger.

    JudyB-Raleigh

  2. My big-picture goal is to become an A-level copywriter and a prolific author, splitting my time between homes in Ecuador and the States.

    Steve Roller


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