The First Step is to Draw a Line in the Sand

Hi, I’m Scott Stembridge. It’s great to be with you this week.

Scott enjoying the writer's
life with his kids

This week I want to share five strategies for taking committed action that will guarantee your success as a writer. These five ideas will help keep you motivated and full of confidence. They’ll also allow you to gain real world experience while you’re still learning.

I used these methods to fully embrace my own new career path. Now I’m establishing myself as a B2B copywriter, I’m writing a book, and I’ve even started a money-making website on the side.

The specific writing path I’ve chosen is copywriting; you may have chosen a different path. However, we’re all here to become writers, and this information is universal for success.

Whatever stage you’re at, these tips will help you move your writing business to a higher altitude. All you need is a commitment to yourself and to taking action. An understanding of where you’re at, what you know so far, and what you still need to learn. Plus, the desire to find the information you need and implement it.

The first step is to draw a line in the sand. Tell yourself and everyone around you, “I’m making this change, and I’m committed to it 100%.”

That was a defining moment for me. The day I first said out loud that I am a copywriter, I felt a profound shift in myself … that on another level the universe was listening and reacting to my words.

Why does it work? Because we often have a hard time staying motivated to do things that don’t have an immediate benefit. (Becoming a successful freelance writer will not happen overnight.)

Making a public commitment is an extremely effective way to bring your goal into the present. People begin to think of you as a copywriter. And your thoughts and actions begin to change to meet the expectations people have of you.

So, take a moment right now to write down your commitment to yourself. Pin it up on your wall where you (and everybody else) can see it. Go and share your decision with your loved ones and your friends. Get their buy-in to help reinforce what you’re doing. Blog about it. Share your story with others on social media. You never know who’ll pick up on it. It could even lead to some work.

Tomorrow, I’ll give you one specific action to take that will go a long way toward building your self-confidence on your road to success. Today, simply share your commitment in the comments.

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Published: March 10, 2014

5 Responses to “The First Step is to Draw a Line in the Sand”

  1. With 27 years of experience in medical staff services and hospital administration I have decided to become a free-lance copywriter for healthcare. I am currently working my way through the "Accelerated Course for 6-figure Copywriting," and then will move on to the book on copywriting for healthcare. I have a web-site "" where I sell my eBook, "Credentialing Basics for Healthcare Providers." So am on my way and looking forward to the writer's life-style.


  2. I am committed to this 100%. I will overcome the hurdles, day by day. Everyday I am learning as I study and write, read and fumble, but I am committed. I was committed weeks ago and the universe has me on the cover of the Barefoot Writer this month. What an honor. I can't wait to meet everyone in person at Boot Camp this year in October to thank you in person for your support. Your guidance and encouragement is phenomenal.

    Cheryl Davis

  3. I agree with Scott, there comes a time when you finally say to the universe...I am a copywriter

    Share it with everyone and you'll feel fantastic!

    Mike Brittin

  4. I am 100% committed to becoming a copywriter and I will be willing to work every day to achieve a single goal: to be the best

    Guest (Bernardo)

  5. After years of study and procrastination(in more than one AWAI program), I'm now making that commitment to finish the first program and work every day toward my goal of a successful copywriting career. Thanks for your article. To success. Sandy B Cole

    Sandy B

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