The Fuel That Keeps Your Engine Running
Success doesn’t happen overnight. You need to be committed to taking daily action in order to achieve your big-picture goal of becoming a successful freelance writer.
You’re committed, confident, and have an action plan … so today, I want to share with you a way to stay motivated, so you can continually move forward toward your goal. This is the fuel that will keep your engine running on your road to success, regardless of what you encounter along the way. It’s the secret sauce for success …
Find your “why.”
Earlier this week, we touched on your “big picture.” Today, I want you to write down a list of reasons why you want to achieve this goal. When your ”why” is strong, it will help motivate you to keep moving toward your goal.
For example, my big-picture goal is to become a seven-figure copywriter living with my family in Wanaka, New Zealand.
Why? Because Wanaka is an amazing place to raise our family. (We lived there once before, and the lifestyle suits us.) I also want to get out of six-figure debt and never go there again. And, I want a successful business that offers flexibility and freedom.
Create a network and mastermind group.
Surround yourself with people who can support what you’re doing and keep you motivated. Join Facebook and LinkedIn groups. Creating a group of freelance writing peers who “get it” is a great way to keep you on target, get helpful feedback, and gain a source of inspiration on the days you’re lacking some.
These groups can provide a valuable “coordination of knowledge and effort,” which is essential for sustained long-term success you’re after as a freelance writer.
I’m part of a copywriting mastermind group and I have an accountability partner. Both keep me on track and motivated to succeed.
Develop discipline and good habits.
This is where you bring together your written goals and action steps with your lists of motivations and obstacles.
By working through your action plan and taking committed action every day, you’ll have positive outcomes regularly. And, as a result, you’ll build up the motivation you need to reach your goals.
I spend 20 minutes first thing every morning reviewing my big goals, my “why,” and my daily schedule.
Celebrate all your victories.
When starting your freelance writing business, it can sometimes feel like you’re not seeing any real results. But the truth is by working through your AWAI program, mastering your skills, and prospecting for clients, you’re accomplishing big things. And you’re creating the foundation for your future career success.
So, be sure to celebrate when you complete a practice exercise, cold call a list of prospects, and so on. You’ve achieved a lot even just getting to where you are right now. Celebrate that.
How do I celebrate? With a glass of whisky. Here’s to you, Hemingway!
Stay motivated, celebrate often, and success will be yours for the taking.
Leave me a comment here and tell me how you stay motivated. Tomorrow, I’ll share the small single steps you can take that will add up to one giant leap of progress.
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