This Daily Habit is Vitally Important

Yesterday, you took your first step toward success by committing to be a freelance writer – and declaring your intentions to the world.

Once you’ve made that public commitment, believing it yourself and believing in your own abilities are vitally important.

Your self-belief – confidence, in other words – is what will keep you moving forward toward your goals. And that’s what I’m going to help you work on today.

As Jim Rohn, the legendary motivational speaker, once said, “Work harder on yourself than you do on your job.”

You can’t wait until you’ve tasted success to start believing in yourself and believing that you can make it as a writer. That path is like trying to make an omelet before you crack the eggs.

So, how do you build self-confidence?

When I first made the decision to become a copywriter, I had the opportunity to chat over coffee with another working copywriter. Her advice was simple, yet to me it had a profound effect. She said, “If you’re serious about becoming a copywriter, you need to get into the mindset of a copywriter. Start thinking like one all the time. Eat, sleep, dream, breathe copywriting.”

As I’ve grown my writing business, adopting the habits and attitude of a professional copywriter have gone a long way toward building my confidence.

One way to go about it is to create a daily habit of working on activities that help strengthen your self-belief (and will help grow your career at the same time, by giving you experience). Here are some ways to do that:

  • Work on your AWAI program and make a point of completing the practice exercises.
  • Do small jobs for family and friends. I have a couple of friends who bought a tourism business. I approached them and ended up updating their brochures and website copy.
  • Write spec ads for businesses you’d like to work with. This becomes useful if, like me, you’re getting into niches where you have little or no experience.
  • Seek out clients in your area. Offer to write an email or follow-up series, an article, a blog post, or flyer. I contacted a local real estate agent and offered some suggestions he could test against what he was already doing. I followed up with coffee and a chat.
  • Start networking with potential clients – and watch your confidence grow with each contact.

Just by doing something that actual writers in your field do will help generate momentum and create the sense that yes, you can do this … because you are doing it.

This is an ongoing process, one you will be constantly developing. But it will pay off, because every day you take action brings you a step closer to success. You’ll create an environment of accomplishment and a confident attitude.

Please share in the comments the confidence-boosting daily habits that work best for you. And tomorrow, I’ll give you a three-step roadmap to the writer’s life you’ve always desired.

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Published: March 11, 2014

4 Responses to “This Daily Habit is Vitally Important”

  1. Nice post, Scott. Sound advice :-)

    Guest (John Belkewitch)March 11, 2014 at 2:40 pm

  2. Excellent advice, Scott! The more we "eat, sleep, dream, and breathe" copywriting, the more we'll improve. I need to get back to my (several) AWAI programs, too!

    Guest (Mary Rose Maguire)March 11, 2014 at 3:55 pm

  3. Liked this article. Advice like this is always inspiring. Recently I got my 2nd client by answering an online ad. I was scared to answer it because I didn't think I was ready. But then I thought, what's the worse that can happen? To my surprise, they hired me! And they paid 5x what my first client paid and it was a much easier assignment. Now I'm feeling much more confident. (This client has now asked me to do another project!)Do what you fear.

    TinaMarch 12, 2014 at 10:19 am

  4. Hello folks, I sat out to scribble the words of my muse as she whispered lovingly in my ear. This was four days ago. I finished the short story that I sat out write in three days. Life does try to get in the way, but I give it a nip and tuck whenever it does. I complete what I do.

    PatriciaPjrsMarch 13, 2014 at 12:02 pm

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