Money or Abundance? How to Get Both
There’s no denying you can earn an excellent living with a freelance writing business. I see it year after year with dozens of our AWAI members earning six figures or more.
But writing for a living can sometimes be an emotional journey. Especially when you’re first starting out. You may have a series of exciting highs – like landing your first several clients – punctuated by demanding stretches, where you have to learn new skills like self-marketing.
Whether you’re in a period of high excitement or you’re navigating new challenges, meditation can ease you through the journey. It helps you center on the present moment so you can tune out the external challenges that sometimes stem from launching a business.
I remember reading an article on Forbes.com last year that talked about how meditation can improve your business decisions. It’s become a popular strategy for high-powered CEOs and executives who want to make smarter decisions that earn their firms more money.
Here’s how I think of it: Meditation is a way to pull negative emotions out of the picture. So, if you’ve ever felt any anxiety or fear about moving forward as a professional writer, meditation can pull you through. In fact, research shows even just 15 minutes of concentrating on your breathing or being aware of your body can pave the road to rational, calm thinking.
When it comes to building a long-term writer’s life, that kind of focus makes the difference between a short-lived burst of success and a long-term, profitable writing career.
And while we’re on the subject of long-term success – my mentor, Dr. Annette Annechild, once pointed out to me how important it is to identify what freedom means to you as a writer. So today, I’d like you to think about what freedom really means to you – beyond the money and the ability to live where you please and work when you want.
One of the best ways to do that is to quiet your mind – tune out all the noise and worry of the day, and really dig deep. Maybe true freedom means feeling content every day. Or perhaps it means being able to show others what they mean to you without being restricted by money or time.
Take the time to reflect and meditate on how you want your writer’s life to look. Are you on this journey just for the money? Or do you want abundance – money plus joy plus satisfaction plus anything else that resonates with you?
Whatever your personal definition of freedom is, I highly recommend reserving at least 15 minutes of every day for quiet meditation. Use it to nurture yourself as a writer, and to get clear on how you want your long-term success to look.
And, if you’d like to try guided meditations created specifically for writers, I hope you’ll join Annette on Monday for Day 1 of Accessing the Writer Within: Your 21-Day Journey to Unlocking and Unleashing Your True Writing Potential.
Give yourself 10 to 15 minutes of mind-cleansing and calming “quiet time” — twice every day for 21 days — where you’ll focus on thoughts and actions that will not only transform how you think as a writer, but how you handle all the problems and worries life hands us every day. Click here to join us …
Accessing the Writer Within: A 21-Day Journey to Unlocking and Unleashing Your True Writing Potential
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