Single Most Important Person for Your Success
Welcome back for Day 5 of my series of Circle of Success blog articles I’m sharing with you this week. I’m hoping my words have helped you become a better, more successful writer. That excites me.
Yesterday we talked about four productivity strategies that have helped me be successful and that have kept me (moderately) sane. My hope is that they’ll do the same for you.
I promised that today I’d introduce you to the one person who has the greatest impact on your success.
“The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.” – Frank Lloyd Wright
You are the sole engine of your writing success. You are the person who determines how far you’ll go in this wonderful gig called freelancing. All your emotions come into play in your quest for success, but none is more important than this:
Belief in yourself!
Frank Lloyd Wright’s quote says it better than I could. The thing you really believe in always happens.
I’ve seen this truth played out many times in Circle of Success and AWAI members. When I meet someone at Bootcamp, for instance, I can pretty quickly tell if this person is going to succeed.
It has nothing to do with skills and knowledge … and everything to do with that sense of belief in self that shimmers through shyness and uncertainty.
I could give you dozens of names to prove this, but where do I stop? I wouldn’t want to leave out a single one of these gallant pioneers exploring the wilderness of their own future.
You’ve made a commitment by being here. You’re determined to learn what you need to learn to succeed. Not just succeed and make money, but succeed and make your mark. It’s inside you. The determination. The drive. The passion.
And, the self-doubt. There’s not one successful person who doesn’t confront self-doubt regularly.
Self-doubt as barrier … or as motivator
I was a very successful teacher of severely disabled students before becoming a copywriter. Successful enough that I trained other teachers for the state. Parents asked to have their children in my class.
I knew I was good at what I did. And loved it. But at least once a week, I looked myself in the mirror and thought I was looking at a fraud.
I asked other successful teachers in the county where I worked if they ever felt the same way. “All the time” was the typical answer.
I’ve asked the same question of many people in other professions – including copywriting. They all acknowledge the same undercurrent of self-doubt.
Why doesn’t this overwhelm them? Why shouldn’t it overwhelm you when you feel it?
Simple. The strength of your belief in yourself is stronger. It has to be.
I’m convinced that the single biggest contributor to self-doubt for you as a writer is this: “It’s not happening fast enough.” Or, so you feel.
Certainly, the desire to succeed is powerful and necessary. But the desire to succeed too quickly can undermine your belief in yourself. You’re not in a sprint when you became a freelancer. You’re in for the long haul.
Believe in yourself. The folks here at AWAI do.
And I do, too.
I’ve loved being with you this week. I hope we’ll meet again in another series for The Writer’s Life. And, who knows – and this is a fervent desire of mine – maybe we’ll chat again in the COS Blog or one of the COS Targeted Learning Programs.
Until then … I have a favor to ask. I’d love to read your comments and questions. You can leave them here in the comment section. Let me know what you think.
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