Blogging is something that satisfies my creative side, lets me put my energy and passion into it, learn new things, enables me to help others, keeps me busy, and shows me that although my personal growth may be slow, it is happening! I just had to sit on my desk and start researching and creating. Every. Single. Day.
The Challenges of the Engaged Mind
Blogging is the most important work I’d ever done in all my life for money.
I’ve established a true connection — albeit a digital one — with more and more people every day. Blogging every day forces me to notice the details of my readers lives.
I become hyper-aware. I find ways to turn little subtleties into big ideas. I start writing with questions only to be faced with answers by the time I reach the end of the post.
My headspace literally becomes transformed. In all seriousness, blogging has changed my mind and life completely.
I can even say that it turned out to be my savior from the big bad world of stress and depression. Writing, researching, editing and publishing articles gave me a reason not to retreat into a shell and hide every day, but instead to engage with the world and find that it was actually a pretty good place.
Mastering My Self-Discipline
If You Do Nothing, You Earn Nothing
Motivated writers make to-do lists — and then do what’s on them. They find ways to create accountability, prioritize what will help them get the best-paying clients the fastest, and then execute on it. It’s up to you to sit yourself down and make your business happen. Nobody is standing there with a whip or threatening to fire you. If you want to be a successful freelance writer you need to have a strong, internal need to achieve. We are hungry and driven.
Nobody has to tell you to get going on writing that blog post or sending that query. Your self-discipline is the gateway to the achievement of your goals.
Meditation has a big impact on my ability to be self-disciplined. It clears the mind’s palette and sets the right tone for the day. It helps to improve my mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health all at once, allowing me to reap some of the biggest results for minimal time invested.
Meditation doesn’t take long. It can be done in 10 or 15 minutes, but I do it at least 20 minutes, twice a day.
Learning The Art of Asking
If you don’t have the gumption to ask for pro rates, you’re going to be in financial trouble. Creating a great ask and learning the ability to say no are two skills that successful freelance writers learn how to do really well.
“If you don’t ask, the answer is already no.”
First, know what you want or at least what you don’t want. Once you know what you want (at least 25$ per page, more days for research, better deadline, more information about the target audience), it’s easier to ask for it. It sounds so simple to say this, and almost insanely easy advice, but there are too many freelance writers who do not ask for what they want.
I become direct, clear, and specific about what I want. Finally, I learned how to outline how much time, energy, money, or commitment I think it will take. And I still practicing over and over again. Every small ask is practicing for a bigger ask. Each email and correspondence is an opportunity to practice. Then I do what I say I’m going to do.
Finally, I say thank you.
Happy To Know That I Have Much More to Learn
Life is amazing, and writing is like a constant learning, meeting new people, changing and updating the pieces of information about different subjects.
As I really love blogging and helping people, earning money by doing this means a lot to me and my family, but knowing that I will learn something new with each article makes me feel thankful for what I do for a living.
I love my simple and crazy lifestyle, and I love my hard discipline. I love my freedom of speech and the way how my clients and readers respond to my writings. I am proud of everything that I am and will become. Invest in me.