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Quick Tip for Freelance Writing Success

Here’s your Quick Tip for Freelance Writing Success for this week . . .

Make Your Goal a Habit

Next week will be the first full week back to work for most of us. So I thought I’d give you something to think about this weekend to gear you up to achieve your freelance writing goals this year. Here goes …

Last week’s quick tip was to set a goal – to decide on just thing you wanted to accomplish in January to further your freelance writing career.

This week, we’re going to take it a step further; we’re going to make your goal a habit. What do I mean?

Well, most of us have heard or read that in order to make something a habit, you should do it for 21 days straight. This turns out to be a fallacy – even though it’s widely touted. I read an interesting article on Forbes that divulges why the 21-day thing is a myth. But it went a step further, explaining the three phases you need to go through to really form a habit.

The three phases are: The Honeymoon phase; the fight thru and second nature.

Pay particular attention to the second phase; the fight thru, which the article describes in the following manner:

[This is the phase where] Inspiration fades and reality sets in. A person finds himself struggling with the positive habit completion and old habits seem to be right around the corner. The key to moving to the third phase of habit formation is to win 2 or 3 “fight thru’s.”

The fight-thru phase has three techniques that must be mastered in order to move on to phase three, where your goal becomes a habit (ie, second nature).

Conclusion

Study that Forbes article. Get prepared for the challenges you’re going to face. Then, put a contingency plan in place for WHEN you falter/almost falter (because you will). This way, you can push thru – win those fight thrus – and get on the road to developing habits that become a way of life.

Tip: One of the things I like to do is ask myself, “Where will I be in a year, three years or five years if I DON’T make my goals a habit?” I used this motivation a lot when I spent 2011 publishing 50 ebooks in one year. And once I’d achieved that goal, I felt so proud of myself; the same feeling I get when I complete a marathon I’ve trained for for six, eight or 12 months.

FYI, this is part of the fight-thru phase – to ask questions of yourself like this. So, in essence, I was winning fight thrus and didn’t even know it at that point.

The real point I wanted to make with this week’s marketing tip is that you have to get mentally prepared to achieve your goals. As a runner, I liken this mental exercise to preparing for a marathon. You have to train your mind to accomplish your goals as much as you have to train your body to accomplish a physical challenge like a marathon.

Good luck, and I hope this New Year is going great for you so far.

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