Last month I spent eleven days traveling the southeast and spent a total of 23 hours in my car. (Don’t worry it wasn’t all at once). Along the way, I was reminded just how amazing travel is to help clear the mind. I left on a Saturday morning which took me through the mountains to Chattanooga where the trees were changing into their fall colors.
Seeing the diversity of scenery was beautiful and reminded me of the changes we sometimes need to make in life to move forward and get to the next step.
Let’s face it, it’s much easier to keep doing what you’ve been doing. After all, if it works why change it? But I believe there is more to life than just existing, just surviving. I believe in this crazy thing called being happy, waking up thrilled to live and enjoy what you’re doing every single day.
In April of 2015, I quit a good thing that was going on, my job, and I was incredibly nervous. It makes perfect sense to stay with a steady job, consistent income and opportunity to grow and learn. Why would anyone in their right mind quit consistency to chase something that might be nothing more than fluff?
Sure I freaked out, and initially I started working with people I probably shouldn’t have been working with, just because they had dollar signs attached. It’s known that freelancers have a feast to famine cycle, which was true. The first month I made more money than I had ever made in my life, and the second month everything went downhill. But, six months later from where I stand, it’s been some of the most exciting and challenging months of my life that have been completely worth it.
When it comes to life, there are many expectations others have for us. We may be questioned about why we choose to do certain things and make decisions that seemed to be for the worst. Is it tempting fate to leave a good thing to go for something better? Is it selfish and wrong to take the risk to live life on your terms and turn your dreams into reality?
What it really comes down to is your choices, and there are steps to success these include being very intentional about your actions.
Here’s what I’ve learned my first six months of freedom.
I have a business coach and I’ve noticed most successful people I work with now have business coaches. They bring it up in our conversations “my business coach recommended this” or “my business coach suggested that” and I agree.
A business coach is like a guardian angel, they are right there to guide you towards success, it’s encouraging, motivating and the fact I have a complete stranger who believes in me and guides me is like magic.
Block out your schedule
One tactic that helps me get things done is setting aside time on my calendar. Right now it’s National Writing Month which means for NaNoWriMo I get up early and spend 7am to 8am writing, no if ands or buts about it.
During the evenings I write from 8-10pm or 10-12pm. Because I have those dates blocked out on my calendar, I’m much more likely to show up and make it happen.
Get with others
At the end of the day, we can’t do things on our own strengths. Writing is my primary goal, so I’ve joined a local writer’s groups. The huge emphasis is on local because we’ll meet at coffee shops for a set number of hours to get our word count in. Plus, since I don’t know them that well, I like to make good impressions. If I say I’m showing up, I am, and I’m writing. Generally I can get 2,000 or more words in during a writing session because of that accountability.
Work with others in your niche
My goal is to build a marketing company for creative entrepreneurs, so guess what, I work with other entrepreneurs in marketing. Working with other awesome marketing experts helps me think outside of the box. Even when things we discuss are indirectly related to book marketing, there are always some tactics I can incorporate.
Have a plan
I love winging it. I’m a last minute girl, and I can wing it. But, thing typically work out much better when I have a plan and have action steps for each day. For example NaNoWriMo, the goal is to write 50,000 words in 30 days or 1,667 words every single day. Since I like a challenge my goal is to reach 70,000 words in 25 days.
These are the six things I learned in six months to help me get to where I am today. My income still fluctuates, but now I’m clear on what I want, who I want to work with and the results I want to see.
Whether you’re building a business, working on a massive project or simple hobby, you can apply these steps to enrich your experience and help you do more.
What secrets to success do you incorporate into your daily schedule?