With the new year fast approaching, you're no doubt considering how you can improve your life: personally and professionally. 2018 may have sucked for you, been the best year ever or just another year. Regardless how things were for you in 2018, you can always set goals so 2019 is better.
Resolutions vs Goals
I'm not a fan of making resolutions. I'm an even worse fan of making New Year's resolutions I know I'll fail at achieving. For example, I never vow to lose weight. Instead I look at aspects of my health that need to be improved and make changes. I never vow to make more money. Instead I look at what changes I can make in my pitching, how I can improve my writing, target a specific industry to go after and excel in, etc.
Setting Achievable Goals
The key to achieving goals is to make them attainable. You can always revise your goals but once you make a list of nothing but lofty goals and don't reach them, you'll end up feeling badly about yourself. Don't set yourself up for failure. The key is to be proud of yourself. Now this isn't to say you shouldn't dream big, but I still suggest making them specific, not so generic. I also suggest having a ton of little goals so that if you don't reach the lofty one, you can look back and see progress, not failure.
These are my goals for 2019:
- Get two more anchor clients
- Strive for at least two bylines a month
- Get published in Rolling Stone Magazine
- Becoming a cannabis subject matter expert (SME)
- Give back to the community (through volunteering my time, not just donating money)
- Continue taking care of my physical health, take more mental breaks and listen to my body more
- Raise my content writing rates
As I tick those off (of all the goals I have, the Rolling Stone one is the loftiest, but I'm hustling my ass off to get in there), I will create new goals.
Why Rolling Stone Magazine, and not The New York Times (as an example)? Rolling Stone and I are almost the same age. I am older by 11 months. Rolling Stone represents the counterculture and the hippy movement, and it's still iconic. The New York Times is prestigious but it doesn't represent me.
And if you saw the movie Almost Famous, I could see myself being a combination of Penny Lane in personality and William Miller who followed his dreams.
What are some of the goals you want to reach in 2019? I'd love to hear them!
Happy New Year, fellow freelancers!
Scrabble photo credit: Kari
I started freelance ghostwriting in September 2009. A little late by some standards, given my age at the time (42) but I was reinventing myself after serving a 20 to life sentence in corporate America. I didn’t have any professional writing experience when I started and I had to do a lot of on-the-job training. Every time I learned something, I made note of it and tried not to make the same mistake twice.
While I was registered with Elance (an online bidding platform that matched clients with freelancers that no longer exists) I was very active and visible. I was a member of their 10-person panel they tested new features on before they rolled them out site wide. I wrote a regular column for their blog designed to help freelancing newbies.
I established my content writing agency a year after I started freelancing and went from a freelance force of one to an agency owner.
None of this means I'm an expert. It just means I have many years' experience as a freelancer and I'm hoping some of my advice can be helpful to you.
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