Anne Wayman had a great post on her About Freelance Writing blog last week about letting excuses go. Her excuses were ones she'd made in just that week, and they showed just how easily we put excuses in the way of getting something done.
And we do that in our careers too, don't we? We stay in that safe little box we've built for ourselves because it's easier than breaking out and taking a chance. We can't do that! We might fail! Yes we might, but we might succeed, too. Why don't we ever focus on that side of the equation?
So let's do something fun. Let's list our favorite excuses right here. Then let's flip the equation and rewrite them. I'll start:
1. I can't finish those book edits because by 5 pm, I'm wiped out.
Flipping it: I have plenty of time after 5 pm to play with my book's characters - I wonder what they're up to these days?
2. If I sent out marketing queries now, I'd never be able to finish all the work!
Flip: I could send queries out now stating that in a few weeks, I'll have some free time and this client could have dibs on it.
3. If I state my rates and stick to them, I'll lose business.
Flip: If I state my rates and stick to them, I'll draw in serious clients who value my skills.
4. I can't write about that - I don't know enough about the subject.
Flip: My lord, how much fun would it be to learn about that and get paid to do so?
So what are your favorite excuses? How would you flip them?