If you’re familiar with author Jack Canfield or if you’ve ever worked with a personal coach, you probably know about “tolerations.” They are those things in your life that aren’t the way you’d like them to be, but that you keep putting off fixing either because you don’t know where to start or because the task seems insurmountable.
Often tolerations are things around the house that need fixing or cleaning. But, sometimes they are work-related.
Maybe you’ve got a personal work project like a Money-Making Website that is sitting on your computer half-done that makes you give a little sigh of resignation every time you think about it. Or, maybe you’ve got a project looming that you know you should have started already and you get a little sick to your stomach when you move it forward from yesterday’s to-do list to today’s.
The problem with tolerations is that they can affect your entire mindset without you even realizing it. By letting things stack up, or leaving something unhandled, you feed a defeated mindset. And that makes being creative, being innovative, and taking the initiative more difficult.
I had a toleration that I handled this past week, and I can’t believe how much better I feel. It was just a matter of setting a day aside and making an agreement with myself that if I only got one thing done that day, it would be to eliminate the toleration.
Fixing things took less time than I thought (that’s often the case with a toleration … it seems like it will take so long because you have so much emotional energy invested in avoiding it). And, I feel so much lighter, my thoughts feel quicker … I’m ready to conquer the world.
So, do you have a lingering toleration that’s slowing you down? If you do, I challenge you to dedicate a day to eliminating it. See what a difference it makes!
New on Wealthy Web Writer
Each week we add new, valuable content to Wealthy Web Writer. Here are recent additions created to help you grow and succeed in your freelance business …
Reality Blogger Mindy Tyson McHorse writes about the writer’s life and what that means. Sometimes our vision of the writer’s life ends up looking a little different than we expected. Mindy shares why that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Roving Reporter Susanna Perkins shares the highlights from Steve Slaunwhite’s recent event on white papers. Steve states that by adding white papers to your services, you can easily double your income during the coming year … sounds worth a read to me!
Then, read up on how to present your cover letter to potential clients. Whenever you apply for a job or contact a prospect about a potential project, chances are high you’ll send a cover letter. Kellie Craft shares some great tips for making sure your cover letter is as strong as it can be.
On the Calendar
We have several great events coming up in May.
On May 16th, Pam Foster joins us to show you how to find, approach, and land high-quality clients. Working with clients you love and who value you can transform your business. Make sure you don’t miss this event!
Then later this month, Wealthy Web Writer will be joined by a guest speaker from Wordtracker to give you an inside look at the best ways to do keyword research. This event will happen on May 23rd at 3 p.m. ET.
And on May 29th, join me and your fellow members Valerie Leroyer and Jim Wright, winners of the Money-Making Website Challenge, to discuss their recent Money-Making Website successes.
You’ve Got to Ask for What You Want
Often the difference between landing a small project and landing a big one —between making a little money and making a lot more is just a matter of asking.
Whenever you’re putting together a proposal for a client, you should be thinking about how you can expand the scope of the project, and then you should almost always ask for a little more money than you’re comfortable with. Most web writers I meet routinely undervalue their services, so asking for more is an important habit to get in.
The way you ask can impact the answer you get, so try these tips to help:
- First, from Lifehacker, don’t butter up the person you’re asking. Be direct with your question and lead with it. Hold the niceties for the end. This approach makes you seem sincere and that improves your chances of getting the answer you want.
- Be fair in what you’re asking. If you ask for something outlandish, you’re likely to confuse or even offend the person you’re asking. If keep your request reasonable, it’s usually a cinch to get a positive response.
- Be ready to give something in return, whether it’s now or later. Consistently adding value to what you deliver makes it easier for your clients to say yes when you ask for more.
One thing is for sure … if you don’t ask, the chances of getting what you want are pretty slim. So take a breath, be brave, and ask for what you want!
That’s all for now. Make it a great week!