Accountability, Week One

If you have an important deadline or goal, it helps to have somebody to whom you are accountable. This is especially important when freelancing, since you lack the corporate structure that usually comes with its own accountability in the form of your boss.

Since I made my earnings goal announcement earlier this week, you my blog followers have become my accountability. ┬áProgress as I “close business” this Saturday night:

  • Total Earnings Goal: $2250
  • Total Earnings This Week: $2,385
  • Earning Compared to Benchmark: 107%
  • Progress Toward of Total Goal: 12%

Just posting this publicly helps motivate me to stay on track. Thanks, as always, for listening.

Many thanks to Tom Callos, my friend and mentor, whose Ultimate Black Belt Test taught me the value of blogging progress toward important goals.

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They Said it Couldn’t Be Done

So here’s the deal: my family may need $20,000 by the beginning of June. By that I mean $20,000 more than we’re likely to have.

One of the great things about working as a freelance writer is that your income – once you’ve established yourself – is limited only by how much work you’re willing to do. In general, I prefer to work a little and spend time with my family. Although steering this course will mean less time with them, I plan to schedule most of it while they’re asleep.

Twenty grand in nine weeks. Every goal-setting advisor or other coach I’ve listened to says that making a goal public exponentially increases your chances of achieving it.

I have now drawn my line in the proverbial sand. As of today, I’m on track. I’ll check in from time to time with my progress, and some observations about setting and meeting goals – especially how that affects making a living as a freelance writer or other sort of stay-at-home dad.

Thanks for listening.