On June 4, 2017 I decided to start a new daily prayer habit.
So for the last 3 weeks I’ve been praying at least 30 minutes a day. Some prayer sessions have been great. I sense God’s presence and feel like I’m praying in power and with authority.
But most days I feel like I’m just going through the motions.
My prayers feel lifeless and I fight thoughts that whisper, “Josh, you’re becoming so religious by turning a life-giving thing like prayer into a dead habit. You’re wasting your time.”
Thank you Accuser, you’re so “encouraging.”
When I get thoughts like that I go back to the Word to meditate on the truth.
I did that today. I read James 5:17–18 that says:
We all need a mentor because we all have blind spots.
We only know so much. We’re not strong in every area. Yes, you have gifts and a unique ability but you also have weaknesses. Things you’re not good at.
And sometimes your weaknesses cause you to stagnate. You may be great at creating and managing systems but still struggle to see the big picture.
Or maybe you’re a gifted strategists but a bad tactician. You can dream but you don’t know how to turn it into reality.
Or maybe you’ve had a measure of success as a freelancer but you really want to own a business, not a job. But you’re not sure how to make that transition… that’s me.
Early on in our marriage we decided we wanted to be debt free.
So we went through Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University at a local church in Tigard, OR.
We stopped eating out so much, started budgeting and paid off all our debt.
It was a great feeling when we finally paid our last debt (we had less than $20,000 so it wasn’t a crazy amount but it still felt great).
Another positive side effect of learning how to budget money is that it also teaches you how to budget time.
For example, most people think the solution to their money problems is that they just need more of it.
I jumped out of the hotel bed at 11:45 p.m.
“What are you doing?” my wife asked.
“I almost forgot to do my 100 pushups!”
It was dark but I knew she was rolling her eyes at me. But I didn’t care. All I cared about was not breaking my chain.
And the thought of almost going to sleep without doing my 100 daily pushups freaked me out (yes, weird things freak me out)!
So I pumped out 100 pushups, drank some water and hopped back in bed at midnight.
I started doing 100 pushups a day on March 4, 2013. My unbroken chain lasted 777 days in a row before I quit.
If you want to make $100,000 a year as a freelancer then you must average $50/hour (assuming you work 40 hours/week and take 2 weeks of unpaid vacation a year).
$50 an hour.
That sounds doable, right?
I mean some copywriters make well over $100/hour so you should be able to manage $50, right?
You can. If you learn to take control of your time!
Learning how to invest your time wisely is one of the most important skills you can develop as a freelancer.
For example, let’s say you book a $5,000 copywriting job. If you stay focused and get it done in 50 hours then you made $100/hour, right?
If you get distracted and it takes you 25 more hours then your hourly rate just got bumped down to $66/hour. Ouch!