Something happened to me over the past year while I was busy sitting on the couch with the laptop attached to the end of my fingers. I didn’t notice it so much until I decided to get out to smell the roses.
You see, while I was busy writing, someone came by and attached 7 ½ pounds to each of my lower body quadrants. When I got up off of the couch to walk outside, I passed the scale (nasty little thing). I got on it and I’ve managed to put on 15 pounds.
The extra 15 pounds didn’t stop me from putting on my snow gear and going outside to smell the frozen roses. As I was bent over to dig in the snow searching for frozen roses I had an out of body experience. As I left my body and took a good look at the woman bending over digging in the snow I thought “Whoa, what a caboose on that chick!”
Recovering From the Out of Body Experience
After I re-entered my body, I grabbed my car keys and drove over to the athletic club. I’ve been wanting to join the club for some time, but always used one excuse or another. Usually the excuse started with “I can’t afford it,” and then progressed to “I don’t have time.” Both excuses were just that, excuses.
As I sat there talking to the membership coordinator about the rates and fees, I was happy to hear that I happened to show up at the gym at the right time. In the month of January they waived their $150 registration fee. That means I only had to come up with the membership fee which boils down to $12 per week.
$12 per week sounds a bit steep when you consider other gyms charge that much per month, but this club has everything (3 pools, steam rooms, exercise equipment, bosu, zumba, pilates, step classes and my favorite…spinning classes). The spinning classes alone are worth $12 per week.
How this Relates to Writing
For you Demand Media Studio writers, you’re probably thinking what I thought. “Oh man, $12 a week is less than one DMS article a week. I’ve got this!” So, I joined. One athletic club membership sold to the woman with the broad caboose!
Lead in to the Epiphany
As I was driving home from the gym, I got to thinking. I asked myself “Felicia, what are your goals?” To which, I responded, “I want to get in shape and drop 15 pounds.”
Not being satisfied with my partial answer, I then asked myself the same question again, “Felicia, what are your goals?” I didn’t quite understanding why I was in a car asking myself the same question again. So I thought long and hard before I gave myself the wrong answer (didn’t want to be asked a third time). Then it dawned on me that my goals were twofold:
- I wanted to lose weight and get in shape (short term goal).
- I want to earn $10,000 a month in residual income (but right now I’ll settle for an average of $100 per day in residual income).
A Change in Thinking
I’m glad I asked myself that question because it made me rethink how I’m going to pay for the gym membership. Yes, I could easily write one DMS article a week for the next 104 weeks (it’s a two-year membership). It would more than adequately cover the membership cost. Or, I could write 52 residual articles for the first year and allow the residual income to pay for the second year of my gym membership (and any renewal thereafter).
To cover the cost of the membership my residual articles would have to bring in $1.72 per day. Could I write 52 articles that would bring in a total of at least $1.72 a day? I believe I can (heck, I wrote one article for eHow back in August of 2009 that has earned over $6,000 and is still earning).
So, instead of writing one article a week, I could write one per day for the next 52 days to let them start earning. In the meanwhile, I have the option to write 1 DMS a week until my residual articles kick in and take over the gym membership fee.
It’s all about your thoughts, choices, decisions and goal setting. My immediate thought was to do what was easy. It’s easy to write one article a week. What’s not so easy is to take the less conventional route. I’m learning to challenge my thoughts, troubleshoot my choices and make decisions based on my long term goals.
Every so often it’s good to think about how you think and challenge your thinking. If for no other reason, it’s always good to come up with one additional way of skinning the cat.
BTW, if you do challenge your thinking, it’s best to do it while you’re alone. Folks start to look at you in a weird way if you talk to yourself too emphatically in public. 😉