How can one become a successful freelancer?

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Answer by David Throop:

To become a successful freelancer, or a success at anything in life, there are a few important things to consider but there is ONE THING more important than any other: Your mindset.
As I wrote on my blog, you have to believe you can do something before you have the will power to see it through. 
We all start out with motivation.  We get up charged for the task at hand and get extra motivation when we get our first assignment or client.  But how do you sustain that motivation when you start to stumble, the bills start to pile up and you become desperate?
You need to examine what about your beliefs are holding you back from success.
In short, the 3 steps to making sure you are set up for success are as follows:
  1. Decide what you want to change
  2. Make a detailed plan of small things you can accomplish, a piece-meal approach
  3. Evaluate what about your beliefs is holding you back from furthering your goals

How can one become a successful freelancer?