SELF DISCIPLINE is a trait of human nature to become creatures of habit. The problem is that most of them are not too good, and unproductive at that.
Here’s thing… we all take the easy route by default. We take the route of least resistance, and when the going gets tough is the exact time we need to keep on going, but it’s also the exact time we go down that wayward route. It is much easier to carry on watching that TV show or surfing the Internet than addressing the hurdles that building a lucrative Online Information Business present.
The challenge to become self-disciplined is one of the, if not the most, arduous tasks we face. It is A) Hard work, and B) Usually required a change of mind set; Humans don’t like change.
Belief is the first thing you need to internalize. You need to believe you can do it, whatever “it” is. I think you will agree with me that we spend more time on tasks that we value as important, than ones we don’t. So why do you spend more time watching unproductive shows on the TV than building you Online Business? TV must be more important to you – right? To date, that’s what you’ve been convinced of, otherwise why hasn’t your TV been off your “to do” list until the weekend? I’m only using TV as an example but I’m sure you understand my reasoning.
Winning the battle with self-discipline is the toughest you’ll fight, but the rewards are also the greatest. Don’t try and do everything all at once, but take it one step and a time.
The reason for this is so that you can form good new habit in “baby steps” and you will not find anything too challenging doing things that way. The danger of trying to do things in large chunks is that you will probably become despondent and quit, thus defesting the objective. The better you get at achieving smaller chinks of success during your initial strategies of this process, the better you will become at “compounding” and hence managing larger chunks later on.
You will quickly develop good new habits that will fuel the flow-rate of not just your Online Information Business, but your whole life too.
So, just make that preliminary start, that first chunk. Often just taking the decision to start is the hardest part, but just do it (actually do it now, by reading this article to the end, and then read two more); and remember it’s a marathon, not a sprint.
The process of forming new habits is a gradual one, but your consistency will pay off, and consistency will also prove and reveal that once you have formed good productive habits they too will be hard to break, so it’s a win-win situation.