~ Dan Kennedy, Business Success Guru and Author
The truth is that most of us are easily distracted.
Many of us are almost willing to be de-railed from our busy schedules by the lure of the excitement of a bright shiny object; especially if what you are working on feels like hard work or it’s something you don’t want to do.
This then leads to procrastination and avoidance.
Most of us know what we should be focusing on but lack the self-discipline and determination to make it happen. Instead we use excuses to justify our avoidance such as I’m too busy or I didn’t have time rather than getting clear and refocused on what needs to be done.
…And just getting it done!
There’s a form of inner laziness that prevents us from getting things done. I regularly see examples of this in the business world.
Here are a few examples:
- People who can’t seem to make it to meetings on time.
- Arriving late/unprepared for a planned coaching session.
- A business owner who avoids marketing because there’s always something else that needs to be done first.
People who arrive late for meetings are usually unprepared. Their lack of focus and attention wastes time, because he/she has to take time to catch up before they can give any value.
A common theme for many people with time management challenges is the lack of self-discipline.
I admit that some days I feel secretly lazy and it’s tempting just to blow the day off and do nothing instead. Especially when you are your own boss!
Instead of allowing this to take control, I’ve learned how to refocus and become self-disciplined…
Self-discipline is a powerful antidote to procrastination and avoidance.
Self-discipline neutralizes the laziness and gives you the ability to get things done and to get it right the first time. Excuses and old habits fall away as you begin to move forward, take control and get things done.
Here’s how to encourage self-discipline:
1. Make a weekly plan in advance. What do you want to achieve? This will help you stay focused and feel in control of what needs to be done. Stick to the plan – hold firm! Remind yourself what’s important.
2. Show up at the scheduled time and be prepared and ready to work. Yes… It’s that simple… Common sense right?! But it’s NOT always common practice. This includes showing up for ALL appointments that you make with yourself.
3. Meet your deadlines and commitments. This alone will make you more successful. More opportunities will start to present themselves and others will be attracted to you because you are making things happen. Success breeds success.
4. Do it even when you don’t feel like it. Self-discipline requires a 100% commitment. It’s not just when you feel like it. It takes self-discipline to productivity – invest energy and time to your intentions. This investment pays off every time. Be aware of those lazy voices in your head and challenge them EVERY time!
5. Take deliberate action. Take action and make things happen. Every day consciously do one thing towards your Intention – small steps. Get deliberate in your thoughts and behaviors. This will inspire you to make different choices and create new habits. Take action
All successful people are self-disciplined. It’s a necessity that requires continual work every single day.
Self-discipline is all about choice. You can choose to chart your own path and create value by getting things done.
There’s a huge difference between someone who talks about it and someone who actually gets things done!
Which one are you?
As my American friends in the South say, whatever you’re putting off just now: Go “Git ‘er done!”