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How to Stay Disciplined When It is So Hard

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10 Ways to Stay Disciplined to Hit Your Dreams

This last week for me started in a funk. I found out that I didn’t get a client that I worked many hours trying to close. Also, I am stuck doing client work that I find quite unexciting. Yes, I know this is part of life, so I don’t want to complain. The challenge is that with my personality, sometimes this mindset can completely sabotage me. If a funk like this lasts several days, then I can lose weeks or maybe months toward my long-term goal.

I don’t want to just talk about me. What gets you in a funk when it comes to your business? Do you find yourself just wanting to give up and start over? Maybe you feel you need a vacation? That may be the case, but do you feel this often? Do you wonder why you even started this business and start thinking about ways to get out of it? I had to make a list of why I started my business, and I review it sometimes. Maybe you feel like there is nobody to talk to. Your spouse may not really understand. Your friends might not be business owners, so they can’t be good to talk to. Are you afraid other people might discourage your more? What do you do?

I must say there is only one really good answer, and it might seem boring – discipline.

Discipline is the act of continually doing what you know you should do even when you don’t want to.

This discipline is necessary for personal development, study, exercise, writing a book, being creative, business development, meetings, launching a business and so much more. We have to do it. How do we tell the difference between discipline and stupidity or insanity? You may have heard that insanity is doing the same things over and over and expecting different results. We might have to adjust, but overall, we need discipline. But we can’t adjust all the time. We have to stick it out for a while. How long do we stick it out? Thirty days, three months, a year?

Ideas That Help You Stay Disciplined

  1. Reach out to 3 people to encourage them (e-mail and text are fine). It takes less time than you think. Encouragement just makes you feel better. I think there is nothing wrong with making another person feel good so that it makes you feel good in return.
  2. Try exercising daily. Even 5 minutes of pushups, sit-ups, or burpees can be helpful. This mental discipline affects other areas of your life.
  3. Write down 3 things you are grateful for. It is hard to stay depressed or discouraged and be grateful at the same time.
  4. Read your “Why” list. If you don’t have a list, I would encourage you to write down the reasons why you are working toward a goal or dream. I started a business in January of 2016 and have to read my “Why” list every once in a while.
  5. Pray for strength and energy and reach out to others for prayer. Even if they don’t understand, it might be good to listen.
  6. Write down your thoughts. Blogging and journaling help me.
  7. Go for a walk, enjoy God’s creation, and play.
  8. Stay on track doing what you set out to do for at least 30 days. If you still hate what you are doing, look to adjust. Is it a project or client?
  9. Consider how much of your time you are doing something you are proficient in and passionate about. Michael Hyatt calls this the “Desire Zone”. We should strive to continually do more that inspires us so we can produce our best work for others.
  10. Do the hard things early in the day because studies show that willpower decreases throughout the day.

“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” Jim Rohn

“It was Character that got us out of bed, Commitment that moved us to action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through.”  – Zig Ziglar

The day always comes when we want to give up. We wonder why we embarked on the journey we are on. Think about what would happen if we quit? What are the consequences of losing momentum and starting over later? How does this affect your family, employees, followers, and platform? I speak to myself as much as to you.

Finally, I will end with a quote from Steven Pressfield in his book “The War of Art”.

Resistance – The danger is greatest when the finish line is in sight. At this point, Resistance knows we’re about to beat it. It hits the panic button. It marshals one last assault and slams us with everything it’s got. The professional must be alert for this counterattack. Be wary at the end. Don’t open that bag of wind.

To Read more on Discipline, check out this post – “5 Ways Discipline Helps With Finances”