A recent chat with a friend reminded me of the truism, its along the lines of ‘the hardest part of the process is getting started.’ Getting started could mean going for the first run, or getting started on each run, sitting down to write be it music or a novel or even copy for your website… Ahem.
So we need some ways to help us get started. This blog is the first in a series that will describe some ways to do that.
Getting started doing anything, any task whether fun or seemingly laborious is a discipline of its own. Discipline can be learned and strengthened, and must be, because without out we’re going to get to nowhere…
Today, pick something that you ‘should’ or ‘could’ do every day EASILY. My favourite example here (thanks to Jim Rohn and my friend David Francis) is simply making your own bed. You probably already do that, OK, how about waking up making yourself smile as soon as you’re awake, or read one page of a positive book? Or drink a glass of cold water. Anything that will benefit you in some way, as long as its something pleasant or at least emotionally neutral for you…
Make the commitment to yourself to do this every day, for the next 7 days.
Take a piece of paper, turn it horizontal, write down the task on the left hand side, and then next to it draw 7 boxes. Large enough to put a big tick in and write the date in.
Every morning when you wake up, the first thing you do is make your bed, and put a tick in the box and write the date. You are recording the promises you are keeping for yourself and your ability to be disciplined.
As time goes on, you can add disciplines, say one per week to your list of disciplines. Choose disciplines that are in line with your aspirations for the future, your vision. What would the person who has / does / is what you want have on their list? Do it one at a time. Not every discipline will be daily.
But start with one easy one!
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