This may seem counterintuitive, but believe me it is true. The more disciplined you are, the freer you’ll be.
In business, discipline means following the guidelines that you know lead to success. Be steadfast. Be mindful. Remember the little things that must be done for your business to grow.
Little changes make big differences, and choosing to live with more discipline will result in finding yourself in a freer situation. Look around Fair Oaks - keeping streets clean, parks beautiful, etc. takes discipline. And because of that, we are all free to enjoy them. Think of the contrary: living a sloppy, undisciplined life, especially running a business or doing your job that way, can only lead to pain and anguish. And that includes – yes, I have to say it – doing what you know must be done even though you don’t feel like doing it.
We all have that little voice: “Do it later. You’re tired. You’ve got more fun things to do. It can wait.” Figure out your response to that voice. “I don’t listen to you anymore. I don’t go for instant gratification anymore. I choose freedom!”
Remember, you’ll hear that voice, and you’ve got to have a planned response. You can thank him or her for their kind suggestion, but you have come to realize you best interests are to act responsibly and choose discipline, because you want freedom.
From the Coach’s Box
Make a plan for tomorrow or your next business day. Write on a slip of paper what you’re going to say in response to that voice, whenever it pops up. Carry that paper around with you and be aware whenever that voice starts seducing you. That’s when you can shake your head and say whatever you’ve written. Make this a habit, and you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish in a very short time.