There are things that you can do as a solopreneur or business owner to guarantee business growth success. It isn’t an exhaustive list of things, and I don’t believe any of them are truly difficult. If something on the list requires a skill you can always find someone to teach you or do it for you.
However, the list contains one item that you absolutely have to have. If you don’t… it will almost guarantee your inability to become truly successful.
Self-discipline is a business growth success requirement.
It will give you the ability to make it through this post, which, by the way, many won’t bother to finish reading.
Self-discipline is the ability to do the stuff that needs to get done even when you don’t want to do it, or you don’t feel like it, or you don’t feel well, or you’re tired, etc. It’s difficult to master.
When it comes to growing your business, all the musing about it will get you nowhere unless you simply take action.
And, more importantly, you need to stick with it.
Sending out one email or one flyer or making one phone call… and then giving up because the results are only mediocre, lacks self-discipline.
To be successful you have to stick with it, and you have to have patience.
I’ve always been pretty self-disciplined, not about everything (I still justify the Hostess cupcake by running three miles…), but patience… I’m not so good with that.
I have a habit of having high expectations, so I get impatient quickly and although I’ve gotten better over the years, I still don’t garden, at least not with seeds. I like to put the whole plant, with flower already attached, in the ground, no waiting… instant gratification.
I don’t think any of us can be 100 percent perfect in the self-discipline department, so you do have to cut yourself some slack. Just be sure that when you cut yourself some slack, it’s the cupcake, and not the marketing campaign.
Here’s the meat ‘n potatoes… a few keys to becoming more self-disciplined:
1. Practice makes perfect. The more you practice doing that thing you keep putting aside, the better you will get at just getting it done. It’s just like creating new habits. They say it takes doing something 21 days to make it a habit… I’m not sure it’s 21 days for everyone. I tried 21 days without cupcakes on the 22nd day I found an empty Hostess wrapper in my hand… the rest was a blur.
2. Set small goals. Give yourself a target; outline your path to get there. This could be as simple as a to-do list or a project outline. Write it out, everyday. Keep it in front of you all day. Don’t let the day end without crossing something off the list. No excuses. When you cross stuff off the list, it is mentally rewarding, you will feel better and more confident.
3. Schedule. Make time to get important things done. If you let the day get away from you, it will end and you’ll have no forward progress, which is de-motivating. So make time during the day, schedule it. You may have to start a little late but never, ever, cancel.
Building or growing a business isn’t impossible and it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. They key is in consistency.
Self-discipline is really nothing more than consistent action, even when the going gets rough.
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