What is distracting you from your goal?
Self discipline is a skill some are born with and others must cultivate. It is one of the single most important skills to possess in order to achieve a goal and the number one reason most fail to keep New Years resolutions.
Last week we discussed the difference between wanting something and setting a goal to achieve it. Your “want” is the seed of your desire, but only you can manage how you go about attaining it.
Life is full of honest and real distractions… I type this as my 4 year old drapes herself over me. Her “lullaby” music is playing too loud to sooth anyone but I’m afraid to turn it down because she may be almost asleep… I digress, but distractions can be very demanding of our time and energy.
Managing distractions is more than time management, it involves organizing your time and environment. I’m lucky. I’m a night owl, my most productive time is between 8pm and midnight. This works in my favor because the house tends to be quiet and this is when I do all my writing and office work, basically everything except phone calls.
Knowing your “productive time” and using it to your advantage will go a long way in minimizing distractions. Look at your schedule, can you find an hour a day for your dream?
There is also the part of this that hurts and stretches us just a little. Like giving up a few hours of television, or realizing how much time you really spend on facebook, or getting up at 5am. Those are the moments of truth. Those are the times when you get to choose if you’re going to get up for your dream!