“Self-discipline is the ability to make yourself do, what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not.” Kop Kopmeyer
The number one reason we procrastinate, or put things off, or skip them altogether…
“I don’t feel like it.”
I don’t either.
Didn’t feel like getting up when I woke at 3:53 a.m.
Didn’t feel like doing some client work I’d put off from last night.
Didn’t feel like figuring out a way around a design issue.
Didn’t feel like getting dressed for the humidity and hitting the streets for a run.
But I did all those things. Not because I wanted to. Not because they “had” to get done. Not because I would disappoint someone. Nope. I did those things because I promised myself last night before falling asleep that I would do those things. Then I woke. Wrestled. Made myself do them.
If waiting until we “feel like it” becomes the prerequisite to action we’re doomed.
Here’s Kopmeyer’s statement in a formula…
1. Write down what you should be doing or what you are going to do.
2. Write down when you are going to do it.
3. Keep your word.
That last one is the most important. Almost nothing hurts us more than being lied to. We desire, even demand, honesty, so begin with you.
Stop lying to yourself by saying you will do it later.
Stop lying to yourself by believing that at some point you will feel like it.
Stop lying to yourself by thinking that delay won’t make a difference.
Stop lying to yourself by giving yourself an excuse to wait.
You become disciplined by keeping your word.