This topic has been been coming up lately with my clients....but not only with them, I was reminded of this with my own habits and discipline. I thought it would be a great one to write about here.
It's knowing what needs to be done in your business or in your career, but you just can't make yourself do it.
Often, there can be an underlying fear associated with this task that is causing some resistance around what you want to be doing. Check in with yourself honestly if this is the case and ask yourself ‘What do I believe will happen if I do what needs to be done?’. Journal about it, reflect on it, talk to your coach about it.
But, part of the reality that is often underestimated is the fact that you are developing new habits. You are stretching yourself. You are creating discipline and routine around something new that you don't currently have. And, maybe you haven’t quite committed to it….
Fear can arise simply because it is unknown. Resistance can pop up because it’s new. It’s work.
I am in the middle of reading "The War of Art" by Steven Pressfield and this passage stood out to me:
What he's saying is that if you wait until you are 'in the zone' to do this work, you may be waiting a long time. By regularly doing the work, and creating a consistent discipline in ‘doing the work’ the inspiration will come. You will train yourself to 'get in the zone'. It will become routine. To Steven Pressfield's point, this is when you become a professional, you commit full time. Your work becomes your vocation. The professional is full-time - invested into their work.
Are you playing at your business? Are you playing at finding yourself a new job? Are you playing at committing to that project at work?
Building discipline is about not only committing to the task but to the cause itself. Believing in the bigger picture.
So, decide, WHEN, will you get the work of your business done? When will you commit to doing what needs doing for your career? WHEN will you commit to the pursuits that feed your larger passion? Plan it and then do it. Don't let the resistance stop you.
Make those calls.
Make those regular connections.
I’m writing this for me also. I see where I’m not committed. I see where I have gaps in my own discipline. Being aware is so important, because then you can decide what to do about it. Commit or not commit. It IS a choice.
Do what you KNOW you need to do.
Don't let yourself talk YOU out of it :)
NOW is YOUR time.