I wish I were one of those people who didn't have to think about discipline. I am not. When I don't think about discipline; days, sometimes weeks, get away from me. I will never be the speaker or coach that tells you to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and get it done. I will never try to impress you with my efficiency and organization. That just isn't me.
What I will share with you are the struggles and doubts I have, the tools I use to get past them, and the growth that happens because of them. I want to be a voice of honesty and vulnerability. I will never show you how it should be, I will let you see how it really is for me.
When I'm on my game, I ask for help and I make a list. That helps a lot. When I find myself with thoughts and ideas bouncing around in my head like lotto balls, I have to tame them. I usually can't do this by myself. I have "people" who help me tame the bouncing balls: coaches, friends and family. The lotto balls show up over and over again. It's something I have to deal with over and over again. That's okay! I don't have to figure out everything by myself. I don't have to figure out anything by myself if I don't want to!
It's all okay. I'm learning and I'm growing. I procrastinate. I doubt myself. This is who I am and today I'm okay with that. In fact, I see it as a gift. Because of my struggles, I am in a unique place to help others with their own struggles.
Yes, we have to talk about discipline. I have to keep the faith that this business will grow and I will find meaning in helping others reach their creative potential, that takes discipline. I know that's what I want to do. I know I can help others. Discipline is about doing those unpleasant things (for me: marketing, promotion, networking, etc.) in order to do what I really want to do (inspire people to reach their creative potential). Discipline is staying in motion even when it would be easier to stop and discipline is always easier with a helper!
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