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Self Discipline

Starting and running a business begs for self-discipline.

Self discipline is often sited as the problem that has the most dramatic affect on people who go into business for themselves. It's easy to dream about being your own boss, but living the life of a self employed person takes on a whole new meaning when you have to make your business work for you because it is your main, or only, source of income.

Most people are disciplined when they first start their business. They set goals, work hard, meet deadlines, and concentrate on making their business grow and become successful, but somewhere along the way, they lose focus and before they know it, they find themselves doing things that are contrary to meeting their objectives and expectations.

Unless you are like King Midas and everything you touch turns to goal, you have to work hard to make your business successful. Most people don't have the Midas touch so they have to learn to stay focused and not get distracted.

For example, it's easy to stay in bed an extra hour when you know you there are things that need to be done at the office. You find yourself doing household chores, watching the news, cutting the grass, washing the car, playing a round of golf, or stopping by the mall when you know you should be calling suppliers, talking to customers, closing deals, or making new contacts.

Some people love to talk so they keep you in long winded conversations. They don't understand that you have a real need to stay focused on your goals so they talk, talk, and keep talking as long as you are willing to listen. And many people feel that since you have a business, you are already successful so you have the time to talk sports, politics, or chat about whatever they feel is important at the time. They may not know that you are struggling to keep your business up and running and the time you spend talking to them is costing you money.

It's easy to stay in the office when it's cold, raining, snowing, or if it's very hot outside. Instead of working, you spend your time texting, emailing, and searching the web when you should be using that valuable time working to enhance your business. The comfort of the office keeps many entrepreneurs from fulfilling their goals.

In other words, it's very easy to get distracted when you are self employed but you can readjust the way you think, renew your sense of direction, and return to your original goals and objectives before it's too late. There are a ways to give yourself a fresh start and help you get your plan of action back on track.

(1) Many people use ipads, notebooks, laptops, and cell phones to plan their time, but if this doesn't work for you, buy a daily planner. A daily planner gives you something to put your hands on, to look at, to write in, and it's easy to use for those who are not comfortable with high tech gadgets.

(2)This may sound old school, but it works. Buy an alarm clock. Place it far enough from the bed so you will have to get up to turn it off. Resist the urge to get back in the bed.

(3) Set a specific time each day to leave the house and don't make excuses to fudge on the time. Get up, get out, and get busy.

(4) Make daily goals and break them down so they can be reached, but don't make them too easy.

(5) Identify your weaknesses and work to strengthen them. If you know you have problems doing certain chores that are important to the growth of your business, find ways to make them easier to handle.

(6) Enlist the help of people who are willing to support you. This does not mean that you have to put them on your payroll, especially if you can't afford to hire them. Many people will help you for free. You can get support from family members, friends, business associates, and colleagues. All you have to do is ask.

Starting and running a business begs for self discipline. Everything in your business will evolve around you. It's not easy, and for many people, it's the hardest thing they will ever do. This is because many people, even with the best of intentions, can't walk a straight line when it comes to self discipline. They will stray away from the things that they know they should do and they do it to the detriment of their company.

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