Hard Work and Discipline
Hard work, commitment, and discipline generally lead to success, especially when you are pursuing a goal that matters. This is the definition of building a monster work ethic. It’s the reason why so many people from around the world have built incredible lives. You don’t need to scratch below the surface to know that these people dedicated themselves to work that mattered and always brought their A game to their job.
That said, hard work and discipline are tough because they require you to do things that you don’t like or that don’t interest you. How do you deal with that, then?
First, you need to understand that you’re not alone. Everyone deals with these feelings and emotions on a regular basis.
Second, celebrate the success of others. Don’t dwell on the details about how they achieved their success. Just celebrate it for what it is in its essence.
Third, stay productive. You know that hard work is not desirable. It’s not fun. And it’s definitely not easy. But it’s always worth it.
This is where your discipline comes into play. Discipline is the motivation that pushes you to keep working even when you don’t see the fruits of your labor.
Understand your measures
We all have different measures of success. For some, they measure success by money, for others it might be career attainment or academic success.
Whatever measure of success you choose, you need to understand how it is defined. If you don’t, then you won’t understand what you need to do in order to reach it.
Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that money is the only, or even the most important, measure of success. There are many successful people who have achieved everything that they ever wanted, yet they are completely unhappy with their lives.
Take a few moments to really think about what will bring you happiness. If your measure of success has been money, then it’s time to re-evaluate what’s really important to you. Money isn’t a bad thing, but it won’t provide you with the happiness you seek if you are not able to set it in relationship to your other values.
Once you have a firm idea of what will bring you happiness, set a goal that will move you in the direction of attaining it. By knowing what success means to you and then setting a clear goal, you are taking the first step towards establishing a monster work ethic.
Push yourself to the fullest for a day
A little more each day
A little better each day.
Working hard is a key to making something of yourself. Not really the most productive way of thinking you say?
Working hard will get you the good stuff in life. It is the only way. The struggle you go through to achieve something excites you.
We have heard it a million times. It does not matter what you know unless you apply it. If you want to excel at something, you must develop a good work ethic.
When you walk into a room with a bunch of people, what are they going to think of you? They are going to think that you are a slacker without a cause.
Unless you have an excuse for being late to something, never show up late. If you have a good excuse, make sure to go in the next day and apologize.
In chemistry, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Think about this when it comes to your work ethic. If you put in too much time, your productivity will drop.
What you need to do is give time for your brain to rest.
A great way for people to achieve this is by working in cycles.
A lot of people are working themselves to death and have no life or high blood pressure.
The amount of stress we put on ourselves is very toxic.
Focus on what matters and how it needs to be done
You may have heard of a legend in the business world. It involves the late Steve Jobs who was frustrated that his employees were wasting valuable time and resources. He even hired a company to investigate and to come back to him with new inventions and solutions to make the company more profitable. Instead, the company offered him this:
- How about getting rid of all of your employees?
- Instead of outsourcing work to other companies, complete it with your employees
- How about reducing your staff to a handful of people with special skills that you can trust?
- OK, then how about converting your facilities into fully automated machines?
- In the end, that didn’t work either because even that would have cost too much.
That’s when it hit him. All along, his focus was on the wrong thing. He was too busy looking for ways to increase his revenue or to look for new ways to increase productivity that he didn’t think about his main business.
It seems he wasn’t alone in that. The rest of the world was moving that way too. The solution was in plain sight.
Start with a philosophy and design the method to that end.
The Root to a Good Work Ethic
If you want a good work ethic, find out what motivates you and continue working for that reason.
Have a Purpose in Life and Focus on that so You Don’t Get Discouraged Easily
You may need to adjust this goal as you go along in life such as setting new ones for yourself and learning from past goals and mistakes.
If your work ethic seems shaky, try to reflect on what you want out of life and what you have achieved so far.
Don’t dwell on the past and don’t worry about the future.
Just focus on the present moment so you can accomplish what you set out to do.
You can get help with motivation from coaches and mentors.
They can help you figure out what motivates you and how to achieve your goals.
Ways to motivate yourself
If you do something for a long time, it can become a habit and you can automate it. This is great because you have less to think about.
However, the problem that comes with automation is that it’s difficult to change something you’re an expert at.
In the context of work, think of it this way. If you’re really good at delegating and managing, you’ll delegate and manage a lot. And if you’re really good at that, you’ll never learn how to do something else.
You have to make time to be great at something instead of delegating it to someone else. You have to let go of your busyness and focus on what’s important.
There are also advantages of doing things yourself. We tend to waste a lot of time by delegating to others because we think someone else can do it better. However, we often don’t know what’s actually important until we do it ourselves. When you do something yourself, you know how to do it best and you spend your time and energy on things that really matter.
Go get it
Everyone has the same 24 hours per day, but some people use them more effectively than others. Figure out how you can incorporate these five steps into your life and set the right mindset for success as soon as possible.
Figure out your WHY.
This is the most important question you will ask yourself, and it will dictate your actions. If you don’t know why you’re working hard now, you won’t prioritize it when life gets busy. You have to be able to think of something that’s more important than sleep that you would miss out on if you don’t work hard at this. Find something bigger than your own desires and focus on it.
Visualize yourself as a successful entrepreneur.
When you start working hard, you may be rewarded by others. There are also times you may be challenged by others. Both of these situations will wear you down mentally, so you have to be mentally strong to burn through those challenges.
Don’t allow yourself to get distracted by failure or ridicule. Your vision will help you maintain this strength.
Get rid of unnecessary distractions.
There are so many distractions in life, it’s no wonder you’re not doing what you love. Start selling off things that no longer serve you.