November 18, 2006

Ask the coach about focus & discipline

J: My biggest challenge is focus & discipline.
I have been struggling with this for months....and I am starting to identify the problems that arise in my life as a result of this...
J, thanks for your question.
I myself battle with focus in some areas and I find that what works for me is to write things down. Otherwise you get distracted, don't you?
At home, I have a whiteboard on my desk with the week's activities I need to do in my business to bring me closer to my goals. At work, I have my to-do list in front of me all day long. As more and more things crop up, I just add it to the list. Of course, you do need to prioritise your tasks.
Another thing that helps is a timer. I can't say enough about a timer. If you set it, and then work on one thing until that timer goes off, you'll find that you get a lot more done.
As for the discipline, there is no easy answer. You have to make a quality decision to create that habit and then do it.
When I wasn't eating breakfast and wanted to create this new habit, I set a reminder on Outlook every day for a whole month. It sounds crazy but it worked. I'm extremely results-oriented (as my clients will tell you) so I'll do whatever it takes to get me the results.
Remember, successful people do what unsuccessful people are not prepared to do. And as always, if you need a cheerleader, I'm there for you.

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