This is the One Skill You Must Have as a New Blogger. If you can master this one aspect of yourself that is completely controllable by you, then you will have a much higher chance of success with your blog. If you don’t master it, you’ll have no chance.
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The Most Important Skill as a Blogger
After a while, it’s going to be really difficult to continue as a blogger. This happens to practically everyone, and there just comes a point where it doesn’t seem like all of this effort is worth it.
It’s at this point when most bloggers fail. It’s not because they’re dumb, they don’t have a good topic, or they aren’t good writers. The number one connecting feature is that they just don’t have the ability to carry on when they know they need to.
This turns into saying no to blogging more frequently when you really know that you need to work on your site. Of all the skills you can possibly have, there’s one that will help you get through these moments.
Discipline is the ability to make yourself do things that you don’t want to do, because you know they are the things that need to be done in that moment. Basically, discipline is being an adult.
When you were a kid, you got to do what you wanted to do, whenever you wanted to do it, simply because you enjoyed it. When you grow up, you find that you have to do the things that need to be done, even when you don’t enjoy them.
However, there are many of us who do the bare minimum in favor of getting back to the fun stuff, or they skip the hard things completely. Some of you simply haven’t grown up.
Both of these activities show a complete lack of discipline, and while it might get you back to the fun stuff more quickly, it delays your success significantly.
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Blogging Will Get Hard After a While
I alluded to this already, but there is going to come a day when blogging becomes very difficult to continue. Sometimes this will come early, and sometimes this will come late, but it will definitely come, and it may come multiple times.
When you have discipline, it puts you in your chair in front of that computer and makes you continue to write and improve your website even when you feel like all hope is lost. Discipline is what makes you do the things you know you need to do to succeed.
Right now, especially if you don’t have a lot of discipline historically, you need to do some things that can help you become better at telling yourself what to do. After all, discipline is really just getting yourself to do things that you don’t want to do.
If you break it down to the ridiculous, should it really be that hard for you to do something? After all, it’s you telling you to do it. Shouldn’t you both be on the same page?
Learning to Make Yourself Do Stuff
Discipline is a subject that is addressed by tons and tons of self-help books, videos, and articles all over the internet. If you’re having a little bit of trouble with discipline, then you are not alone, and there are a lot of resources.
Also, you would be amazed at how easy it is to get started at improving your own level of discipline, and it’s actually a lot less painful than you might think.
One of the things that you can do immediately after reading this post is surprisingly simple, but it can help you develop discipline in other aspects of your life.
Did you make your bed this morning?
Make Your Bed in the Morning
Once you’re an adult, and nobody tells you you need to make your bed, you don’t have to anymore, so I imagine you don’t. That’s OK. Unless somebody is coming over, nobody is going to see your bed but you anyway.
This is a perfect exercise for building discipline. Even though it doesn’t matter, and nobody’s going to see it but you, start making your bed every single morning.
This isn’t most mornings, or some mornings, it’s every morning. Force yourself to make your bed for absolutely no good reason other than you are building up your discipline muscle.
It’s a simple act that only takes a few minutes, and it’s a good way to start breaking yourself into doing things you don’t want to do. That’s what discipline really is, it’s just making yourself do things that you don’t want to immediately do.
If you are already good at making your bed in the morning, pick some other basic activity, and make that a daily habit. Getting started like this, you can then branch out to more difficult ways of controlling your behavior.
Try Other Discipline Building Activities
This is something that I do personally, but it’s not something that I can recommend unless you consult your physician, and you fully understand the risks that are associated with it. Do not under any circumstances do this without professional guidance.
Intermittent fasting is a way to control several different aspects of your body, and is very popular as a method of weight loss and body shaping. However, there is one other aspect that is a byproduct of the intermittent fasting lifestyle.
It’s this aspect that can really help you build discipline. When you’re hungry, all you can think about is eating. You literally have to say no to eating hundreds of times an hour, and sometimes hundreds of times every minute.
The entire time you are trying to fast, your brain is telling your body to use every single dirty trick in the book in order to make you eat. Your ability to continually tell yourself no, understanding the greater good, is a tremendous statement of discipline.
For me, being able to prove to myself that I can do this type of activity has improved my discipline in other areas of my life tremendously. It’s one of my personal keys to success, and it shows me that I’m a lot stronger than I ever thought I was.
How Discipline Will Serve You
Discipline gets you up in the morning when your body says to sleep. Discipline makes you show up at work when your brain says take the day off. Discipline is responsible for basically anything you don’t want to do. That’s why it’s important.
If you can make yourself do the things that are important, even when you don’t want to do them, you will accomplish more than the majority of people who cannot.
Your self control is key. Start teaching yourself right away that you are in control of yourself, and that it’s going to be your way no matter what. That’s how you get discipline on your side, and become its master.
Discipline is choosing that you really want over what you want right now. The temporary wants of the body and the mind are frivolous, and they pay no mind to the bigger goal. You need to remind your body and mind what they really want, and say no to the temporary in favor of the long term.
Your Blogging Assignment
This particular blogging assignment is a little bit different than most. I need you to start today with a simple activity like making your bed every morning in order to improve your own personal discipline.
After that, invest in at least one book that can help you become more disciplined through other exercises and techniques. This will be one of your most important, if not the most important development book you ever buy.
When all else fails, discipline will help you succeed. Hold yourself accountable, and you will be surprised at what you get accomplished.