The Power of Discipline
When our ancestors started thinking about life and tried to understand how to make the best out of it plenty of virtues arose from their thinking. Each virtue could make you a better individual towards society while feeling great about yourself. The virtue that stuck with me the most from all the manuscripts found is Discipline.
Discipline is a fascinating subject in my opinion and it can be used in anything you do. Most people use it in health and fitness in order to have a healthy lifestyle by going to the gym and eating healthier foods. Others use it at work. Projects always have a specific deadline that you need to have in mind. If you don’t meet it then your boss might even fire you! Of course there are a lot of examples like these but you get the idea.
For Bloggers or any other content creators like YouTubers, Authors or Photographers for example, discipline is crucial. If you want your followers to keep following your journey and even promote it to others you have to be consistent. You have to keep posting content every 2-3 times a week or daily depending on what you do. Thus in order to stay consistent the secret ingredient is discipline. It’s what will remind you and push you to get up and create something instead of sitting all day long watching pointless TV shows.
On the other hand there are going to be some of those days when you cannot be bothered to do anything. Every now and then this is totally understandable. We are human beings and we cannot be perfect in everything. Either you are feeling too lazy that day or you are really exhausted from yesterday’s chores. Rest and relax that day to charge your batteries but make sure you don’t fall into the trap of resting the next day too. 2 or even more days in a row will create a bad habit because you will like the idea of not doing anything.
Now let’s talk about some practical tips to help you to be disciplined with your writing.
First of all in order to have discipline in writing you need to write about something you are passionate about. Otherwise you won’t care in the first place and will not be bothered at all. When you decide your niche create an actionable schedule for yourself. Base that schedule of yours on how much you can write and how often you can post. It’s your blog and you can do whatever you want anyway. Therefore why not use that to your advantage? However, even though it’s your blog and you don’t have anyone ordering you around, mark on a calendar specific dates as deadlines for your blog posts. Having that pressure will boost your willingness to write.
The next step is removing any distractions because they are the ultimate enemies of discipline. They can seduce you to stop what you are doing and just chill while browsing posts which you might not even care about. In addition to the previous paragraph about the resting days if it’s possible on those days you are resting try to write a few lines or even better a few paragraphs. The result is the last thing you need to worry about. Even if the whole document you have created is not good enough in the end you still wrote something. That will force you to keep the momentum going and stick to the promise you have made to yourself and to your readers. Last but not least symbols or reminders can help you a lot with motivation. It can be posters of other role models of yours, some awards which you have received because of your hard work or a piece of paper with future goals you might have about your blog.
Discipline is probably the best virtue/skill everyone needs to work on. It can help you be the best version of yourself, create more content and be proud of yourself along the way. Don’t neglect it, use the practical tips above to help you out and have the end goal in mind to stay disciplined.