Are You Disciplined?
By Terri Sinclair
At least 75% of clients I coach tell me they feel they lack discipline. They want to be more productive, or have better time-management skills. I used to think of myself as lacking discipline, until a colleague called my attention to the results I produced on my projects. That was an aha moment for me that “where there are results, there is some discipline.”
Through the years, I’ve worked on a process for my clients to use, and it’s a simple formula:
Activities + Frequency = results if tied to a metric.
In other words, if you do activities at a set frequency and you tie it to a measurable result, then you have discipline. It’s integral to note that frequent “busyness” will not produce a result other than stress, frustration, or exhaustion.
For example, checking my email every time a notification pops up will not produce a result of moving my projects ahead. Instead, turning off my notifications, and checking my email at set intervals will allow me a block of time to work on a project and move it forward.
On the other hand, scheduling four workouts in a week will produce better health. And, writing 1/2 hour a day will produce enough content to market your business.
Coaching Tip: The beauty of this formula is that it works with any measurable result you want to achieve: personal and professional. And, if you are already getting some success with your current activities, I challenge you to analyze what is needed to move past your current limits. Please share your results on my Facebook Page.
About the Author
Terri brings over 20 years of experience in personal development, sales, marketing, management, and coaching. She has partnered with countless businesses from small local shops to Fortune 50 and government organizations.