How to deal with your inner slacker :: practice makes perfect

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I get it. Some days you are staring resistance down the face and it’s not pretty. You’re inner slacker is alive and kicking and she’d much rather have her way with you.

But here’s the thing:

Each time you take the comfort road, the easier option, the thing that contracts you back into your little zone of comfort - you are prioritising your moment of comfort over your ultimate goal.

Building self-discipline is a skill.

No one said it was going to be a easy.

If it was so goddamn easy don’t you think everyone would be doing it?

Going the extra mile is never crowded my love - it’s a path that not many decide to travel on because, well it can get lonely at times and it sure as hell is bound to be bumpy with challenges and obstacles you didn’t even see coming.

But I see you: I see your vision. I believe in you.

You must forge on despite this.

Here’s how to deal with your inner slacker when she’s threatening to take over.

Choose a power word.

A power word is any word that brings about a positive emotional response when you say it or hear it. Kind of like an affirmation, but only one word. 

So when you’re faced with tough split-second decisions when you need to flex your discipline muscle, remember your power word.

For example: your power word may be FOCUS.

So when you keep getting distracted by social media and email; repeat your power word and let the energy bring you back to the present where you need to be placing your attention. 

Make it routine.

When you create a routine around your good working habits it becomes much harder to break them! So if you know you get your best work done in the mornings, create a routine around this to support when you'll be most productive.

Remove temptations.

Temptations are inevitable but you can make it easier for yourself by removing as many distractions as you can. For example, if you know the internet and your phone are distractions - remove them from the equation when you are focusing. 

Building self-discipline is a skill. And like most skills, it requires practice. So have a fun along the way and remember: practice makes perfect.

Daily affirmation: Every day I improve my willpower through persistent practice.

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