Not too long ago I was a lazy bum who spent every penny they earned (a sure way down the slow lane). I knew what I wanted, I knew how to do it, I knew I COULD do it, but that wasn’t enough.
I needed another boost.
I can’t exactly pinpoint the change but here is my best swing at explaining it.
My first step to productivity was realizing how stupid I was. And yes the word stupid is very necessary. I was watching some videos on the Youtube channel Actualized.org (I no longer like the guy, but appreciate his good content). The guy was explaining how stupid it was to let things get in your way of destiny.
This was the second time I needed to hear that after reading a lengthy article about procrastination on Waitbutwhy.com. That procrastination article explained how there is a monkey in a procrastinators head that guides the rational thinker, you, to only pursue instant gratification instead of the right thing.
It was that article that only made me aware of the issue. I even bought a monkey to sit on my desk and keep me from going down a Youtube spiral.
Still, that wasn’t enough. It was a long time after reading that, that I finally took control of myself.
The Lost Control
I had no control. It was gone to the monkey. I don’t think I ever even steered myself really.
On the other hand, I am a person who strongly believes you control everything about yourself.
You control your own emotions, you choose to be sad, you choose to be cold, you choose everything. I firmly believe certain conditions are for weak minded folks and those who lack self control.
I don’t want to be a weak-minded person.
I know I am more than that and I know that I have too much to accomplish to let weak mindedness stop me. I very promptly decided that I wasn’t going to be a victim of myself and I wasn’t going to be a hypocrite by criticizing the weak minded when I can barely get anything important done.
Early last year I was talking about how college is truly a rip off and a waste of my time since I am able to work full time online. Then someone said that even if I don’t value college it is still good for self discipline. Then — in my head — I said, “I’m already disciplined”.
The words never left my mouth because I knew they were a lie.
The idea caught my attention after the conversation was over. I very quickly went into deep research on self-discipline and development. I purchased a ton of books and sped through all of them, taking away key points.
And I still have more to go.
The more research I did the more heavily I got into self-development. I learned so much that I became what I was learning.
I all the sudden couldn’t play video games even if I wanted to.
My future was and is just too important to me — and you should feel the same way.
Here you will find a ton of great tips that led to my big change, with the biggest one at the end. It is long, but I think it is worth the read if it means you being successful beyond your wildest dreams.
So following the keys, that were too much to even fit on this page, I was able to take the steering wheel of my mind. I learned to discipline myself and started as simple as making my bed every single morning.
Even if I missed a day I would do it the next day. It is small I know, but discipline is something you need to grow and develop.
The mistake people make is going too big like: “I’m gonna go Paleo, and exercise every day, and write 10 articles a day and cut out all movies, video games, and internet browsing.”
Haha, just no.
I literally would do over half of those things and fail almost immediately. It just doesn’t work.
Just think how it is MUCH harder to fly a commercial size airplane if you haven’t even flown a small personal plane yet.
So if you want to get better control of yourself, start small. Master one thing, make it a habit, then move onto the next thing.
Decided Goals and Getting Organized
Now that you know where you want to be and you have the self control to get there, you need to figure out the how and make a plan. You are on this website, so I assume your “how” is online marketing.
I made a very clear plan of how I was going to accomplish my goals. But don’t go too big with your plan…
Failing seems to make people feel bad about themselves. If you make unreachable every day goals, that might discourage you from moving forward.
Don’t let this happen to you.
Be reasonable with yourself plan and create goals that are attainable. I have a few methods for doing this:
- Make a list of projects/obligations/goals and prioritize them by number. Repeat a number if something is equally important. Now, just do the most important thing.
- Make specific and attainable monthly goals and simply seek to get everything done by the end of the month like your life depends on it — because, in a sense, it does.
- Get a big ol’ whiteboard. I have a 36″ x 24″ with my monthly goals written down the right. On the left I have all of my projects that I want to work on and have done within the next 5 years.
- Choose your most logical project in terms of investment and ROI.
These have so far been very effective ways of organizing and being productive for me.
(Please…please…please do not think you are the one person who does not need to write down goals or plans. It will get you to success so…you know…just do it.)
Next, I just thought about what I really wanted, for motivation. I adjusted my thinking now so everything I do when I am taking a break leads me back to work because of those desires.
The screensaver for my PC has pictures in it that make me want to get to work again. So while I am watching TV, I will see a picture of my dream dog, the Rottweiler, and get back to work because that is what I want.
The only way to get there is to work hard now to build a profitable, passive business.
So think about what you want.
Get it in front of your face all the time. Get posters of what you want. Change your desktop background. Get your desires in front of you and always think, “if I want that thing, I need to work hard and I need to work now”.
Killing the Monkey…Once and For All
Eventually the monkey was gone. It was no longer steering the boat. I was doing all the things that would get me where I wanted to be and ultimately it was through the power of the subconscious mind. I don’t need to think to do the right thing. I just do it now.
Even later I found out that the truth is…there is no monkey. In a sense the monkey is just an excuse for why you have no control, not a solution. You just need self control and discipline.
I realize now that the monkey is just you convincing yourself further that you have a serious procrastination problem and that is just who you are.
That is a bad way to think about.
Think about how you simply lack discipline and how you can make yourself whatever you want to be.
Don’t tell yourself you have a problem. Tell yourself that you don’t have anything wrong with you and you are an awesome, super productive person. It is all the in the power of the subconscious mind and I am glad to say I am a witness as to what it can do.
I do still suggest reading the procrastination article though because it is very effective at making you realize how much “procrastination” has been holding you back.
I’ve read a few books and watched a few videos that propelled me to my new mindset. I encourage you to read and watch the following tools as I believe they will do a good job of helping you realize how easy and feasible success is.
Actualized.org (I don’t listen to everything he says, because I think he actually lives a very boring, deprived life. Just listen to his videos about laziness, studying, and getting stuff done and you’ll be good.)
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