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accomplish, pick one specific thing to start that
• Step 2 - schedule 15 minutes every day to work
on this goal.
• Step 3 - at the end of each week note how
much you have accomplished, acknowledge
the accomplishment, and keep going.
A good example of this I read about recently was
a lady who shared her story about her overwhelm-
ing procrastination. Every part of her house was
covered in piles. Bills stacked in weird places, dirty
dishes in the sink, clothes still needing to be folded
and put away, and she struggled to do any of it.
The goal she started with was something most of
us would deem silly; washing a dish and putting it
away immediately after use. Sounds strange, right?
How could washing a dish and putting it away make
a difference? But what this small action does is train
your brain to do things right away. It also is such a
small task there’s absolutely no doubt you can ac-
Everyone knows how to wash a plate so the fear
of failure is not a hurdle. Normally we just rinse
the dish and let it sit in the sink rather than taking
care of it immediately. What happens is one dish
becomes 20 and soon it is a more cumbersome task
that we avoid instead of tackling.
Success happens one step at a time, with consis-
tent focus. Often though, instead of being focused,
we waste our time on distraction. We do this be-
cause we lack self-discipline. Self-discipline is the
ability to focus on the task at hand and overcome
distractions. It is a skill we can learn. In order to be
self-disciplined, we must do what we know is right
rather than what we want to do in the moment.
Maybe we are tired and a tad lazy so we don’t com-
plete the 15 minutes we scheduled. Remember,
success typically requires sacrificing immediate
pleasure and excitement and the end reward is
worth the work.
If you have been challenged by this lack of self-
discipline, as we all have, try looking at why you
are not completing the goal you laid out for your
business or self. Don’t beat yourself up, look for the
why. It may be the fear of failure I described above
or an underlying thought you don’t deserve to be
successful. Once you understand your thoughts you
can work around what triggers you.
Bottom line, to build our business, we require
self-discipline. And to build self-discipline we start
small and practice each day to complete what we
said we would. That’s how our goals get accom-
plished, one step at a time.
And when life is out of whack, I always say, put
one foot in front of the other and keep that end
goal in mind. So try starting with something really
small like washing a dish and your confidence in
being able to tackle tasks with ease will grow as you
Elizabeth Morris is a salon owner, nail technician, certified educator, and beauty industry podcaster
specializing in business management, financial planning, education, and motivation for beauty pro-
fessionals. She discusses relevant industry questions and concerns and interviews other professionals
on her podcast The Nail Hub.( www.thenailhub.com )