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accomplish, pick one specific thing to start that

is small.

• 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-

complish it.

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.

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