Keep Up Good Fight: Stick To Your Plans

Recently, somebody I follow on Facebook had a post on his page. He asked whether the work he did was worth it, then posted a screenshot of the commissions he earned one day. He’s not one of those fake internet gurus- the ones who make videos behind a mansion or sitting in a Lamborghini. As someone I admire, I commented about wanting to get to that point someday. He responded, “Yes, you will get to that point if you stick to it.” I remind myself to keep up good fight and stick to the work I’m doing.

Keep up good fight

When you’ve been working at something, and you’re not getting results, it’s very easy to get discouraged. I wasn’t the best at keeping commitments in previous years. After some time, I gave up and went back to my old self, which was to make more easy choices. 

In the last year, a part of my mindset changed because I realized that it wouldn’t help me grow as an individual. I always tell people to have self-discipline and patience but to stick with your plans. If you stick with it long enough, you may see a vast breaking point soon. In this post, I will recommend a few things to help you stick to your commitments. These include:

1.) Creating a routine

2.) Writing your goals and priorities

3.) Setting deadlines

4.) Rewarding yourself

5.) Having someone hold you accountable

Keep up good fight: Create a routine

Keep Up Good Fight

For many people, creating a routine is a common approach to staying on track of your daily activities. You know what times of the day you’re the most active and perform at your best. If you’re a morning person, do your most challenging tasks during the morning hours. More so, if you’re less energetic in the late afternoon-evening hours, do your more manageable tasks during those time frames.

Keep up good fight: My routine

I’ve always followed a method since I was a teenager. It helps me stay organized and plan for the day ahead. Some days may have last-minute surprises, but it’s key to plan, and l expect changes. I’m considered a late morning-mid afternoon person, whereas I get deep work done between 9 am-3 pm. After 3 pm, my energy wears off a bit when I’m more inclined to do more straightforward tasks such as checking email.

Keep up good fight: Write goals

Keep Up Good Fight

We all know having goals can be helpful. It’s hard to plan if we don’t have any, while too many goals can be overwhelming. When beginning a project or business venture, start without a couple of targets using the SMART acronym. If you’re not familiar with it,

SMART stands for: 

Specific 
Measurable, 
Achievable, 
Realistic,
Timely based. 

Keep up good fight: My goals

Whenever I set goals, I keep the SMART acronym in mind. Each week, I write short-term goals (1-5 years) and long-term goals (5-10 years). Though some of my long-term goals may far out of reach, I know I can reach them over a long period. It keeps me motivated and pushes myself to put more effort into achieving those goals.

Keep up good fight: Set deadlines

Deadline

It’s critical to set deadlines. When you work for yourself, emphasizing the importance of self-discipline comes into play. If you challenge yourself to set deadlines, you’ll be one step closer to accomplishing your goals. For starters, it’s easy to set one-two goals you can achieve in a week. For targets that take a few months, write them out on a separate list. In other words, set specific dates when those more significant tasks need to get done.

Keep up good fight: How I approach deadlines

I started doing this myself, and I stay on top of them. I’m not a last-minute person. I prefer little work at a time. If it’s completing a project within a month, I set up a schedule of tasks that may need to get done every week. By doing it into smaller chunks, it’s less stressful than doing it all the day before a deadline.

Keep up good fight: Reward yourself

Donuts

As we progress on our journeys, it’s essential to keep in mind the rewards we can treat ourselves after success happens. If the breaking point is running a blog with daily traffic and commissions, it’s well worth it to reward ourselves after putting in the hard work. It can be something small as grabbing a donut or a tasty Starbucks latte. Or treat yourself to a luxury vacation for a week. 

Have someone to hold you accountable

Working on your own can be lonely in the beginning (except at Wealthy Affiliate). As you grow your business, outsourcing tasks, and hire people to delegate your tasks, it’s essential to have other people hold you accountable. If you’re losing focus and forgot to do some things, your team can quickly remind you of the small stuff. Having others hold you responsible is a critical component of building a successful long-term business.

Being transparent

There are other ways to hold yourself accountable. For instance, I’m part of an entrepreneurial group through Facebook, where we discuss our goals monthly. It’s a great way to keep my progress up to date. If I don’t work on my goals, I have to explain to the group why I wasn’t working on them. It’s a long process, but the point I’m getting across is its keep me more transparent in the work I do.

There is one group I've been part of for nearly six months. It's a place where I'm open about my progress, and show transparency in the work I do. Do you want to learn more? Check out this fantastic group!

Wrap-Up

As I mentioned earlier, it’s easy to get discouraged when things aren’t benefiting you. I’ve challenged myself not to give up on commitments; otherwise, I won’t learn and grow. There are initial challenges to starting a business (or monetizing a blog). But if you stick to what you’re doing, you might surprise yourself and see amazing results. Keep up the good fight- it’s well worth it to reward yourself later on down the road.

What are you doing to hold yourself accountable? Do you keep yourself transparent?

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