Last week, I read an article by Chris Brogan entitled â€œFive Tasks in the Morningâ€ which has me thinking about the importance of self-discipline for business and personal success. Chris Broganâ€™s article is a description of the 5 social media actions he takes every morning to begin his work day. Itâ€™s a great starting point for those who want to learn from the best on how to manage social media for their business. Chris is unquestionably one the real â€œexpertsâ€ in a world overrun by â€œsocial media expertsâ€. However, what strikes me about this post has nothing to do with social media.
For me, the real meaning in Chrisâ€™ post has to do with discipline, being successful, being the best, and achieving your goals. As Jim Rohn says, â€œDiscipline is the bridge between goals and achievementsâ€.
When I think about the truly successful people I know, they all have one thing in common. They have a short list of daily habits that they execute every day. Their personal lives are framed by a handful of daily habits such as: 1. Prayer; 2. Exercise; 3. Healthy meals; 4. Dinner with family; 5. 8 hours sleep, to name a few. In their work lives, successful people can describe a structure of habits such as: 1. Reading newspapers; 2. contacting sales leads; 3. checking sales numbers; 4. reviewing goals; 5. measuring progress, and so on.
For another reflection on the subject David Campbell offers, â€œDiscipline is remembering what you want.â€ In running your business, are you focusing your time and energy on what you want? If someone asked you the keys to your success, could you author an article entitled â€œFive Tasks in the Morningâ€?
If not, spend some time with your business mission and vision. Brainstorm a list and narrow it down to a top five for your business. If you start every day with those â€œ5 Tasks in the Morningâ€, imagine the difference it will make to your business.