Working Hard – Thursday May 11 2017

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Working hard is a state of mind

At least that’s what I believe. Then again, I see everything as a mindset to some degree: a collection of habits that when formed create a way of thinking and acting. Anyway working hard was definitely something that I did as by the end I felt a feeling of satisfaction in what I did.

Even though all I did was record a video and edit my book, for someone who has been out of commission for literally a week, it felt good. It felt great actually! Furthermore, I intend to keep that momentum and build it back up every day.

But enough about my work. What I want to be focusing on more is sharing some strategies I use to build momentum and work hard. I explain most of it throughout my book “The Shy Boy I Once Knew” (which will be out May 15th), but I’d like to give you a taste of it before the book is out.

Like I said, working is a state of mind

Working hard is a mindset that takes a long time to get right. For those who have been regular readers of my blog know the struggles I faced. From procrastination, to not feeling like doing it, and so on. For me it was a matter of managing my life and creating a system that worked perfectly for me. Let me tell you, that took a long time to do.

But anyway here’s two work hard tips for you. Try them out and let me know how they go in the comments below!

Tips for working hard

Tip 1 – Have a plan

One thing I talked to length on is an organizational plan. This plan is merely a piece of paper with words and organized in a special way. It sounds simple and silly, but there is a lot more to this plan. You see, my dear readers, this is what keeps my entire business functioning. Specifically it’s what keeps me functioning and staying focused when I need to.

I believe having a plan and writing it down can help out immensely. There was a study that sampled Harvard graduates and written goals. Harvard graduates, before graduating were asked a simple question: “Have you set clear, written goals for your future and made plans to accomplish them?” the results:

  • 84% had no specific goals.
  • 13% had goals but didn’t write them down.
  • 3% had clear written goals and a plan to get there.

Ten years later, they interviewed the same group of people and found that the 13% portion who had goals made more money than that 84% majority. What was even more staggering was the 3% had made double what both the 84% and 13% combined!

So that’s why I use that plan to have clear goals and set tasks to ensure I’m doing them.

Tip 2 – Forget your feelings

One thing I read from Peter Voogd’s book 6 Months to 6 Figures, is that you want to be forgetting your feelings. At least when it comes to developing habits. Working hard especially.

The problem that so many people have is they “feel” like doing something. Even I have it, especially with working out. This leads to people taking action, but eventually stopping. The reason is  I believe they invested their feelings and therefore mood with doing the activity.

What this means is when the activity or habit hits problems, which there will be, people will lose interest. Instead you want to forgo them and do the activity regardless. This is a battle for me, but I did get into a good rhythm before. I recall talking about me being stiff and sore, yet still looking forward to working out the next day.

I believe forgetting our feelings in the activity is important. What might help even more is thinking about your mood after you completed the activity. Working hard follows this principal.

Working hard is a work in process

In the end, habits and working hard and effectively is tough. There are a lot of bumps and cracks along the way. It’s very easy to slip into them and get lost. Developing habits and working hard is no easy task. I can speak from experience on that.

But try those strategies and let me hear your thoughts on it.

To your growth!

Eric S Burdon


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