Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Are You Disciplined?

When becoming a writer one of the words most used by others is discipline: If you haven't got it, you won't make it. Don't let it put you off, because you've already got it.

Discipline is such a hard word and is normally used to try and put people off from doing something. Yet we all have it. 'No I don't', I hear you say. 'Oh yes you do', I reply. And I can prove it.

Do you get up at a regular time every day for work/children etc? Do you cook for others? Do you organise clubs/societies? Do you turn up on time for those clubs/societies? Do you clean your home regularly?

List what you do on a regular basis, daily, monthly, weeky, yearly without being prompted by others. Go on, do it now. Surprising isn't it. Still think you're not disciplined?

What people usually mean is not disciplined, but organised. If you can organise half an hour a day to write, or three occasions a week, you are organised and, therefore, disciplined.

There will be times when something gets in the way of the organisation and you will have to rearrange things, but they won't occur too often and you already know how to deal with them.

So give yourself a pat on the back for your organisational prowess and don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

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