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I'm back again, with another solo episode! This week's topic was a request, and I was pleased to see that I had a lot more to say about it than I initially thought. Owning and operating a business is a big commitment, and in this episode, I talk all about making a commitment and having the self discipline to keep your word, follow through, and make it happen.

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What You'll Learn

  • The things I've committed to and what I've done to follow through (so you can see what's worked and what hasn't)
  • How to make a commitment to yourself in business or life
  • Why you need to make sure you really, really want it
  • How to create a plan and get organized
  • Why time blocking is the magic tool for self discipline (and how to get really specific with it)
  • How to get clear on the things that might get in the way of you following through (and what to do about them)
  • How to take inspired action so you can keep your commitment
  • Where to get accountability if you think you need it

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Holly: Hello and welcome to the business mindset podcast, episode 252. This is your host Holly Worton and I am back with another solo episode.

Today, I am going to talk about a topic that was recently requested, I am going to talk all about self-discipline, how to set a goal, or set an intention; keep your word; follow through with your plans; and make stuff happen. Apparently, people think I am good at this, which was actually a really interesting observation, because I hadn’t realised that I was good at this. So, this is very useful to hear, and I hope that you find this episode useful because I do think that this is a skill that is really important to have. If you are running a business you have got to do stuff and sometimes that’s little stuff, sometimes that’s big stuff; but if you have a big goal, a big vision, for yourself, for your life, for you business, you have got to be able to follow through with your plans and your intentions and your goals.

So, today, I hope to give you some tips and ideas that will help you to make stuff happen and get stuff done. So, as I was writing my notes, my kind of bullet-points that I use to do an episode, I started thinking about why someone would think that I am good at self-disciple, like what are the things that I have followed through with? Or managed to make happen, that might catch someone’s attention? Yeah, it actually wasn’t very hard, so I came up with some key things.

Podcast

This podcast for one: this is episode 252 of the podcast, this show was started in August of 2013, and it is going to be five years old this August. It is something that I have followed through with every single week for the last 252 weeks. I haven’t missed a week at all. Yeah, when I think about that, I am really actually impressed with that, because I have not been able to follow through with other things. I have not been able to blog on a consistent basis or write newsletters on a consistent basis – although I have gotten better with that.

So, I have shared some things before about why I think I have been so consistent with this podcast: I really enjoy it! I have outsourced the bits that I find difficult and I did that from the very beginning, I got help with the things that I didn’t want to do, which is audio editing, posting the thing, uploading it to Libsyn, all that stuff. I have a fantastic guy who has been helping me from the beginning, and I recommend him all the time, he has been great, and he has helped me make this podcast what it is. All I do is I do my interview, or my conversation with someone else, or my solo episode, send him the file, send him the graphic, he does all the rest. And then all I do is on Monday mornings show up and share the thing online, and that takes me about half-an-hour. So, I have streamlined this process in a way that makes it really, really, easy. I get support on the stuff that I don’t like to do, and I just show up and do the things that I do want to do. So, I think that’s been really key in making this happen.

Blog Posts

So, as I said with blog posts, I used to be more consistent and then I just kind of stopped once I realised that I really want my main form of content creation to be the podcast, simply because it is so easy. And as I have said before I never would have guessed that doing this podcast would be so easy for me, because I am not a big talker, I am not the kind of person that finds it really easy to just speak on a topic for half-an-hour, or longer, it was really a surprise for me – a pleasant surprise! So, I think that’s why I have decided to let go of the blog, I will blog every once in a while, when I have something to say that I feel needs to be written, but in terms of writing content I am going to be focussing on my books from now on. So, podcast as main form of content has allowed me to let go of pressure that I would put on myself to write blog posts.

Newsletter / GDPR

And next is the newsletter, for the last several months I have been pretty good about sending weekly newsletters, I have kind of fallen off the bandwagon the last couple of weeks, mainly because I have been sending out fairly frequent GDPR re-consent emails trying to, hopefully, get as many people as possible to opt back into my list, so I can make it compliant with GDPR guidelines which are going into effect next week. If you have no idea what I am talking about, drop me a line or check the show notes and I will send you some links that can help you get GDPR compliant. I have signed up for a couple of different workshops and information packs that have really helped me to get compliant. This is an EU law, but it applies to you and your business even if you are not in the EU, because you probably have European people on your mailing list and visiting your website and kind of connecting with your business in some way. So, this is something, no matter where you are in the world, that you need to know about. And speaking of GDPR and getting compliant, that was something that I have been researching it for a while, I had signed to up these two…my friend Alice did this really good workshop and had created a checklist and things to help people with GDPR. I signed up for that several weeks ago, also signed up for this other thing, several weeks ago, and I have kind of been going through it for the last few weeks, for the last couple of months, but it is not something that I enjoyed. I know that ultimately these laws are important to have but they are a pain in the ass for the small business, especially the getting re-consent on your email list just really annoyed me; because you can opt-out of a list if you don’t want to be on it, it is not that big a deal and I don’t mind unsubscribing from things, I do it all the time. So, it is kind of a law that annoyed me, and I really kept putting off getting compliant and sorting out my new privacy policy and cookie policy and getting the re-consent on the email list and changing the language on my opt-in stuff.

I did some of it little by little, but it wasn’t until actually today that I spent most of the day reviewing videos and checklists and getting stuff compliant. So, that was a harder one for me to follow through with and be disciplined with because I hated the kind of work, I don’t like that nit-picky stuff, and again the law…I didn’t like it {laughing} it is just ridiculous. So, it was harder for me to follow through with but, ultimately, I did, because it is the law and you have to, and the fines can be really bad if you don’t comply, because people will be able to report you and you can be audited. So, I kept putting it off and I time-blocked several blocks of 2-hours to go through it and I kept kind of dragging it on my Google calendar and then dragging it towards the end of the week and popping it to the next week and putting it off and putting it off. But the deadline is this week, May 25th, so I kind of waited to the last minute to wrap up all the last-minute details, but I did it. So, again, that was something that was difficult to follow through with, but I did ultimately because it’s the law, so that’s GDPR.

Writing Books

So, something else business related that I think I have been really good at, well good and bad, at following through with is my books, my writing.

So, two years ago in 2016, I wrote and released six books, four of them were business mindset books, two of them were walking books and then last year I released a third walking book, and that was all the writing that I really did last year. So, what was the difference between releasing six books in 2016, and one book in 2017 — and so far, no books in 2018, although I have three books planned for this year? The difference was doing the work, the difference was making a list, making a commitment and doing my Workcation weekends.

And I am going to tell you a secret, my Workcation weekends that I have been telling everyone about for the last couple of years, because they have been so useful in my business, not only writing my books, but creating other big projects…I just did my first Workcation weekend last weekend or the weekend before, a couple of weeks ago, for the first time in six months. I went six months without doing a Workcation weekend! Hence no books being published in several months, mainly because my brain works really good on hyper-focus and I find the Workcation weekend, really, really, really the best way for me to get big projects done, especially books. I am not the kind of person who can just write an hour a day, or half-a-day-a-week, I really need that intense focus of the Workcation to get books written. And if you don’t know what I am talking about in terms of the Workcation weekend, I will include a link in the ShowNotes. I have this The Definitive Guide to the Workcation Weekend which is a free download and there is no opt-in required because I removed the opt-ins from all of my free gifts, so I will send you the link to that. You don’t need to give me your email address or anything it is absolutely free. And I do encourage you to check it out because it can be such a powerful way to get stuff done.

So, my books, I have been good at following through and being disciplined and publishing and then there have been times when I haven’t. So, I think that’s a really interesting and useful example as well, because I have been disciplined and then I have fallen off the bandwagon.

Fitness

A couple of non-business things, fitness things, because I think these are lifestyle things that can be challenging for people.

The two main things that I have been doing for the last couple of years in terms of fitness are: kickboxing and walking, or hiking.

Kickboxing

So, let’s start with kickboxing, I started it is going to be three years in August. My entire life I had wanted to do a martial art, I remember being six years old and going to the library and checking out books on karate and judo and I really, really wanted to do a martial art and I never did, until three years ago. And I don’t know what it was that makes me decide that that was going to be the year – 2015 – was going to be the year that I did a martial year, but I just did. I remember having a conversation with a friend of mine about it, I went home, and I decided this was going to be the year. And I got online, and I found a website that had a quiz on: What’s the best martial art for you? And so, I took the quiz, and I remember it came up with either kickboxing or MMA. And then I did another quiz and it came up with kickboxing or – I am going to butcher the nameKrav Maga the Israeli martial art. And all three of those options sounded really good, but for some reason kickboxing just resonated, my gut kind of went there and the next thing I did I just googled: ‘kickboxing Dorking’ and I found the school that I now go to and I went to a trial class and I loved it and I joined and I have been doing it ever since. And I have been super disciplined with kickboxing.

So, one of the first things that I did when I signed up for that was, I learned how the grading worked, it is usually three times a year for the lower belts and then twice a year for the higher, the advanced grades. And I mapped up how long it was going to take me to get my black belt, and the answer, if you do every grading, and pass every grading is about five years. So, I mapped it out in my journal, I still have it and every time that I pass a grading I highlight and celebrate that new grade, and I have not missed a grading ever since. There have been times that my kickboxing grading has conflicted with other really important life events, and I have prioritised that, because it was really, really, important to me. I wanted to stay on track, I wanted to grade, I wanted to pass the grade and I made it happen. So, now I am a brown belt, I am very happy to say, and at the end of the year I will be hopefully grading to brown-white. So, that’s kickboxing, something that I have always wanted to do, something clicked, and I decided that I was going to make it happen, and I did, and I have been making it happen ever since. And I love it, I am very, very pleased to have finally done that.

Walking

So, the next is the walking, or hiking. As you know being outdoors and being in nature that stuff is really, really, really important to me. I feel wrong if I haven’t spent enough time out in nature. And last year for the first time, I did the Walk1000Miles challenge and I am doing it again this year, slightly differently.

So, last year I signed up for the Walk 1000 Miles challenge and I will link to that in the Show Notes, because if you like walking I highly recommend that you give it a try. They also do a Walk500Miles challenge, which starts about mid-way through the year. So, I was curious how much I walk in a year, because I had no idea, I had never tracked it before. So, last year in 2017, I decided I was going to sign up for the Walk1000miles challenge, track all my walking miles, set up a spreadsheet and tracked everything and I realised that I do walk just about 1000 miles a year, because I ended the year having walked exactly 1005 miles. And I clocked my final miles on December 30th, the day before the end of the year. And that was a really fascinating process to me, because I had started doing it just out of curiosity to see how many miles I walked, but I had built the spreadsheet in the way that I had a column that helped me know where I needed to be to stay on track, and as the year progressed I realised that I didn’t just want to know how many miles I walked, I wanted to walk 1000 miles. And that meant sometimes I went walking on days when the weather wasn’t perfect, I would go out walking even when I didn’t feel like walking, and then of course I loved it when I was out there. It pushed me to walk a bit more than I normally would, just so I could reach that goal. And then pushed me to walk towards the end of the year so that I could complete that 1000 miles, just one day before the year ended.

That was also a really, really, interesting challenge because it was a challenge to do something that I liked, it encouraged me to do more of this thing that I liked. And what really, really helped with that was having that spreadsheet to stay on track. So, having those weekly milestones, knowing how much I had to walk a week to stay on track, knowing where I had to be each week to get back on track, if I had fallen behind, and I did fall behind for much of the year. That spreadsheet was really useful to make me do what I needed to do to achieve my goal. So, that is 1000 miles, and I am doing that challenge again this year but this year I am not tracking all miles walked, I am only tracking what people in the Facebook group call, ‘boots on’ walks. So, that’s basically nature walks, when I go out into the woods, when I go to Avebury, wherever, when I am out in nature those are the miles that I am tracking. So that of course makes it a bit more challenging, because last year I counted all the miles. So, it is interesting again this year, because I am pushing myself a little bit more to make sure that I get out and do the kinds of miles that I most enjoy. So, if go into London and walk all over the place that doesn’t count for me personally, this year, because those are urban miles.

Running

So, the next kind of fitness thing is something that is not new to me, but I am coming back to. So, I used to be a runner, it was something I picked up when I was in my mid-20s and loved it. And then, somehow, I stopped running and then, every once in a while, I would pick it up and then stop again and then pick it up and then stop again. And since I started kickboxing I really haven’t been running very much at all. However, now that I am in the advanced grades, the gradings are much more intense, so rather than being a two-hour thing on a Sunday morning, or afternoon, it is a two-day thing that involves all kinds of fitness, including a big chunk of time that will have to be running. So, I am not grading until the winter course, which is in December, but I am going to do the summer course, which is in July, as kind of practice so I know what it is like when I do the actual grading in December. So, I have started a Couch to 5K program which I will actually link to, because if you have ever wanted to start running, or get back into running, NHS has a really good couch to 5k program and they also have a podcast. It is basically like a personal trainer in your ear that helps you train. It is so good! So, I started that this week, and I have done two runs so far and I am going to do another one on Sunday; and because I haven’t exactly planed, I should have started a week ago, if I wanted to do the 9-week program in time for the grading. But, because I am not a brand-new runner, I started out yesterday with the week-1 training and realised I could easily do week-2. So, I started week-2 today and I am going to do that again on Sunday, and then bump up to week-3 on Tuesday. Again, so this is a new, not brand new, challenge for me, because I used to love running and then stopped and it has been really, really, hard to get back into it. So, this is kind of a new re-commitment for me, and I have committed to doing this coach to 5k program, which is running three times a week between now and I think it is July 7th and 8th, which is when the summer course for kickboxing is. So, that is my commitment.

Summary

So, to run through these things that I think I am good and disciplined at: we have got the podcast, which I have been doing a weekly podcast for the last 252 weeks including this one; we have got my books, which my new commitment is quarterly books, starting this year, however I created that commitment a bit late, so this year I am committing to at least three books, and then from starting next year, I will be committing two quarterly books. So that’s four books a year. The idea is to do one business mindset book, one walking book, one fiction book, and one whatever I feel like. And then if I do more books than that, that’s a bonus but I am committing to two quarterly books.

Kickboxing, I am still committed to doing and passing all of my gradings, so from here on out that means December doing the winter course, next year in July, doing the summer course, and then I have got to wait a year to do the blackbelt gradings, that would be July of the following year, doing the summer course, and hopefully passing my grading there.

Walking, committed to walking 1000 miles of nature or ‘boots on’ walking, and running, I have committed to three runs a week, following this coach to 5k program, between now and the summer course. I will probably have to keep that up until the end of the year when I do the winter course and do the grading, but I will probably change my training program, because I don’t know exactly what kind of running we are going to have to do. I am probably going to have to step it up a bit because I think it is a bit more intense than just 5k.

So, those are my commitments to the top five things that I think I am good at, and I am aware that two of those are business things, and three of those are lifestyle things, but I thought you would find it useful to hear my examples.

Idea Lists

So, what about you? How can you be disciplined? How can you keep your word and follow through with the things that are important to you? Or the goals that you have set?

Before I get started with this, I have selected these five things to tell you about, but there is a load of other things that you don’t know about. I have so many ideas that I don’t have time to do them all. So, there are all these things that I have thought: Oh, I would love to do that! that I haven’t committed to doing, because I just don’t have the time or the energy. So, all of those things that I think: Oh, that would be such a great idea, those go into Evernote. I used to have a journal where I would write them down, and I probably still have that journal somewhere, it was a special journal where I put ideas, now they go into Evernote. So, I have lists and list and list of book ideas, project ideas, business ideas, all kinds of stuff that would be so much fun to do when I decide to make them a priority. So, the reason that I am sharing that is because we have limited time, and we can’t always do all the things we want to do.

Commitment

So, to me, being disciplined, and following through with things, starts with making a commitment. It starts with making a commitment to doing the things that are really important to you and that absolutely want to do.

So, for me, business wise, that is focussing on the podcast, as my primary means of regular content on a weekly basis, and then my books, as more in-depth content. Fitness, lifestyle wise, that is doing my walking, my kickboxing, my running. I probably could also include a spiritually-focussed goal or commitment, I have mentioned in previous podcasts that I have signed up to do the OBOD Bardic Grade Course in Druidry, I signed up last year and I have been doing that ever since. That’s a year-long program, and then there is a second year, and third year, so I have committed to doing that so there is a Bardic Grade exercise, or ceremony, that I do every morning and then there are weekly lessons that we study. So, that is a sixth commitment that I have got, to that.

Steps for commitment

So, step zero, is make a commitment, pick the things that you want to do, whether it is in your spiritual life, your health and wellbeing, your business; all this stuff is kind of related, so making a commitment to something spiritual, or fitness, that will help you build the commitment muscle to help you with stuff in your business.

So, pick something and commit to it.

And if you are the kind of person that thinks you are not good at self-discipline, or you think you are not good at following through with things, just pick one thing, don’t overwhelm yourself. So, I have given you six example of things that I have committed to, but start with one, pick one thing, commit to it and do it – keep it simple. Do not overwhelm yourself. This is really really important.

So, pick one business thing to commit to, pick one personal thing to commit to, or whatever, just pick one. Keep it simple.

As you are picking this one thing, make sure you really, really, want it, make sure that this is an absolute priority to you, something that you really, really, really want to do for whatever reason, because it is going to make you happy, it is going to bring joy into your life, it is going to make you feel fit and healthy, it is going to make your business prosper, whatever the reason is. Make sure you really, really, want it because you have got to commit to it.

Plan

Next, you have got to create a plan. So, build a vision, get organised into goals, break everything down into steps that you need to do, so that you can make it happen.

And then, get your time management organised by blocking out time in your calendar. I would never get anything done if I didn’t do time blocking. I use Google calendar for this, because it is really easy to create recurring things, it is easy to drag and drop if I don’t feel like doing something on one day, and I want to do it another day, but I have my whole life planned out in Google calendar.

So, to give you an idea of how specific I get, and I am doing this because, every time I mention this to people they say: Oh, oh you have everything in there, I never would have thought to add breakfast, lunch and dinner to my calendar- I do.

I have my whole day mapped out, so the first thing I do every day is I go downstairs, tidy up the house, because my husband and I both work from home, he tends to work late into the night, because that’s how his brain functions. So, I will come downstairs and it is kind of a mess. So, I tidy up, feed the cats, clean the litter box, basic life housekeeping stuff, my brain is not always good at waking up, so it is good for me to spend the first half hour of the day doing routine stuff that helps me wake up. I take my supplements, I drink my first glass of water, that kind of thing… and that’s kind of my waking up time.

Then I do my ceremony of the Bardic Grove, which I have just mentioned for my Druidry training, then I have breakfast, then I have an hour and a half of my morning ritual where I do journalling, I might read a book. I have it blocked out in my calendar as: journalling and personal time. Then I get into my work day, I usually start at about 11am, I have lunch blocked out in my calendar, I have dinner blocked out in my calendar, I have kickboxing blocked out, I have running blocked out, I have walking blocked out. I have emails and admin work blocked out. I have all the other stuff…promoting my podcast, I have a half hour on Monday, writing my email newsletter half-hour on Monday. Everything I do on a regular basis gets blocked out in my calendar.

Writing…I have tried blocking that out in my calendar, it has never managed to happen, and I have finally come to the conclusion that that’s because my best way of writing is on workcations. So, I am probably going to delete that because it is not working, but everything else is blocked out in my calendar. Client sessions obviously get blocked out in my calendar. If I am meeting up with a friend to have a chat on Skype, that’s in my calendar. My master-gut, which happens every other week, that’s in the calendar.

What else do I do? Donating blood, that’s in the calendar. This is kind of perhaps too much information but on the first day of my cycle, I will block that out in my calendar, it is actually blocked out in red. That’s my special day where I don’t do much, because usually my energy levels are really low, I don’t exercise that day because again energy levels. I try to keep it easy, I try to not do calls. I have a recurring, every 26 days blocked out in my calendar, and what I usually do that day to kind of ensure I take it easy is I do my henna. So, I die my hair with henna, it is a massive 6-hour process during which I look and smell absolutely disgusting, so I reserve that for the first day of the month of my cycle and spend all day doing that. So again, that ensures that no one is going to see me, and I am going to take it easy and be at home alone {laughing} looking horrible! And so, I have got that blocked out, again, you get the idea, any recurring things that you do, that goes in your calendar time blocked.

Now, as I said, you can drag and drop, so the GDPR stuff that I was really not looking forward to doing, that got dragged and dropped a lot! But, the recurring stuff that happens every day, or every week, I try to not touch that, because that is stuff that needs to get done and I am committed to doing it and I do it.

So, if you don’t know what I am talking about with time-blocking Amber De La Garza who has been a guest on this podcast, who has a fantastic podcast on productivity, I will link to her specific episode on time blocking, it is life changing. It is the only way I get stuff done both projects, and tasks, and regular stuff, and unusual stuff. That’s the only way I get stuff done, is if I put it in the calendar, if it is not in the calendar it will not happen, because it hasn’t been scheduled.

So, take your disciplined, the thing that you want to be disciplined with, take your commitment, break it down into steps and time block it in your calendar, that is the number 1, I think, best piece of advice that I can give you.

Practical Support

But, because this is the business mindset podcast, and because I am such a fan of working on one’s mindset, the next step is: look at what might get in the way. So, it could be mindset stuff, or it could be practical stuff. Do you need support? As I said, with my podcast, I have my fantastic podcast guy who has supported me from the very beginning. With my books, it is not really counted as support, but I have arranged to go away, one weekend a month to work on my books, if my husband is not around because he is travelling, I have to get a cat sitter in, so that’s kind of support, to take care of the cats while I am gone, so that’s the support I need for my books. I have all kinds of support in terms of type-setting, eBook formatting, cover design, there are people who support me with my books I do not do it all myself because I am not an expert in those things.

Running is easy to make happen. My Druidry training that’s easy to make happen, I don’t need support with that.

Kickboxing I don’t need support with that, I just need to get to class and make it happen. So, do you need support in making this commitment happen? If you do figure out what kind of support your need, do you need childcare? Do you need…what? Get that support.

Mindset

And in terms of mindset stuff that can get in the way, it is time to look at those fears, those blocks those limiting beliefs that might get in the way of you following through with these commitments. So, if you have a technique that you use yourself, like PSYCH-K, I will not ever stop recommending this I don’t think, because it is such an easy thing to train in, it is such an easy thing to use with yourself. If you have a technique that you have trained in, use it to transform your mindset and your beliefs. If you don’t have a thing, do it, because it is really powerful to train in something that you can use yourself, and also get help with someone else. I am always working with other people, on healing, on energetic stuff, on working on mindset stuff. I don’t always do it myself, but I do a lot of work myself.

So, going back to my list: podcast, if I ever have fears or stuff coming up around the podcast I will shift those beliefs. I can’t think of anything I have had to work on that recently because I have been doing this for so long. My books, I absolutely work on my mindset, around being a good writer, about writing things that people are interested in reading, about marketing my books, about putting my books out there, about launching my books. I do a fair amount of regular mindset work on that.

Kickboxing, I have absolutely done a lot of mindset stuff around that, around being able to do well in my grading and pass my grading and do well in the sparring. I have had a lot of mindset work that I have had to do around that.

Walking, that’s pretty easy, I have done some mindset work around committing to the longer walks, because those are more challenging, not too much mindset work I have had to do there.

Running, I might need to do some mindset work on my running. However, I know that I have done it before, when I very first started running, I went from couch to marathon in 6 months, so I know I can do it, because I have done it before. So, that makes it easier. But this is the time that you need to look at what might get in the way. Do you need support? Do you need to work on your mindset? Do you need to create a new set of beliefs that will support you in this thing that you have committed to?

Action + Accountability

And then, next, you have got to take action, so, take inspired action.

Go through that plan that you have created, so if the thing that you have committed to is a big project that requires lots of different stuff, take those steps, break it down into baby steps, time block those steps in your calendar, and make them happen.

Or, if this thing that you have committed to is simply doing a thing over and over again, every day, every week, whatever, time block that stuff into your calendar and just do it, take the action. But, if what you have committed to is a big project, break that thing down into tiny, tiny, steps, so that you can take those baby steps and feel like you are making progress, because big projects are made up of small actions.

If you are the kind of person that can benefit from accountability, then absolutely get accountability, whether it is by working with a coach, or a mastermind, or friends, tell a friend, tell a family member, whatever, do it. So, for me, in terms of accountability I have got my master-gut group. So, I haven’t committed to them in terms of the podcast, but I did when I made my decision to do quarterly books this year, I went into my master-gut Facebook group and told them: This is my plan, I am doing three books this year and starting next year I am doing four books, this is what’s happening.

In terms of the personal stuff like kickboxing, walking, running, I have told my husband about it, but before this episode I don’t think I had ever shared those specific commitments to anyone else. So, kickboxing I made a commitment to myself in my journal back when I started; walking 1000miles I signed up for the program, which is a free thing, and committed to that at the start of the year. Running, I told my husband this week that I was going to start running and I was going to do the coach to 5k, to be ready in time for the summer course in July. So, get accountability by telling the people that you need to tell who will support you in making this happen and do what you need to do to step out of your comfort zone.

So, as you are taking these actions, as you are committing to this thing, if any mindset crap comes up along the way, shift those beliefs, shift those energy blocks. Do the healing, the transformation work, that you need to do to make this happen. A lot of times when we commit to stuff, we don’t realise at the start all the stuff that is going to come up for us. So, you have got to train your mind to be aware as you are going on this journey of commitment, and taking these actions, and taking these steps, and committing to this thing, stuff is going to come up. Be aware of that stuff, write it down and do the work to make it happen.

Prioritise

And finally, make it a priority, if you have committed to something that you want to follow through with, you have got to make it a priority, how do you do that? You time block it into your calendar as something that you are busy doing, so in Google calendar you can set up recurring, or single activities, and you can set yourself as being available or busy for that time. If you are committing to doing stuff, set yourself as busy, so that no one else can overlap in your calendar while you are doing that event.

So, I have got for example, my Acuity calendar that I use for managing client sessions, that links into my Google calendar so that people can book in. When I am doing stuff that I have committed to people can’t book into my calendar during those times because I am blocked as being “busy” on Google. Make it a priority. Life is all about priorities and making a decision, is about priorities; so for example as I said, there were many times with my kickboxing grading that it overlapped with something else that was important to me. But I prioritised the kickboxing because it was more important to me than the other things that were going on, on that day. With my Workcations, I have prioritised doing a Workcation over doing something else that might be important to me, like a walk, or an event, or something else. Going out and running, I have prioritised three days a week running in the mornings and that is going to cut into my journaling and personal time of my morning routine, but I have decided that running is more important to me for now. I am going to have to spend some more time doing my introspection at another time maybe, that’s something that I can drag and drop in my calendar if I feel like I need extra time on that. But I have prioritised these things over other things, because I have made the commitment and decided they are important and they are top priorities for me in my life. So, for example, this podcast episode, it is going live on Monday and I am recording it Friday evening, why? Because I waited to the last minute because I wasn’t feeling like doing it because I wasn’t sure I had anything to say and the I sat down and made a list and made it happen because I am not going to miss an episode on my podcast. So, Friday evening and it is 8.45pm as I am recording this, I don’t usually work this late, I am doing it because I couldn’t let Monday come without an episode and I need to give my editing guy time to get the thing edited and get set up and out there and I think he does that on the weekends. So, I committed to it and I did it and here I am doing it and I am about to wrap it up because this is about all I have to say.

So, I hope that this episode has been interesting and useful, and I hope that it helps you follow through to the things that are important to you and I hope that it helps you make a commitment to the things that are important to you, and I hope that it gives you the specific kinds of aspects of self-discipline that you need to do to keep your word and follow through with these things that you have committed to. If you have any questions, comments, concerns, whatever, please get in touch you can email me at: [email protected] or you can find me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and get in touch there. You can also get in touch in my private Facebook group: Business Mindset Alchemists, I love it when people comment on the episode so pop in there and let me know what you think. If you head over to http://www.hollyworton.com/group you will be redirected to the Facebook group and I would love to see you in there.

So, again, thank you so much for listening, if you enjoyed this episode please leave a quick review on Apple podcasts or iTunes it would mean the world to me.

Next week’s episode

Next week’s episode is a really juicy episode, it is a co-hosted episode with Joanna Hennon, she thinks this is one of our best episodes ever and I think I agree with her and next week we ask the question: is wanting something really enough? And I love that this week’s episode kind of flows into that one. So, what we talk about is, as business owners we all create visions for our business, we set goals, we take action, we commit to things but is wanting something enough to actually make it happen? Is setting smart goals enough? Are smart goals even really smart? And, if not, what should we be doing instead? So, we are going to talk about: why you have to really, really want something; the difference between wanting and “choosing for” something; why things are in flow when what we choose for is what’s aligned for us; if you're really focused on making something work, how is that different from hustle? Because sometimes when you are really focussed on getting something it can kind of feel like hustle, but actually it is different. We talked about the difference between goals and intentions. We talk about why you have to be super clear on what the ACTUAL goal is, and it might not be what you think it is; we talk about how to get clear on what your soul wants you to do you’re your higher self and why this is so important. We talk about why you need to do the

inner work first to create a foundation; why you need to feel high vibe as you are working towards this thing and what does that actually mean. We talk about how to bounce back from setbacks along the way; how goal setting is different from manifesting; and whether or not you need to put everything else on hold when focusing on making something really big happen? I love next week’s episode and I think you are going to love it too and I love the fact that it really ties into this week’s episode about discipline and following through and making stuff happen. So, tune in next week to hear all about that and remember to visit hollyworton.com/252 for the show notes on this episode where I have got links to all the stuff I mentioned. Thank you again and have a fantastic week, bye.

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