During one of my latest webinars for Dutch readers, we got to talking about discipline. I see discipline as the art of doing things even when you don’t feel like it. Or especially when you don’t feel like it.
Anyone can do things they’re excited about. Doing them when you don’t feel like it is a choice. And a skill you can develop.
Once you’ve developed a knack for doing things – whether you feel like it or not – then you’ve got discipline.
At work, we’ve all got things that need doing that are repetitive or dull. And I’m not telling you anything new when I say that some of those tedious jobs turn out to be things that benefit you in the long run.
If you work by feel, you’ll miss out.
When you work by willpower, then you set aside your feelings temporarily. And that can be a good thing. When everything has to feel good, of course work’s frustrating. Every little thing on your to-do list can feel annoying and make you think there’s something wrong with your job.
But what if it’s not your job. What if it’s you? I mean, there’s a reason they call it work, right?
I get the sense that exploring how we feel about work isn’t terribly helpful during the workday itself. Especially when it comes to the question of “What should I take on next?” Note your feelings, and take a closer look if need be in your Friday recap, but don’t let your feelings rule your workday.