No, you don’t need a “bigger vision.”

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Discipline is more difficult for solopreneurs than it is for other type of professionals.

We’re alone.

I know we’re not totally alone — we have our online communities and that’s helpful. But in our day-to-day, we’re alone.

It’s easy to procrastinate. Or stress out. Or give in to exhaustion. Or not do what we said we would because of a silly reason made up by our monkey brains.

Sometimes, it feels like the whole world is against you.

But it isn’t. I’m with you. And we’re about to crack discipline once and for all and make you productive as hell.

“Discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want most.” — Abraham Lincoln

As with most soft skills, our basic understanding of discipline is based on our childhoods.

That’s not to say you should start blaming your parents for being undisciplined. You’re not a kid anymore — you have all the power to change anything you want. The conscious mind is amazing at overriding the weaknesses of the subconscious once it’s aware of them.

Figuring out exactly what part of discipline you struggle with (and connecting it with your childhood experiences) will do just that — give you awareness.

Instead of thinking of discipline as this one huge incomprehensible thing, let’s break it down.

Step #1: Choices

“Teaching children how to make choices early in their lives is one of the best gifts parents can give, because the earlier children learn to be responsible for their choices, the more likely they are to make responsible decisions later in life.” — Christian Conte, PhD

While my parents have always been happy to give me all the choices in the world, I’ve spent most of my childhood with my controlling grandmother — and I was always the good kid.

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