In case you were just as lost as I was once upon a time about what the meaning of ‘work-ethic’ actually is, allow me to explain…
Work-ethic is that annoying little thing you’re gonna hate when you’re forcing yourself to get up out of bed at 5am, to fit in a workout before you head on out to college at 7am. Instead of hitting snooze, something in your brain goes, “wake up you little bit#h!! or you’re gonna have a heart attack before you’re 35 with the amount of ice-cream you eat in a day.”
Well.. I mean, not really but kinda…
It’s that thing in you that pushes you to do the productive stuff you really don’t wanna do, because why would you want to when you could just curl up in bed and watch a repeat episode of Game of Thrones? No, work-ethic makes you gtfu and show up no matter how you’re feeling in the moment. You might hate it now, but once those abs come pouring in your gonna love it later.
I’m not talking about the kind of ‘work-ethic’ you are required to have in order to land a job, I’m talking about the type of work-ethic that you have to have behind closed doors so you can live a not so crappy life in the future.
Work-ethic is that drive you have in you, that doesn’t come from some “life-changing” TED Talk you’ve watched the night before, its a decision that has to be executed in your mind for it to happen, or as Google dictionary likes to put it in more simple terms, “The principle that hard work is intrinsically virtuous or worthy of reward.”
So my fury friends, without further ado, let’s drop the BS in this glorious year of the pig (and no, that is not a fallback for you to act like one for an entire year) and get our shit together. No more looking to videos on the internet for ‘motivation’ or piling up on the self-help books you probably won’t even read when you can literally help yourself by improving your life on your own. All you have to do now, is do.
1.In the words of Nike, ‘Just Do It.’
Imagine how many things you would’ve gotten done by now if you simply just got off YouTube, and did them. Improving your work-ethic isn’t gonna be a walk in the park, it takes discipline and our brains are wired to think that discipline is really super-duper-hard but, here’s the best part about our brains… Its takes only 21 days to form a habit and 90 days to create a lifestyle. You’re given 365 days a year, it’s only been three weeks into January, let that sink in.
If you want to really improve your work-ethic, having self-discipline is gonna be key in achieving this goal. Those days where you’re ‘not feeling like it’ or just ‘have too many other things going on right now,’ are the days the days where your self-discipline is going to help you persevere through the hard times when you feel uninspired. So stop planning and start doing.
2. Google It, for God sake!
The one thing that always stops a lot of people from getting their goals achieved is their ignorance of how to actually achieve it. Many people will even change their entire plan just because they “don’t know how to do it.” What this actually means is, they were just too lazy to find out the ‘how’ in the first place. Don’t let a lack of knowledge stop you from finding out how close you are to achieving something great.
Chances are if you’re reading this article you have access to the internet which contains a plethora of information. Use it to your advantage, not to your demise. If you can’t find something, go search for it. Speak to people who know better on the subject, ask a lecturer or even go to a library and crack open a book for once. If you really want something you will take the steps necessary (and find out how) to get it.
3. Stop Self-Sabotaging
You know you have that paper due in a few days but you leave it until the night before. You know that you should probably start working out today but you say, “Oh, I’ll just do it on Monday.” Procrastinating is a form of self-sabotage, it only stops you from becoming the best version of yourself. Think of all the ways you sabotage your goals and dreams, whether it’s joining the wrong crowd, allowing bad relationships to continue in your life, participating in gossip or even spending nights out or going on shopping sprees you can barely even afford.
These are all forms of self-sabotage that very few people choose to put a stop to. Those few people are also the ones you probably call your ‘role models’, why? Because they made sacrifices to drop the BS, and get to the best version of themselves that you now choose to look up to today. Quit doing those little things that diminish your progress and you’ll be on your way to becoming who you should be.
4. Don’t Break Your Promises To You
If you expect loyalty from the people in your life and for them to keep their promises to you, whilst you’re out here always letting yourself down, then what type of people do you think you’re gonna attract into your life? You can’t have expectations for other people to treat you right if you don’t do it yourself. And yes, it shows. Stop breaking the promises you make to yourself because all you are teaching your subconscious is, “I am not worth of keeping promises to.”
This is not true and the moment you stop making excuses for yourself and putting things off until the next day, and the next day, and the following day and so on… then only will you start to see the value in yourself and others will too. We sit and wonder why we attract friends who waste our time, partners who let us down and family that treat us badly. That change needs to start in you for yourself to see and others to respect. Stop putting things off until the last minute and start proving to yourself that you can accomplish everything you set out to do in your day whether it’s working out or writing a book you’ve always wanted to start. You are only hurting yourself when stop keeping up to that ‘to-do list’.
5. Control Your Emotions
There are things we all go through in our lives, and sometimes you just have to remember to let things go as easy as they come. When you learn how to control the way you feel and not let the words, presence or actions of others have power over you, then you can easily be your at your most productive. There are days we’ve all probably had in the past where we felt like we just couldn’t possibly get out of bed because our lives were a total catastrophe… well at least it probably felt that way at the time. But, when you learn how to control your emotions and take the time to deal with them in the right ways, you can easily move on with your life and put your best foot forward when it comes to what you want to achieve.
If you don’t know how to deal with your emotions try journaling your thoughts or, actually sitting down and thinking the situation through or as mentioned earlier, “google it, for God sake!” There are so many helpful articles and tips online on how to deal with your emotions. Hiding from how you feel will only make things worse so get over it now and move on with your life so you can be productive and not let little things get you down.
I hope that you’ve got your ass handed to you in reading this article today (jk) and that it shed some light on how you can improve your work-ethic and make 2019 a success on this motivational monday!! Let me know what you favourite tip is in the comments below and thank you for sticking through last year with me, I have a lot of new things coming your way soon, so stay tuned!
Alana – Mae
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