Finding Fun in Discipline – Daily Quote

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What images does the word discipline conjure in your mind?

Did you picture arduous work, late nights at the office with the daily grind required to reach your goals eliminating fun from your life? They say success’ biggest enemy is the path of least resistance. They say you must choose what is hard and necessary, forsaking what is fun and easy.

But does it really need to be that way? What if discipline was as natural as breathing? The key is in determining your core values. What are your important and non-negotiable principals? Are your goals aligned with your beliefs? Chances are if they are not in alignment you will struggle on the journey. Life is an adventure which we are supposed to enjoy. After all, reaching a goal is a fleeting moment compared to the time we invest in getting there.

How will you find fun in discipline?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

2019 Daily Writing Challenge July 19

2019 Daily Writing Challenge Day 199

Today Is Day 200 of the 2019 Daily Writing Challenge.

Did you write yesterday? Let us know your Day 199 word count in the comments.

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What is the 2019 Daily Writing Challenge? It is simple: Write something every day.

Write a little, write a lot. Just write. You have all day.

It doesn’t matter if you write 5 words, 5,000 words or something in between. The idea is to establish a daily writing habit. If you miss a day, don’t worry. Write today and report tomorrow on your success.

A great journey begins with one step. A great writing habit begins with one word. Go!

Check back tomorrow for the Day 200 Report and let us know how you did.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

2019 Daily Writing Challenge July 18

2019 Daily Writing Challenge Day 198

Today Is Day 199 of the 2019 Daily Writing Challenge.

Did you write yesterday? Let us know your Day 198 word count in the comments.

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What is the 2019 Daily Writing Challenge? It is simple: Write something every day.

Write a little, write a lot. Just write. You have all day.

It doesn’t matter if you write 5 words, 5,000 words or something in between. The idea is to establish a daily writing habit. If you miss a day, don’t worry. Write today and report tomorrow on your success.

A great journey begins with one step. A great writing habit begins with one word. Go!

Check back tomorrow for the Day 199 Report and let us know how you did.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

Harnessing the Three Musketeers for Success – Daily Quote

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They say character is who we are when no one is watching. There are mornings when it comes in handy. Character spur us to act and commit. Being committed is doing what you promise you will do when others would quit. It is staying the course and continuing on the chosen path, even when the going is tough. We might slip and fall but we get up and try again

To become successful, we need to roll discipline into the mix. Discipline is a tool that allows us to conquer ourselves by obeying a code of behavior, enforcing prescribed conduct and imposing self-control. Mastering ourselves frees us from bad habits, laziness, and lethargy. Self-discipline helps access delayed gratification which improves our progress towards large goals with future payoffs.

The three-musketeer package of character, commitment and discipline aids in removing distractions, making decisions and powering through the tough jobs. We can prioritize our agenda according to the biggest ROI. When we realize the difficulties of those tasks, we tackle them first. We work within our personal clocks playing to our strengths as a morning person or not fighting our night owl tendencies and we schedule our day. It is not all toil, we also reward the progress we make towards achieving our goals.

How will you harness your musketeers?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

2019 Daily Writing Challenge July 17

2019 Daily Writing Challenge Day 197

Today Is Day 198 of the 2019 Daily Writing Challenge.

Did you write yesterday? Let us know your Day 197 word count in the comments.

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What is the 2019 Daily Writing Challenge? It is simple: Write something every day.

Write a little, write a lot. Just write. You have all day.

It doesn’t matter if you write 5 words, 5,000 words or something in between. The idea is to establish a daily writing habit. If you miss a day, don’t worry. Write today and report tomorrow on your success.

A great journey begins with one step. A great writing habit begins with one word. Go!

Check back tomorrow for the Day 198 Report and let us know how you did.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

Craving Time for Battling Cupcakes – Daily Quote

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Walking life’s balance beam is a never-ending struggle. To keep your poise on the girder, requires vigilance, checking your footing and making tiny adjustments. The first step is to identify your basic needs. Do you depend on your weekly Mani/Pedi or can you skip it? How much sleep, exercise, and family time do you need? These key components ensure you maintain your stamina. With these keys on your calendar and your task list current, you won’t miss events, double book yourself or have to pull all-nighters to hit your deadlines, which helps to relieve stress. Still, you can’t control everything, and you will run into challenges.

However, a detailed timetable illuminates pressure points. These are areas where you expect failure. Knowing these situations exists allows you to devise backup plans and identify who might help you. Give yourself permission to say no or defer an activity to a later date. Then commit to your promise and honor it with a spot on your agenda. By optimizing priorities, you gain insight into your key productive hours and provides you the opportunity to experiment with your workflow. Don’t forget to schedule fun time, as you organize your week. It may not be spontaneous, but it gives you something to look forward to and can act as a reward for getting onerous tasks finished.

What is the cupcake in your day?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

Mounting an Expedition Toward Success – Daily Quote

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We regret to inform you the escalator to success is out of order, please use the stairs. In case you missed the memo there is no fast track to your dreams. Here is where most stumble. We live in a world of instant gratification, dopamine-fueled pleasure-seeking addictions to social media likes, tweet, and notifications. With those chemicals coursing through our systems what chance do we have of meeting a goal which will need not days, but weeks or months or years to reach?

Consistency applied daily with incremental improvements can help form habits that move you toward your goal. Consider the preparations, Sir Edmund Hillary needed to summit Mount Everest in 1953. He had years of training climbing other mountains, the cooperation of hundreds of people before he ever set foot at base camp. Imagine his struggles, the fortitude, persistence and his consistent pursuit of his goal.

Do you consistently pursue your goal?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

2019 Daily Writing Challenge July 16

2019 Daily Writing Challenge Day 196

Today Is Day 197 of the 2019 Daily Writing Challenge.

Did you write yesterday? Let us know your Day 196 word count in the comments.

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What is the 2019 Daily Writing Challenge? It is simple: Write something every day.

Write a little, write a lot. Just write. You have all day.

It doesn’t matter if you write 5 words, 5,000 words or something in between. The idea is to establish a daily writing habit. If you miss a day, don’t worry. Write today and report tomorrow on your success.

A great journey begins with one step. A great writing habit begins with one word. Go!

Check back tomorrow for the Day 197 Report and let us know how you did.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

2019 Daily Writing Challenge July 15

2019 Daily Writing Challenge Day 195

Today Is Day 196 of the 2019 Daily Writing Challenge.

Did you write yesterday? Let us know your Day 195 word count in the comments.

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What is the 2019 Daily Writing Challenge? It is simple: Write something every day.

Write a little, write a lot. Just write. You have all day.

It doesn’t matter if you write 5 words, 5,000 words or something in between. The idea is to establish a daily writing habit. If you miss a day, don’t worry. Write today and report tomorrow on your success.

A great journey begins with one step. A great writing habit begins with one word. Go!

Check back tomorrow for the Day 196 Report and let us know how you did.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

Doing the Hustle – Daily Quote

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Recent press has covered the trend of working a side hustle. For me, it is my world. Others question how I have accomplished huge goals given my busy life. They dislike my answer. I work hard and I get shit done. I lean in and embrace my strategy. My secret weapon is multiple checklists, one for the day job, another for the side hustle and a few for various projects. I cram them to overflowing, designing them to be impossible to complete. People complain, telling me they are bored. With my extensive lists, boredom is not an option I can afford to entertain. Even while binge-watching tv, I occupy myself with simple chores which don’t require my full attention. When I remove an item, crossing it from the list, I often add five more.

How do I manage the whole enchilada? First, I give myself permission to fail. My agendas are impossible, and I expect tasks will remain undone. I celebrate the things I finish and leave the rest for tomorrow. Second, I schedule every waking hour. I have set hours for work, writing, sleep, major commitments and assign items to time holes. To squeeze everything into my day, I eliminate distractions and I am not afraid to say no. Others think this is harsh, but what they call dreams, I realize is my future. Today’s dream is my reality next week, in six months, or years from now.

Are you ready to hustle?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer