As the year nears its close, it's a good time to think about pending beginnings. So we're going to get personal in this post and offer some guidance on accomplishing big things, words of discipline, and resilience from Seth Godin, actually.
"...Make your schedule before you start," Seth writes on his blog. "Don't allow setbacks or blocks or anxiety to push you to say, 'hey, maybe I should check my email for a while, or you know, I could use a nap.' If you do that, the lizard brain is quickly trained to use that escape hatch again and again.
"Isaac Asimov wrote and published 400 (!) books using this technique."
This sort of rigor is especially important for solo practitioners working from home offices without the immediate stimulation and prodding of associates. But even if you're not home-based, focus, concentration on worthy, self-fulfilling goals, is important to maintain.
"The first five years of my solo business, when the struggle seemed never-ending," Seth adds, "I never missed a day, never took a nap. (I also committed to ending the day at a certain time and not working on the weekends. It cuts both ways.)
"In short: show up."
Indeed, keep showing up in the new year, and great things are likely to happen for you. Seth Godin calls this "The first rule of doing working that matters." And why would you want to do any other kind?