One of the key traits that sets prosperous entrepreneurs apart from other professionals is their keen commitment to self-discipline. The ability to self-start and exhibit drive when no one is checking a timecard is not only admirable but required if one is to experience genuine success.
In a recent Entrepreneur.com article, author, consultant and coach Dan S. Kennedy explains “Why Self-Discipline Will Make You Unstoppable.” Kennedy states, “Having and commanding the respect of others is a tremendous advantage in life. That edge comes from self-discipline. The highly disciplined individual does not have to point a gun at anyone to take what he wants; people “sense” his power and cheerfully give him everything they’ve got.”
He shares a three-step process that can help anyone get their self-discipline on:
1. Awareness. Recognizing the significance of time is where it all begins. Being present and acknowledging the good, bad and ugly of your time management will enable you to better manage it.
2. Decision. As much as we might like to think otherwise, success does not just fall in one’s lap. It’s generally the result of thoughtful decision-making. The ability to weigh the pros and cons, calculate risk and then make a deliberate decision is the reflection of good self-discipline.
3. Action. As Kennedy explains, “There are three kinds of action: starting things or implementation, follow-through, and completion. When you’ve made a decision, you have to start doing things about it.” Many suffer from analysis paralysis where they get stuck at analyzing their decision and can’t move into action. Those who want to develop self-discipline, however, will recognize that this is where true self-mastery can be accomplished.
Launching or Expanding a Practice Takes Self-Discipline
If you’ve considered starting your own accounting and tax practice, but have decided the obstacles in doing so are large and ominous, it’s time you reconsidered. With the Professional Bookkeeper and Professional Tax Preparer programs, you’ll have all the information you need to succeed—just add self-discipline:
Professional Bookkeeper (PB)
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Many tax preparers make more money in the months leading up to the April 15 tax deadline than others make all year long! Since all individuals and businesses, small or large, are required to file taxes, tax preparation is a respected skill that will always be in demand. Also, more and more are becoming weary of tax preparers without any credentials. The Tax Preparer Designation will put many of those individuals at ease, assuring them that you have been properly trained in tax preparation.
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Kennedy, Dan S. “Why Self-Discipline Will Make You Unstoppable.” 20 December 2013 Entrepreneur.com