Want More Play? Then Commit to This

Playing in the mountains.
Playing in the mountains.

“The more you like to play, the more self-disciplined you should be.” ~ Robert Ringer

I like to play. Maybe work is your life. Not me. My work building businesses and growing ventures is a lot of fun and fulfilling, but ultimately, I play as much as anyone I know.

And because I like to play, I focus on extreme productivity, self-discipline and execution. It’s a first things first mentality. I get a reward if I keep things simple, focused and vigilant when it comes to getting things done.

Entrepreneurship has a lot of ebb and flow to the opportunities and the work that percolates. That’s why keeping your energy high is critical.

Furthermore, your ability to make money will be correlated to your creativity. I like spend a lot of time thinking, reading and playing. My productivity allows me to do this and my creativity feeds my productivity. They are symbiotic and necessarily so in entrepreneurship.

Grinding it out daily can be disheartening and demotivating without regular rewards. Play keeps me self-disciplined so I can do more of what I want.

So, what about your self-discipline? Could you use these strategies to increase your own effectiveness?

  • Commit to extreme productivity
  • Be sure to touch ten people daily
  • Grow in your knowledge and share it daily
  • Manage your calendar like a pro for yourself and scheduling meetings
  • Most things don’t matter, so say, “No,” often
  • Get to bed early and wake up fresh

You have to want self-discipline. It’s unnatural. That’s why such intentionality is required. And I think it’s easier to want something when the reason is clear.

For me, more play is a priority. How about you?

Published by Don Dalrymple

I grow businesses through partnerships and executive coaching. I work with partners and clients on strategy, systems, team building and growing revenue.

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