If you want to do big work, you’ll need a good work ethic.
I’ve touched on work ethic previously. It’s your ability to get things done. Having a good idea is a start, having a plan is great, but the real difference is in doing the work. That’s what separates the dreamers from the achievers. I see motivation as the combination of three things:
- Motivation. This is the willingness to do the work. It’s the bright light that drives you forward and fuels you.
- Commitment. This is the promise to do the work. It’s more than just saying it – commitment is the belief you have in yourself and in you ability to do the work. It’s also the courage to allocate the time and money and mindspace to make it happen.
- Discipline. This is what gives you the power to follow through on your commitments. It is the stamina and mental strength to keep doing what you said you’d do – even if you don’t feel like it on the day.
It can be pretty frightening to see it spelled out like that. It can be confronting to think about the necessity for work ethic. It can be discouraged to think that if you haven’t done big work yet, it’s probably because you don’t have what it takes in the work ethic department.
Work ethic is – like most productive activities – not a talent. It’s a skill (or actually, a set of skills) that can be learned and practiced and developed over time. If you want to get better at it, just simply have to do it. Put your mind towards practicing it and developing a body of experience.
There will be setbacks. There will be discouraging moments. There will be times that you feel like it too hard and it’s better to give up… Don’t give up. Keep going. Keep doing it. Keep the faith. Expect the setbacks. Expect the failures. Look forward to them as learning experiences.
You can have your dream come true, but you’ll work harder for it than you ever imagined. Work ethic is how you get there.